Jockeying for the best position seems to be as much of the experience as the show with the likes of steamboats, cruise boats and powerboats forcing each other around – then the show begins.
To the cheers of the crowd, the Blue Angels fly over in formation.
The flybys were the highlight of the day. First high:
… then low:
That plane is barely clearing the boats and trees! As you’d expect, the sound was nearly deafening. Following the fast moving planes while standing on a boat on a lake with chop is not my normal photographic experience.
A couple more passes and the show ends.
I was curious about fuel consumption so I did some googling. A rough estimate for the weight of jet fuel is 7lbs/gallon and according to the Blue Angel web site each Boeing F/A 18 Hornet carries 11K lbs of fuel. If I’m reading this table correctly, the cost of jet fuel is about $3.76/gallon (seems low). This, I believe, works out to be almost $6K worth of fuel per plane.
Note: I did the math backwards the first time, shocker.