F16s scrambled to intercept 75-year-old in kit plane
Myrtle Rose, a plucky 75-year-old, was no match for the two US Air Force F16 jet fighters when they intercepted her in the skies over Chicago last week and dipped their wings in a signal that she had better turn around and head back to wherever she had come from.
Piloting a kit plane called a Kitfox Model 2, Ms Rose did just that and before long she was safely back on the ground at Mill Rose Farm Airport near the suburb of South Barrington.
It was only there that she learned of her mistake: erring into restricted airspace declared out of bounds during a visit to Chicago by President Barack Obama.
Not that she let the incident upset her too much, according to South Barrington Deputy Police Chief Ray Cordell who met her soon afterwards. "She was unaware that she had entered restricted air space," Mr Cordell said. "Surprised was probably the right term."
The Illinois Daily Herald reported that Ms Rose is the widow of one of the founders of South Barrington, and several aircraft are registered in her late husband's name.
Mr Cordell noted it wasn't every day that jet fighters fly over a normally tranquil suburb, which has a population of some 4,500 people.
A spokesman for Norad, North American Aerospace Defence Command, said fighters were scrambled when air traffic controllers could not warn Ms Rose of her mistake.
The reason why they were unable to contact her is understandable – Ms Rose's kit plane has no radio.
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Ed Miliband less influential than One Direction's Louis Tomlinson in official Doncaster power list
- 3 Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
- 4 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
California teacher appears to have hanged herself in her classroom
The City of the Monkey God: Archaeologists claim to have found city lost for 1,000 years in remote Honduran jungle
Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
Bubonic plague-carrying fleas found on New York City rats
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing fitness cha...
£16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leading provider of Teleradiology s...
£19000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leading provider of Telera...
£14600 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Established in 2003 the company...