USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1641 times:
I was there...here is what happened...
My dad and I left the Marriott Harbor Beach hotel about 11:00 and began to walk north along A1A. About 5 minutes after we left, I heard the faint drone of prop engines, and within seconds a PBY Catalina made a low fly-by over the water. About 10 minutes later, we were still walking north on A1A and an AA aircraft (either 763 or A300) made a couple of passes and did a sharp left hand climbing turn. That was it for air traffic til we decided to stop at the intersection of A1A and Sunrise and find a place to sit...we sat on the concrete "wall" separating the sidewalk from the beach. I got out the video camera and prepared to record:
We saw the following A/C (not in any particular order)
An-2 (my first Russian plane-in-flight sighting, not counting that Sukhoi aerobatic plane, Su-31)
B-1B (very awesome, two of them in a low altitude fly-by)
CH-46 (dragging five guys on a rope out the aft cargo bay)
CT-114 (Snowbirds, I thought they were way better than the Thunderbirds)
F-16C (Thunderbirds, I noticed that the number 4 aircraft was replaced with the back-up F-16D...I wonder what happened to the number #4 a/c)
About 2:00 my dad left and about 2:45 I left the beach to head back to the hotel, and I watched what I could from the balcony in our hotel room...
Any other questions, feel free to ask!
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Sinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1662 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1630 times:
I'm sorry to say but it was not a 767-300 or a A300.
It was a 777-200
She gave one of the best shows of the weekend.In her last pass, she came in at 200ft with gear down and flaps 40 doing about 140, The she went full throttle, started a spiraling climb up to FL8500. one hell of a demo. Almost as good as the SAA 744 back in the 99 show.
I'll post the Reg when I find the roll of film she is on. But that might take some time because I shot 17 rolls.
FlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1622 times:
I was fortunate enough to sit in the VIP section, and the 777 spiral up was the most magnificent thing I've ever seen. Later in the day I was able to see traffic overhead going to MIA including IB 747, VS 747, LH 747 b/c after all, military stuff does get boring after awhile.
Sometimes I go about in pity for myself and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky.
DL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2100 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1617 times:
I was in South FLA that weekend and wanted to go but I chose not to be part of the estimated 3 million in attendance. Local news stations were covering the events and I caught a bit of it on TV. It was a great weekend both weather-wise and for aviation enthusiasts.
Navion From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1020 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1615 times:
The show was great. I attended both Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday Thunderbirds show was the "low show" due to a low cloud cover. The low show is not as exciting of course, but they do have to observe their show parameters for safety. Sunday had the "high show" and those U.S.A.F F-16's were just spectacular. They really rip the sky. The best part of the show though was NOT the F-16's, F-14, B1's, B2 etc but instead it was THE GIRLS!!! THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF GIRLS WEARING VERY LITTLE!!! IT WAS GREAT!!! I do love aircraft, but I had to force myself not to watch all of the beauties parading by!