2013-11-08 / Community

Look Up, Up In The Sky!

Strange Plane Over Rockaway
By Dan Guarino


From her apartment window, Dayton Towers resident Nancy Herman captured this strange looking aircraft flying high over Rockaway. Photo by Nancy Herman. From her apartment window, Dayton Towers resident Nancy Herman captured this strange looking aircraft flying high over Rockaway. Photo by Nancy Herman. Rockaway residents have gotten used to seeing some pretty strange things on land and sea these days. But pointing to the sky, a few people last week noted something odd traveling through the air.

Nancy Herman sent several photos to The Wave, “captured,” she said, “from my apartment in 103-00 Shore Front Parkway on Tuesday, October 22nd.”

Around 5 p.m. “I was taking some photos of the pretty sky and clouds,” she said, “and just so happened to capture what I think is a drone.”

The odd shaped craft could be seen flying eastward over the Peninsula, soaring past the Marine Parkway Bridge. It appeared to have a compact central body, attached to two outsized propellors.

Around the same time a resident of Broad Channel passing through Fort Tilden also reported seeing, and hearing, something strange in the sky.


A US Marine Corps Bell-Boeing Osprey. A US Marine Corps Bell-Boeing Osprey. “I heard a loud sound, like rotors thumping. I looked up expecting to see a helicopter.

“The next thing, this weird plane looking thing clears the trees and goes past over my head.”

He described an aircraft with a smaller body and tail suspended between two very large propellers.

“It was low and traveling east to west. I thought maybe it was headed into Floyd Bennett Field.”

A call to the National Park Service’s Ryan Visitor Center reached a very aeronautically knowledgeable Ranger, who said “Oh, a Marine Corps Osprey!”

“It wasn’t a normal airplane sound. That’s what made me look up,” the ranger said.

He described the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey, a military aircraft built to take off straight up, like a helicopter, tilt its rotors forward and then fly like a plane.

Did it land at Floyd Bennett?

“No, we don’t get those here” he said. “I think it was headed toward JFK.”

“It’s a really cool airplane,” he added.

It certainly created a ‘buzz’ over Rockaway.

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