Saturday, June 6, 2009

Flying High in the Sky....

What a nice day! Rob and I woke up and decided to go to the Air Show at Hill Air Force Base this morning. Gary was on call, so it gave us that fun Mom/Son time..nice drive, nice talk just great. We were trying to get through the South Gate with all the other MILLIONS of Utahns waiting, waiting and waiting some more..so we decided to park about a mile outside the base and walk in...uphill...in flip flops...oh well. We were hoping to meet up with Trevor, Staci and Max but due to the MILLIONS of people there, they decided to opt out and go back to their home and watch from their deck..now hows that for convenient seating? We then met up with Kristi and her friend Shanna...we decide to go in with them. It didn't look far, we could see the tails of parked planes while other planes were performing overhead....not bad, well...we walked, and we walked, and we walked until we finally saw the HUGE lines waiting outside the Porta Potties (just thinking about waiting in such long lines just to visit those stinkin potties gives me the creeps...I didn't have to worry, walking in the sun made me conveniently dehydrated and I'm here to say, no stinkin potties for me LOL) Then on the other side of the Potty lines were the security stations we had to go through....I was really glad I decided to leave my ammo, handguns, pocketknifes, homemade bombs etc at home....made it a lot easier to get through security that way LOL....Just Kidding...we finally wormed our way through those MILLIONS of Utahns to where the show was, layed down our blanket on the cement and settled in for a fun show.....I admire these men and women so much...everyone..the pilots for their spectacular flying, and the airmen/police who directed walking and car traffic...what gentlemen/gentlewomen and all around nice people...they definitely are our finest. Here are some pic's..don't laugh, I was using my cheap camera trying to get fantastic pictures of fabulous fly by's...let's just say at least I wasn't using my cell phone camera like I saw some do..LOL...here we go.....
These shots, if you look close, show the smoke from the back of the plane as they fly up straight...get to a certain height...then their motor shuts off and they go into a free fall!!! Just amazing...they fall so far and then the motor starts up and they pull out of the fall.....




These are pictures of fly by's some were rolling as they flew by...mostly you see the smoke trail...it was really cool...I didn't get some that were totally amazing...I guess you just have to see it for yourself...





I had to get this picture of these airmen sitting a top this huge plane....best seat in the house....


We walked back to the car...walked and walked...in my flip flops...I now have an "ouchie" on the top of my left foot, Rob and Kristi have pretty good sun burns...and most of all...great memories of a great day with a lot of Utah people...and the best men and women representing the United States Air Force in the world! Thanks for allowing us to spend some time on base and see great pilots in action!!

1 comment:

Joni Walton said...

Joseph really wanted to go to this too, and I could hear it all day from my house. It looks awesome! And how fun to hang out with Rob.