Jets detour jet for fly-by

Empire State Building lit in Jets' colors. (credit: Mirsasha/

Closing in on Newark Airport Sunday night after dismantling the Patriots, a giddy Rex Ryan thought it would be fun to buzz Manhattan’s most famous tower –the Empire State Building — which was lit up in gang green and white to honor the return of New York’s finest.

And instead of a “negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full” as one might expect in a town a tad wary of low flying planes, Newark’s air traffic controllers managed to find the pilots a clear lane to take in the view even in LaGuardia’s airspace, according to the New York Post.

“For the Empire State Building to be lit green and white was already special,” Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum told the paper.

“Then for everyone involved to allow us to have a view on our way back was a great ending for our trip and something the team will always remember.”

The landmark building is slated to retain the color scheme through at least Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Steelers.

As for the controllers who cleared the path, the captain conveyed a message from an appreciative Ryan saying, “You guys are awesome.”

And then they got a snack.



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