a reply to: AceWombat04
Thanks for the photo love, Ace!
I agree with your thoughts on fleet week Wombat. I think anyone who is lucky enough to see a blue angels demonstration really can appreciate how much
skill is involved flying such advanced technology. I took a buddy of mine to the USS Hornet last year to watch the Angels fly.
This guy hates Airplanes, and whenever I bring them up, it goes in one ear, and out the other.
After he saw them fly, he actually will now listen when I talk about military aviation
The same happened at this years show:
My girlfriend has been amazing and has put up with my aviation obsession for over a year now. She visits the museums with me, never rushes us to
leave, even if she's tired, bored or anything. She's always been slightly interested/impressed with planes, but it wasn't until this weekend that she
had seen demonstration teams in action.
When the blue angels did their first fly over angel island, (they must have been within 1000 feet of us) they passed and flew diamond formation
straight into the heavens, I looked down at my girlfriend who was also taking pictures, and I noticed the smile on her face, and the tears coming down
She finally got hit with the plane bug
Another really fun thing to do whilst the Demonstration teams are in the air is to have a scanner radio handy.
The blue angels are hilarious on comm's. whenever they perform a turn in a very tight formation, the lead pilot will throughout that turn say
"Puuuuuuuuusssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhh.......AND BREAK!" maybe its funnier when you see what these guys are doing, and yet are so calm in such a
dangerous situation. Sometimes the pilots will even sing songs on comm's whilst flying.
I've mentioned it in earlier posts of mine, but I have a recording from last year of the Angels in Diamond Formation, and the lead pilots wing tip
smacked into his wingmans canopy.
no one was injured, and I assume the plane was fine, but the RTB command came over the radio as soon as that happened. No one really noticed the early
return since they were already 45 minutes into their routine, and it was a Sunday(The final day)