This year I went to the CCA, California Capital Airshow in Sacramento, CA, having broken my rule that you only go once to an event in order to see more, rather than the same every year. This is my third time there and the second time I have broken my “rule”.
The reason for this is that the show is a very good show and also the people that is on the “Photo Tour”. My last time was 2013 and I saw many of the people who were here again in 2016. I met some newcomers and one of them, Kevin is a VNG (very nice guy). Richard who has been my friend since 2012 and of course Bruce and Kellie Boehm organizing the tour as well as the other volunteers who looks after us.
Having access to a 50ft scissor lift on Sunday and shooting the USN Blue Angels show from that advantage point is the subject of this blog. I want to show you in pictures what a “Day in the life of the Blue Angels” looks like.
A bit of background information on the BA’s
The Blue Angels have flown over 10 different aircraft in the team’s 69 year history. Originally, the team flew four aircraft in the signature “Diamond” formation and expanded to six aircraft to showcase both the diamond and solos high performance capability as well as the precision formation flying taught to all Naval Aviators. Today, the squadron flies the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet and the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules. When the squadron receives a F/A-18 Hornet from the fleet, which are at the end of their carrier arrestment functionality, we make a variety of modifications, including removing the nose cannon to install a smoke-fluid system, inverting a fuel pump, installing a stop watch and adjustable constant-tension stick spring, as well as the world-wide recognizable paint scheme.
Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for take-off!.
This was a snapshot of a USN Blue Angels display told with photos from one show. I managed to see the BA do two performances here in Sacramento. Will hopefully see them again soon. Could have shown another 20 photos or more, but chose to make it a “snapshot”. working on another blog about the CCA Airshow documenting all the other aircraft flying and on static display.
Do not forget the hundreds of CCA volunteers that makes an Airshow, I salute them all!.
All photos Copyright: Kai Hansen, Flyvertosset, World Air Photography
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