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Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?  
User currently offlineMd11fan From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 111 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3532 times:

Hey,

I was wondering if anyone is going to be anteding aht Red Bull Race in San Diego this year? its my first time to go and wanted to know what to expect and what to look for, any advice?

-Md11fan

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User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4864 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3526 times:
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I'm planning on going.


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User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3518 times:

I hadn't thought about it, but I just checked fares on WN, and they are good for that day. I wonder if TUS will be Dinged for SAN soon. Is it possible to take some sort of public transport from SAN to the race site (non-taxi)? If some people I know want to go, then I might, but if they say no, then I probably won't.

User currently offlineNicksair From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 484 posts, RR: 45
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3489 times:

I will be going aswell for both days, just bought my ticket tonight. I believe its well worth the $30.  Smile
Nick



Nicholas William Reed KSAN/KLAX/KSFO
User currently offlineConcordeGBOAD From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3481 times:

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 2):
I hadn't thought about it, but I just checked fares on WN, and they are good for that day. I wonder if TUS will be Dinged for SAN soon. Is it possible to take some sort of public transport from SAN to the race site (non-taxi)? If some people I know want to go, then I might, but if they say no, then I probably won't.

Public transport and San Diego are not synonymous.

the race directions lead to Harbor Drive (North and South).

The airport is also on Harbor Drive. North is a cheap cab fare.


User currently offlineAS739X From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6200 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3451 times:

I just saw the commercial for the races. I may non-rev down on Southwest for it.

ASSFO



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User currently offlineN77014 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3304 times:

Anyone going might consider taking the Coronado ferry and watch it for free on the Coronado side of the bay. You'll enjoy free seating on a grass lawn, with places to eat and shop within walking distance.


If anyone is interested in a Saturday meetup, let me know.


User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4864 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3173 times:
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Is anyone else down here in San Diego getting tired of the way Mother Nature treats us on days of scheduled aviation events?!? It's raining! WTF!?


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User currently offlineCoronado990 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1614 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3156 times:

Quoting ConcordeGBOAD (Reply 4):
Public transport and San Diego are not synonymous.

Ahhh, give it a little credit. It was the first city in modern times to re-instate the Light Rail System. I was very much a part of it.

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 7):
Is anyone else down here in San Diego getting tired of the way Mother Nature treats us on days of scheduled aviation events?!? It's raining! WTF!?

I've only seen it rain one other time in September in the 49 years I have been here and that was just a few sprinkles from a tropical storm off southern Baja. This is quite different as it seems to be more like a winter storm pattern from the north. Quite odd!!!

Enjoy the races!



Uncle SAN at your service!
User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3069 times:

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 7):
Is anyone else down here in San Diego getting tired of the way Mother Nature treats us on days of scheduled aviation events?!? It's raining! WTF!?

The rain at 10AM was very light. I stood under a tree and stayed dry. Then I was first in line!  Wink Then the sun came out, and now I am very sunburned.


User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4864 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3044 times:
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Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 9):
The rain at 10AM was very light. I stood under a tree and stayed dry. Then I was first in line! Then the sun came out, and now I am very sunburned.

By the time I got there, it was 1pm. It rained a little around 1, but the weather was pretty good after that. Got very hot and humid for a while though...yuck.

Will Call was an absolute joke though. I didn't actually get inside the gates until 2. But, I had a great time!



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User currently offlineNicksair From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 484 posts, RR: 45
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3016 times:

My pics, http://picasaweb.google.com/nicksair/RedBullAirRaces2007 Taken both Friday and Saturday.
Also excuse the somewhat wierd photo with my friends at the end, we were just having fun at dinner after the show. Also excuse the mark on the top right of most pics, i believe its been fixed tonight. Also, AirTran, quite a suprise to see you on the 992 Was a fun event, hopefully it will decide to return next year.
Nick

[Edited 2007-09-23 11:55:51]


Nicholas William Reed KSAN/KLAX/KSFO
User currently offlineXjramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2473 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2926 times:

I have to say the lines were ridiculous...and those folks who payed for the tickets: What was so different between that and just outside the gates?

XJR



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User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2903 times:

Quoting Nicksair (Reply 11):
My pics, http://picasaweb.google.com/nicksair/RedBullAirRaces2007 Taken both Friday and Saturday.
Also excuse the somewhat wierd photo with my friends at the end, we were just having fun at dinner after the show.

Thanks for posting!  Big grin Cool pix. I'd love to see one of those races sometime.

Quoting Xjramper (Reply 12):
have to say the lines were ridiculous...and those folks who payed for the tickets: What was so different between that and just outside the gates?

