We took the 2 hour ride out to the El Centro Air Show last weekend to catch the first Blue Angel show this year – if you follow aviation, you probably know that most of their shows last year were cancelled due to the infamous budget sequestration that our congress thought was good governance (question – how would THEY know anything about governance). Sorry – just had to throw that in. It was a nice show with most of the performers (except the Blues) being civilian – the military is still cutting way back on their support for these shows. The worst thing about trying to take photos of the jets in a desert setting is that the background is almost always plain blue skies with no clouds or vapor trails from the planes. In any case here are a few of my photos from the show…..
This first one is the diamond formation coming out of a loop and diving towards the ground and the audience – a beautiful sight to see.
The second is one showing the diamond formation up close. They advertise that the distance between the wingtips and the canopies of the other planes is as close as 18 inches – this photo would seem to bear that out!
This last one is the two solo pilots doing a pass in front of the stands – one inverted and one “right side up” – both with their landing gear and arresting hooks deployed. Again, without clouds or anything in the background they appear to just be hanging there. It was fun seeing the “blues” in action again – hope you enjoy these highlights.