September 10-11, 2005
This was a very different type of event for us.
First: it was not a Corvette event, or even a car event.
Second: we were not
permitted to solicit donations or sell anything. Only military personnel or
organizations could do either. So, this event was strictly public information.
Saturday, Sept. 10
A pretty sunrise as I loaded up for the 16 mile
And the expected handful of
anti-war protesters at the entrance to the
Naval Air Station.
I had a great spot in the "Community
Expo" section: just inside the hangar door,
on the side away
from the main
runway. I could see 90% of the air show
right from my table!
I don't pretend to know what most of these
planes are. Something like 200,000 people
for the show in weather both days
that couldn't possibly have been better!
The Blue Angels always put on a stunning show!
I could see that it was going to be very slow
getting out after the Blue Angels concluded the day's show, so I took my time securing
the display for the night and packing up what I was taking home. Since there
still hadn't been much progress by the exiting throngs, I cruised
line taking pictures until I could see traffic had started to move. People the
next day told me it took them 3 hours to get out the gate!
Sunday, Sept. 11
While still very busy, the attendance wasn't
quite as crazy as it was Saturday. Getting
out was a lot easier, because
Bellamy Brothers Band was performing at 4:00,
right after the Blue Angels final
performance. The band seen here setting up at the
opposite door of the hangar
we were in, and started the performance in the last photo.
Since the concert closed off the entrance we
came in, we were permitted to exit
through the pedestrian gate
right in front of
us. I was home in 45 minutes,
which included a stop at KFC for take-out.