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Old 8th Apr 2020, 18:30
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Blue Angels

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So that none of worry that the link is toxic, I checked it out.
First 18 shows of the year cancelled.

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From today's Covid-19 White House presser.


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Air & Space Expo 2019

Speaking of which had the pleasure to see them fly for first time at Air & Space Expo 2019 at Joint Base Andrews so here are my photos.
















very impressed, would like them at some point in the future once normality resumes...to come back over to Europe

Also slightly digressing the newly donated C-130J from Marshallís is still here at EGSC am led to believe. Does anyone know if Marshallís or the likes of Air Livery will paint it up? Or will it go as silver or unpainted finish and be painted stateside?

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Possibly related, an unusual trail formation of KC-10's over Manhattan right now.


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America Strong briefing picture by PO1 Jess Gray.



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Old 29th Apr 2020, 12:46
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Originally Posted by Airbubba View Post
America Strong briefing picture by PO1 Jess Gray.
To me it looks like one of those Angels has been briefed to do the flyover inverted .
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Cockpit view during COVID-19 flypasts April 28, 2020:

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Originally Posted by Airbubba View Post
Possibly related, an unusual trail formation of KC-10's over Manhattan right now.
The KC-10's were indeed in support of the America Strong flyby:

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/75006...landing-b-roll
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Looks like the Blues' narrator's plane was possibly swapped for number 2 at some point.
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Originally Posted by Airbubba View Post
Looks like the Blues' narrator's plane was possibly swapped for number 2 at some point.
Maintenance is a thing in aviation.
Number 2 may be NMCM or NMCS, depending on if they even use those terms anymore.
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Salute!

Thanks for all the great pics and video, Bubba!

I kinda figured the tankers were ready to help, and twenty years ago +/- , I watched the Birds practice for the USAFA flyby at graduation. No tanker. But on the day when the blowhard General or whoever spoke, there was a KC-10 out to the west over my cabin so the birds could top off if the dignitary rambled.

I have also noted the single plane on many videos and my guess is it is a photo bird for history and not a spare.
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Originally Posted by Lonewolf_50 View Post
Number 2 may be NMCM or NMCS, depending on if they even use those terms anymore.
I'm not familiar with those terms myself. If you look closely you can see the that Blues' right wing is the number 2 plane in some shots above, the number 7 D model in others.

I've seen one of the wingmen go back on deck and pick up the number 7 plane as a maintenance hot spare halfway through the show more than once over the years. Next year they get rid of these old clunkers and get some new clunkers is the plan. A lot can happen between now and then.

Looks like the Secret Service will allow the DC flyover into P-56 tomorrow, the President won't be home unfortunately.

From 2014 Congressional testimony:

National Capital Region Airspace

Airspace security for the NCR is coordinated by the interagency National Capital Region Coordination Center (NCRCC). The NCRCC was created after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to provide real-time information sharing and tactical coordination to address potential airborne threats in and around the Washington, D.C., area. It has representatives from the military, the FAA and, certain federal civilian law enforcement agencies on duty at all times to speed communication and coordination in the event of an unknown or hostile airborne track of interest. The Secret Service staffs its positions in the NCRCC at all times with specially trained personnel assigned to the Secret Service Airspace Security Branch.

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the dimensions of the restricted flight zones over Washington, D.C., changed. The FAA implemented the Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) which includes within its boundaries, the Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) and Prohibited Area 56 (P-56). The White House and the Vice Presidentís residence are located in the P-56.

In order to enter the SFRA or the FRZ, an aircraft must have approval from the FAA. After obtaining this waiver, flights seeking to enter the P-56 must seek an additional waiver and meet a number of additional requirements. The Secret Service was granted use authority of the P-56 by the FAA, which provides the Secret Service the authority to administratively control who flies within the P-56. The Secret Service, in consultation with the Capitol Police and Park Police, advises the FAA on the waiver and it is the FAA that issues the Certificate of Authorization to the pilot.
https://www.dhs.gov/news/2014/04/29/...ernment-reform



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Originally Posted by Bayek Itsarumdu View Post
To me it looks like one of those Angels has been briefed to do the flyover inverted .



I was thinking the same thing.

A former colleague who did a tour with the Blues said that if they showed up in a public area with a uniform configuration different from the Boss, like an unzipped flight suit pocket, they would have to pay a fine to the coffee mess. Don't know if this is still the case after all the purges and investigations in the post-Tailhook era.

Maybe he was paying homage to the T-bird lead solo whose number is by tradition inverted.





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Originally Posted by Airbubba View Post
I'm not familiar with those terms myself.
Non Mission Capable, Supply (NMCS) and Non MIssion Capable, Maintenance (NMCM)
In short, is the bird up or down?
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Busted aircraft used to be just called a down bird, now they are identified as subject to an unscheduled un-serviceability........
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