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2007-04-21 06:31:57 PM
That sucks. I've been lucky, out in Seattle I lived pretty close to where they often practiced for Seafare and the like, and then in Colorado Springs, I was right under the Thunderbirds practice area.

Amazing pilots to see fly, I guess that's part of the risk factor with the job though.
 
2007-04-21 06:33:07 PM
I find it terribly amusing that a Marxist is biatching about a waste of tax money.
 
2007-04-21 06:33:07 PM
A horrible end to a horrible week.
 
2007-04-21 06:33:20 PM
Bigjohn3592
actually accident rate is usually quoted in accidents per 100,000 flight HOURS
So less flights do equal less crashes?

I never said they were less fit pilots.


What is the "something" the others do? Fly their planes to maintain competence at their job? check. So do the Blues. There is a saying in the military "all but war is training"


Spend their flight time not showing off?

/ go complain about the noise of that airport you just moved next to
I would not do that, and actually I like to watch the planes fly over my place. I am not that close to the airport but close enough that I do get to see them.
 
2007-04-21 06:33:48 PM
I've seen number 6 jet being posted on a few news sites. If it was the pilot this is his BIO:

Lieutenant Commander Kevin Davis is a native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and graduated from Reading Memorial High School in 1992 where he played football and was active with the Civil Air Patrol. He attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science with honors in 1996.

Kevin reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, for Officer Candidate School and aviation indoctrination in September 1996. He completed primary flight training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and transferred to NAS Meridian, Mississippi, for intermediate and advanced flight training. While there, he flew the T-2C Buckeye and TA-4J Skyhawk, and received his wings of gold in June 1999.

Kevin reported to Fighter Squadron 101 (VF-101) at NAS Oceana, Virginia, for training in the F-14 Tomcat and was the "Top Stick" in his class. In July 2000 he reported to the VF-11 "Red Rippers" where he completed deployments aboard the aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). While with the "Red Rippers," Kevin served as the airframes/corrosion branch officer, air-to-ground training officer and head landing signals officer. His deployments included extended operations in the North Arabian Sea and Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In July 2003, Kevin transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet through Strike Fighter Squadron 125 (VFA-125) at NAS Lemoore, California, and then reported to the Fighter Composite Squadron (VFC-12) "Omars," stationed at NAS Oceana, Virginia. While at VFC-12, Kevin served as a Navy adversary pilot providing valuable air-to-air training for fleet squadrons. In December of 2004, Kevin graduated from the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) as an adversary pilot. During his tour at VFC-12, Kevin worked as the schedules officer, legal officer, FRS/SFARP officer and assistant operations officer.

Kevin joined the Blue Angels in September 2005. He has accumulated more than 2,500 flight hours and 200 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Air Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit awards.
 
2007-04-21 06:34:51 PM
Cid_Highwind
Please enlighten me as to why?

Maybe because I think that money could be better spent providing health care to millions of Americans that cannot afford it?
 
2007-04-21 06:35:56 PM
olddinosaur: For a really scary video, go to youtube and key in Thunderbird Crash.

olddinosaur: For a really scary video, go to youtube.com and key in "Thunderbird Crash."

You didn't need to type it twice.
 
2007-04-21 06:37:42 PM
I love how people twist shiat. They (air show pilots) waste gas. We don't need to hail them like Hitler's army or even Kim Jong Long Dong's army. They waste gas just like NastyCar, you, me, your farking children, everyone. Oh no, now I'm getting all teary eyed.
/astronauts waste gas, but we still love to Pamper them
 
2007-04-21 06:37:43 PM
R.I.P.
 
2007-04-21 06:38:19 PM
Government Fromage: You must be going to Rockford Airfest
 
2007-04-21 06:38:23 PM
Uncle Karl


Bigjohn3592
actually accident rate is usually quoted in accidents per 100,000 flight HOURS
So less flights do equal less crashes?

I never said they were less fit pilots.


What is the "something" the others do? Fly their planes to maintain competence at their job? check. So do the Blues. There is a saying in the military "all but war is training"


Spend their flight time not showing off?

/ go complain about the noise of that airport you just moved next to
I would not do that, and actually I like to watch the planes fly over my place. I am not that close to the airport but close enough that I do get to see them.


You don't think its good for morale? For both the armed forces and the civilians?

It's one thing to be against the war. It's another to feel safe and confident in our armed forces... that they will be able to protect us... which the blue angels re-enforce on a war weary American public.

