Someday, I hope that I can see life through Myrtle Rose-colored glasses. At 75 years-young, Ms. Rose continues to live her life on her own terms. A few days ago, when President Obama decided to celebrate his 50th birthday with family and friends in Chicago, much of the air space was restricted. Unfortunately, Ms. Rose did not know any air space was restricted so she spent the day like many days with a brief flight over Chicago in her antique 1941 Piper J-3 Cub. A short time into the flight, two F-16 fighter jets were planted on either side of her trying to communicate. But Ms. Rose didn’t have her radio on. She no doubt waved to the pilots who she believed were just trying to get a look at her antique plane.
“I thought, ‘Oh, well, they’re just looking at how cute the Cub is’,” she confirmed yesterday to the AP.
When she landed a short time later, she was approached by the police who told her what had happened. According to the AP, Ms. Rose typically checks for airspace restrictions, but her computer was not working.
The North American Aerospace defense Command (Norad) was not happy, “There’s really no excuse for not knowing,” said Mike Humphreys, a spokesman for Norad. “Anyone who flies an aircraft should know the restrictions.”
Another Norad representative suggested Rose had no business thinking that a military jet racing towards her would be in any way related to the cuteness of her plane. [Well not everyone is focused on government]
“The biggest thing to keep in mind is that when F-16s come screaming up to you, they are probably trying to tell you something,” spokeswoman Stacey Knott said.
Through my Myrtle Rose-colored glasses, I see a Washington where bipartisan deals get done and the debt ceiling gets raised just like it has been 74 times since 1960. My taxes will be lower and jobs will be everywhere. Thanks, Myrtle Rose! Life is much better with the radio off:)