I don't know but it's been said, Air Force wings are made of lead. I don't know but it's been told, Navy
wings are made of gold. What's this about the bird droppings from the AF.
I had a long planned trip to visit my dad in Kalamazoo and decided to stop off in Alameda to check on the boat on the way back home. Hadn't thought about going sailing as I was only going to be in SF for two days and have a lot of things to do on the boat. When I told my son I was going to be in town he said, "Lets go sailing" which was all the encouragement needed. We sailed out of the Alameda Estuary on Sunday and saw a Carrier anchored East of the Bay Bridge. I asked my crew if they wanted a close up of the carrier or continue on west of the Bay bridge. Crew decided to head
west and see the carrier later. What Luck, cause with help from an ebb tide, we got to the middle of the fleet of pleasure craft, that was assembled to watch the Blue Angels, just as the show started.
We had no idea the Blue's were going to be in town and serendipity gave us a really impressive show and the best seats in the house. The F-18 really has increased the drama of the show. They introduced the inverted gear
down pass with the F-4 but the raw power of the Hornet allows them to do so much more. The tail stand/slow flight transitioning into a vertical climb is something only dreamed about when I was flying the F-8 Crusader in the dark ages. A lot of their low level passes went directly over our heads. An F-18 at 500' directly over your head
definitely gets your attention. Couldn't have asked for better seats. Of course, luck would have it that the battery
on my digital camera
died at just that time so no pictures. Kind of unheralded, but the C-130 maintenance
truck put on a good show, also.
Haven't seen the Blue's since they'd just transitioned to F-4's from the ancient, even at that time, F-11 back in the early '70s. Incidentally, was also able to watch that show with a front row seat from my boat anchored at NAS Norfolk.
Couldn't believe the crowd that was out on the bay to watch the show. It was like the LA freeway at rush hour. Must have been many hundreds, maybe even more than a 1,000 boats out there. With the gusty conditions, sailing through the fleet was a bit of a challenge. The sheer number of boats at anchor
and those underway was a challenge to sail through and home.
All in all, couldn't have had a better day sailing
even if we'd planned it.