TedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5611 times:
IIRC Wednesdays are the first day as a general rule. They over fly, do a basic look over/recon. then the next two days Thurs/Friday, they practice to get the locale 'down' then show Sat/Sun. I saw the 'blues @ GNV last weekend; good show for them, LOUSY venue.
AS739X From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6242 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 5577 times:
Thanks Ted. Where do they go between Sundays show which was in Tennessee and Wednesdays arrival in San Francisco? Do you know if they will be parking at SFO again? I work Wednesday, so I hope to see them arrive.
Nick, Thanks but did know the schedule, I was just wondering when they would actually fly in before practice, sorry if I wasnt clear.
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Wilsonjcobb From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5507 times:
They headed home right after the Millington, Tn show and I second that they will come in on Wednesday. As a rule though most shows this side of the Rockies the main team, jets 1-6, arrive on Thursday with the advance team, the 2 seaters get there on Wednesday. But, i've noticed that the West Coast swings have them heading west on Wed. Since the next three shows are out there I would expect them to stay on the road until they do Chattanooga Oct 29 and 30. They are great.
JeffSFO From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 846 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5335 times:
They put on a good show yesterday--I went down to Marina Green to watch.
Thursdays are always my favorite day with them because they start at noon doing their survey flights (which are not part of their choreographed demonstration) and they buzz various city landmarks and such getting a scope of the area. After those are done they go back to SFO to refuel and then head back out to practice their standard routine until around 4 PM.
As I'm writing this (Friday, 2:30 PM), there's a solo F-16 out practicing its routine over the Bay for the Fleet Week airshow. It's probably more than two miles away but when I went outside to take a look I could feel the vibration of the afterburner when it went into a steep climb.
BTW, the Blue Angels start their next practice run in about 20 mins. Gotta go!
Freedomtofly From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 750 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5102 times:
Quoting BigGSFO (Reply 12): Sat right by the Golden Gate Bridge - amazing when those bad boys go screaming by.
Ha me too! I got some nice shots of them overflying the Golden gate and I tried to get a shot of the guy almost breaking the sound barrier over the water, but I don't know if it came out ok. It was really fun and since I haven't seen them in like 10 years, it was really a great experience.
They are based here at NPA, NOT PNS, even though the manager at PNS would probably love it, and practice each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, clogging up the airspace. Not a bad show to watch while we're waiting to takeoff, but it gets old after seeing it a hundred times every year.
Silver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4901 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4937 times:
Quoting JeffSFO (Reply 10): Thursdays are always my favorite day with them because they start at noon doing their survey flights (which are not part of their choreographed demonstration) and they buzz various city landmarks and such getting a scope of the area. After those are done they go back to SFO to refuel and then head back out to practice their standard routine until around 4 PM.
I saw them due this last Thursday at Miramar. Definitely neat to see! However my roommates were not happy. They were trying to study. haha
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