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Low-Flying Jet Startles Some Glendora Residents

Military jet was part of 16 different Fourth of July events across SoCal.

A lumbering military jet made a low and slow pass over Glendora Wednesday night, scaring a few residents as it made its way to La Verne and beyond.

A concerned citizen e-mailed Glendora Patch this morning and said the jet looked like it was going to land on them, because it was flying so low and that some drivers stopped along Route 66 to watch the massive jet as it flew overhead.

The jet was spotted a little after 7 p.m. The C-17 Globemaster, which came from March Air Reserve base in Riverside, was part of 16 different Fourth of July events across the Southland, according to Jeannette Vagnozzi, La Verne city treasurer.

"We were in the path from the Rose Bowl. Then it flew over our stadium and then it flew over Rancho Cucamonga and then it flew to Redlands," Vagnozzi said.

The city had to get clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration for the flyover. The jet was flown by an Air Force reserve crew from the 729th Airlift Squadron. The Air Force sometimes uses these types of events as training missions, Vagnozzi said.

Have any photos of the C-17 flying over Glendora? Upload them to Patch.

Charles Stauffer July 05, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I'm a 20 plus year retired USAF NCO. The aircraft may have been flying slow, but it wasn't that low. For you alarmist, we have aircraft flying all over Glendora each and everyday of the year, mostly small private winged and helicopters that belong to govermental organizations and private concerns. My neigbors and our family were having a cul de sac BBQ block party at the time of the pass-over. Everybody was clapping, whistling and waving flags as it passed by. I hope it happens more often. We were a proud group knowing that our fellow Californias were up there doing their professional duty.
Donald Shade July 05, 2012 at 10:46 PM
What Charles Stauffer said......and thanks for your service!
Charles Stauffer July 06, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Thank you, it was an honor for me!
Lorraine Terpening July 06, 2012 at 03:00 PM
It flew over us at the La Verne fireworks show and YES, it was large and flying low! I'm sure someone has a video of it and probably has posted it somewhere on the web.
your neighbor July 06, 2012 at 07:15 PM
yes, that was just wonderful.....another in your face show of how much money is wasted everyday toward a huge unbelievable budget that is spent toward this countries defense. the deficit gets bigger and bigger, and everyone with rocks in their head blames Obama. And everyday the billions that consume our countries budget toward a defense program that seems to offend more than anything. wheres the honor in that?
Virgil July 06, 2012 at 10:18 PM
First.....thanks Charles for your service to our nation. Second, your comments were right on the mark. Our family was enjoying a BBQ on the east side of town with friends and spotted the C17 as is continued east. It is with patriotic pride and awe that we enjoyed the low level flyover. The same pride that I feel when we see the military helicopters flying in formation across our skies, annual Rose Parade flyovers and the two F18 super hornets (or maybe F15 Eagles) flying from the south and over the San Gab mountains recently. The military is smart enough to understand that they conduct these flights in conjunction with training to make the flight time productive to the flight crews. Mr. your neighbor seems to forget who actually protects his freedom of speech. Not the politician but the soldier, airman, sailor and marine who put it all on the line to defend our nation. Instead of being critical, be thankful that you still have freedoms worth protecting, someting that our current leader seems to forget too.
Marshall July 06, 2012 at 11:52 PM
I support our military, I honor our soldiers and I love hearing jet engines at maximum thrust. I'm not saying you guys are wrong, but I watch dozens of planes fly over on approach to LAX every day, and have done so for more than 25 years, and here's what I saw from way over the hill in La Habra: My whole house was shaking so I ran out back to see where this aircraft was going to crash. When I spotted it, it was still at full throttle, losing altitude and didn't appear to have enough air speed to fly. It gradually got enough speed to level off and start a slow climb. I wouldn't expect the military to raise a red flag every time there's an error during a training exercise, but there's no doubt that that plane was in trouble. For a good 30 seconds I didn't think they were going to make it. My hat's off to the pilot for not pulling up till he had the speed to do so.
Proud American July 07, 2012 at 09:07 AM