Its like saying "This asshole over here may be farking up but your dime gets you us and other pilots like us to protect you if the need should ever arise"
 
2007-04-21 06:38:27 PM
FuturePastNow
Well, he is olddinosaur maybe it is senility?
 
2007-04-21 06:38:39 PM
bogey: *Tosses emurray a troll snack*

heh.
 
2007-04-21 06:39:50 PM
skink
i think it was just the being at low altitude and hitting it that did it
power lines aren't generally high tension are they?
im pretty sure it was just that he hit something at such low altitude though if he hit the towers and not the lines...
i assume these are the bigger lines and not just the ones that go directly to homes?
 
2007-04-21 06:39:59 PM
sinner3405
"This asshole over here may be farking up but your dime gets you us and other pilots like us to protect you if the need should ever arise"

I am confident in them enough that I do not need them to come to my town and show me. Perhaps it is you that lacks confidence in our defense personnel.
 
2007-04-21 06:40:15 PM
MONSTERTRUCK: /astronauts waste gas, but we still love to Pamper them

Your post read like something a drunk goat would type, but this statement made it all worthwhile. +2
 
2007-04-21 06:40:21 PM
I remember as a kid watching one of the last performances of the A-4 Skyhawk at NAS New Orleans. As a kid it was honestly a defining moment in my life. Plus my cousin is a Colonel and Pilot in the Air Force so I have been around aviation my whole life.
 
2007-04-21 06:40:32 PM
I got an email alert from CNN (I should really drop those; they're too eager on the send button sometimes) that someone died... I have to confess that my thought was "I hope it was the pilot."

It still would have been a tragedy, but at least the pilot knows that what he's doing is risky and chose to do it anyway. One death that's not the pilot means that the plane hit someone on the ground. You don't expect an F/A-18 to land on you when you're talking a walk or sitting around your house.
 
2007-04-21 06:41:02 PM
MONSTERTRUCK
Tax dollars pay for your gas? Please tell me how you worked that out.
 
2007-04-21 06:41:28 PM
CNN confirms the fatality is the pilot.
 
2007-04-21 06:42:38 PM
AIRCRAFT MISHAP

\MF1-10
\\obscure?
\\\yup
 
2007-04-21 06:42:53 PM
bummer...
 
2007-04-21 06:42:55 PM
Not trolling bogey. That's my opinion of them.
 
2007-04-21 06:42:56 PM
Damn. RIP shipmate.
 
2007-04-21 06:43:44 PM
Uncle Karl: maybe it is senility?

That's usually my excuse, and I'm only 25.

Now the really scary video- and I'm not going to look for it, but I'm sure it's online somewhere- is the video of the Ramstein airshow disaster, in which an Italian stunt team killed 78 people.
 
2007-04-21 06:44:02 PM
Howie_Feltersnatch:
CNN confirms the fatality is the pilot.



I posted the BIO above of the pilot of Jet number 6. That is the one I've heard a few times on ther news. So if it's true he should have been the one flying.
 
2007-04-21 06:44:39 PM
An audio interview with the former Boss of the Blue Angels, Blue Angel #1 Steven "Boss" Foley, on the Pilotcast podcast.

libsyn.com

There's also a video of a ride on a Blue Angels demo flight.
 
2007-04-21 06:47:19 PM
Uncle Karl


sinner3405
"This asshole over here may be farking up but your dime gets you us and other pilots like us to protect you if the need should ever arise"

I am confident in them enough that I do not need them to come to my town and show me. Perhaps it is you that lacks confidence in our defense personnel.


Perhaps it is I who lacks the confidence in our defense personnel. Perhaps there are many who lack confidence in our defense personnel. Perhaps these Blue Angels give these people one less thing to worry about besides the mortgage, a kid that just got knocked up and a festering red rash on the jewels?
 
2007-04-21 06:47:46 PM
High Flight
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.


RIP
 
2007-04-21 06:47:51 PM
Uncy Karl, I never said tax dollars pay for my gas.
/But I did get a "wasting fuel" ticket in Nevada in 1983
 
2007-04-21 06:48:45 PM
2007-04-21 06:12:33 PM Khazar-Khum
To everyone saying the Blues & TBirds are a waste--
You want to see real waste? Real live human All-American waste?
Break out a f'n mirror and take a long, hard look.
/My dad was a navy pilot.
//I wanted to be one, too, but couldn't pass the physical.


