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2011 Air Show July 20, 2011

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Last weekend, Rochester celebrated Navy Week, in part with the fabulous Air Show, featuring the Blue Angels.

Of course, in addition to the Angels, there were dozens of other planes – both in the air and on the ground.  And, since I am somewhat lacking in the photography department, most of the planes were either too far away or too fast (or both) for me to get decent photos, so I will spare you any more pictures of empty blue skies or blurry specks.  You’re welcome.

The Skyhawks - we were starting to wonder if we were being invaded by Canada, what with all the Canadians falling out of the sky!I did get a couple of decent shots of the SkyHawks – the parachute team doesn’t move quite as fast as a jet, I guess!  I, personally, have no interest in ever jumping out of an airplane, although it sure was impressive to watch, not just the jumping, but the mid-air acrobatics of these guys!   However, we were starting to wonder if we were being invaded by Canada, what with all the Canadians falling out of the sky!

And there they are - the Blue Angels - parked and ready to roll.  I love the way they line them up, in order.

And there they are – the Blue Angels – parked and ready to roll.  I love the way they line them up, in order.  We actually heard and saw them practicing for a couple of days ahead of time – we’re only about 15 minutes from the airport.  But probably one of the most impressive moments came as we were leaving the show – we were in the car heading home, when one of the planes buzzed the highway.

Upside down.

Boy, those pilots are show-offs, aren’t they?

Boy was it HOT!  The fire department had a sprinkler running all day to provide refreshment for people.  Note - NOT a good idea to avail yourself of the sprinkler if you're wearing linen.  Fortunately, linen dries in mere moments on a 92-degree day.Boy was it HOT!  The entire weekend (and continuing throughout the week, actually) saw temperatures well into the 90s, which, if you’re familiar with upstate New York at all, you know that, while do we see those kind of temperatures occasionally, we don’t like them, and we especially don’t like standing around outside when it’s like that.  (The local news estimated that the temperatures on the tarmac were upward of 130°F – plus humidity!)  Fortunately, the airport fire department had a sprinkler running all day to provide refreshment for people.  It’s good to know, too, that if you’re wearing white linen and you walk near the sprinklers, while you may become completely soaked in the blink of an eye, it won’t take much longer than that to dry.

Best seat in the house!The only shade available was under the planes – and some of those planes were huge!  It was kind of funny to see a hundred people or more, bunched up in the shadow of an the wing of a fighter jet.

Fortunately, the heat didn’t seem to bother most of the military personnel – they were unfailingly good-natured and friendly, even though they must have been suffering just as much as the rest of the crowds.

Fortunately, they were occasionally able to take a few minutes for themselves, to watch the show.

Best seat in the house!

This was my favorite scene of the day - the little kid, who'd climbed up to the plane, and the pilot patiently answering his endless questions, with the second airman standing behind him, keeping him safe.This was my favorite scene of the day – the little boy, who’d climbed maybe 6 feet up the side of the plane, and the pilot patiently answering his endless questions, with the second airman standing behind him, quietly making sure he stayed safe.

I guess that’s just what our troops do, isn’t it?

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1. Mazco34 - July 20, 2011

Cathy and I used to go to the air show at McGuire AFB on Memorial Day. We saw the Angels one year and the Thunderbirds the next. Angels were way cooler. Must be the color.

They also demonstrated taking over an airfield; dropping equipment; supplies and a bit of ordinance. They finally did a troop drop. It was very wild.

My only complaint was the 5 mile backup in and out of the joint.

Wow, they don’t do that much cool stuff here! And I think it was last year, we saw the Thunderbirds. Maybe the year before? We saw the Canadian Snwbirds, too, one year. They were all good – but you’re right, the Angels really are top-notch, aren’t they?

2. Man, it’s hot « Dark Side of the Fridge - July 22, 2011

[...] days more of this crap before the weather is supposed to break.  I hope so, it felt like the air show, without the cool military hardware.  [...]


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