...Even The Good Guys Prompt Panic

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Of course, terror from the sky comes in all shapes, sizes and colors, even red, white and blue. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds rattled more than the windows during a photo shoot over New York City last Thursday. The team was in the area for a Memorial Day air show and couldn't resist having their pictures taken in formation over the Statue of Liberty. With a C-130 carrying photographers accompanying them, the seven-ship formation made three passes over Miss Liberty. Concern on the ground was both inevitable and duly considered, according to the Air Force. Regardless, the spectacle still surprised some still-affected Manhattan residents. Air Force spokesman Capt. Jason Medina said all appropriate local, state and federal agencies were alerted along with law enforcement agencies, but the show came as a surprise to many on the ground for whom the events of three-and-a-half years ago are obviously still close to their consciousness. "I was surprised. I thought there was a war coming," said Ernesto Vega, a tire shop worker. "I was thinking about the Twin Towers right away," said Rosa Torres. Medina said phone calls and the worries were expected.