Low-flying military planes could startle some Charlotteans on Saturday

Low-flying military planes could startle some Charlotteans on Saturday

CHARLOTTE, NC (Joe Marusak/The Charlotte Observer) - No need to dive into a ditch or call 911 when low-flying military planes suddenly come into view over Charlotte on Saturday.

"The military is not taking over," joked Capt. Monica Ebert of the North Carolina Air National Guard.

All eight C-130 Hercules planes in the Guard's 145th Airlift Wing will fly in formation to train and to celebrate the 46-year mission of the C-130 unit.

The planes are scheduled to fly from the Guard base at Charlotte Douglas International Airport at 12:30 p.m. or 12:45 p.m. for a Guard base in Stanly County, where they will conduct a simulated cargo drop, probably pallets of sandbags, Ebert said.

The planes are scheduled to return to Charlotte's airport at 2:15 p.m.

Because the planes will fly at an altitude of only 1,000 feet, "you're not going to miss them," Ebert told the Observer. "You will get lots of calls."

On a Monday morning last August, a low-altitude flight by four military jets over Bank of America Stadium startled residents and office workers.

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The pilots of those planes were "careless and reckless" in flying lower and faster than authorized, according to a preliminary report obtained by the Observer under the Freedom of Information Act.