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Questions surround small plane that flew under Cape Fear bridge

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In Wilmington a small airplane caused quite a stir around the downtown area Saturday afternoon. A little after 3:15 p.m., it came in extremely low along the river, flying toward the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. The plane continued on a low flight path, and actually flew below the bridge. Photographer, Mike Bryand was able to take a quick shot of the plane just after it flew under the bridge. Controllers at the Wilmington Tower received calls about the dangerous stunt and would like to report the pilot to the FAA. If you have any information or other pictures, please contact News Channel 3.

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Common, give him a brake! I

Common, give him a brake! I know a guy who did this but with a B24 Bomber under Brooklin bridge in the 50s. I don't see why this should be so dangerous....

Find him, Spank him, Throw the Book at him

The airplane appears to be a plans built, experimental aircraft know as the Bowers Fly Baby. Pilots like this endanger life, property and the freedom's that GA pilot's in general, enjoy. When identified, this pilot needs to be spanked and then prosecuted to the fullest and never allowed to fly again. I pray that responsible Experimental Aircraft Owner's and Operator's do not loose their privilege's because of people like this. Can you imagine what the bridge tender, people on the bridge and others felt when they saw this airplane - they had no way of knowing that it was some fool executing a prank!

Give him a break!

It was a harmless prank and made an awesome photo. I just hope he has not drawn too much attention and will have to stay grounded for awhile. I would also like to buy the pilot a beer and I hope ANGRYC can relax. He did clear the bridge. Everyone is fine, some of us are even entertained.

i drive over that bridge

i drive over that bridge alot. and have to say that flying a plane under it seems safer.

Now thats news!

Now thats news!

NEXT TIME

HEY PILOT IF YOU READ THIS NEXT TIME I WANT TO RIDE ALONG AND THEN FLY BETWEEN THE SMOKE STACKS AT PROGRESS ENERGY ON 421

Mentor

His mentor was Author Godfrey.

Now you know why....

....I always carry a couple of SA-7's on my boat.

well...

I would love to buy that pilot a beer! Seriously, it was very dumb but it gives us all a little something to talk about...

If the bridge operator could

If the bridge operator could not open the draw then why not fly above it or turn around???

Stealth mode man...stealth

Stealth mode man...stealth mode! No radar detection :-)

The bridge operator wouldn't

The bridge operator wouldn't open the draw, so he had to fly under it!

HORRIBLE

This was ignorant and dangerous. I hope they find who it was and put them in prison. One stupid mistake could have cost people their lives. What a moron.

airplane flies under bridge

I always wanted to do that!

Pilots

In pilot circles it is often said, " there are bold pilots and old pilots, but very few old, bold pilots".

THIS

guy has a screw loose! IF he gets caught, I would SUSPECT the FAA would hang him to dry!

Low flier

Ask Scott Gerow helicopter pilot for the NH County Sheriff's Office about the low flying stunt plane, it was also spotted buzzing sunbathers on Wrightsville Beach last summer.