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July 5, 2011

Low-level NASA flights today

NASA officials say they expect to be flying their P-3B Orion over Central Maryland today (Tuesday), part of their July air-pollution sampling campaign.

NASA P-3B OrionThe notice says the four-engine turbo-prop will be in the skies over the Baltimore-Washington region from dawn until 1:30 p.m. The aircraft is expected to fly over I-95 between the Washington and Baltimore beltways.

So, first, if you see the plane buzzing the interstate at 1,000 feet, don't panic. It's the government, and everything is under control. And second, drop us a comment here and describe what you saw.

Are these flights really unsettlingly low? Or do they blend in pretty well with the usual approaches and departures for BWI-Marshall Airport? 

(PHOTO: NASA handout)


Posted by Frank Roylance at 9:54 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Sky Watching


Saw this plan the 1st day she was flying last Friday around 3:30PM in the Catonsville area. It looked so big and so low, sound was very different

I saw it Saturday flying next to the beltway (not directly over), west side near Rt. 40 at around 11 or 11:30 AM.

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