The performance always starts out with Fat Albert showing the short-field capabilities of this C-130 aircraft. It's impressive to watch, but not quite as impressive as it used to be when they had the JATO rockets on the side of the plane to give it an extra boost on takeoff. They mentioned at last year's air show that the rockets are no longer available.
The 2 shots above were taken on Friday. There were no clouds on Saturday, but when I got home and looked at this next image closely on the monitor I noticed something I've not seen before - what looks like little vapor trails coming off the tips of the propellors.
Time to start the show - here's Capt. Greg McWherter, USN, the Flight Leader and Commanding Officer of the Blue Angels, saluting as he taxis for takeoff.
Four of the six aircraft take off in formation.
They go out, make a quick u-turn, and head back to the airfield.
They call these two planes the opposing solos. It seems like they're always flying right towards each other.
The planes land, concluding the Blue Angels flight and closing out the show for the day at the 2012 Miramar Air Show.
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