A Look at the 2014 Blue Angels Homecoming

Coming home to Pensacola for the first time since 2009 wasn’t only my homecoming this year, but also the 100th Anniversary of the Navy and the Blue Angels 2014 Homecoming Show.  I hadn’t seen the Blue Angels fly in years.  I love an air show and seeing them at home in Pensacola held a special excitement for me.  Growing up here it’s hard not to fall in love with the Blue Angels.  When they are home, they will impress you throughout the year practicing over the Gulf.  I’ve always been amazed by their aerobatic feats and supersonic jets. This will be the first time I’ve seen them at an air show in the F/A-18s.

Blue Angels F/A18

Blue Angels F/A18

The weather was not very agreeable the morning of the air show.  It was cloudy and cool.  I was a little disappointed and hoping for at least partly cloudy even if it was cool. Overcast doesn’t make for very good picture taking, and I wanted to capture some good shots if possible. The show was scheduled to start at 10am and the Blues wouldn’t be performing until about 2pm.  We decided to tour the static displays before taking our seats to watch the planes perform.

Navy T-46

Navy T-46

F-14

F-14

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A4D

One of the stars of the show is the F-35, I couldn’t wait to get a close up view of it.  It’s one incredible plane and very impressive in person.  Not only do they have one on static display, two are performing in the show.  This is where a little sun overhead would have made for much better pictures, but I was excited to get the ones that I did.

F-35

F-35

F-35

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F-35 with afterburners

F-35 with afterburners

I guess I have a thing about propellers, and these caught my eye.

Focke Wulf 149D

Focke Wulf 149D

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One plane that I dream of getting a chance to try to fly one day is the Cub.  I got a chance to look at this one up close and personal.  It’s definitely one of those planes that brings a smile to my face because I just know it’s got to be incredibly fun to fly.

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Tornado

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If you’ve gotten to know me any, you know that I have a thing about biplanes.  There’s something about their design, it’s reminiscent of the old world planes, of a time when flight was fresh and new.  Their beautiful body styles are eye catching, their colors usually vivid, their engines are distinct sounding, or so I thought.  A biplane that’s sound didn’t match it’s character took me by surprise today.  It’s the Screaming Sasquatch, http://www.jacklinks.com/the-wild-side/screamin-sasquatch.aspx .  It’s a jet powered biplane and I couldn’t get over the sound coming from this aircraft.  It was amazing!

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Team AeroDynamix is here today as well.  I’ve never seen this many planes flying in formation at one time.  These guys are impressive. That’s a lot of planes to keep an eye on whether you’re on the ground watching or in the air flying.

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Finally, it’s time for the Blue Angels to strut their stuff.  The sun is starting to break through the clouds and give a little light to help with the pictures.

Fat Albert, C-130

Fat Albert, C-130

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Although the weather was less than desirable today, the clouds parted as the Blue Angels took to their stage among them, as if they knew it was time for the curtains to open.  They delighted us one and all as we oohed, awed, clapped and cheered.  They never disappoint and they leave you wondering how this kind of flying can be accomplished by mere mortals.  I have to say, in my mind, they aren’t mere mortals.  They are our real life super heros, pushing the limits of their minds, bodies and technology showing us all the possibilities of life in flight.  A joy to see and hear, it was breathtaking to watch and beautiful to see.  I’m proud to say they are our U. S. Navy Blue Angels.  Thank you for a great show!

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