I'm still culling mine plus my friend's. I shot with the 100-400 II + 1.4x TC all day and he had a 24-70 so he was able to get some wide shots I couldn't. You're right about the lighting. The sky was nearly white in areas just from intense sunlight and moisture in the air. I like the Blue Angels shot here over the hotel even though there's some weird heat distortion visible at higher magnifications.
edit: changed picture #2 to a different shot of the same 3 planes