I had a great time at the Blue Angels practice this afternoon. Thanks to my friend, Lila Cox, who encouraged me to come down and watch from Casino Beach for the first time, I got some very nice shots. You may click on any of the photos to enlarge them and see more detail.
Fat Albert comes in over the Coast Guard boat.
Fat Albert is extremely impressive as he flies low over the crowd. Difficult to believe something this big cruises at 360 mph (320 knots).
Looking up at Fat Albert's 'belly', I can see where they got the name. He's massive.
Look how close the Boeing F/A-18 Hornets fly to each other during maneuvers. Check out the Blue Angels website to learn more about these jets and the officers of the team.
Four Blue Angels look like they've been lined up with a straight edge.
You can almost see the pilots in their cockpits as they pass over in diamond formation.
Whoa, look at the burners!
Two Blue Angels come over the crowd from the north.
Tip to tail.
Girls love diamonds and we especially appreciate it when they're offered by the Blue Angels.
Think this nice man would scoot over and let me share his shade? By the way, he is a very smart man. The first thing he did after sitting down was to cover his feet with sunscreen.
Awesome! I barely have time to capture them with my camera!
A Blue Angel streaks over the Hilton to rejoin the team. Those staying at the Hilton had some of the best seats on the island to watch the Blue Angels perform.
The beautiful fleur-de-lis formation.
A dramatic way to close the practice today.