With the weather here in the Jacksonville area a little dicey for enjoying the beach we decided to attend the Jacksonville Naval Air Show. I remember as a child my father taking me to these events and I remember always enjoying the air show and getting to look over some aircraft as well. And when you consider that the show was free and open to the public… how could we go wrong?
So after a nice breakfast we tool the 40 minute drive through the city of Jacksonville over to the Naval Base. We passed all the major sports arenas in Jacksonville and took some side streets to take it all in. When we got to the base we were in a long queue to park which took about 20 minutes. A nice treat was that parking was also free but we ended up about 3/4’s of a mile from the event entrance.
We battled the gusty winds and chilly weather as we made our way to the entrance. After going through the security checkpoint we strolled around through the booths and displays of aircraft. We really enjoyed some of the performances that was on the agenda.
The Fat Albert Lockheed-Martin C-130T Hercules was enjoyable to watch since it was the same type of aircraft I flew in over to Antarctica on in 2000. Also on Fat Albert were the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Black Daggers jump team who despite the strong winds made a pinpoint jump landing on the runway after jumping from the plane over a half mile up wind. One jumper, a highly decorated female, was carrying a large POW-MIA flag with her during her jump.
We also really enjoyed the acrobatic flight displays of both Patty Wagstaff and Skip Stewart. Some of the stunts these two performed were amazing to say the least. With a large crowd swelling to an even larger crowd we decided it was time to head back to the camp even though it meant not seeing the Blue Angels whom we had least seen several times before. A really enjoyable day!
We will stay at Hanna Park one more day and then head to Flagler Beach for three days before moving on southward where we have the month of December booked near Naples, Florida...