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Planes over Hollywood: Not an attack

November 14, 2008 | 12:24 pm

What was going on with all those planes flying over Hollywood today? Some callers wondered if it was that attack Joe Biden talked about during the presidential campaign. Turns out, it was a flyover marking Los Angeles' first Air Force Week. Details from the organizers.

[The flyover includes] aircraft like U-2 Dragon Lady surveillance plane made historic when its pilot, Francis Gary Powers, survived being shot down while over the Soviet Union in 1960 and eventually came to Los Angeles as a TV news helicopter pilot; and also a single engine, multi-role F-16 Fighting Falcon, equally capable of handling combat against enemy aircraft and striking enemy targets with devastating accuracy.

Other flyovers are the B-1 Lancer supersonic bomber, the only variable-sweep wing aircraft in the U.S. military inventory, and the F-22 Raptor, the Air Force’s incredible stealth fighter unmatched by any known or projected fighter aircraft.

Other aircraft participating in the flyover are the world’s most versatile airlift aircraft, the C-17 Globemaster III, with a maximum payload of 170,900 pounds. The C-17 airlifts injured personnel, provides humanitarian assistance around the world in the aftermath of natural disasters and even brought Keiko the killer whale, star of "Free Willy," back to his home in Iceland. Additionally, you will see the legendary B-52 Stratofortress, which has the longest unrefueled range of any contemporary bomber.

You knew this would happen: "Police and the Star News office both received multiple calls about the planes Friday morning."

-- Shelby Grad