While sitting in the Arctic Fox relaxing, I do that a lot, I heard the sound of a fighter jet approaching, I recognized it because it's been happening every once in a while for the last few days. I grabbed my camera and went outside, but since a jet fighter precedes its sound by a goodly amount it sounded like it was right overhead but in actuality the jet was way gone and just a speck on the horizon.
Having learned from past experience that they make three passes near the rodeo arena area I got my camera ready to take a picture of something going by at a high rate of speed and waited the couple of minutes it takes for him to drop his ordinance and return for his next bombing run.
Sure enough here he comes and I'm ready. He goes from a speck in the distance to making his turn near the arena in about four seconds, and he's only in range for me to get a picture for a second or two.
But here's what I thought was interesting. They're not actually flying over where I'm at, he makes his turn back to the bombing range probably about 1/4 of a mile away from me so in all the times I've watched this show they've gone exactly the same way, and that's good because I know where to aim the camera, and believe me there's not much time to aim.
On his second pass he made the turn right where he always does, about 1/4 of a mile away with me standing near the Arctic Fox but out in an open area so my view doesn't get blocked by anything. I snapped a couple pictures and in the blink of an eye he's gone.
So here he comes on his third and final pass and I'm looking through the camera following him as he approaches but this time he makes his turn before he normally does and flies directly over my head low enough that I swear I could feel heat from the jet blast.
Now I don't know if I was purposely buzzed or not, but I was standing out in the open where I could easily be seen. The pilot has targeting electronics that can help him identify objects on the ground. None of the jets that I've watched has ever flown directly over the rodeo arena before. And jet jockeys are not above turning boring training missions into something more fun.
But true or not I'm going to add getting buzzed by an F-16 to my list of stories to tell the Grandkids.