Waiting in anticipation… crowds of people gather in the streets, children cheer with excitement, and boats gather out on the bay. The engines roar to life. You can hear them approaching before they come into view… and then it happens…
The ground begins to tremble. You can feel it vibrating in your chest. The tension is thick in the air. Your heart leaps into your throat… The sound is unmistakable, and one you will never forget… People hold their breath in anticipation as the moment they have been waiting for comes…
The Blue Angles race across the blue skies of San Francisco!!!
Who are the Blue Angles? They are a selected elite group of the Navy and Maine pilots. After World War II, in 1946, Adm. Chester W. Nimitz ordered for a group of pilots to perform the first flight demonstration to the public. The thought behind this is, “to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach.”
After watching the air show in San Francisco, I was dying to know, how close do the planes really get? I was surprised to find out that during the Diamond 360 maneuver they fly as close as 18 inches!
The aircrafts the pilots fly are F/A-18 Hornets. The jets can reach a speed of 1,400 mph, or just under Mach 2. The jets can also fly at an astounding 30,000 feet per minute.
The most famous formation the Blues Angles are known for is the “Diamond”. As a spectator watching it seems terrifyingly dangerous, but shows an amazing set of skills these pilots have learned. I found out that the pilots don’t wear G-force suits because they interfere with the way the pilots maneuver the joy stick between their legs. They must learn how to control their breathing and keep from passing out without the help of the suit. Amazing!
The kids had a spectacular time watching the aircraft, playing on the beach, and of course going to Ghirardelli Square with their favorite uncle for the largest ice cream sundae I have ever seen in my life!
For me it was a really cool moment to be sitting on our boat in the cove watching the famous Blue Angles fly over us. People dinghied over to us to chat and hang out. Friends on their sailboats did “drive byes” to say hi. We had steaks on the bbq, beers in the ice box, and relaxed on the boat in the nice warm rays of sunshine. It was an amazingly awesome weekend.
What would a sailing adventure be without some drama? We went to check our oil this morning in preparation to depart back across the Bay later today only to discover that we blew a gasket some where. The oil was completely flooded with water showing that wonderfully dreadful creamy sand color. Not to mention the hose to our oil cap was cracked and sprayed oil all over the port side of our engine compartment. We think it is the gasket where the water pump is because the engine had been sitting for several years before we bought the boat and the engine had never really been ran. We don’t think it is the head gasket or a cracked head because the engine has never over heated or even come close to it that we know of. We will start with the water pump and go from there.
Apparently, we weren’t the only ones having trouble.
You can find out more about the Blue Angles at the link below!