Monday, August 17

It's a bird, it's a plane...

On Saturday we went to see the Chicago Air and Water Show and we have the sunburns to prove it. (I'm pretty sure my forehead is medium rare. And yes, I did put sunscreen on, I just forgot my face.) I do have to say this is one event downtown that I don't mind attending with the masses. Mainly, because everyone finds a spot and sits. I can handle that. Plus, they sell roasted corn on the cob. Another point in the "pros" column.

Involved in the show were: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs, U.S. Coast Guard Air/Sea Rescue... (oh, here's a list of the full program). Let's sum it up by saying it was a great line up, since I'm a bit rusty on all the different planes. Plus, you're here because you want to see the pictures, not listen to me narrate the whole thing. But before we get to them, I just have to say... those F-15/F-16 were awesome. I could have watched them zoom past all day long, especially against the city as a backdrop.

Finding our seats...

Notice they're headed opposite directions? Look carefully.


This was actually part of a very moving display where the 6th plane flew off in another direction, I'm assuming as a tribute to all those they've lost.

Upside down. Crazy.

This plane was awesome and so fast that this is the best picture I could get.







Hello Thunderbirds

INSANE. That's the best way to describe this.



The smoke left behind by all the fly bys.




4 comments:

she said...

these pictures are AWESOME. really like several of these (particularly the pink smoke). i'd say it was worth the b.s. (and for anyone else reading this crazy comment, that's not what you think it is.)





L, word verification: exerreco. appropriate, isn't it???

kristin noel said...

Totally cool! I wish I had been there. I always get this amazing rush watching military (especially aircraft) do maneuvers. Too fun!

Angela said...

Linds, your pictures are AMAZING! God has turely given you a wonderful gift! Looks like you had a great time!!

booshy said...

Great shots! Loved how you captured the "directionality" of the planes...

(I'm sorry...I must share...my word verification word was "wargles" and it made me laugh...cause they usually don't end up spelling anything...)