Low-level NASA flights today

NASA officials say they expect to be flying their P-3B Orion over Central Maryland today (Tuesday), part of their July air-pollution sampling campaign.

The notice says the four-engine turbo-prop will be in the skies over the Baltimore-Washington region from dawn until 1:30 p.m. The aircraft is expected to fly over I-95 between the Washington and Baltimore beltways.

So, first, if you see the plane buzzing the interstate at 1,000 feet, don't panic. It's the government, and everything is under control. And second, drop us a comment here and describe what you saw.

Are these flights really unsettlingly low? Or do they blend in pretty well with the usual approaches and departures for BWI-Marshall Airport? 

(PHOTO: NASA handout)


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