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177th Fighter Interceptor Group (the Jersey Devils)
by Ed Matlack

Saturday, November 06, 2004
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Seems of late an F-16 sprayed a school,
Twenty-five rounds, non-exploding ordinance,
Not their intention, of course, thankfully school was closed…

177th Fighter Interceptor Group…(the Jersey Devils)


They do over fly the campground every now and then,

These fighters do take off from Atlantic City,

They make a lot of noise, and fly quite low,

But neither problem is a pity…


They are there to protect our skies,

They look so majestic when flying over in formation,

They do their level best to completely protect our nation,

These men and women of the 177th fighter interceptor group,

The Jersey Devils they do call themselves, they could be our salvation…


The fighter in question was not from the Devils,

Out of Andrews in Washington he was, his flight from there, level,

Either way, it was a mistake, a firing range only 3 miles distant,

Anyone can make a mistake, as long as it is not constant…

              © ed ~ 11/6/04






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Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/6/2004
Outstanding Ed!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/6/2004

i heard about this on this morning's news...GAD. it could have been so much worse...i'm glad everything turned out (reasonably) okay...i would have hated to be that custodian in the school INCOMING!!!!!!!! GEEZ.

excellent write--

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 11/6/2004
God sometimes flies in jets in that he spared that pilot the horror of killing an innocent. I would imagine he is already punishing himself far worse than any other. Glad that the school was spared.
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 11/6/2004
wow... I've heard of these planes, of course, but that picture is goose-bumpy exciting! I suppose it makes sense that my love of water craft, ships, etc would also extend to "ships" in the sky. I don't understand this "mistake" but I do hope they aren't a potential menace. ... sounds like just what we need up there, where bad stuff can occur. Thanks, Ed... this was really a cool and fascinating pic/poem/info for me. katy xox.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/6/2004
I heard about that on the news; glad nobody was hurt or even killed! Some spot of news, eh?

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

Great write; God bless our vets!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/6/2004
Thank God tragedy was avoided. Thank you for the info, Ed. Love and peace to you and to Rufuz. Regis
Reviewed by Reginald Birch (Reader) 11/6/2004
Thanks Ed, for a view of the Jersey Devils, is that what they call friendly fire?

PS: Saw a TV documentary about your Hornet F 18 Jet Fighter the other night, it showed how they could hit something so very small, but did not mention the mistakes they make. As long as no one was hurt Ed. It is good to know they are up there practising for when they are needed.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/6/2004
So glad to hear that school was closed, too. And I find it quite interesting that this fighter group named itself after your mythical monster - The Jersey Devil. Fascinating.
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 11/6/2004
A wonderful write, Ed. I agree, our men and women in the sky may very well be our best defense to another inside attack. A very nice tribute to them all.
Take care,
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 11/6/2004
Glad to hear the school was closed. If it had been opened the mistake would not be accepted as easily.
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