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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Blue Angels

Some days it pays to be a volunteer. Getting tickets to the VIP showing of the Blue Angels was one terrific payoff. I can't even begin to describe how cool it was. We went to the preview day which was their final "dress rehearsal" for the weekend airshow. We were in the VIP tent and just mere yards away from the planes parked on the tarmac. 

Thanks to my dear friend who loaned us her awesome camera, we were able to get the best photos. Sean clicked off something like 900 pictures in the 2.5 hours we were there. Here are some of the best of the best. 

Sean managed to get the Blue Angels passing each other. They are turned so they are a mirror image and we see the bottom of one and the top of the other. 

Here's that same photo enlarged to see the planes. I'm so impressed that Sean caught them 'kissing'. 

The kids were in love with the Fastest School Bus in the World. It has a jet engine in it. There was a state trooper at the end of the runway with a speed gun and this bus was clocked at 325 mph.

The parachutes looked beautiful coming down.

Nice landing.

Can you see the vapor trail?

This is the Heritage Flight.

Photo proof that I really attend these events.

Can you tell Rebekah was tired? Look at that sour-puss face. This shows how close we were to the planes. We sat in the 3rd row of chairs. It was incredible!

Here's the Blue Angel's supply plane, Fat Albert.

The Blue Angels.

Waving to us on takeoff.

Perfect formation.

This was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I am so blessed that we were able to get tickets and go. Makes some of those nights away from my family worthwhile. The kids loved the show (and getting out of school early). We decided it was education of a different kind to see this show. And we did talk a little bit about physics and aerodynamics...just to make sure we were educational. 

While it was an incredible show, we still want to thank those men and women who serve in our armed forces. Without them, we wouldn't be able to have a snow such as this one that celebrates our Armed Forces and our freedom.

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