The one time each year that it’s nice to live near MCAS Miramar

All of the 19 years that I’ve lived in San Diego, I’ve lived within a couple mile radius and always relatively under the flight path for NAS Miramar… now MCAS Miramar. Sometimes a little further, sometimes a little closer. These days it’s a little closer and while that’s OK almost all the time, there are maybe ten days each year when the kids are hiding under the tables and one wonders how it is that the pilots apparently cannot tell when they’re violating the flight path when they’ve got about a bazillion dollars of navigational equipment onboard. The fun days, though, are when Air Force One is in town (and takes off so low and slow, banking majestically right over our neighborhood) and during the annual Air Show.

The Miramar Air Show is a big deal in our neighborhood. One neighbor throws and annual party that’s up to about 100 guests at this point, and everyone else can be found up on their roofs waiting for the Blue Angels to go screaming by, car alarms blaring after each pass. They appear to use our street as their line up for the westward leg of their routine, and it can be very exciting and very loud!

The following are my favorites of this year’s Air Show photos. For the closer shots, you lay on your back on the roof, put the camera on continuous focus and high-speed shot burst, and swing the camera overhead–tracking the plane(s)–as fast as you can, trying desperately to keep the shot framed correctly. You miss as many as you get. But if you did this standing up, swinging the camera from west to east, over your head, as fast as you can… you’d end up knocking yourself off the roof!

Most of these are uncropped. Only a couple are cropped, and that just because the framing was pretty strange from the wildly swinging camera.

Plane 6 of the US Navy Blue Angels does a close flyby at the 2016 Miramar Air Show

Plane 6 of the US Navy Blue Angels does a close flyby at the 2016 Miramar Air Show. (This photo is not cropped!)

The Blue Angels make smoke at the 2016 Miramar Air Show

The Blue Angels make smoke at the 2016 Miramar Air Show.

Plane 6 of the Blue Angels makes a low pass over the University City neighborhood of San Diego.  2016 Miramar Air Show.

Plane 6 of the Blue Angels makes a low pass over the University City neighborhood of San Diego.

Plane 6 of the US Navy Blue Angels does a close flyby at the 2016 Miramar Air Show

Plane 6 of the US Navy Blue Angels does a close flyby at the 2016 Miramar Air Show

Blue Angel climbing and laying smoke.  2016 Miramar Air Show.  San Diego, California, USA.

Blue Angel climbing and laying smoke.

An F-35 lit up by the sun.  2016 Miramar Air Show.  San Diego, California, USA.

An F-35 lit up by the sun.

F-35.  2016 Miramar Air Show.  San Diego, California, USA.

The new F-35.

Breitling #5 and #3 at the 2016 Miramar Air Show.  San Diego, California, USA.

Breitling #5 and #3 at the 2016 Miramar Air Show.

Blue Angel #5 crosses above the smoke trail just laid by Blue Angel #6. 2016 Miramar Air Show.  San Diego, California, USA.

Blue Angel #5 crosses above the smoke trail just laid by Blue Angel #6.

Four Blue Angels cross while laying smoke.  2016 Miramar Air Show.  San Diego, California, USA.

Four Blue Angels cross while laying smoke.

A Blue Angel crosses back behind its own smoke.  2016 Miramar Air Show.  San Diego, California, USA.

A Blue Angel crosses back behind its own smoke.

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