Today, Jeri, Justin, Nicole, Jeffrey, Josiah, and I (Tim) went down to the beach for a (free) air show. The temperature was mild (in the 70s). However the sun was brutally warm. We were mostly protected by sunscreen. But some got a little burn.
They started the show with some sky divers and the national anthem. The Long Beach Fire Boat was out spraying 50,000 gallons of water a minute! It was quite the display.
Of course there were some awesome acts. Several propeller planes did some crazy stunts. Then later in the show was a combination propeller and jet biplane. That was crazy to watch!
During the early part of the show, five sky writing planes flew side-by-side. By synchronizing their “smoke” generation, they would write various messages in the sky including a salute to our military.
Josiah and I got our feet wet. Then a giant wave came and got our legs wet! The search and rescue helicopter demo is in the background.
A solo F-18 put on a nice demonstration for us. Also there was a FedEx 757 that had water vapor forming on its wings.
The grand finale was the Thunderbirds. Their 30-minute show was incredible.
They estimated the entire crowd at 250,000 people.
A number of food trucks and other displays were set up. They even had a truck with chocolate chip cookies. Nom, nom!