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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by EvilGenius, Jan 1, 2009.
I miss going to El Centro! Sure, it was a long drive from San Diego when compared to Miramar, but it was always a good, more "down home" airshow that reminded me of what Miramar had been like back in the 1980's.
Thanks for posting the great pics
Jeff, one of the best things is hanging outside the fence at the end of 26 for the Angels' practice. The first thing you encounter is the four primary Hornets blasting overhead, then #6 comes over super low and extremely fast and rotates in a big way right at the fence. It literally blew the hat off of one of my friends, and almost knocked he and one other guy off their ladders. It warmed us up real nice, and even on base as close as we were later on that day, you will not get that close to a fast moving jet as you do when hanging out at the fence.
#6 came in so fast that I didn't have time to prepare for a good shot.
And that is shot at 70mm. No long reach there. He was that close.
Fantastic pictures. :huh
El Sweato is without a doubt the best place to watch the Blues.
Even if they're a bunch of high maintenance prima donnas.
When I was instructing in A-4s we'd do dets out there. In the winter when the Blues are there, everything has to come to a stop on the entire Effing field when the pretty boys call for "Blue Angel Taxi" or a "Blue Angel Recovery." No aircraft can move anywhere for any reason. If you get caught in a Blue Angel moment and happen to be taxiing between the runway and and your flight line you have stop where ever you are and just wait. Sitting and sweating for 20 minutes while sucking down the exhaust of the aircraft turning in front of you gets old pretty fast.
For a little entertainment we started calling Ground for "Skyhawk taxi" and telling Tower we were inbound for a "Skyhawk Recovery."
Later on that day one of the Smurfs sashayed over in his blue form fit flight suit and indignantly informed us (in our Ready Room) that we weren't allowed to do that.
Not a tactically sound move on his part.
Hanging out with my pals at the Juneau FSS (remember those anyone?) when two Blue Angels ensconced in their A4's come into town to refuel going north. With about three people waiting for service one of them barges into the office and demands to go to the head of the line, saying "I'm a Blue Angel". Everyone, and I mean everyone, including the FSS staff, turns around and looks at the guy like he's a smelly fish, ...total silent treatment. Blue Angle turns red and storms out saying he doesn't need any weather. They decide to show us who's boss at takeoff by sucking runway and pulling up. Color us impressed, it was only an A-4 so he had to push over soon enough. Pppffft! Maybe their attitudes are a little better nowadays.
Talk to Juneau FSS almost every day...
They were nice people! Of course that was a long time ago. I got on the remote one fine summer day (CAVU...really!) and said to "her" (I forget her name) ...my engine is coming unglued. I told her where I was, 1 SOB, and she said she'd send a Temsco guy right along if I told her where I'd be. I said maybe the water...but I made it to that alluivial (sp?) fan that comes out from the east side of the canal about 7 or so miles east, south east of Haines (forget the name of the place) but it had a 700 ft strip on it. Dead sticked on that and thought, whew..now what? What a nice day! Shoot, I have the whole day off. I was eating my lunch when Temsco showed up and hauled me back to work. I wasn't there more than 10 minutes and I was flying again in 30 minutes.
Sounds like the Katzahien River strip...
This is on the beach next to the strip, picking up a tracking collar off a brown bear.
Mudflaps... an AdV Cessna...
Yep, Katzahien....that's it, thanks. I still have my sectional for the area, but I don't think its named or shows the strip either. The engine failure started further south, the point below Eldrod rock...not a good place. I did see a cruise ship and thought maybe I'd ditch in front of them but I thought they may not see me even if I went across the bow or just get knocked out in the ditching (I also had thought, get fished out and have a big buffet on the way to Juneau) The engine lasted a few minutes at best (swallowed a valve) and I was lucky I was in the Lynn canal stratosphere, 4500'. BTW: I remember using those antennas too....
Or a gravel kit to keep the hstab from looking like someone shotgunned it.
Gawd! I love the WWII era camo pattern on this one.
That particular Hornet was part of the CONA last year. There were a few different designs.
(Not my pics)
Music sounds like Mumford and son.
Article on Wired: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/03/blogger-crash/
It's got links to the NTSB preliminary report, a Navy Times article, an airport diagram, and a picture of the crashed aircraft.
My condolences on your buddy.
Thanks for the condolences.
I've read the NTSB preliminary and it looks like there was really not much Lex could have done. I'm waiting for the final report to come out in a year before jumping to any conclusions about anything.
Lex was a great guy and will surely be missed.
I finally understand the link between GS riders and Canard Drivers.
Construction of a light aircraft (J-3)
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