Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

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Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Tue 09 Mar 2010, 10:09 pm

At this time of the year, the Blue Angels deploy to El Centro for their winter training and work-up for the new display season...

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Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Tue 09 Mar 2010, 10:13 pm

wow great set love number 17 :cool:

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Tue 09 Mar 2010, 10:15 pm

14 is magnificent. :clap: They all are though!

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Tue 09 Mar 2010, 10:16 pm

Good to see this fine team from a different angle from the norm, really like the Moonshot, great stuff.

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Tue 09 Mar 2010, 10:29 pm

Great set of shots.

The take-off shots show them burning jet fuel, very badly. :grin: What colour do you call that exhaust? :grin:

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Tue 09 Mar 2010, 11:54 pm

A really nice set of shots.

One thing though, is there any chance you could number them to make individual commenting easier please? :smile:

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Wed 10 Mar 2010, 7:44 am

Ace selection very nice indeed :clap: :clap: :clap:

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Wed 10 Mar 2010, 10:49 am

Very Nice Keiron,

And nice to see they have finally started to re-equip with F/A-18Cs.

TS

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Wed 10 Mar 2010, 11:32 am

Ace selection Keiron, I still have the scars from climbing the haystack to try and get the launch shots on the Friday, and in the end I just watched as the 4 Blues came straight overhead!

Rgds Stu

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Wed 10 Mar 2010, 10:24 pm

I Have not enjoyed looking at a set of shot's so much in a long time as much as i have these,superb and well done :clap: :clap: :clap: :cool: :cool: :cool: :drool: :topbombing:

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Wed 10 Mar 2010, 10:26 pm

Outstanding. Thanks for posting them. :clap: :cool: :drool:

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Thu 11 Mar 2010, 7:23 am

Fantastic selection Kieron :clap:

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Thu 11 Mar 2010, 2:07 pm

They have to be one of the best sets of pictures I have ever seen on here. Magnificent!!
I can only imagine how much fun you had taking them.
Top Drawer :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Thu 11 Mar 2010, 6:58 pm

Very nice! :clap: I like the symmetry of shot 11 :clap:

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Thu 11 Mar 2010, 8:24 pm

These are a bit special Kieron, inside or outside the base?

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Thu 11 Mar 2010, 10:31 pm

Not bad Kieron, not bad.

Surprised you weren't still in bed though! :biggrin:

Regards

Simon

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Fri 12 Mar 2010, 12:13 pm

Simon

He had got better by the time we reached El Centro,
it was only 3 buckets of water over his head at 6am.

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Fri 12 Mar 2010, 9:57 pm

BEST SET of shots posted here for about a year...Austrian Tiffs excluded!!!

The first couple had my jaw dropping..By the time I got to the 4x F-18s on approach..I was almost sick with envy!!!

RIAT...PLEASE...PLEASE break the bank to get those guys over at least in the next 2 years????????????????? :wink:

Superb shots and I need to get over to the US...!!

Neil.

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Sat 13 Mar 2010, 6:43 pm

Many thanks for all your kind remarks. Much appreciated. Most of the shots were taken from the outside from on top of a 12 foot high stack of hay bales, conveniently situated at the end of the cross runway which is used by the Blue Angels for their departure. The full display is performed over the airfield on Thursdays and Saturdays at 0830, and then repeated again at 1300hrs. On the other weekdays, they use this runway for departures three times a day and utilise the airspace to the north of El Centro to practice their routine.
Simon, they certainly woke me up when they passed over my head at about 100 ft !
Last edited by Kieron on Sat 13 Mar 2010, 11:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Sat 13 Mar 2010, 8:48 pm

Best pictures ever seen of the USN Blue Angels... :yahoo: :yahoo:

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Sun 14 Mar 2010, 1:01 pm

You never disappoint, great shots Kieron..

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Sun 14 Mar 2010, 5:25 pm

Absolutley brilliant selection Kieron :clap: :cool:

P.S. Nice to have met you last Sunday at the 'row :smile:

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Sun 14 Mar 2010, 5:46 pm

Superb set :clap: :clap: :clap:

Re: Blue Angels work-up at NAF El Centro 25-26 Feb

Tue 16 Mar 2010, 1:41 pm

Love it! Has anyone noticed the 2 x A6 Intruders in the bottom right of the 8th shot??

Wonder what they're doing there..............
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