Um. You get a souvenir ticket stub to show all your friends!  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2473 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2894 times:

Quoting DFW13L (Reply 13):
Um. You get a souvenir ticket stub to show all your friends!

Ive gotta tell ya, I have a sunburn, a bunch of pics at pretty much the same quality and same view for free  Wink

My buddy took a few videos and as soon as he has them posted, I may or may not post them on here. Just depends on the want of those.

XJR



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User currently offlineGjsint172 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2881 times:

I wasn't able to attend either day as I had another engagement that requried I return home on Friday 9/21. I did however get to see the practice sessions on Wednesday (9/19) and had my scanner to boot. I was in a hotel on the north side of downtown and one aircraft winged it's way right over the top of my Hotel in to Lindberg field around 4:30 PM Awesome airplane and sound to go with it.

GJSINT172


User currently offlineSonic67 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2881 times:

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 7):
Is anyone else down here in San Diego getting tired of the way Mother Nature treats us on days of scheduled aviation events?!? It's raining! WTF!?

I got their early so I toured the Midway museum and decided to watch the first race from the flight deck that gave me a elevated view but was kinda far from the action. The rest of the races I watched from the rocks of the north island it seemed to close for comfort some times. I am diffidently going back next year if it is held in San Diego again.
 biggrin 


User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2861 times:

Quoting Nicksair (Reply 11):
Also, AirTran, quite a suprise to see you on the 992

That it was. First time I've met another A.netter.

Quoting Xjramper (Reply 12):
I have to say the lines were ridiculous

Not when you are at the front. Of course I got to San Diego 3 hours before the race started and had plenty of time to get to the lines.

Quoting Xjramper (Reply 12):
and those folks who payed for the tickets: What was so different between that and just outside the gates?

Free race program with interesting stuff in it given out by hot girls dressed like flight attendants. I was closer to the action, so I did not have to use as much zoom on my pictures, so they turned out better. There were also screens where they showed live video from the cockpit of the planes. I didn't have one anywhere near me, so I missed out, but it would have been a definite advantage. There was also grass to sit on.

Quoting Sonic67 (Reply 16):
I am diffidently going back next year if it is held in San Diego again.

I think you mean definitely, but I agree!


User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4864 posts, RR: 25
Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2830 times:
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Quoting Xjramper (Reply 12):
I have to say the lines were ridiculous...and those folks who payed for the tickets: What was so different between that and just outside the gates?

I wondered the same thing when I first got there and tried to find the end of the Will Call line. We seemed to have a good view from outside the gates. But, once I got inside, I realized you had a much better view of the entire course from inside. Also, it was nice to be able to hear the commentary. Unfortunately it was very crowded and hard to see at times. I eventually climbed down onto the rocks and had a decent view of half the course (I was at the north embarcadero park). My pics didn't turn out well at all. Everything was severely back-lit and the reflections from the water amplified the problem.

The ticket stub, free program, and pilot "trading cards" are all pretty cool souvenirs though! Overall, it was $25 well spent.

[Edited 2007-09-24 09:05:51]


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User currently offlineSonic67 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 3 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2723 times:

Taking photos I had some trouble with the glare off the water finally my battery dyed but I was able to salvage one photo.I purchased the tickets on line so I did not have to deal with the will call line but I didn't get a souvenir ticket stub "dammit".



[Edited 2007-09-25 06:30:28]

User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2697 times:

Quoting Sonic67 (Reply 19):
Taking photos I had some trouble with the glare off the water

That would be the only thing holding me back from going to the South Embarcadero viewing area next year (assuming it comes back). The water will have more glare during the final rounds compared to North Embarcadero.


User currently offlinePhxplanes From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 436 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 3 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2685 times:

I went on friday and was on the south side. I had a great time and will for sure go back next year. I haven't uploaded my pics to the computer yet but just like everyone said the sun was terrible. If you get the chance I would definately recommend going to one.
They had a big demonstration by the navy and coast guard and I was wondering if they do something similar at all the races or this was just something special


User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 3 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2677 times:

Quoting Phxplanes (Reply 21):
They had a big demonstration by the navy and coast guard and I was wondering if they do something similar at all the races or this was just something special

I think that was special because this race was part of Fleet Week (which takes place over a month) and San Diego is a big Navy/USCG town.


User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2473 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2636 times:

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 17):
That it was. First time I've met another A.netter.

And had I been more awake and actually paying attention, you would have met two.  Wink

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 17):
Free race program with interesting stuff in it given out by hot girls dressed like flight attendants.

Haha...they were talking with us for a while before the races started and we were outside the gates  Wink

Personally I would love to spend the extra money for the "box seats" that they have. Yeah, I know its expensive as hell, but that would be incredible!

XJR



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