Wow ... real anger issues here. Please don't sell this guy a gun.
 
2007-04-21 06:49:12 PM
sinner3405
I think it is very sad that you think so many Americans think so poorly of our defense personnel.

I happen to think that you are wrong though.
 
2007-04-21 06:50:49 PM
MONSTERTRUCK
Then why compare the two?
If these guys were paying for their own fuel or if it was from donations I would not care.

/How do you get a wasting fuel ticket? Did you pour it on the curb for your homies or something?
 
2007-04-21 06:51:30 PM
Uncle Karl


sinner3405
I think it is very sad that you think so many Americans think so poorly of our defense personnel.

I happen to think that you are wrong though.


Quote me where I said I believed it?

Are you saying that you think every, single, last American has complete confidence in our armed forces and doesn't need it reenforced in anyway, shape or form?
 
2007-04-21 06:51:53 PM
MONSTERTRUCK

Sad. Even though they do waste a lot of gas. I've watched them for years at Seafair. Dang.

Maybe we'll get the Thunderbirds since they don't do the McChord show anymore.

HalfPiper

Sad.

Every year here in Seattle when the Angels show up for Seafair, the media consistently give airtime or print space to some ranting asshats who always complain that they're either a) too noisy and traumatize their precious shih-tzus or pomeranians or b) they're a gratuitous show of violence-mongering war machinery. These people should all fark off. They're cool... Period.


Don't you just hate all the yuppies on Mercer Island too?
 
2007-04-21 06:52:18 PM
Uncle Karl: How do you get a wasting fuel ticket?

Duh. He drives a monster truck.
 
2007-04-21 06:53:44 PM
FTFA: but the lead pilot circled over the accident sight site

/dammit.
 
2007-04-21 06:54:07 PM
sinner3405
Quote me where I said I believed it?
You're the one that brought it up.

Are you saying that you think every, single, last American has complete confidence in our armed forces and doesn't need it reenforced in anyway, shape or form?

Of course not, but I think the number is so small that we should not worry about it.
 
2007-04-21 06:54:13 PM
From the FOXNews.com article:

...Gerald Poop, who lives nearby, told CNN...

Surely you most be joking...his high school years must have been hell.
 
2007-04-21 06:54:35 PM
Uncy Karl, 72 in a 55.
/laughed when I got the ticket, since the trooper had to take a U-turn 2 miles back and do 100mph to catch up with me in the middle of nowhere.
 
2007-04-21 06:54:47 PM
Did anyone read the Fox News report??

Witnesses said the planes were flying in formation during the show at a Marine air base, and then one dropped down below the trees and apparently crashed. "The next thing I seen was just a big black cloud of smoke," Gerald Poop, who lives nearby, told CNN.
 
2007-04-21 06:55:00 PM
Boy there are some assholes on this thread.

This is really unfortunate, I hope it turns out to be a bird shot or something similarly blameless.
 
2007-04-21 06:55:20 PM
Who let the woman fly?
 
2007-04-21 06:55:42 PM
My sincerest and most heartfelt apologies. I thought it didn't post successfully the first time.

(sobs uncontrollably)

\\\ not really.
 
2007-04-21 06:56:21 PM
MONSTERTRUCK
Where I come from we just call that speeding.
Never even heard of the wasting fuel ticket.
 
2007-04-21 06:57:20 PM
The only salvation is now that FNC has confirmed this tragedy, half of Farkdom now believes it.

/I saw the Blue Angels more than a few times over the years. This is sad.
 
2007-04-21 06:57:45 PM
Hey Mav, did you happen to write down that number of the truck driving school we saw on TV last night?
 
2007-04-21 06:59:01 PM
Guh. Why is it when someone DIES, people use it to throw out their agendas?

Gah. >:(
 
2007-04-21 06:59:31 PM
agentan, I'm too farked up to spell the rest of your name,
but GERALD POOP? Why do people with names like that not change them?
 
2007-04-21 07:00:27 PM
Uncle Karl


sinner3405
Quote me where I said I believed it?
You're the one that brought it up.

Are you saying that you think every, single, last American has complete confidence in our armed forces and doesn't need it reenforced in anyway, shape or form?

Of course not, but I think the number is so small that we should not worry about it.


There are some then, yes? The number is moot. Then why not use a squadron that is doing nothing else but training to keep morale up? Not only for civilians but the military as well? I would assume it wouldn't cost much more than a naval squadron operating off a carrier... possibly even less.
 
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