Last week the Navy Blue Angels celebrated their 71st birthday and the Air Force Thunderbirds celebrated their 70th. (For those of you paying attention, the Thunderbirds are, technically, older than the independent Air Force itself. When they were created, it was the Army Air Force.
The two teams were together at the Blue's home station, NAS Pensacola. Something which hasn't happened since 2002 I believe. Pretty cool, both teams in the same spot!
Of course, our man Frost (well, his daughter anyway) was on the scene!
Frost's daughter said that it looked as if "half the population of Pensacola" was out there.
Local news footage -
Somebody tell me what, if anything, they noticed about the Thunderbird solo pilot in that interview. I noticed, loved it...
Why yes, I wish I had been there. Next time, next time...
|The Thunderbirds' CO, must be a great guy. Based on his first name alone.|
Happy Birthday to the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds!!
|The COs share the stage.|
Oh, one more thing, Juvat asked about the back lot at the museum, Frost had this to say -
BTW - Not sure, I saw one of your readers comments about the back bone yard being open. I am not sure if it is open on a daily basis, but definitely during Blue Angels practices that are open to the public as that's where they let us in to watch. And the old planes are roped off in the back and some do have ID signs, so it must be open for some occasions?
|Hey, hey, hey!|
|Spied in the back hanger. An SBD-5 Dauntless. If you read a close-up of the sign, this one was fished out of Lake Michigan and restored after 50 years. Looks in better shape today than me after 50 plus years! (LOL) -Frost (Yeah, me too!)|
|Ooh, Hellcat. What's she doing there with those helo-drones?|
|NC-4 Flying Boat|
|Carrier aircraft galore!|
|FJ-4 Fury (What we Air Force types might call an F-86.)|
|Who let that MiG in?|
|Blue Angel A-4s in the Atrium. One of my favorite places on the planet.|
|Curtiss-Wright SNC Falcon|
If you look real close, you might notice there's a German loose on the floor.
|Hey, it's a T-33 "Shooting Star"! Isn't that an Air Force bird? Yes and no, Navy called it the TV-2.|
|Columbia Aircraft Corporation J2F-6 Duck|
Once again class, what do we say?
Thank you Mr. Frost!
Oh, one more thing from our own Mr. Frost...
|Hershey's Ice Cream Parlor and Cafe|
10427 Sorrento Rd Suite 103, Pensacola, FL 32507
Last but not least Sarge, I suggest you suggest to your readers if they are up NAS Pensacola way that they stop by after the museum and get some Hershey's Ice Cream and if they are MARINE tough enough, they can try the Blue Angels "Fat Albert" Sundae Challenge!
I did not, due to being to full already from dinner. But I did have a really great coffee cappuccino with chocolate chucks cone.
You will notice the last person on the defeated Blue Angels "Fat Albert" Sundae Challenge list is listed as "completed-but disqualified". That's because there is a minimum 5 minute after completion time to shall we say, keep from having ice cream gear drift. This challenge should be a lock for any ex-old fighter pilots. I mean if you can keep things down in a 5+ plus G turn, a salad bowl of ice cream, brownies and all the fixings is, if you will pardon the pun, a piece of cake!
I need to be on that list!