It's time for another action packed adventure that is San Francisco Fleet Week 2012! Not only are there pretty cool shots of the Air show over the SF Bay, there's the parade of ships and Marine weapons display in Alameda as well!
Had a wonderful time aboard the tug boat USS Mazapeta where we cruised the San Francisco Bay catching the sights and sounds of the America's Cup race.
This was my first time to the NAS Lemoore Open House air show, and I was not disappointed! Great traffic and crowd control, wonderful acts, and an overall very enjoyable experience. Situated in the central valley, it's half the distance to LA for me, and totally worth it! Highlights of the show were the F-16 and F-18 tactical demonstration teams, an assortment of WWII warbirds, various aerobatic and wingwalking acts, and of course, the Navy Blue Angels.
Had an adventure trying to shoot the 2011 Salinas Air Show from outside the airport. Due to a late start, and road closures, I was lucky to get any pictures at all! Star attractions included the Super Hornet demo team, F-16 Viper West demo team, Sean Tucker in the Oracle Challenger, Red Bull helicopter and the Red Bull flying squirrels (Skydivers in Wingsuits), Tora! Tora! Tora!, and the Canadian Snowbirds.
Lighting was brutal shooting into the sun for much of the show, but I couldn't resist going to the 2011 Beale AFB Open House and air show. Home of the U-2 and RQ-4 Global Hawk, Beale hosted the Thunderbirds, F-15E Strike Eagle demo, A-10 demo, Patriot flight demonstration team, and a bunch of civilian aerobatic acts during this year's Open House.
Every 3 years or so, Travis AFB puts on a nice open house air show. Though the high winds that day caused some acts to cancel, it was still a great show with a chance to see a variety of different transports, civilian acts, and of course - the Thunderbirds!
This year's San Francisco Fleet Week show was simply spectacular! Because the show area is so huge, there are countless possibilities for pictures. Shooting from a variety of different locations over 4 days, I think I got a few keepers. :-) Just can't go wrong when you get to watch the Blues, Snowbirds, Patriots, B2, Super Hornet, Strike Eagle, all with the San Francisco bay as the background!