Fighter jet flies over Pullman at low altitude

Courtesy of Doug Gadwa, Inter-state Aviation, Inc

IAN SMAY and JESSICA ZHOU

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An F-18 Hornet flew over Pullman at a low altitude at approximately 5 p.m.

The pilot requested permission and was cleared for the low-altitude flyby with Doug Gadwa, CEO of Inter-State Aviation, a fixed base operator in Pullman-Moscow regional airport. The pilot identified himself as a WSU ROTC graduate during the permission request.

The jet flew by at approximately a thousand feet above campus. The jet was based out of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in China Lake, California.

The pilot was on a currency training flight mission. These training missions are flown by pilots in order to maintain the skills needed to keep their status as fighter pilots, said Luke Thomston, aircraft refueler with Inter-State Aviation.