I live in La Verne and posted a YouTube video of the fly over..... I served 4 years in the Marines along with 3 of my best friends who also served. We were having a bbq along with our wives, children, friends, and other family. I was outside cooking when I first heard the sound. I thought it was the ground show over at Bonita High School at first. Then the rumble kept get louder and louder. I called everyone to come out side. Then that beautiful C-17 came into view and everyone just cheered and clapped as it went by. It was really an awsome sight to see one right over my house. Charles this country was built on men like you... Thank you sir. But i have to ask. Why do people feel the need to give an F-you any time others are trying to be patriotic. I served my country and could not be more proud of where I live. Politics aside we are all americans and should be proud that we live in the greatest nation in the world!
Marshall July 07, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I scanned through several pages of fourth of July flyovers but there;s just too many with the same plane to know which one is yours. What was the title of the video and do you use the same name on YouTube?(Proud American) Again, not argueing with you, but I'm somewhat baffled that anybody that saw, and felt, and heard the same thing I did would think there was anything routine about it. I looked at several videos on YouTube of the same plane that I saw. The vids showed it flying over LaVerne, Cucamonga, Redlands, etc. but none of them showed either the plane as low as it was over my house, or with the thick black exhaust coming from the engines that they make under full power. Also missing was that 'crackling' sound that you only hear from very powerful jet engines and solid-fuel rockets. The videos showed what I would call routine flyovers. No change in elevation, no rumble from the engines, no smoke, plenty of air speed. If it flew over my house like it did in the videos I wouldn't have any reason to post, but somewhere between Covina/West Covina and the Glendora area it got way lower, much slower, and it had a hell of a time getting back up to where it was in the videos I saw. I'm not complaining. Once I could tell they weren't going to crash it was awesome! Hopefully someone got video of this part of the flight too.
Donald Shade July 08, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Marshall - RE: "here's what I saw from way over the hill in La Habra: My whole house was shaking so I ran out back to see where this aircraft was going to crash. When I spotted it, it was still at full throttle, losing altitude and didn't appear to have enough air speed to fly. It gradually got enough speed to level off and start a slow climb." You were in the hills of La Habra and heard, felt and saw a jet flying over Glendora???? That is 13 MILES from Glendora!!! Sound would take approximately 65 seconds to travel that distance! Jets cruise around 30,000' and you can barely see them at that altitude, let alone here their engines. If you were in La Habra then the distance to Glendora was around 68,640' away! Sorry, but no one would be able to hear, let alone see, a jet flying over Glendora from La Habra Heights. What am I missing?
Marshall July 08, 2012 at 06:28 AM
I was guessing it might have been over Glendora when it faded out of sight because that's where I think Glendora is. Could have been Industry or San Dimas. Covina is North of me, roughly, but it could have been as close as Hacienda Heights when I first saw it. I asked a couple of people in the neighborhood about it and they didn't think it was losing altitude or struggling in any way, but they agreed it was accelerating. They all thought it looked like a routine low-level fly-over, but they also thought is was unusually loud. I must have assumed some of the details based on the sound level, but I do live just south of a major flight path for planes coming into LAX and they are well below their cruising altitude already - and the C-17 was nowhere near that elevation. I would have said hundreds of feet, neighbors say thousands, but only a few. So if the planes on approach to LAX are at maybe 15,000ft, the C-17 would have been at about 5,000ft, but I have already demonstrated my lack of accuracy in judging distances, so ?? I guess it was a routine fly-over after all, but way, way lower than the flight path I just mentioned and only a fraction of the 30,000ft. that you mentioned. Sorry for posting with incorrect information. For the record, I wasn't drinking, just a poor judge of distances and speed. I'm still puzzled by the deafening sound, but relieved that there was no real emergency.
Ian July 08, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I wonder if the pilots of aircraft like that realize that people (like me had I been in town to see this) wave and cheer as they fly over residential areas?
Proud American July 08, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I posted the video under so cal fly over. And no there wasnt any black smoke or anything. That sounds pretty scary..... The same plane may have been flying by La Habra, because they flew everywhere someone has the same plaine of film flying over Angels Stadium.

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