Sunday, February 13, 2011

OH WHAT A DAY!


Aircraft fly over San Diego Bay and the Coronado Bridge during the Centennial of Naval Aviation Open House and Parade of Flight.
US Navy Photo
I had the privilege of experiencing something that will never happen again in my lifetime -- the 100 Year Celebration of Naval Aviation.  To begin with it's hard to beat a sunny San Diego 75 degree day -  but when you add 200 planes flying over Coronado Bridge and up the San Diego Bay with the city skyline in the background it just doesn't get any better.   The show started with aircraft from the early years and proceeded through WWI & WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam.  The second half of the flyover was comprised of current Naval and Marine Corps aircraft. The flyover ended with 36 planes flying in perfect formation overhead.   It was truly a history lesson before our eyes.


 U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters fly in formation over downtown San Diego during the Navy's 100th anniversary celebration of Naval Aviation.
U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters fly in formation over downtown San Diego during the Navy's 100th anniversary celebration of Naval Aviation. (Photo by Ernie Grafton)


      A functional replica of a Curtiss A-1 Triad seaplane skims the water in San Diego Bay.A formation of F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, fly over San Diego Harbor while participating in the Parade of Flight.AV-8B Harriers fly by the moon over San Diego Bay during the Centennial of Naval Aviation Open House and Parade of Flight.A formation of CH-53 Super Stallion helicopters flies past the USS Midway aircraft carrier museum during the Centennial of Naval Aviation Open House and Parade of Flight.
      US Navy Photos  
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