Took the ferry to Nantucket but got there too late to get a bunk at the youth hostel... so I slept on the beach (luckily I had my sleeping bag and pad with me). Still, it was pretty cold that night in September, so I cycled over to Brant Point for some rays.
At that point my luck took a complete 360 when I encountered Maj. Matthew McGath, one of the "Fat Albert" pilots for the show. He and his wife were taking pictures on the beach. After we took a few pictures I told him my story and he was so impressed that he gave me a VIP pass to the show.
No open bar, but I did get front-row seats and the use of a non-Port-a-John toilet.
ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4118 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2540 times:
That was really great! Thanks for sharing! I live up in southern New Hampshire and I always try to see whichever major air shows come to the region...which usually means either Westover or Westfield. But I was always curious about how the Navy agreed to do a show on Nantucket? Is there some 'quid-pro-quo' involved with some politician living in the area? Of course it can't be Kennedy...the hater of all things military. But I still wonder 'why Nantucket?'
FlyBoeing From United States of America, joined May 2000, 866 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2513 times:
The Boss (Blue Angel #1) was from Nantucket so the 2005 show was supposed to be a "homecoming". Bad weather cancelled that, so it got pushed to 2006.
Yes, I know about MA - but the state is actually fairly good recruitng territory as long as you stay away from Boston and Martha's Vineyard. I'm told that Nantucket is a bit more conservative than the Vineyard. Didn't stay there long but I can tell you it's nice and flat, which is good for this bicyclist.
BTW they still had civilian Cape Air flights at NAN during the intermissions of the show. I was waiting for one of those pilots to put on his own show...
That's the best part about knowing folks on the Blues team, always a good ticket when they come to your town...and the kegs never go home full!
Quoting FlyBoeing (Reply 2): as long as you stay away from Boston and Martha's Vineyard.
You mean, away from the Kennedy/Kerry country? Yeah, recruiting will go far there. Keep those jets around there long enough they're liable to file a noise complaint/try to shrink their budget. Kindly remind them next time you're there that those planes ensure their freedom.
Good job getting in though- I've known several Blues pilots over the years, and all are more than willing to help anyone out- it's a dream assignment and they're just happy to be there and share it with others.
N911ME From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2427 times:
I met LCDR Kieron O'Connor (Blues #2) when he was at a show in MKE in early July 1999 just a few months before he and LT Kevin Colling were killed at Moody AFB in October the same year in a training accident. I can't describe how impressive these men and women are - truly love what they do, and love sharing their passion for aviation with so many others. An extraordinary inspiration to all in aviation.