June 01, 2007

It's AirFest Weekend!

One of the reasons I love where The Pond is located started today... The Duckford AirFest! It's based out of the Duckford Airport, which is about 3 miles from The Pond.

Usually, it's a small annoyance, since one of UPS' major hubs is located there, and their planes start taking off around 3am. I've gotten used to it, I'll admit, and it takes a particularly low takeoff for me to notice.

But then you have AirFest weekend... and The Pond is within the Performance Cylinder for the jets. Which leads to this:
F-15 Over Pond.

The Blue Angels are the main attraction this year. If their performance plan is anything like the one the Thunderbirds had last year, I should get some pretty darn good photos: the T-Birds were going very low, very slow, in formation, right over The Pond.

And if I'm feeling particularly brave, The Blue Angels will be joined by... The Blue Duck!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 01:25 PM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 What..praytell is the Blue Duck?

I fear the answer...

Posted by: Brickmuppet at June 01, 2007 01:33 PM (V5zw/)

2 It's a little known fact of nature that some ducks can mount jet engines under their wings...

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 01, 2007 01:37 PM (A5s0y)

3 My parents' house is nearly under the flight path of what used to be Williams AFB. The Marine Corps and Army have some maintenance facilities there now, so we get Hornets, Harriers, and the occasional Apache flying overhead. Harriers are some of the most god-awful loud airplanes in the air. You can't miss one of those coming over.

Do those same ducks have hard points for ordnance?

(I had to look that up just now. It didn't look right to me. Ordinance, ordnance, and ordonnance are three very different things.)

Posted by: Will at June 01, 2007 05:27 PM (olS40)

4 We're kinda like A-10s. Engines mounted far back, loads of room on the wings.

I just noticed that the picture looks like (and the 'hover text' implies) that the F-15 was directly overhead. It wasn't; it was a mile to the west, in a hard turn to line up for landing.

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 01, 2007 05:52 PM (A5s0y)

5 We're kinda like A-10s. Engines mounted far back, loads of room on the wings, and praying that fighter cover will show up before we get slaughtered...

Posted by: astro at June 01, 2007 06:16 PM (q4NkN)

6 Astro's jealous of the guys who get to play in the mud...

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 02, 2007 04:45 AM (A5s0y)

7 Check it out my man:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=cGmM2PN7V90

P.S. Love the fighter jet screen caps .....Makes me remember those dreams I had as a kid of becoming a pilot and training at Top Gun.....still one of my favourite movies btw!

Posted by: Kanon_fan82 at June 02, 2007 04:03 PM (X4Eu+)

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