I was just driving home from work. Stopped at the intersection of 36th and Old Seward to make a right turn...while waiting for the light to change I leaned over the passenger seat of my car to roll down that window. I'm leaning over, and I look out my windshield, toward the sky as I roll the window down.
What do I see from this newly afforded angle out of my windshield? What is it I see as I am peering into the sky, while waiting in traffic, and utterly unable to pull over to get a better look or take a few pictures?
I see a plane. Neh, scratch that, I see SIX PLANES....but not just six planes flying through the sky. I see what appears to be a normal passenger jet of the 737 or 747 variety flying south. Following this normal appearing passenger aircraft, following very closely actually, was a large fighter jet of some variety. Flanking the right side of the normal appearing passenger aircraft were three smaller fighter jets and a fourth slightly in front of it.
This plane was very clearly being escorted. Maybe it was just some normal training exercise out of Elemendorf or Ft. richardson. But I see those all the time. Whereas I have never before seen such a site as one plane so clearly being escorted through the skies.
What's going on? Was this a completely normal occurance that I've just never noticed before, or is something up? Nobody else in traffic seemed to notice, though I did notice several pedestrians peering skyward with looks of bewilderment and curiosity.
I googled it, and checked the local news-stations and newspaper online. I don't see a mention of it anywhere. Totally bizarre nonetheless. I wish my camera had been accesible and not deep in the recesses of my backpack.
As an aside...Yes! it has gotten warm enough out that I need to open BOTH windows after the car sits in the sun all day.)