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Presidential security buzzes the skies of the Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: May 8, 2014 4:52 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2014 4:52 p.m.

The thunderous noise of fighter jets “buzzing” some Santa Clarita Valley homes Wednesday night turns out to be the byproduct of presidential protection during Barack Obama’s visit to Los Angeles.

“It sounded like lawn mowers on my roof,” said a Canyon Country resident who identified herself only as Cathy. She first heard the jets about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, she said.

“There were aerial motorized noises over my house,” she said. “(I thought,) what are these objects flying overhead? They were very loud.”

Jim Nicol of Newhall wrote to The Signal Thursday morning questioning what he thought were “Air Force jet fighter maneuvers over SCV.”

“What was that AF fighter jet doing yesterday afternoon doing mock air-to-air combat maneuvers over the SCV?” he asked.

Short answer: national security.

Fighter jets intercepted two aircraft that wandered into a no-fly area imposed because of Obama’s visit, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh, a spokesman for North American Aerospace Defense Command, says a small private plane and a private helicopter were spotted in the no-fly zone Wednesday, and authorities couldn’t immediately make contact with the pilots, AP said.

California Air National Guard F-15s eventually escorted the aircraft out of the restricted area.

One landed at Agua Dulce Airpark, the other at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad.

Cathy in Canyon Country said the same jet sounds were heard twice Thursday morning, but authorities say no planes violated restrictions during the president’s Thursday visit.

President Obama left Los Angeles for San Diego at 2:10 p.m., according to his itinerary posted on the White House website.
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hopeful: Posted: May 8, 2014 5:23 p.m.

NOW I know what that was...those jets sure were loud!

SReilly12: Posted: May 8, 2014 6:47 p.m.

The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming..........oh it was just BHO - amounts to about the same!

balld13: Posted: May 8, 2014 7:44 p.m.

All that for a fund raiser?

stevehw: Posted: May 8, 2014 8:08 p.m.

Here we go...

ricketzz: Posted: May 9, 2014 6:54 a.m.

The Russians were our allies in the War Against Fascism. Now who has changed sides?

Mella: Posted: May 9, 2014 7:20 a.m.

I got caught in that horrible traffic...Took me 3 hrs to get home! EVER HEARD OF JUST WRITING A CHECK FOR A FUNDRAISER?? And mailing it? EVER HEARD OF PAYPAL???

Unreal: Posted: May 9, 2014 7:41 a.m.

Fundraising. Isn't that what Obama was doing in Vegas when the "stand down" orders were given while our embassy was attacked and our Ambassador murdered along with 3 other Americans? If it had not been for the actions of 2 of the heroes who were murdered that day many others would have been killed too. They disobeyed orders to rescue many others before they themselves were killed. They were the real American leaders that day.

Where was Obama? Where was Hillary? I thought when the call came in the early morning hours Hillary would be the one to answer the call?

But at least Obama has security. Good for him.

OldReliable: Posted: May 9, 2014 7:41 a.m.

B H O is a D U D!

FunTimeSportSharks: Posted: May 9, 2014 9:07 a.m.

That F15 was AWESOME... Maverick buzzed the Eastside SCV... sounded like an airshow & my boys were super excited to see it.

Vtown123: Posted: May 9, 2014 10:06 a.m.

I wonder how that escort went down...the slowest the f15 could go without stalling would probably be the airplanes max speed.

SReilly12: Posted: May 9, 2014 11:13 a.m.

Those sounds were not American planes......that was just Nancy on her broom stick, passing gas!!!

FunTimeSportSharks: Posted: May 9, 2014 11:33 a.m.

Vtown123... the F15 did have to do a couple of small circles over the area on that escort. We heard the small plane fly over the house first (in a hurry) and then the sound of the jet coming behind it in the distance. We go to two or three airshows a year and recognized that sound as soon as we heard it coming, the kids bolted out of the house to spot it coming over low above the school behind our house. Hope the person flying the small plane had a change of pants with them when they touched down.

tpaul: Posted: May 9, 2014 12:56 p.m.

It sounded like lawn mowers on my roof,” said a Canyon Country resident who identified herself only as Cathy. “There were aerial motorized noises over my house,” she said. “(I thought,) what are these objects flying overhead? They were very loud.”
"Cathy" I have GOT to party with you---

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