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More: McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet
More: Patuxent River - NAS / Trapnell Field (NHK / KNHK)
More: USA - Maryland, September 3, 2005
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162897 (cn 0453/A371) Blue Angels' mirror image in near perfection. 2005 NAS Patuxent River Air Show
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A visitor from - posted Sat February 5, 2011:
It's the F-36 Ultra Hornet

A visitor from United States posted Tue September 2, 2008:
It's the new plane, it's called "The Mirror", j/k great shot man

A visitor from United States posted Tue December 4, 2007:
Talk about precision formation flying! It looks like a mirror image. The photographer timed this one just perfectly.

A visitor from Sweden posted Thu May 31, 2007:
Nice done! With the planes placed slightly between each other, one upside down and the closest in normal position and the photographer at the perfect spot, well, this is the result. It's a master photograph, five stars!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Wed October 25, 2006:
I would not like to fly that in a long haul flight would you ;-) Great shot Ken

A visitor from United States posted Sat September 23, 2006:
It's the F/A-18U Über Hornet!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun August 20, 2006:
I dont understand this photo. I like it though. 5 stars!

A visitor from Canada posted Tue May 23, 2006:
You simply cannot get better that the Blues!

A visitor from United States posted Tue May 2, 2006:
This is a awsome photo. it would lead one to believe that it is one plane.

A visitor from United States posted Thu April 6, 2006:
Hehe... B-angels are better than T-birds IMO. :P

A visitor from Canada posted Tue April 4, 2006:
That is a amazing. Perfect timing.

A visitor from Mexico posted Mon March 6, 2006:
These guys are really skilled proffesionals,amazing photo, just at the right moment. Congratulations!

A visitor from Germany posted Tue February 28, 2006:
That`s more than brilliant! These guys are a bit like gods, are they?:D

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon February 27, 2006:
They must be side by side????

A visitor from Portugal posted Mon February 27, 2006:

A visitor from Norway posted Sun February 26, 2006:
Just amazing, great photo!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun February 26, 2006:
Congratulations to this great photo!

A visitor from Germany posted Sun February 26, 2006:
OMG - What a scary Photo!!! .. These Pilots dit it :)
I have never seen such a Picture before ...

A visitor from United States posted Sun February 26, 2006:
This picture makes me dizzy. Great!

A visitor from Poland posted Sun February 26, 2006:
WOW! Superb. Pozdrawiam Mati

A visitor from Singapore posted Sun February 26, 2006:
Thank You, Ken for capturing "The Fortus" beautifully. Whenever I visit the USA, I always make it a point to coincide my vacation date with the Blue Angels airshow in San Diego. This is definitely one of the Best aerobatic team in the world. I never tire of seeing them perform.

A visitor from United States posted Sun February 26, 2006:
Is this a difficult manouver? how much skill is needed to set up both aircraft in this manner?

A visitor from United States posted Sun February 26, 2006:
What is happening? looks good, but image is strange

A visitor from Austria posted Sun February 26, 2006:
To answer that question, this is a 2-ship formation with one aircraft upside-down creating a mirror effect. Both are in 'dirty' gear and arrestor hook down configuration.

A visitor from United States posted Sun February 26, 2006:
What the ?

A visitor from Germany posted Sun February 26, 2006:
Is that one plain???? Perfect timing!!!!
I've never seen something like that before!!
You need a while to understand what happens there :)

A visitor from Bermuda posted Sun February 26, 2006:
One's dream photo. Congratulations.

A visitor from Australia posted Sun February 26, 2006:
The US Navy presents the first aircraft ever that can safely land inverted!

A visitor from Australia posted Sun February 26, 2006:
Majestic!! i dream to be a pilot one day

A visitor from United States posted Sun February 26, 2006:
Timing Timing Timing. And Luck!!!

A visitor from Germany posted Sun February 26, 2006:
Excuse me, but what exactly is it that they're doing?

A visitor from China posted Sun February 26, 2006:

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