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Blue Angels winter training in El Centro, CA

 
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Feb 29, 2016 23:04 |  #1

Every winter the Blue Angels reside at NAF El Centro for training and there is an area called the "Hay Bales" at the end (or beginning) of the main runway just outside the base perimeter. There are actually stacks of hay bales where people (mostly photographers) climb up onto to photograph the session. It's quite a rush to have these F/A-18 Hornets fly so close overhead. Nothing you'd ever experience at an air show. When the four jets flew over our heads not only did we almost get blown over but the sheer volume of those after burners was pretty intense specially when you felt the vibrations down to your bones. Many more on my Flickr page.


The diamond formation taking off.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/DHW6​8i] (external link)Blue Angles Winter practice (external link) by Bob Worthington (external link), on Flickr

The diamond formation coming over head.
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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/EuS1​t5] (external link)Blue Angles Winter practice (external link) by Bob Worthington (external link), on Flickr

Coming around.
IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1700/25018844399_e158f72039_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/E7Q7​Nc] (external link)Blue Angles Winter practice (external link) by Bob Worthington (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1698/25386456375_a730e6d674_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/EFje​2H] (external link)Blue Angles Winter practice (external link) by Bob Worthington (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1506/25268167502_1a7fe18cc7_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/EuRX​So] (external link)Blue Angles Winter practice (external link) by Bob Worthington (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1512/24755833104_089ce13023_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/DHA7​GG] (external link)Blue Angles Winter practice (external link) by Bob Worthington (external link), on Flickr

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Mar 01, 2016 01:00 |  #2

That would be awsome experience. Can anyone show up there or do you need special permission. Excellent pics too.


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Mar 01, 2016 01:13 as a reply to sjammer's post |  #3

Anyone can go on most training sessions. I heard that three days or so before an air show people will be asked to leave the area though.


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Mar 01, 2016 01:15 |  #4

Here are a few of them coming in to land. A rough estimate would put them about 30 feet overhead during the pass. So very awesome.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/ECZY​VL] (external link)Blue Angles Winter practice (external link) by Bob Worthington (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/EuRX​Ku] (external link)Blue Angles Winter practice (external link) by Bob Worthington (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Ex6j​YH] (external link)Blue Angles Winter practice (external link) by Bob Worthington (external link), on Flickr

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Mar 01, 2016 02:22 |  #5

Awsomeness...


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Mar 01, 2016 07:28 |  #6

Excellent shots!


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Mar 01, 2016 14:29 |  #7

Awesome indeed. I could not imagine being that close. Do the Blue Angels post their training schedule?


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Mar 01, 2016 14:41 |  #8

Outstanding images! The first is my fav! Razor sharp, too.


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Mar 01, 2016 19:06 |  #9

Thanks everyone, glad you enjoyed the images. Going again this Thurs. Sjammer, I don't think they post anything. You kind of have to know someone who knows the schedule.


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Mar 01, 2016 20:00 |  #10

Awesome shots....looking forward too seeing them on March 12. Long drive from OC.


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Mar 02, 2016 10:50 |  #11

All I can say is WOW really great shots


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Mar 02, 2016 14:58 |  #12

Thanks again guys. Glad you are all enjoying them. A few more just because they're cool.... :-)


IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1694/25386449285_3414c44c90_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/EFjb​Vt] (external link)Blue Angles Winter practice (external link) by Bob Worthington (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1521/25386454045_7bdf298c84_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/EFjd​kx] (external link)Blue Angles Winter practice (external link) by Bob Worthington (external link), on Flickr

This may not seem like much of a shot and well, it might not be, but this guy is doing a high-speed pass at just under mach. Closer he got the harder it was to pan him. Difficult to photograph but so exciting specially being so close.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/EebZ​Wu] (external link)Blue Angles Winter practice (external link) by Bob Worthington (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1617/25386460045_0bb0edda32_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/EFjf​7Z] (external link)Blue Angles Winter practice (external link) by Bob Worthington (external link), on Flickr


Pilot saying hello to everyone at the hay bales.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Ex6o​Xz] (external link)Blue Angles Winter practice (external link) by Bob Worthington (external link), on Flickr

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Mar 02, 2016 18:51 |  #13

Awesome shots Bob....shoot a flare up next Saturday so I can stand next to you...maybe your talent will spill over to me..


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Mar 02, 2016 20:59 |  #14

Great shots... Ar 75 years old, lack of mobility prevented me from climbing onto the hay bales. I wasn't afraid of the fall, just the sudden stop at the end of the fall.

What lens were you using? I used my 300mm f/4L IS on a 7D camera. I have a new 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II coming and if it arrived, I would have gone to the shoot again.

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As it goes, I am going to the Planes of Fame 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Airshow on Saturday, April 30th and purchased the early bird tickets.

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Mar 04, 2016 01:15 as a reply to Firehouse's post |  #15

Hehe, thanks Rich. Actually went again today as I can't go Saturday. Appreciate the comment...hope to see some good stuff posted.


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