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 Posted: Thu Oct 28th, 2010 04:31 pm
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I office out of my home, and it is in an upstairs room. We are about 7 miles as the crow flies from Alliance Airport. This weekend is the Alliance Air Show and the Blue Angles just arrived in their diamond formation. What a sight!

5 and 7 arrived yesterday and 7 was giving press rides all day. (about the only time I envy the media)

We are going Saturday. In addition to the Blue Angles, the F-22 demo team will be flying. This will be my first live look at the Raptor flying.

Lots of other demos as well. Look for pics and videos Sunday.



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jbarn, that is cool!  And the weather should be great for it this weekend! 



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jbarn wrote: Look for pics and videos Sunday.
Can't WAIT to see them!!! 

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TC-TX wrote: jbarn wrote: Look for pics and videos Sunday.
Can't WAIT to see them!!! 

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My first Blue Angels show was in the fall of 79'.....

Pensacola NAS is their 'Home Base' and they apparently always finish off their "season".... (at least back then) with a big ol' air show on base......

Complete other military aircraft..... including a coupla bombing runs.... First time I'd seen a Harrier up close and personal also....

Me and a coupla other jarheads climbed up on top of a Coca-Cola tractor trailer rig and had a great view....

Very, very cool......

 



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Bubba wrote: My first Blue Angels show was in the fall of 79'.....

Pensacola NAS is their 'Home Base' and they apparently always finish off their "season".... (at least back then) with a big ol' air show on base......

Complete other military aircraft..... including a coupla bombing runs.... First time I'd seen a Harrier up close and personal also....

Me and a coupla other jarheads climbed up on top of a Coca-Cola tractor trailer rig and had a great view....

Very, very cool......

 


I saw them first in the mid 70s when they just started flying the A-4.  That was the greatest airshow......Saw the Golden Knights do a high altitude show (they were at Alliance the past two years, but a low ceiling required them to jump from low altitude and pull the chutes as soon as they were out.  This year we should get to see the high altitude show), saw an Army Helicopter team demo that just rocked. 

Then in the late '80s I sw an Air Show in Corpus with the Angles, and saw the JATO with Fat Albert.  I thought that C-130 was going to fall out of the sky on takeoff. 

This show will also have the F-16 East Coast Demo Team (not the Thunderbirds), and a bunch of other cool flights.  The static displays should be good too.

I have never been to one with a simulated bombing run with pyrotechnics, would love to see that.



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Oh man.... The JATO is AWESOME!!!!

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http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8069329595760691898#

now i know what JATO is



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our "good camera" apparently just died yesterday. :( I might have to run out and pick up an at least temporary replacement at lunch so we can have some pics of the boys at the air show.



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jle wrote: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8069329595760691898#

now i know what JATO is


It's even more impressive @ night.... At least in MHO....




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A very good friend of mine is a retired Air Force E-8, he spent one tour as a plane captain with the Thunderbirds.  He told me this story:

They did a show with the Blue Angels at Pensacola. The show ended on Sunday evening, and they were scheduled to fly back to their base on Monday morning.  The Thunderbirds C.O. was very wary that the Angels would try to pull some kind of a trick on them, so he made his crews do a thorough inspection of their planes that night, and again in the morning.  They didn't find any Navy stickers, decals, flags or anything on any of their planes, so they took off Monday morning with no issues...

...  until the C.O. went to land at their base and deployed his drag chute.  Apparently he didn't see the humor of the situation when a blue and gold Blue Angels chute popped out the back of his craft !!!

I don't imagine my very proud Air Force buddy would admit that story if it wasn't true.

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Bubba wrote: jle wrote: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8069329595760691898#

now i know what JATO is


It's even more impressive @ night.... At least in MHO....





That is impressive!



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Growing up down in Corpus, we were only about 20 minutes away from the base down there. We watched the planes all the time, but when the Air Show came to town was always very cool. We lived in a big two story house with a really flat roof, so everyday after school while they were practicing all my neighborhood friends and Dad's would come over and we would all get up on the roof and watch them practice. We did that every year as along as I can remember until we moved to Dallas. Always loved the air show.



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I remember seeing the Blue Angles in the  60s at MCAS El Toro. JATO/parachutes/static displays were exciting . The most amazing thing for me, I was 10 or 11,  was watching Art Scholl.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-kHTmYjBQk&feature=related

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Sam wrote: our "good camera" apparently just died yesterday. :( I might have to run out and pick up an at least temporary replacement at lunch so we can have some pics of the boys at the air show.We are camera cursed.

Anyone else going tomorrow?  We'll be there at gates open to maximize our time there.  Our boys both nap so 3 maybe the latest we can push it.



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 Posted: Fri Oct 29th, 2010 11:52 pm
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Aspiring Lush wrote: Sam wrote: our "good camera" apparently just died yesterday. :( I might have to run out and pick up an at least temporary replacement at lunch so we can have some pics of the boys at the air show.We are camera cursed.

Anyone else going tomorrow?  We'll be there at gates open to maximize our time there.  Our boys both nap so 3 maybe the latest we can push it.

We'll be there before the gates open.  The Angles should fly between 3 and 4 and they are worth the wait. 



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I'm hoping for a coupla flyby's down here in Burleson..... There are usually a coupla/three/four jets/plane formation that'll buzz down here whilst on hold.....

Y'all have a GREAT TIME!!!

Lookin' forward to any and all pics and vids....

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I wonder if they will be doing the flyover for the Rangers game?



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