Coast Guard charter captain gets surprise fly-by guest from fighter jet

Coast Guard charter captain gets surprise fly-by guest from fighter jet
F-18 that flew over Matt Wirt's boat (Source: Matt Wirt)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Matt Wirt, a US Coast Guard Charter Captain from Wilmington got a surprise fly-by guest Wednesday.

Wirt said he was about 40 miles offshore when the following conversation over radio traffic took place between him and the US Navy:

US Navy: Radio Check. 
Wirt: Loud and clear. 
US Navy: Would you like a fly by?
Wirt: Absolutely, (relays lat long) 
Wirt: Buzz us like Tom Cruise did on Top Gun. 
Pilot: Inbound 2 mins. 30 seconds. 10 seconds.

Moments later, an f-18 flew right over Wirt's boat and he was able to capture the entire thing on camera.


"When the US NAVY asks if you would like a fly by the only appropriate response is…. Please buzz us like Tom Cruise did on Top Gun!" Wirt said in one of his posts.

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