This next ship was Franklin Roosevelt's Presidential yacht which is used for private parties and cruises on the bay.
The first "show" we saw was some private acrobatic planes sponsored by Oracle, the local software company that sponsors all kinds of sailing and flying events. These were four different models of single engine propeller planes. We saw lots of loops, spins, dives, crosses and "hammer head stalls" as they did their show.
This next picture was taken just as he finished a spiraling vertical climb until he stalled out and then started to fall tail first for several hundred feet. I didn't think airplanes were supposed to do that.
Next we watched the Snowbirds from the Canadian Air Force. They did some nice precision flying with nine airplanes in close proximity, doing loops and spins and close fly by's. These jets are similar to the jets that Brandy first learned to fly when she was in the Air Force in Del Rio Texas. But I think the most excitement we had when Brandy was flying them was when she did her first solo and landed without crashing.
Next we watched some zooming around with spins, dives and swoops by an F-16
And then it was joined by an F-86 Sabre jet that was used in the Korean war.
And as we were climbing the cliffs up to our apartment I heard the sound of a loud helicopter. This is the Marine Corps's new MV-22 Osprey that can rotate the wing 90 degrees to hover and land like a helicopter, but also rotate forward and fly like an airplane. I took this picture from about 3 miles away, so sorry if it is a little blurry.
And finally the Blue Angles came in to do their show which lasted about 40 minutes. I'll just put in the pictures. You can imagine roar of the jets as these F-18's came screaming by us at low altitude. These guys made all the others look like beginners. Their formations were so close they looked like they were overlapping and as they went through their maneuvers and turns, it was almost like they were all connected together.
I caught this one as it was flying by low and was going so fast that most of the crowd didn't even see it nor realize it had gone by until the sound hit us. By then it was gone. That's Alcatraz in the background.
And finally, an airshow wouldn't be complete without a picture of the most acrobatic of things that fly around this bay.
Now I really enjoyed the Blue Angels- reminded me of my marching band days in high school with the formations (and Don added that they didn't even have to play a musical instrument- then noting of course that I never learned the music- and faked my way through most of the numbers- fortunately there were some in the band (Gay Madden of course!) that knew all the notes!). But the Blue Angels took my breathe away as they danced in the sky above.
But when we returned the next afternoon- after the crowds had gone- and the portable potties hauled away- as well as chairs, trash cans, vendors....- the Marina was again just the way I like it- quiet. And we sat on a bench and watched the pelicans dive (always with a crash landing) for fish- and harbor seals fish in the distance. Life had returned to normal.