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Two of the six GEICO Skytypers Airshow Team's North American SNJ-5's dice with eachother during the 2017 NAS Pensacola Air Show


Earlier in the day the team had been 'typing' messages across the Florida skies as they made several high level formation circuits around the locality



NAS Pensacola, Florida.


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We just had time for a quick walk through. May never get the chance again so I put the phone cam to good use.

The United States Air Force put on a heritage flight during the Pensacola 2006 airshow, and this picture resulted. The diamond formation of an F-86, F-4, F-15, and A-10 flew directly over the crowd! Great show, great formation keeping, and classic warbirds from both hot and cold wars!!

One of my daughters went through the Navy Flight School at Pensacola, Florida. We loved to visit her and her husband there. A side benefit of visiting them while she was in school was that we could watch the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron - The Blue Angels. They would perform a show every Wednesday at their home base in Pensacola to make sure they remained at the peak of performance throughout the show season.


This is not a composite photograph! I took this standing on the flight line directly behind the Museum on the NAS. The Blues had just completed a loop in the diamond formation and I noticed the moon pop through the viewfinder while I was photographing the maneuver. I wasn't trying to catch them with the moon but I sure will keep it! You can see the exhaust from Number 1 distorting the bottom of the moon.



Fort at Pensacola

We just had time for a quick walk through. May never get the chance again so I put the phone cam to good use.

Only 3 of the jets here.

# 3 got cropped out of the pic.


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In his wonderful and diminutive Douglas A-4C Skyhawk, Pilot Paul Wood makes a superb topside pass during the 2017 NAS Pensacola Airshow


Aka 'The Scooter' this Skyhawk was so small it didn't need any folding wings as in other carrier-borne aircraft and wears former US Navy marks of BuAerNo. 148609/NP685 from Attack Squadron VA-76 when aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard


She now flies with The Warbird Heritage Foundation on the US civilian FAA register as N49WH and is seen here at the start of Pensacola's Evening Airshow - cleaned up and wound up with the power on in the rapidly depleting light



Some Navy aircraft shot through a cokin 4-star filter and hdr'd a bit.

A Super-Stearman flown by Greg Shelton Airshows flies inverted underneath a large flock of white pelicans at the Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow aboard NAS Pensacola. The birds were actually a few hundred feet above the Stearman. Also, note the wing walker in between the wings on the right side of the aircraft.

In 1825 a 40-foot tower was built on a 40-foot bluff at the south entrance to Pensacola Bay. This light was also partially obscured by trees close to the tower and on Santa Rosa Island. In 1858 a new tower was built on the north side of the bay entrance, and was lit on January 1, 1859. The new, and current, tower is 150 feet tall, and also sits on a 40-foot bluff located on the Pensacola Naval Air Station, placing the light 190 feet above sea level.


The new location allowed the tower to serve as the rear range light marking the passage across the Pensacola Bar. Little is known of the first front range light. In 1879 a new front range beacon was erected 448 feet southeast of the light tower. This light, known as the Pensacola Bar Beacon, was a square pyramidal wooden tower, 26 feet tall, sitting on a point 29 feet above sea level, so that the light was 55 feet above the water. It had a sixth order Fresnel lens, and showed a fixed white light visible for 11 miles. The Pensacola Bar Beacon was removed from service and demolished some time in the early 1900s.


At the start of the Civil War, Pensacola was controlled by Confederate forces, while Fort Pickens across the bay remained in Union hands. Confederate authorities removed the lens from the lighthouse, and most of the lighthouse supplies were requisitioned for the war effort. In November 1861 an artillery duel between the two forces damaged the lighthouse tower.


Confederate forces later evacuated Pensacola, and were replaced by Union forces. In 1863 the Pensacola Light was relit using a fourth-order Fresnel lens. A new first-order lens was placed in the tower in 1869. The tower was all white during the Civil War. Later, the upper two-thirds of the tower was painted black. Electricity was introduced to the lighthouse in 1939, eliminating the need to rewind the light rotation clockworks every 4½ hours. The light was automated in 1965. The lighthouse tower and associated buildings were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.


In 1989, the lighthouse and keeper's quarters were listed in A Guide to Florida's Historic Architecture, published by the University of Florida Press.


Climb 177 steps up the historic lighthouse and experience one of the most beautiful views on the Gulf Coast.


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Three bracketed photos were taken with a handheld Nikon D7200 and combined with Photomatix Pro to create this HDR image. Additional adjustments were made in Photoshop CS6.


"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~Jeremiah 29:11

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Smoke on and flying off into the sunset!

1929 Taperwing Waco

Pratt & Whitney 985 Wasp Junior (450 hp/340kW)

General Electric CJ-610 (3000 pounds thrust/13.34kN) turbojet


A MiG-17 flown by Randy Ball at the 2017 Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow aboard NAS Pensacola.

A T-39G Saberliner of VT-86 departing PDX on a less than stellar day for photography.


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Visiting from Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia, US Navy Boeing F/A-18C Hornet BuAerNo. 163429/AD301 of VFA-106 'Gladiators' sits in the static at the 2017 NAS Pensacola 'Blue Angels Homecoming' Air Show



Sunset and the race is on between the two Titans!!

Lot's of air show smoke as they all pass by.


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My obligatory snapshot of the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron from last weekend's

air show at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California.



The Blue Angels’ mission is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting efforts and to represent the naval service to the United States, its elected leadership and foreign nations. The Blue Angels serve as positive role models and goodwill ambassadors for the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps.


The Blue Angels are scheduled to fly 69 air shows at 35 air show sites in the United States during the 2009 season, as the team celebrates 23 years of flying the F/A-18 Hornet. Last season, more than 13 million spectators watched the Blue Angels perform. Since its inception in 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 455 million fans.


And that explains why they get seven bucks a bottle for domestic beer at the Miramar airshow.... :)

Built in 1858, it's tower is 150 feet tall (190 feet above sea level), and contains a beautiful first-order fresnel lens (installed in 1869) giving it a range of 27 miles. (A "first order" is the biggest of all lighthouse fresnel lenses, and are about 8' tall.) Since the son-in-law is in the Navy (and has I.D.), we were able to enter NAS Pensacola tonight and take a few long exposures of the light in action. The reddish cast to the photo is because of overcast skies, with the lights of Pensacola reflecting on them. (Light pollution) I did a 10 second exposure, and also painted the tower with my Surefire flashlight to get it to stand out a little better. (The top 2/3rds of the tower is painted black.)


Unfortunately for me, I discovered at 9pm tonight (Saturday) that the Coast Guard gives tours of the light only on Saturdays from Noon to 4pm. Drat... and I plan on leaving next Friday. Ah well... something on the "next time" list.


(Much better on black.)

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