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Navy Blue Angels, Enjoy!
someone in the Navy now retired, living near Pensacola

Posted on 05/29/2006 11:48:12 PM PDT by Babu

From someone in the Navy now retired, living near Pensacola ...
after leaving VP47 in 1967, he was the Admin Chief for the Blue Angels... Chief Flora, retired USN...
Enjoy the pictures...

We see strength in our Military and sadly, we see the Twin Towers. Something I never want to forget.

Niagara Falls... so beautiful.

I wonder who wins this battle? Ha

Anyone know the name of the old sailing vessel? What a beauty, not many left.

Blue Angels over San Francisco Bay. Watch for Alcatraz prison.

Too Close for me... Backoff Buddy.

ALCATRAZ AND FRISCO BAY.

BIG BIRD COMMING IN FOR A LANDING??? ALCATRAZ OR WHATS LEFT OF IT...

(JATO) TAKE OFF... YOU SHOULD SEE THAT AT NIGHT. EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE.

Navy and Marines, working together...

I THINK THEY CALL THIS "SHORT ROLL TAKE-OFF". KINDA CLOSE I"D SAY...

LOOK, DISNEY WORLD COMING UP...

FANTASTIC PICTURE... HOW DO THEY DO IT?

ALL FOR ONE, AND ONE FOR ALL. MAJOR NERVE CONTROL HERE... WOW

SO IMPRESSIVE...

Ya couldn't ask for anything nicer to look at this weekend. Our Veterans must always be Honored...

Which way is up???

Nice Boats huh...

Zoom...Zoom

"THE END "



TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: airpower; blueangels; marines; memorialday; navy; troops

1 posted on 05/29/2006 11:48:12 PM PDT by Babu
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To: Babu

Wow!

Thanks..


2 posted on 05/29/2006 11:58:43 PM PDT by D-fendr
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To: Babu

Great pix and captions too!


3 posted on 05/29/2006 11:59:19 PM PDT by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: Aeronaut

ping


4 posted on 05/30/2006 12:00:44 AM PDT by raygun
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To: Babu

Anyone know the name of the old sailing vessel? What a beauty, not many left.

Your a squid and don't know the name of this fine Naval vessel? You should be ashamed!!(Just kidding!)

She is the USS Constitution, 'Old Ironsides', whose image appears on the Navy Flag. I've had the privilege of taking a tour on her while working in Boston. She's a beauty.

Happy Memorial Day, from one squid to another.

5 posted on 05/30/2006 12:01:31 AM PDT by CrawDaddyCA (Free Travis McGee!!)
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To: Babu

Loved the photos and the captions. Thank you!

Awesome pilots and amazing machines!


6 posted on 05/30/2006 12:06:18 AM PDT by La Enchiladita (God Bless Our Troops...including U.S. Border Patrol, America's First Line of Defense)
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To: Paleo Conservative

ping


7 posted on 05/30/2006 12:07:52 AM PDT by Babu
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To: Babu
Absolutely gorgeous!

Thanks!
8 posted on 05/30/2006 12:15:54 AM PDT by EasySt (Life is Precious, Live it Well...)
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To: Babu
Thank you so much, Babu.

Brings back alot of memories.

As an aside, you realy hit a magic chord tonight with these snaps of the Blues.

We have Nine \(9) Naval Aviators in the family -- including the deceased. (Two were killed in aircraft accidents years ado, when carrier work was not so forgiving.)

Two Blues in the Family: Cdr. Cliff Skelton (nephew) who was also a White House Fellow -- Took retirement and is now a senior Corporate VP with BofA)

The other Blue is Captain "Irish" Raney, who relinquished Command of Carrier Air Wing Two last December; opted for retirement and joined Cliff at BofA.

My brother Richard Pope flew for me in the early 60's at Pensacola. I brought him down from VW11 as a JG to put together the Basic NAO School at Sherman Field. The outfit flew 30K accident free hours its first three years in operation and was the nucleus of the NFO program. I wrote my brothers fitness reports -- and gave him his green card instrument checks for two years.

Six of the Nine are still kicking, and I am sure we all miss the carrier work more than anything else.

