Monday, September 15, 2014

NAS Oceana Media Day part II: Fleet Fly Over

The Surprise Pass 

If the Blues are the star of the NAS Oceana airshow, the TAC Demo/Fleet Flyover is a close second.  While gone are the days when you had Tomcats Intruders and various other types of aircraft, Oceana does put up a large flying display. What is really cool is each year it is different, because of the rotation of the squadrons from shore to fleet. Below are some of the shots from the Fleet Flyovers of 2010, 2011 and 2012.







It also gives you an opportunity to see the CAGs.

F-18E VFA-31 TOMCATERS

F-18E VFA-81 SUNLINERS

F-18F VFA-32 SWORDSMEN

F/A-18C VFA-37 RAGIN BULLS

F/A-18A VFC-12 FIGHTING OMARS (I know its not CAG but its Colour) 

Looking forward to the 2014 Set,  featuring the Swordsman, Gladiators and Omars.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Oceana Media Day with the Blues


On Friday, the Blues can't seem to count.  1, 2, 3, 7, 7, 6 ?

This week is the return of the Annual NAS Oceana Air Show,  after a years hiatus, due to Sequestration of the 2013 budget.   This years theme is Honoring Navy Wounded Warriors, and the Safe Harbor program.  More information can be found HERE.

The stars of the show of course are the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team the Blue Angels.  For the Blues, Friday is always a more "Relaxed" show. The F-18Ds which they have two, tend to play a larger roll, then the offical shows.  I have been privileged to attend the Friday show as Media.  Here are some shots of the Blues that you might not see on the weekend.

The Slot seams to have gained a seat? 

Number 7 doing Number 5's job. The GIB (Guy in Back) is about to get on Hell of a ride. 

The afternoon test.

Bert on the roll!  Well I had to have one of him. Didn't I?