View Full Version : DH Visits the Miramar Air Show! [img warning]

Dark Helmet
2006-Oct-15, 04:52 PM
I went to the Miramar Air Show on Friday, and I returned with pics. Unfotuneately, my camera's lens can only zoom 3X, so many of these pics are cropped so you can actually see what is going on.

First up is the USN's Legacy Flight, which consisted of an F8F Bearcat, an F-86 Sabre, and an F/A-18E Super-Hornet
http://content.imagesocket.com/thumbs/Miramar_Air_Show_0044e4.jpg (http://imagesocket.com/view/Miramar_Air_Show_0044e4.jpg)

Next up was this custom-built Oracle biplane, which is possibly the most maneuverable plane on the face of the planet. The aircraft was flying sideways at a few points, yes, sideways. It is hard to see in this photo but a rippon was strung between those two poles and I managed to photograph the pilot while underneath one of the ribbons.
http://content.imagesocket.com/thumbs/Miramar_Air_Show_0129ab.jpg (http://imagesocket.com/view/Miramar_Air_Show_0129ab.jpg)

The Patriot's jet team. these dudes were pretty awesome, and pulled off some pretty amazing stunts. (And my employer sponsors them)
http://content.imagesocket.com/thumbs/Miramar_Air_Show_006a33.jpg (http://imagesocket.com/view/Miramar_Air_Show_006a33.jpg)

F/A-18E Super-Hornet demonstration. The plane very nearly broke the sound barrier during the show, as evidenced by these pics.
http://content.imagesocket.com/thumbs/Miramar_Air_Show_02860e.jpg (http://imagesocket.com/view/Miramar_Air_Show_02860e.jpg)

Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey. Nice plane, if you ignore it's cost, and safety record, and carrier footprint. Still a sweet airplane.
http://content.imagesocket.com/thumbs/Miramar_Air_Show_019785.jpg (http://imagesocket.com/view/Miramar_Air_Show_019785.jpg)

It was a fun show to be at. I'm kicking myself that I didn't take pics of the static display aircraft that were there. Such as a KC-130H, which rolled off the assembly line 2 weeks ago and had only been flown once, a B-1B Lancer, and a DC-10 that was outfitted to dump water.

More pics in next post.

Dark Helmet
2006-Oct-15, 04:53 PM
And the rest of the pics:

The Blue Angels, with their usual crazy and spectacular F/A-18 stunts.
http://content.imagesocket.com/thumbs/Miramar_Air_Show_116ded.jpg (http://imagesocket.com/view/Miramar_Air_Show_116ded.jpg)

http://content.imagesocket.com/thumbs/Miramar_Air_Show_158b50.jpg (http://imagesocket.com/view/Miramar_Air_Show_158b50.jpg)

http://content.imagesocket.com/thumbs/Miramar_Air_Show_1930a9.jpg (http://imagesocket.com/view/Miramar_Air_Show_1930a9.jpg)

http://content.imagesocket.com/thumbs/Miramar_Air_Show_222797.jpg (http://imagesocket.com/view/Miramar_Air_Show_222797.jpg)

http://content.imagesocket.com/thumbs/Miramar_Air_Show_168c1d.jpg (http://imagesocket.com/view/Miramar_Air_Show_168c1d.jpg)

2006-Oct-15, 06:30 PM
Nice pics!

Larry Jacks
2006-Oct-15, 10:52 PM
Minor quibble - if it was the US Navy Legacy Flight, then it wasn't (or should not have been) an F-86 because that was an Air Force fighter. Instead, it more likely was the North American FJ-4 Fury, an upgraded Navy version of the F-86 that has performed with the Legacy flight.

2006-Oct-16, 07:30 AM
Bravo, DH!
24 more (http://photos.signonsandiego.com/gallery1.5/061015miramarairshow?page=1) from the country's biggest air show:
October 15, 2006
Planes on the ground, in the skies enthrall about 400,000 visitors...San Diego Union-Tribune (http://photos.signonsandiego.com/gallery1.5/061015miramarairshow)

Larry Jacks
2006-Oct-16, 12:58 PM
As much as I love San Diego, their airshow doesn't top Oshkosh! That's still the world's largest aviation event each year.