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What was that sound up in the sky?

If anyone knows what caused the boom, they're not saying

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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - It's a bird, it's a plane, it's, it's, it's two planes, apparently.

That booming noise residents heard around 4 p.m. Wednesday?

It came from a pair of military-looking jets flying over Coeur d'Alene and Hayden, multiple witnesses reported.

But if they really were military jets, what were they doing here? And where were they headed?

That part, nobody knows. That is, they're not coughing up any info.

Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Naval Air Station in Whidbey Island, Wash., Mountain Home Air Force Base, Boise International Guard, and bases in Utah, Klamath Falls, Ore., and Great Falls Mont., all said the jets - if they really, truly were jets - didn't belong to them.

"I don't know where else I can turn," said Sgt. Eugene Taylor, spokesman at Fairchild Air Force Base who exhausted all his military connections trying to find the possible home base for the alleged jets that were described as incredibly loud and acrobatic by North Idaho witnesses.

"It had nothing to do with the show or us," said Greg Delavan, Coeur d'Alene Airport director. "We don't have any unusual activity like that at the airport."

The airport is hosting a big plane show, "Heritage Wings," next week. Big boy military planes are supposed to land in town for the festivities on Monday, but as for Wednesday's suspicious flights, the local airstrip wasn't any the wiser.

Worse, just because a plane flies through a local airspace, it doesn't have to report to the locals.

And the Federal Aviation Administration?

That department said Thursday without more specific flight log information, they have no way of knowing anything about the alleged planes, either.

The back story is this: On Wednesday, some people heard a loud noise in the sky. On Thursday, The Press ran a story about how an unidentified loud noise had been heard in the sky.

After the story ran, witnesses called to say rather politely, "They were planes, you lazy newspaper. All you had to do is look up."

"We were looking to see where the noise was coming from," said Judie Whitaker, Hayden Lake, who described them as looking like fighter jets. "The noise was just horrendous."

Some described them as so high-flying, they were barely visible.

Others claimed the crafts flew so low, they were in danger of nicking roof tops.

Some said they were flying like they were dog-fighting, or putting on an acrobatic show.

"Somebody knows something," said Allen Kenitzer, FAA spokesman, who thinks a likely story is that they were military jets doing what they wanted, and wouldn't tell any news outlet even if it asked because, well, it's the military and it doesn't have to say anything to anybody if it doesn't want to. "The military operates in the civilian airspace, but they do it differently."

Here's Glen Anderson's theory: The Coeur d'Alene man thinks they were a pair of hot-shot military pilots showing off for the local populace. Anderson used to live near bases around Seattle and heard low flying craft often. He would also hear stories about hot-dogging pilots getting caught and having to face the music back at base.

"It sounds like someone needs to be reprimanded," Anderson said.

Because those theories are incredibly logical, they're no fun to believe.

Instead, with military bases around the West not fessing up, we turn to Facebook, which is completely devoid of rumor and gossip and focuses instead on relevant facts.

According to multiple Coeur d'Alene area Facebookers, a meteor was spotted falling from the sky Tuesday night.

Hmmm. Meteor, jets, military cover-up, now we're getting somewhere.

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  • Irock79 posted at 4:51 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Irock79 Posts: 42

    Our neighborhood was literaly shaking it was awesome

  • Wiseguy posted at 4:02 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Wiseguy Posts: 77

    THE Idaho ANG fly A-10s. These were not A-10s with straight wings. These were swept wing like a F-16 or F-18 with light gray paint .

  • merlgerl posted at 12:47 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    merlgerl Posts: 207

    I agree! How dare "free American's" ask questions. And I'll bet they expect honest answers as well! The nerve!

  • Idahospud posted at 12:27 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Idahospud Posts: 1

    I would like to comment about the Meteor people had seen Tuesday night. I too saw a very bright object in the sky Tuesday night moving slowly towards the southeast. After some internet searching I believe it was the International Space Station. It was visible again last night around 9:07pm.

  • Triumph posted at 11:09 am on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Triumph Posts: 581

    Yeah Baby!!!!

  • Hayden Joe posted at 9:39 am on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Hayden Joe Posts: 177

    Jet Noise - The Sound Of Freedom.

    Proud, Proud, Proud.

  • gggggg posted at 9:36 am on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    gggggg Posts: 206

    What in the world is the matter with people today? Are the acid trips people took in the 60’s flashing back? What makes people think they have to complain about a couple of military jets flying overhead? Those two jets just may be the same two jets and pilots that save your bacon from an attack someday. Did the break the sound barrier and destroy your property? No, they just flew over getting the much needed airtime and gaining a better bond with man and machine.

    Why would the press try and call the police and several military bases to find out who “The jets belong to”? Try US, the US. Government and the Tax Payers, that’s who. They need to be in the air as much as possible and if their over your house for a micro second so what. It’s better than the teenagers that bang on drums all day and night or the constant parties in the neighborhood.

    This is our U.S. Military training to save your donkey should it need protecting which it does and always will. Those who complained and the reporters who investigated the incident should sit back and think about what you did and why. Those of us who were in the military and those who serve today and in the future will train for days, weeks and years just to be prepared for that few seconds, minutes or days of combat they may encounter someday. Let it be!!!!!!

  • Proudmom posted at 8:01 am on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Proudmom Posts: 3

    I was hoping to read something relating to the fly over. I was on the phone at the time with my credit card company. I yelled "hold on" to the poor man on the other end, as ran out to the deck just as they banked and headed west. WOW, was all I could say after they were gone. The guy on the phone said, "What was that"? And I explained what he and I both experienced. I agree with all the comments. It was an amazing and proud moment to experience for this proud "Navy" mom!

  • popalot posted at 7:57 am on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    popalot Posts: 1

    Pure music. Who could possibly complain? Who ever it is probably doesn't like dogs either.

  • cdaman1 posted at 7:07 am on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    cdaman1 Posts: 27

    The sound of those jets was music to my ears and the sight of them in the sky makes me proud to be an American knowing brave men and women are protecting me.

  • lola123 posted at 5:50 am on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    lola123 Posts: 340

    Yes I saw them too and they were definitely US fighter jets and it looked like they were practicing dogfight maneuvers. So what is the big deal? It was very neat to see.

  • Why Not posted at 5:21 am on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Why Not Posts: 4619

    Try the 124th fighter wing, Idaho Air National Guard. It's summer training time, so two F 16's cruised in around Canfield then straight West. The blue and gold insignia was clear enough. The altitude was roughly level with the mountain, not roof top and not dangerous. It was pretty cool.

  • voxpop posted at 5:12 am on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Yeah Glen. Let's insist that two fighter jocks practicing ACM to better protect your whiny rear are 'reprimanded'. Being a dad of an F-18A pilot I want him to practice whenever he gets the chance. Better skills to protect even those don't appreciate their country.

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