July 4, 2012

A Birthday and the Blue Angels

     Happy birthday, America!  Our wonderful country was established on this day 236 years ago.  And what would our country be without the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces?

     This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Portsmouth Air Show featuring the Blue Angels.  If you're not familiar with the Angels they're an elite group of Navy fighter pilots who demonstrate their amazing ability to fly F/A-18 fighter jets through unique maneuvers.  I think the only thing I could utter during the jaw-dropping demonstration was "wow!"  If you ever get the opportunity to see an air show with either the Angels or the Air Force Thunderbirds I highly recommend it! 
They held this tight formation throughout the show
     In addition to the Angels we were able to get up-close to (and even inside) several Air Force and National Guard planes.  Representatives from all branches of the armed forces were there to answer any questions about the planes or serving in the service. 

Inside the cockpit of a C-130J
Spectators were allowed to walk around, in and under the planes on display.

     Even though it was incredibly hot (in the 90's) and I was exhausted at the end of the day, I'm looking forward to the next air show in 2014!

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