Posts Tagged ‘c-130’

They’re Ba-aaack! The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Return for Fleet Week – Arriving at SFO at 1:30 PM Today

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Brace yourselves, the Blue Angels flight team is coming back to town for Fleet Week 2010.

Start working on your coping strategy now, so you’ll be prepared when the building you’re in starts to vibrate on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

See?

U.S. Navy Blue Angels to Arrive at SFO – Precision Flight Demonstration to Prepare for Fleet Week Air Show
 
 SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Navy’s precision flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, will arrive, in formation, at San Francisco International Airport on Monday, October 4, 2010 at approximately 1:30 p.m. PDT. The Blue Angels will be conducting familiarization and practice flights on both Thursday, October 7, and Friday, October 8.  The Blue Angels will perform for the Fleet Week Air Show on Saturday, October 9 and again on Sunday, October 10.  All flights, both practices and air show, subject to change and cancellation due to weather.

The forecast is for clear skies, so nothing’s going to stop this…

Bon courage, mon amie!

A member of the Fourth Estate, probably not Tim Redmond and probably not S T Jones, goes for a ridealong during a practice run over the 415:

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Flying by using The Buddy System – you don’t look ahead, you just follow the leader:

See the people atop the PG&E Tower of our GGB?

Photoshop’s Glowing Edge…

…or not, your choice:

Glowing Edge again, no choice this time:

The Other Tower on the Marin County side, the North Tower:

Loud, loud, loud:

And an oldie from 2005, high above California’s I-80 Interstate:

San Francisco Fleet Week 2009 – Friday Practice was the Best Time to See the Blue Angels

Monday, October 12th, 2009

The San Francisco Chronicle has great shots of the Blue Angels, as per usual. What was unusual this year was lots of fog on Saturday and Sunday. But Friday was nicer.

Let’s take a look.

Propeller tip contrails  from the U.S. Marines’ Fat Albert C-130, El Heraldo de Angeles, the Harbinger of Angels:

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Sometimes the pilots look the same direction…

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…and sometimes not, as explained by Lt. Mark Swinger on SFist.

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The pelicans didn’t seem to mind…

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…all the commotion:

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Loud, loud, loud:

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It was not foggy, but a bit humid on Friday practice, as these ghostly forms attest:

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This one must have busted a gasket or something, the left cylinder bank looks to have a leak anyway.

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See you next year!

A Dramatic Rescue of Downed Pilot Near Pillar Point in San Mateo County

Friday, January 30th, 2009

When you’re pondering life just after ditching an airplane in the cold, cold Pacific Ocean ten miles from land, it sure must be nice having Coast Guard and Air National Guard aircraft all buzzing about because they just happen to be in the area.  

Of course, the aircraft you were flying is now rusting on the continental shelf and you’re still a little cold, but all in all, a good result. 

Black Hawk up. An HH-60 Pave Hawk twirly-popper from the California Air National Guard 129th Rescue Wing hoisting away, as recorded by a Coast Guard cell phone camera.

Read all about it.

The U.S. Coast Guard assisted the California National Guard in the rescue of a San Francisco man who lost engine power on his single-engine airplane and landed in the water about 10 miles west of Pillar Point, Calif., this afternoon.

At approximately 3 p.m. the C-130 aircraft from Air Station Sacramento, on a training mission nearby when they heard the mayday call over the radio, diverted to the scene and dropped a survival kit consisting of a life raft, survival suit, and flares to the man in the water. At the same time, the Coast Guard cutter Tern, homeported at Yerba BuenaIsland, was diverted, along with a 47-foot boat from Station Golden Gate. The Pillar Point Harbor Master and a Good Samaritan also responded.

The crew of the Air National Guard HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter, from the 129th rescue Wing at MoffettAir Field in Mountain View, had just completed joint training operations with the Coast Guard and was about to land at Air Station San Francisco when they were requested to divert to the scene. Arriving on scene at about 3:20 p.m. the Pavehawk hoisted the man and brought him back to the air station to receive emergency medical care.

The man was treated for hypothermia at the air station before being transported by emergency medical services to San Francisco General Hospital. The man’s plane sunk and was unsalvageable.”