Holiday flyovers use a lot of jet fuel

Holiday flyovers use a lot of jet fuel

One of our traditional Fourth of July parade highlights is the flyover of some awesome Air Force jets. It only lasts a few seconds, but is quite a thrill.

I got to thinking about that recently, and how one of my old friends used to fly the F-15. I was curious about how much fuel was being burned in such a flyover, so I contacted my friend to discuss it.

He knew how many pounds of fuel he would have to plan for such a flight, but I needed to convert that to something I could understand. I drive my car close to 10,000 miles a year, so after working it all out, and factoring in how much more crude oil it takes to produce jet fuel than motor fuel, I found that for the same amount of crude it would take for one of those jets to fly over our parade, I could drive my car for 15 years. For two jets, 30 years.

That's an awful lot of gas, and I don't even want to think of what it's costing us taxpayers. I know the Air Force would just count it as another training flight for their pilots, but really, is this responsible? We're going to have to draw the line sometime. After we run out of crude?

Retired Air Force

Lt. Col. Robert Bushman