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Old 01-06-2011, 06:37 PM   #1396
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Kind of made the Blue Angels look pretty lame.

Nothing could make the Blue Angels look lame.










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Old 01-06-2011, 07:45 PM   #1397
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The Blue Angels hasn't changed their show, at least in San Francisco, in 15-18 years, probably more. Is it boring? Well, kinda. If you watch from a short distance with some elevation (where I used to live) you could see the whole shee-bang, especially lengthy set-ups. A very safe show, as it should/must be. Their most impressive aircraft maneuver, I think, is the high alpha slow speed run. Pitts and Extras put on a better display, but that's apples and oranges. I guess A lot of people just love some high speed passes and jet noise. For such a so-called green neo-pacifist city I am amazed San Francisco lets the Blue Angle show continue, a good portion of it is low level over a very densely inhabited city. I don't think other cities allow that.
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Old 01-06-2011, 08:44 PM   #1398
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Nothing could make the Blue Angels look lame.



I've seen the Blues about 10 times over the past 4 years, and their show is getting kind of tired and stale. I do not in any way wish to imply that they're anything other than incredibly skilled aviators. Far from it. i just think that someone in the Navy needs to update things a bit.
The F-22, OTOH, is just about the coolest military air demonstration that I've ever witnessed.
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Old 01-06-2011, 08:54 PM   #1399
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I grew up crazy to see the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds. Can't get enough of that stuff.

Having said that, it really looks impressive when you see the Canadian Snowbirds do their nine-aircraft formation maneuvers back to back with an Angels display. I've gotta think there's greater risk and coordination involved with a precision flight that size. It certainly looks that way from the ground.

My hats off to the lot of them.










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Old 01-07-2011, 06:43 AM   #1400
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Holy shit!

One lucky SOB, here...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...es-runway.html
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:49 AM   #1401
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See link above.



Note the aliens by the tail.




Nope, looks like a wingtip drogue shoot.




That'll buff right out.
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Old 01-07-2011, 12:23 PM   #1402
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Seen the Blue Angels a couple of times.......... very impressive precision flying especially the close formation stuff......... however the whole show is kinda let down with the long gaps of any action in front of the crowd line, whilst the team line up for another pass.
The Thunderbirds were similar, but their show seemed to be more "all round" and lasted longer with greater variety ........... sadly let down with notable unserviceabilities of aircraft ( this was at Sun N Fun 2010)

Have to say as a biased Brit, you have to go a long way to beat "the Reds".........using nine aircraft which are small nimble. jet trainers ( Bae Hawks) they have a knack of having something for the crowd to look at all of the time during a display.

Scariest team I have ever seen were the Italians......smoked out the whole airfield.

Back to SnF 2010 the most jar dropping display had to be John Mohr
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Old 01-07-2011, 12:53 PM   #1403
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Here's the video of the glider crash:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxbulrrQVig
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:20 PM   #1404
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I wonder why he released so low..
Think the wind was too gusty for him, and he bailed, then ran out of altitude and talent?
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:21 PM   #1405
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Here's the video of the glider crash:

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Old 01-07-2011, 02:18 PM   #1406
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That's GOT to be about the crappiest landing approach I've ever seen, especially from a 2 time Nation Champion pilot.
There may have been other factors involved.
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Old 01-07-2011, 03:02 PM   #1407
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I live near to Shoreham ( EGKA) ....some 12 miles away. On the day in question there was 20 - 30 Knot winds and a low cloudbase....... probably about 600 / 700 feet. Didn't go to the airshow, and was surprised that anything was airborne that day............... Think there was a bit of "pressure" to actually display, but glider pulled early to land due to conditions. Shoreham airport has some hills around it and evidently was producing nasty conditions.

Used to fly from there, but now its too expensive to land there in my Luscombe........ they want $30 just to visit.
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:34 PM   #1408
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Is it the same charge if you crash there? Could be a bargain.
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:40 PM   #1409
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He cut loose from the tug at 5 seconds into the video.

At 20 seconds, he was in trouble, and at 25 seconds, he was on the ground.

As mentioned by VBMI, some pressure existed to "provide a show" in deteriorating conditions.

The pilot was highly skilled, but lost it.
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:07 PM   #1410
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WHO:Edward Maloney – Founder and Curator, Planes of Fame Air Museum; Frank Mormillo – Historian and Photographer, Planes of Fame; Kevin Thompson – Historian, Airs Show Announcer, and Moderator; Steve Hinton – Planes of Fame President – Flying the FW 190; Matt Nightingale – FW 190 Builder - will answer questions.
WHAT: Open to the public, we present a discussion panel of aviation experts followed by a question & answer period and demonstration flight of the Focke Wulf 190. POF Members are entered into a raffle for a flight in the L-19 Birddog following the presentation!
WHEN: Saturday, January 8, 2011 10am–12 noon: Speaker program. 12 noon: FW190 Fighter flight demonstration.

WHERE: Planes of Fame Air Museum
7000 Merrill Avenue #17
Chino, CA 91710
WHY: Our mission at Planes of Fame Air Museum to educate and inspire current and future generations to our aviation and military history.


Absolutely LOVE this museum!
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