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Navy Blue Angels to highlight Selfridge Air Show
Macomb Daily ^ | 02/06/14 | Norb Franz

Posted on 02/15/2014 7:26:41 AM PST by equaviator

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and their thrilling, high-precision maneuvers will highlight the 2014 Selfridge Air National Guard Base Open House & Air Show, in September.

Flying F/A-18 Hornets, the pilots are scheduled to perform on both days of the show, Sept. 6-7 at the Harrison Township base.

“They fly an extremely high-precision demonstration. They take the aircraft to the limits of their flying, very close to each other. It’s very exciting,” said Technical Sgt. Dan Heaton of the 127th Wing at Selfridge.

The Blue Angels last performed at the Selfridge Air Show in 2005.

In 2013, the federal government budget sequester grounded the world-renowned team from performing after April 1.

“We took some time off in Pensacola (Fla., where the team is stationed) to kind of focus on our mission as a whole and how we want to function as a team from here on out in 2014 forward. So we’re doing more community outreach,” Navy Lt. Ryan Chamberlain said in a 127th Wing video.

“Selfridge asked for us and we were able to support in 2014. We’re excited to be back,” he said.

Chamberlain and Lt. Commander Michael Cheng, the Blue Angels’ events coordinator, recently visited the Harrison Township base to meet with Selfridge and air show officials to discuss safety details of the event.

The September air show will be a homecoming for Navy Commander Thomas Frosch, the Blue Angels’ flight leader and commanding officer. Frosch, a native of Clinton Township, graduated from Fraser High School in 1988.

In 2003, he was a department head for Strike Fighter Squadron 192 and deployed with the USS Kitty Hawk and few in support of Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom. In 2005, he reported to a NATO headquarters in Belgium and during his tour, deployed as an individual augmenter with a NATO security force to Kabul, Afghanistan.

Frosch joined the Blue Angels as commanding officer in November 2012. In additional to numbers medals, he has logged more than 3,000 flight hours and 830 landings on aircraft carriers.

Other aerial performers scheduled to perform at the Selfridge show include the ethanol-powered Vanguard Squadron; Patty Wagstaff, the first woman to win the title of U.S. National Aerobatic champion and multiple award-winner in international competitions; skywriter Melissa Pemberton; John Klatt; and Randy Ball.

The attractions on the ground are equally popular. More than a dozen aircraft from all branches of the military are on display for an up-close look. In fact, a few can be boarded, and pilots are often on hand to discuss the aircraft and field questions from show-goers young and old.

Some military veterans are often seen accompanied by their grandchildren, pointing to specific aircraft they worked on during times of war.

“One of the reasons why the commander wants to have these open houses is we want people to come out and see what the aircraft are. Quite frankly, your tax dollars pay for this stuff. You deserve the right to periodically look at them,” said Heaton, the 127th Wing spokesman.

As with past open house/air shows at Selfridge, parking and admission to the event is free. Officials expect attendance to reach approximately 150,000 over the two days. Tens of thousands more watch the skies from properties within a few miles of the base, while many others view the aerial displays from boats anchored in Lake St. Clair.

Heaton expects the participation of the Blue Angels will make the always popular event a bigger hit.

“That definitely draws attention,” he said. “There’s just something about seeing those Blue Angels – you can feel that roar in your gut.”

This year’s open house and air show is the first since 2011, which was marred by tragedy when a wing walker fell to his death during a performance in front of thousands of onlookers.

The first Selfridge air show was in 1922, when the first air speed record not set in France, was recorded.

For more information about the 2014 Selfridge Open House & Air Show, go to selfridgeopenhouse.com.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: selfridgeangb

1 posted on 02/15/2014 7:26:41 AM PST by equaviator
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To: equaviator

Always liked the Blue Angels...till I saw the Thunderbirds. Wow!


3 posted on 02/15/2014 7:32:29 AM PST by onedoug
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I’ve only seen The Thunderbirds and I agree——wow!!!!

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4 posted on 02/15/2014 7:33:50 AM PST by Mears
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To: equaviator

Is Pussy Galore’s flying circus going to perform?


5 posted on 02/15/2014 7:34:42 AM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
I've never gotten out to the air show but I'd sure like to check it out sometime.

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Michigan legislative action thread
6 posted on 02/15/2014 7:43:41 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: equaviator

You know what just bugs me... well not that it’s a huge deal... but often these websites for local newspapers don’t tell you what STATE they are published in.

Macomb, Illinois?

I once flew out of Moline the weekend before the Blue Angels were scheduled to perform there at Quad Cities. The F-111 were all lined up over by the Fire Safety building. We taxied right past them... it was pretty need seeing these aircraft up close like that.


7 posted on 02/15/2014 7:45:08 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: equaviator

In Memory of Al Taddeo, WWII Naval Aviator and member of the 1st United States Navy Blue Angels team.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnMZQATbenM


8 posted on 02/15/2014 7:50:43 AM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: Rodamala

Michigan. Keeping us safe from the Canukistani horde just across the border.


9 posted on 02/15/2014 7:53:45 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: F15Eagle

In 1973 or 74 while in the USAF I saw the Blue Angels and the Thunder Birds at separate events perform in F4s. Of all the planes I’ve seen them perform in, the F4 stands out as most awesome. Especially the high speed low altitude passes with those big screamers blowing your ear drums out. When fuel became an issue and they went to A4s and T38s it just wasn’t the same. The F18s and F16s are cool but just lack that swagger of the F4s.


