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fishgutz posted 10-20-2008 09:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for fishgutz   Send Email to fishgutz  
Naval Air Station Jacksonville (Home of the Blue Angels) Airshow 2008 is October 25 and 26 right here on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville.

Anybody going? My wife and I are thinking about it. We went to one in Milwaukee a couple years ago. Great fun. What a show. We'll probably launch at Black Creek. Not sure which day.

fishgutz posted 10-21-2008 06:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
OK, looks like we're going Saturday.
Mambo Minnow posted 10-22-2008 12:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow  Send Email to Mambo Minnow     
Wish I could join you, but I am still floating in the Western Pacific on my non-Whaler!

I hope to be home in early December.

Happy Whalering!

mitch13 posted 10-22-2008 09:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for mitch13  Send Email to mitch13     
When did they move? Pensacola was their home for as long as I can remember.
fishgutz posted 10-23-2008 08:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
Far as I can tell the Blue Angels moved to NAS JAX in 1990.
73% sure.
RJG posted 10-23-2008 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for RJG  Send Email to RJG     
Pensacola is still home to the Blue Angles. They come to Jacksonville for the annual air show every October. They have been practicing over the St.Johns River all afternoon. Great stuff.
fishgutz posted 10-23-2008 05:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
Now I know why a Blue Angel Jet is parked in front of NAS JAX. In 1946 the Blue Angels started and were stationed in Jacksonville. So their first home was NAS JAX.

From the Blue Angels official website:

At the end of World War II, Chester W. Nimitz, then the Chief of Naval Operations, ordered the formation of a flight demonstration team to keep the public interested in naval aviation. The Blue Angels performed their first flight demonstration less than a year later in June 1946 at their home base, Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida. Flying the Grumman F6F Hellcat, they were led by Lt. Cmdr. Roy “Butch” Voris.

So technically Jacksonville is the home of the Blue Angels. Kind of like home is where you were born and not necessarily where you live now.

I always wondered why I haven't seen much of them in the past year, since I moved here.

Mambo Minnow posted 10-25-2008 06:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow  Send Email to Mambo Minnow     
Correct. Two years ago was the Blues 60th Anniversary. Butch Voris passed away then, a true legend. The show alternates every other year with Jax Beach.

Here's another Jax Naval Aviation trivia tidbit. Naval Aviator John McCain flew out of then NAS Cecil Field and returned to NAS JAX tarmac after being freed from the Hanoi Hilton.

The river at the end of the runway is the best place to view the Airshow. I went one day to VIP tent and of course the winds howled the following day I wanted to boat.

Wish I was there...I know the weather will be perfect :(

fishgutz posted 10-25-2008 09:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
The whole John McCain story is on the front page of the Times-Union today.
fishgutz posted 10-25-2008 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
Crummy day today. OK not too bad. 78 degrees, overcast, very light mist, no wind. Maybe the mist will burn off.
Leaving at 10am this morning. We'll be the ones in the Whaler.
Mambo Minnow posted 10-28-2008 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow  Send Email to Mambo Minnow     
Fishgutz, how did it go? Any pictures?
fishgutz posted 10-28-2008 07:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
We went Saturday, It was cold, windy, rough and very overcast. The currents did a complete 180. It was misting the whole time. We stuck around until about 2 and we were cold and had to go to the bathroom. OK my wife had to go. It was pretty miserable. The planes would disappear into the clouds all the time.

We did get to see a P51 fly with an F18. Then they added another modern jet (F15 or 16?). So cool to see the 50 some years difference in technology flying wing tip to wing tip.
The L 39 Russian fighter with the yellow and grey paintjob was pretty cool, too.

We had pretty much fun but it was the start to some unseasonably cold weather. Although it was blue skies and calm wind when we got home at 4.
It was 40 degrees this morning and got up to only about 55.

Tohsgib posted 10-28-2008 11:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Show up on saturday and stop your bitchin....more fun than you can shake a stupid plane at.
fishgutz posted 10-29-2008 07:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
Hey tohs,
Show up where?
Brian7son posted 10-29-2008 08:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     
He's talking about the Beercan Island rendezvous this weekend.

The Blue Angels are coming my way on 11/8 & 9. They will be at the Kennedy Space Center. I plan on heading up the Banana River and watching them. I may be going up Sunday rather than Saturday. It all depends on the weather forecast that weekend. If one day is going to be particularly nicer than the other, that's the day I'll go.

Hopefully, it wont be overcast like it was in Jacksonville.

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