Monday, October 26, 2015

Soaring with the Blue Angels

I was sitting in a lawn chair in my backyard waiting for the Blue Angels when I heard this deep rumbling thunder above my head.  When I turned my head, I saw the under belly of Fat Albert.  Whoa!  Then he narrowly missed the tree tops across the scenic creek.

Girl, that's too close for my comfort.  Or should I say Captain?  The Fat Albert may have been piloted by Captain Higgens.

Then the Blue Angels came roaring in skimming the waves, looping around and up and about.  Many times, they made turns and fly overs across the Back Forty.

Back in 1946, the original team selected the name after the famous Blue Angel night club in New York City and the first air show was t Craig Field in Jacksonville Florida in June of the same year.

(The Fat Albert picture is borrowed but the others are my own pictures taken at an earlier show in Jacksonville.)

It was somewhat difficult to follow the Angels.  Your hear the screeching and screaming and the thunderous sound and vibrations are left in the pit of your stomach.

The Blue Angels may fly as close as 18 inches within each other.  They are truly awesome!

The mission of the Squadron is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to the country.  So they did!

It is rather awesome to read the name and numbers of the planes as they fly over the Back Forty.  Saturday was a beautiful day for the air show.  Sunday was cloudy and rain was also in the air.  The Blue Angels have two shows:  one for good weather when they soar and leave contrails; the other one is during cloudy conditions when they fly low and skim the surface.

At the end of the day, my husband and I went to Mayport for pizza and drinks by the river and we had a chance to see Fat Albert take off and head home to the west coast of Florida.  See you in two years!

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