Saturday, July 12, 2008

Blue Angels - Dress Rehearsal

These marines didn't mind at all when two bikini-clad girls tried a few chin-ups in a very unique way.

Everyone appreciated getting hosed down when the temperature climbed higher.

Festive flags, banners and umbrellas covered the beach.

Announcers asked swimmers to begin clearing the water so the show could begin. Looks like one little fellow down there is having to be pulled out of the water by mommy.

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office helicopter scans the beach before giving the go-ahead.

Julian MacQueen starts the show with his vintage plane, a Grumman Widgeon G-44.

The U.S. Coast Guard presented a Search & Rescue demonstration with their HH-65 Dolphin helicopter.

Vortex Aerobatic gave an incredible performance. I loved it!

Swooping in over the pier in a Pitt Eagle hybrid.

Awesome maneuvers!

It was practically impossible to get a shot of Gary Ward in his MX2. The term 'greased lightning' came to mind as he went from one roll to another. I was getting dizzy just trying to follow him with my camera.

You may click HERE to see a video of Gary and his plane on YouTube.

Here comes the AeroShell Aerobatic team!

The AT-6 'Texan', a trainer for the U.S. Army Air Corp, first appeared in 1938.

It's frightening to watch them loop back and disappear into smoke trails.

Here comes Fat Albert! This C-130 Hercules can carry 25,000 lbs of cargo and up to 45,000 lbs of fuel. Tell me again how he stays up there...

Fat Albert is the only Marine Corps aircraft permanently assigned to the Navy. He flies approximately 140,000 miles during a show season.

Coming across center point, the crowd is thrilled by Fat Albert.

Look at the Blue Angels tight formation.

Darn, I couldn't get that special moment I was shooting for! Only off by, say, 1/1000th of a second.
The beach was packed!

Two up, two under.

So tight they look connected!

The Blue Angels fly past the Hilton. Another great day, full of thrilling performances.


Anonymous said...

great pic makes me miss pensacola beach that much more S T E B

Anonymous said...

wow! Thanks for the show. Enjoyed the video too. Appreciate your effort to do this for our enjoyment.

Barrier Island Girl said...

I'm glad you've enjoyed the photos (though I haven't posted a video). I enjoy sharing the beach with others via my photographs!