Balloon Boy, Airliner Boys and . . .

It's been quite a week in the friendly skies. What can possibly come next?
It's been quite a week in the friendly skies. What can possibly come next?

Sure, with Boeing trying to build jets here (and not, for the next few weeks anyway, in South Carolina), Seattle people pay extra attention to aviation and all things aeronautical. But now there'ꀙs something in the air everywhere all of a sudden. Literally.

Last week, it was a 6-year old boy'ꀙs fictitious balloon flight and its suspicious aftermath that caught our fancy. Wednesday night, two airline pilots were unreachable by air traffic controllers and overshot their destination by 150 miles. The pilots'ꀙ claim of distraction from an apparently feigned fight over airline safety policies, much like the Balloon Boy'ꀙs 'ꀜwe did this for the show,'ꀝ has got the world aflutter.

There'ꀙs one other particularly creepy parallel in both of these airborne mysteries: Balloon Boy'ꀙs flight was in the skies near Denver, and before the Airliner Boys temporarily disappeared, they, too, were last heard from as they flew over The Mile High City.

On a day when the biopic of disappearing aviatrix Amelia Earhart is premiering in theaters everywhere, all this is enough to make anyone wonder what unbelievable story will next touchdown from the spooky skies.


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