Thursday, August 21, 2008

SKYWATCH FRIDAY (Chicago Air and Water Show)


This weeks pictures are all from the Chicago Air and Water Show which took place last weekend. The pictures were taken by my husband. He, of course, was focusing on the planes so the shots I have chosen are what he would consider the less 'cool' ones because I wanted more sky! The first series are the Blue Angels aerobatic team.One of the strangest looking planes was the B2 Stealth Bomber that really looks as though it shouldn't be able to stay up in the air at all.I suppose I am just old fashioned at heart but I prefer the planes that look a bit more traditional, like this AT-6There were some great stunt team displays, the local Lima Lima teamand the Aeroshell stunt team
But by far the craziest guy of all is Sean D Tucker. He did a group display first, his son was flying one of the other planes
Then he did a mind bending solo stunt display whilst commentating over the PA system at the same time!
Another interesting aircraft was the Harrier 'Jump Jet' which can raise straight up and down like a helicopter and hover in one spot.
The Coastguard did an air water rescue display
I know that this is way too many photos for Skywatch but I had over seven hundred to choose from so it wasn't easy!
For those of you who are used to me doing more 'nature oriented' postings I know this is a bit of a change from the norm but as a keen ornithologist all I could think of when I was watching all these machines over head was how much we have learned from our feathered friends. Sean D Tucker didn't pull any stunts that I haven't seen a Lilac Breasted Roller do before, the B2 Bomber reminded me of a Bateleur Eagle which relies solely on its wings because its tail is so short that it provides no stability at all. The Harrier was doing exactly what a Kestrel does, and clearly expending just as much energy in the process! And most of the modern fighter planes manouver exactly like a Peregrine Falcon but just make far more noise!!

Photo Credits - Dominick V

24 comments:

Country Girl said...

Fun photo series! Happy Sky Watch to you and thanks for sharing with us.

Dulce said...

What a collection!!!!
I would have liked to see and photograph this too.
Have a great weekend.

babooshka said...

It's a spectacular change. Excellent work.

Rambling Woods said...

I enjoyed those photos and was thinking about birds as I was looking at them....

Kelly said...

Great photo series with all the planes! Well don! Beautiful to see in the bright blue sky!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Well you get an A+ for such a great set of photos. Fabulous

2sweetnsaxy said...

Really great photos! I haven't been to an air show in a long time. I posted plane photos too but they're not even close to this cool. :-)

magiceye said...

stunning set of superb pics!

gaz said...

great post. those guys come pretty close sometimes don't they?...

Mary said...

oh what fun! I'll have to show these to my husband -- he love planes!

AphotoAday said...

Cool shots -- nice catches...

Louise said...

SEVEN HUNDRED PICTURES? I'm amazed you settled with as few as you did! Fun post.

Arija said...

Mating aeroplanes? Now I know I've seen everything!
Great photos, I know how hard it is to keep fast flying objects in your sights.

Andy said...

Great set of shots! Excellent for SWF!

Lily Hydrangea said...

so cool to see something you rarely get a chance to see in the sky!

Celeste said...

country girl - thanks for dropping by, happy SWF to you too.

dulce - thanks, glad you enjoyed it. My husband did have a great time photographing all the action.

babooshka - thanks for your encouraging comments - loved your post.

rambling woods - seems we see the world in rather a similar way!!!

kelly - thanks for checking out my post, happy SWF

Celeste said...

lilli - thanks! Never used to get A+ at school! Glad you liked the pictures.

2sweetnsaxy - Chicago has a show every year so we have plenty of opportunity for photos. Thanks for dropping by.

magiceye - wow thanks, glad you liked them. Thanks for visiting.

gaz - thanks. Yes they do get close, it is pretty crazy stuff.

mary - thanks, I hope your husband enjoyed them.

Celeste said...

aphotoaday - Thanks! Happy SWF

louise - Yes, it was quite a daunting task to try and narrow them down to a manageable number!

arija - well I never really thought about it like that but they do look as if they are mating!!

andy - Thanks for dropping by.

lilly hydrangea - Thanks, glad you liked them.

Rambling Woods said...

You asked on my Sky Watch "Wabbit" post if I had seen the movie "Harvey" and yes I have but I hadn't thought of that until you mentioned it...

Celeste said...

Rambling Woods - It just made me think of it because some of the people who left comments couldn't see the rabbit shape in the cloud! :)

Dianne said...

love your photo series!

the Blue Angels used to fly over my house when they did shows on Coney Island in NY. Every July 4th and every Labor Day!

Celeste said...

dianne - thanks! The blue angels are very cool, they fly so close together it is scary!

Tommy V said...

I love these pictures of the airplanes. sure wish I was there to watch them

Celeste said...

tommy v - It is agreat spectacle, especially dramatic over the city skyline. Over 3 million people cpme to watch over the weekend! Thanks for dropping by.