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Was out paddling on the Tar yesterday with my brother about a mile down from Port Terminal, when I saw a small Cessna fly over and I waved at him because I thought he may have been low enough to see us. Sure enough he circled back around 4 or 5 times and even rocked his wings side to side as he flew over. I remember watching something some time where someone was SOS and the plane was acknowledging that they had seen the SOS signal by rocking their wings back and forth. About 20 minutes later that HUGE storm blew in and made me wonder if he was trying to warn us to get off the water, or if he somehow thought we were SOS.

Anyone know the meaning behind the flyover tilt/rock wings?
 

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Was out paddling on the Tar yesterday with my brother about a mile down from Port Terminal, when I saw a small Cessna fly over and I waved at him because I thought he may have been low enough to see us. Sure enough he circled back around 4 or 5 times and even rocked his wings side to side as he flew over. I remember watching something some time where someone was SOS and the plane was acknowledging that they had seen the SOS signal by rocking their wings back and forth. About 20 minutes later that HUGE storm blew in and made me wonder if he was trying to warn us to get off the water, or if he somehow thought we were SOS.

Anyone know the meaning behind the flyover tilt/rock wings?
In Pilot circles, the wave of the wing is like the wave of the hand. It can be used as an acknowledgement of a signal received from another aircraft or someone on the ground, but often is used when a general aviation pilot wants to "wave" to friends or family in a specific location. As you described, the pilot will fly over the area and "wave" a wing.


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In Pilot circles, the wave of the wing is like the wave of the hand. It can be used as an acknowledgement of a signal received from another aircraft or someone on the ground, but often is used when a general aviation pilot wants to "wave" to friends or family in a specific location. As you described, the pilot will fly over the area and "wave" a wing.


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Thanks! Makes sense seeing as we were the ones waving and dancing on the river bank :D
 

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We have a pond that is on the pattern for Seymour. Most of the flyovers are low, slow, and turning.
I've had anything from a C-130 to F15 acknowledge a wave from the water by wagging the wings or tail.

I live directly under a place where 15's go to play and raise cane. I have in the past gotten them to turn it up with arm signals. Ie, next pass not much higher than treetop, roll right, roll left in tandem. They used to buzz the shop all the time if they saw my vehicle parked down there. Low and fast. Sounded the like the tin was going to come off.

Always wanted to buy those guys or gals a beer.
 

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We have a pond that is on the pattern for Seymour. Most of the flyovers are low, slow, and turning.
I've had anything from a C-130 to F15 acknowledge a wave from the water by wagging the wings or tail.

I live directly under a place where 15's go to play and raise cane. I have in the past gotten them to turn it up with arm signals. Ie, next pass not much higher than treetop, roll right, roll left in tandem. They used to buzz the shop all the time if they saw my vehicle parked down there. Low and fast. Sounded the like the tin was going to come off.

Always wanted to buy those guys or gals a beer.
Used to play golf on Duck Woods Golf Course on the OBX on Wednesdays many years ago with a bunch of retired FBI, CIA and Navy guys. An active pilot buddy of one of the Navy guys used to buzz us on the golf course with a Tomcat. Way cool.
 

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Yep he was waving back, my father in law was a pilot.

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We have a pond that is on the pattern for Seymour. Most of the flyovers are low, slow, and turning.
I've had anything from a C-130 to F15 acknowledge a wave from the water by wagging the wings or tail.

I live directly under a place where 15's go to play and raise cane. I have in the past gotten them to turn it up with arm signals. Ie, next pass not much higher than treetop, roll right, roll left in tandem. They used to buzz the shop all the time if they saw my vehicle parked down there. Low and fast. Sounded the like the tin was going to come off.

Always wanted to buy those guys or gals a beer.
not related to wings rocking but I got one spot on the Neuse(my best spot on the river) and they(15's) run right down and very low. half asleep in a boat at night waiting ona rod to bend and then all that noise. It will scare the snot of of ya......
 

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Back when Seymour Johnson used to be a B-52 bomber wing along with a F-4 phantom contingent I bunch of us were canoeing by Seymour at the same time half a dozen B-52's took off with Phantom escorts.

I think I learned what the end of the world will feel like after I quit choking on kerosene fumes. That was awesome. Tree top right over our head.

Another good place is the Wilburs parking lot. As the 15's come in low and slow doing their touch and goes, they are so low at that point there is n't much you can't see and you can even here the servos moving the control surfaces. That's cool.

Had one of those things go down in the backyard back in 2003. I didn't see it but heard it as it flew over. After seeing and hearing them for years at low level we don't pay them any mind. It's just normal. Until one doesn't sound quite right. The reason people saw it go in in a rural area, is because something was different. They dropped what they were doing and looked up.

http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/U...&productType=IncludedProducts&page=1&b=45139b

I think they put every available F-15 over that crash site in a matter of a few minutes. The response was incredible.
 

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I have sat in the parking lot at wilbers many a time and clotted my arteries and spiked my blood sugar levels while enjoying watching the planes coming and going.
 

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And got indigestion from Hickory smoke in my food.
Why people don't cook on gas I'll never understand.
If I wanted to eat a dern tree, I'd take a knife and fork to the woods.
 

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When feeding a crowd, gas is the way to go. Smoked food gives a lot of people indigestion. Some of those have no idea what gives them indigestion. They just know it when they get it.

I've cooked tons of hogs and never lit a piece of wood yet. I can out cook Wilburs without a doubt, hands down....on gas.
You can taste the pork his hickory smoke is covering up.
 

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You should hear the things the pilots from Cherry Point talk about seeing on those long slow turns they do over Havelock and the surrounding area... It's been said that half of Craven County are nudist behind their Privacy Fences LOL...
 
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