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Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Thu Sep 06, 2007 3:08 pm

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?

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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Thu Sep 06, 2007 3:24 pm

I'm planning on going.
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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Thu Sep 06, 2007 3:40 pm

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.
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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:53 pm

I will be going aswell for both days, just bought my ticket tonight. I believe its well worth the $30.  Smile
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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Thu Sep 06, 2007 5:06 pm

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.
 
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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:53 pm

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

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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Sun Sep 16, 2007 4:42 pm

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.


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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Sun Sep 23, 2007 1:36 am

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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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Sun Sep 23, 2007 2:08 am

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!!!

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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Sun Sep 23, 2007 3:18 pm

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.
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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Sun Sep 23, 2007 5:35 pm

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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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Sun Sep 23, 2007 6:53 pm

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.
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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Mon Sep 24, 2007 12:44 pm

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?

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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:34 pm

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 
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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:46 pm

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.

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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:54 pm

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.

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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:55 pm

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.
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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:34 pm

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!
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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Mon Sep 24, 2007 4:02 pm

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.

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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:28 pm

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".



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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Tue Sep 25, 2007 2:37 pm

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.
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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Tue Sep 25, 2007 3:20 pm

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
 
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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Tue Sep 25, 2007 4:32 pm

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.
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RE: Red Bull Air Race At SAN 9/22/07?

Wed Sep 26, 2007 12:29 pm

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!

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