Sunday, April 29, 2012

Blue Angels

The Warner Robins Air Force Base 2012 Air Show featuring the U. S. Navy's Blue Angels concluded on Saturday, April 28th with the planes performing "Aircarft Carrier" Landings.  One exception, there was no arresting gear on the Landing Strip.  As most everyone knows an Aircraft Landing on a Carrier is a fast paced procedure.  The planes usually land at 15 second intervals.  Yesterday I was able to capture the videos of all the F18s as they landed.  The video of the fifth and sixth plane is displayed on the last link on this Blog. You can view each of these landings by clicking on the triangle of each video.  Each video is quite brief and I stopped each one so that I could pan back to be ready to capture the next plane landing.  Certainly an appropriate conclusion to an exciting Air Show and also a dynamic conclusion that clearly demonstrated how Airplanes land on a Carrier.  Now, think with me for a moment as you view each of these Videos.  On a Carrier the Flight Deck Crew must have the plane clear of the landing strip before the next one approaches.  Also the planes usually arrive at the Stern end of the Carrier with the tail hook extended and approaching at a speed of at least 130 miles per hour just in case they do not hook the arresting gear so that they can become airborne and attempt another landing.  Not as easy as landing on a fixed air strip such as you will see on these videos.

The Airman at Warner Robins Air Force Base certainly deserve a "Salute" for a great Air Show.  While there may have been some logistic problems in processing such a large crowd I am very glad that I was able to attend this event which showcased our "U.S. Military" in such a positive manner.  The many static displays at the Air Show were an education for all who attended.

May God continue to Bless America and each and every one of our Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers, Marines and Coast Guard Heroes.  

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