The Blue Angels came to Hawaii this weekend and, after our experience with the Thunderbirds in Wakiki last month, I couldn't resist taking the kids. So we went. And it was awesome.
First, they had all sorts of other planes and pilots doing all sorts of crazy things, mocking gravity and defying death. The one that really blew me away was the Red Bull Helicopter. The guy that flies it, Chuck Aaron, is the son of a fixed-wing pilot who flew in WWII. Chuck has over 17,000 hours in a helicopter and was the first civilian to be rated as an aerobatic pilot. He had that thing doing maneuvers that fixed-wing aircraft should not be doing. I didn't get any decent pictures of it (I was too dumbfounded to operate my camera...) but you can check out the video on YouTube. There's a fine line between bravery and stupidity...
His performance alone was almost worth the cost of the seats.
The show was opened with the Navy SEALs bringing the American flag in. Spot-on landing. Of course.
We were sitting right in front of where the aircraft were parked. The whole thing was just so...precise. Which is a good thing when you're flying that close to one another.
Like I said, precision is a good thing. They were incredible.
It was a great day. And a wonderful way to kill time ;)
UPDATE: Check out this video for a great wrap up of the show!
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