Can you hear the Blue Angels Solterra!!!
Greetings Solterra! Walking around the community on this beautiful and HOT day I can hear all the sounds of the Miramar Air Show!! Check out the below article by Gretel C. Kovach of the San Diego Union Tribune about the Blue Angels triumphant Return!!!
The Miramar Air Show staged a triumphant return Friday after a one-year hiatus, wowing thousands of spectators with flames, fire power, and the beloved crowd favorite — the Blue Angels naval flight demonstration team.
All the services play a part in the three-day event concluding Sunday, the largest military air show in the country.
The U.S. Army Golden Knights opened ceremonies by flying in the national colors, dropping a flag-bearing parachutist from 13,000 feet.
As Sgt. Blake Gaynor spiraled down from the sky, a sailor sang the national anthem: Petty Officer 2nd Class Emily Riley, A Navy hospital corpsman with Miramar-based Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466.
The Marines carried on after last year’s aborted centennial celebration of Marine aviation, which was canceled with the air show amid the partial government shutdown. They marked their 101st anniversary of an integrated Marine Air-Ground Task Force, demonstrating the “ferocity and tenacity” of the Marine war-fighter who paralyzes the enemy by thinking and moving faster.
Marines repelled from helicopters and staged a frontal assault against the invisible enemy. They flopped on their bellies, rifles pointed, and advanced.
Narrating the action over pounding rock music was Capt. John Reeves, who returned this year as “the voice of the MAGTF.” His growls and over-the-top motivational quips made the crowd chuckle. Their cannons would be “decimating America’s foes and turning them into fried chicken before our eyes!” he said in an evil tone.
When a Hornet jet prepared to scream by the stands on afterburner, Reeves advised spectators to “cover your ears or listen to the SOUND ... OF ... FREEDOM!”
The event included over 150 exhibits, from Navy divers in a swim tank to historic aircraft. But the undisputed stars of the show — according to young and old, newcomers and returnees from decades past — were the Navy and Marine pilots flying with the Blue Angels.
The team’s C-130 plane “Fat Albert” chugged overhead, flying its first show in more than two and a half months since it was disabled by a bird strike. “Must have been a pterodactyl,” air show announcer Rob Reider joked.
Then the Hornet fighter jets roared by in tight formations, flying at speeds up to about 700 mph that seemed to defy gravity. In the Blue Angel Diamond, four jets were just 18 inches apart from wingtip to canopy.