Happy Memorial Day, Fellow Freepers...and thanx for the wonderful pictures!!!
9 posted on 05/30/2006 12:32:58 AM PDT by dk/coro
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To: dk/coro

Sorry for the typos on my post. An old sailor, here...and it is late. *S*


10 posted on 05/30/2006 12:35:47 AM PDT by dk/coro
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To: dk/coro
Thank you so mcuh for the inspiring story of your family. I received these wonderful pictures and captions in an email from a friend today, and immediately knew that I should share them on Free Republic.

Happy Memorial Day to your family. God Bless America.

11 posted on 05/30/2006 12:37:47 AM PDT by Babu
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To: CrawDaddyCA

What happened to Travis McGee (that got him banned / suspended)?


12 posted on 05/30/2006 12:42:06 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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To: Babu

Great Memorial Day Post


13 posted on 05/30/2006 2:23:08 AM PDT by orlop9
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To: Babu
Thanks for the pics. My husband is a former naval aviator, but is now blind. I am passing this post on to our son who is an avid Blue Angle fan.
14 posted on 05/30/2006 2:30:58 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: Babu
Thanks for the pics. My husband is a former naval aviator, but is now blind. I am passing this post on to our son who is an avid Blue Angle fan.
15 posted on 05/30/2006 2:31:17 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: Babu
Angel--correction
16 posted on 05/30/2006 2:32:32 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: Babu
Thanks for the reminder to look up the Angel's schedule. Again this year, northern Michigan gets to see them. They fly over Grand Traverse bay for two days. We drive in to FudgieTown (Traverse City), grab a piece of the beach, and get awed by them.

They are so sneaky! Every time they're here, I KNOW there's a maneuver where most of them are over the bay, in sight, doing some really cool stuff. The crowd is totally focused on them...we all have stiff necks because we don't want to miss anything...all eyes forward. Then, BANG! ZOOM! One of those sneaky planes comes up behind us and scares the you know what out of us! How the pilot can keep his plane so quiet until just the right time...how I know it's coming, and it still scares me...it's just too cool!

This year, we'll get to experience it with our little grandsons. I think we'll watch from one of the hills surrounding the bay, maybe it won't be so intense. Then, of course, we'll go out to the airport so we can see the planes.

My favorite part is the week before the air show. The Angels come in a few days early, and all us locals get to see the practice show without the crowds (can you tell I'm not a Chamber of Commerce member? :) )

Thanks! I will start working on changing the boys' nap schedules!

17 posted on 05/30/2006 3:01:54 AM PDT by blu (People, for God's sake, think for yourselves)
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To: Babu

If you've ever been fortunate enough to see The Blue Angels in person, you're lucky. It will make you feel damn proud (and lucky) to be an American.

The technology, the skill of the pilots, the beauty of the planes and flight and the great almighty boom! of them flying overhead will be deeply impressive.

America has created much, does much, can still do more and is a great country with a big, kind heart, head and soul. The Blue Angels are representative of our greatness.

Who else can do so much?


18 posted on 05/30/2006 5:18:33 AM PDT by garyhope
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To: Babu

The Blue Angels will be in South Dakota in July ...how about a fly by photo with Mt. Rushmore?


19 posted on 05/30/2006 5:24:29 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir wölle bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: dk/coro
We have Nine \(9) Naval Aviators in the family

Wow! Rising to the level of Naval Aviator is extremely rare amongst pilots. With 9 in you lineage ya'll must have some unique genetic traits......

20 posted on 05/30/2006 5:40:03 AM PDT by Thermalseeker
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To: Babu

Bumping the thread
with a big thank you for posting it.


21 posted on 05/30/2006 3:18:02 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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To: Babu
Check out these videos of an AJC staffer getting knocked around while riding with the Blue Angels:
Steve, STEVE.... are you still with us??

22 posted on 05/30/2006 3:24:33 PM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: garyhope; cardinal4

We saw the Blue Angels at Fort Lauderdale Beach earlier this month. Only word I can think of to describe them is AWESOME.


23 posted on 05/30/2006 3:30:28 PM PDT by Ax
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