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Posted by sailingnightwatch in Durbeck, FL, Florida, ICW, Pensacola, Repairs, Restoration, Sailing, Sailing the ICW.

You could tell, 10:30 in the morning and there is a line of thunderstorms to the north. We were lucky; they built, headed east and dissipated. That was nice. The show did not have as many other flyers as usual, but those that were performing were great. There was a bi-plane that was very good, a mono-plane that was also very good and did some stunts including a dead flat spin that I thought was not recoverable. I guess if your engine is running and you have a zillion horsepower, you can do anything. He could hang the plane on its prop and give it some more power and just pull away.

The best surprise was a group of 12 planes that flew in formation, would break into groups of 3 or 4 and do some stunts and get back into a large group. I had never seen them and it was good to have something different.

Then came Fat Albert and our Blues. I must have seen the Blues at least 20 times in my life. This may have been the best. I am usually bored by the fly-bys of the 4. They do pretty much the same thing year in year out. This year they had not only some new moves, but there formations were tighter and crisper then I have ever seen them. Well done.

The 2 individual planes were also very good. We will be waiting for the fall show as usual.

And no thunderstorms. Anyone ever think about tearing down all the tall new hotels and go back to cinder block houses. Not really, although it would enhance visibility and they could fly lower over the anchored fleet.



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