10 posted on 02/15/2014 8:02:19 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: cripplecreek
Michigan. Keeping us safe from the Canukistani horde just across the border.

There is at least ONE we should have kept out: Granholm.

11 posted on 02/15/2014 8:04:51 AM PST by madison10
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The A-10s used to fly right over my house on the way to Michigan Speedway for the flyover.


13 posted on 02/15/2014 8:08:27 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DJ Taylor

Great video. Thanks for sharing it.


15 posted on 02/15/2014 8:13:32 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: F15Eagle

The F4 is still one of my favorite military aircraft.


16 posted on 02/15/2014 8:15:06 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: equaviator
Sweet! Will be in the St. Clair Flats for the weekend and will potentially boat over to Metro Beach area to watch. Have to figure out what the security will be before I decide to get in the car and drive over to be at the field.

Used to live right along Metro Pkwy late 80's through early 90's and always got to see fighters come in for a landing. Out on the flats they used to patrol, say lots of F-4 Phantoms flying at about 500'.

17 posted on 02/15/2014 8:23:16 AM PST by RedWing9 (Jesus Rocks Zero Sucks)
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I'm not sure this is one of them but Phantoms like this one out of SANGB were known to have intercepted a Soviet bomber or two back in the Cold War.
18 posted on 02/15/2014 9:02:40 AM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: equaviator

pleased they are flying - I had read they were grounded because of sequester cuts.


19 posted on 02/15/2014 9:05:00 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: equaviator

My primary flight instructor, who was an ex Navy F-4 jockey, said the F-4 was the first aircraft in the world that could accelerate going straight up vertical.


20 posted on 02/15/2014 9:06:41 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: equaviator
Selfridge used to put on a great show back in the 70's...especially with the Confederate Air Force.

...was there in ('77?) checking out one of their classics when some idiots threw red paint-filled balloons at the B-29(FiFi)to protest "the glorification of war"(or something).

21 posted on 02/15/2014 9:08:20 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: cripplecreek

Go the day before and watch practice at the Walmart parking lot. It’s awe inspiring. The noise inside the store is staggering.


22 posted on 02/15/2014 9:55:48 AM PST by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillifeusa.com)
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To: equaviator
Beautiful Aircraft. We had RF4’s stationed in Birmingahm with the Alabama Air National Guard from 1971 until after the first Gulf War. A few flew missions in the first Gulf War. They were like this one.

23 posted on 02/15/2014 11:19:02 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: equaviator

bkmk


24 posted on 02/15/2014 1:04:20 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: Rodamala

Love how the latest Android update turns F/A-18s into F-111s. Facepalm.


26 posted on 02/15/2014 2:08:36 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: F15Eagle

My primary instructor said he did it in an F-4 and the air speed indicator was moving clockwise, albeit very slowly in a vertical 90 deg angle climb with afterburners on. I don’t think it would be possible without after burners.


27 posted on 02/15/2014 4:42:38 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: F15Eagle

He said the ASI needle was moving very slowly, ok it was probably hardly moving at all. But he said it moved clockwise during the climb. I guess he was BS-ing me.


29 posted on 02/15/2014 4:50:59 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: F15Eagle

I’m not saying rocket acceleration in the vertical, I am just saying holding current airspeed with a slight increase in AS.


34 posted on 02/15/2014 5:07:39 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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“holding current airspeed with a slight increase in AS”

How much would a sustained straight-up climb depend on the altitude at which the AB’s are applied? I’m thinking it would indeed make a difference.


37 posted on 02/16/2014 5:56:21 AM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: cripplecreek; equaviator

I’m only about 7 miles west of Selfrige and while I’ve heard the jets in the show, I’ve never gone over to watch it.


38 posted on 02/16/2014 6:00:50 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: equaviator
Ok the truth, I have never come close to pulling a 90 degree climb. But what I think happens is this; what ever airspeed you enter into this steep climb is going to initially go down. Even on AB. At some point, if the the thrust ratio is high enough you will stop losing AS. If the aircraft has enough thrust the AS will actually start to increase again, not very rapidly but increase none the less.

I wish a pilot with high performance jet experience would let us know what really happens....

39 posted on 02/16/2014 7:14:17 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Then you'd probably remember being aware of the F-16's of the 191st FG and the 127th TW between 1990 and 2009? I remember some of their drill weekends being almost like impromptu air shows. No barrel rolls or any of the more aerobatic maneuvers but plenty of high-speed passes, touch and go, 2 and 4-ships in the pattern over the lake, visiting F-15's and A-7's...Sometimes they'd be out there at night on a weekday doing full-afterburner take-offs and touch and go. Day or night, there were always people pulling their cars onto the shoulder of Rosso Hwy at the north end of the runway to see what was happening. While the drills and actual missions are "rain or shine" events at the base, the air shows are mostly weather-dependent. It was cool to see it with the naked eye knowing that it wasn't just a show and that we weren't seeing what used to be called "Weekend Warriors" in action.


40 posted on 02/16/2014 7:24:53 AM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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