by John Wilson (all photos by me, too)
This past weekend, Parker, Amanda and I all went to downtown Charleston, South Carolina to see the Blue Angels perform in the Charleston Harbor. This was a replacement for the traditional airshow that is held at the airport each year because they are so busy sending troops and equipment to Afghanistan. We had never been to the airshow before because the traffic to get up there and get home is a nightmare, and there is no where to park.
Here is a blurb from the Blue Angel’s official website:
A Blue Angels flight demonstration exhibits choreographed refinements of skills possessed by all naval aviators. The Blue Angels’ C-130, affectionately known as Fat Albert, begins each demonstration by exhibiting its maximum performance capabilities during a ten-minute performance. Shortly thereafter, you will see the graceful aerobatic maneuvers of the four-jet Diamond Formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of its two Solo pilots. Finally, the team illustrates the pinnacle of precision flying, performing maneuvers locked as a unit in the renowned, six-jet Delta Formation.
This performance was VERY loud. Throughout the show Amanda held her hands over Parker’s ears, but he didn’t seem to mind the noise at all. Here are some of the pictures I took:
Note: I actually posted this on a Delta flight going in to Boston. I hope the pilot doesn’t think he is a Blue Angel.