Blue Angels Over My Town

And I missed it!

I’ve always wanted to see the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s precision flying squadron. Yesterday I had my chance—except I didn’t know about it! I was in the shower when I heard a thunderous roar of aircraft flying nearby. It sounded right overhead, which is occasionally the case with traffic out of Boston’s Logan Airport. But this didn’t sound like commercial airliners; it had the distinctive crackle of jet fighters. I tried to look out the bathroom window, but saw nothing in the sky but clouds. The last time I’d heard that sound in real life, it was a pair of F-15s flying over Fenway Park.

An hour later, I read in the online edition of the Boston Globe that the Blue Angels (flying their gorgeous blue and yellow FA-18 Hornets) had been in town for a photo shoot, and had just made several passes above the city, including over Fenway Park. It’s entirely possible that they did fly over my house, while I was in the shower.

I was fit to be tied. But I thought, at least I should be able to see some good video footage of it, from the local TV stations. Forget it. As it turns out, about the only videos I’ve found online have been clips from private citizens, probably shot on their cell phones. Here’s a still, though, from the Boston Globe. It’s pretty cool: the six-plane squadron plus a photo plane, passing behind Boston’s Prudential Center.

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  1. David Lubkin
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    They overflew my sister's graduation from the Naval Academy. But we were in covered seating in the stadium. So all we saw were the jets' shadows streak across the field.

  2. Jeffrey A. Carver
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    Maybe they're actually a stealth unit!

  3. Katrina
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    When I was growing up I lived near a navy base that had annual air shows. The Blue Angels appeared at those air shows quite a few times. They'd arrive in town a day or two early to practice. Both the elementary school I went to and the house we lived in were under their flight path. It always seemed like they were about to land on the school or house when they came over.

  4. Jeffrey A. Carver
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    The 12-year-old kid in me deeply envies you.

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