Today was my sixty-seventh birthday. 🎂🍾🎁🥳🦆 I celebrated by going off to the Point Mugu Airshow in Ventura County with some family members and friends.
NOT the sort of thing you want to be driving through on the way to an airshow! I had doubts that we would see any flying, but we persisted.
When we got there about 09:30, it was quite…moist.
The Navy Blue Angels were there. So were the Air Force Thunderbirds! It’s something like only the fourth or fifth time EVER that they’ve performed together at the same airshow.
Thus the urgency to get out there – it’s like if the Beatles and Rolling Stones were doing a double bill concert. You would stand in the rain for that, wouldn’t you?
Our local CAF SoCal Wing was there with static displays (the SNJ in yellow, the PT-19 on the right in grey, others not shown) and our PBJ bomber, F6 Hellcat fighter, and Zero fighter all flying.
A Harrier on static display.
The business end of an F-18 Hornet, both for going fast and for stopping faster.
One of the local F-18s that’s stationed with one of the Point Mugu squadrons.
An E-2 Hawkeye on static display.
Despite my doubts, the CAF SoCal planes, a biplane aerobatic routine, the Red Bull helicopter performance, a California Air National Guard C-130 demonstration, and most importantly, the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels all flew.
It was spectacular!
It was amazing!
It was wonderful!
It was REALLY FREAKIN’ LOUD! (Which is really freakin’ great!)
Followed by the current leader so far for worst traffic jam of the year. From the time that the Blue Angels finished their show until I got to my car was 25-30 minutes. From the time I got to my car until I got onto the road outside the base gates, another 90+ minutes. From the time I left the base until I got to the 101 Freeway (normally 10-15 minutes) another 30+ minutes. (Worth every second of it.)
My thanks to those who sent birthday wishes. I had a great time at the airshow and took a gazillion pictures and videos.
If you don’t care about seeing any of those airshow pictures, this might be a good time to mute this website for the next week to ten days. Just sayin’.
4 responses to “Sixty-Seven”
Happy Birthday, Paul, I am glad you had a good one.
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Thank you! It was a good one, lots of **LOUD**!
What a great birthday present 🙂
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It was! We got a little bit lucky with the weather, but as they say, some days it’s better to be lucky than good.