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    Cool Thunderbirds Over Waikiki

    Mark your calendars for Air Force Week Honolulu, which will take place from September 7-15, 2007.

    On Saturday, September 15th there will be a USAF Thunderbirds Airpower Demo off Ft. DeRussy in Waikiki at 2:30pm.

    Yeah!

    It'd be nice if they surprise us with a cameo appearance by an F-22 Raptor squadron... the future wings of the Hawaii Air National Guard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai View Post
    Mark your calendars for Air Force Week Honolulu, which will take place from September 7-15, 2007.

    On Saturday, September 15th there will be a USAF Thunderbirds Airpower Demo off Ft. DeRussy in Waikiki at 2:30pm.

    Yeah!

    It'd be nice if they surprise us with a cameo appearance by an F-22 Raptor squadron... the future wings of the Hawaii Air National Guard.
    Oh my! Oh my! Oh my!!! Where to watch from?!!!! Diamond Head? Waterfront Beach Park? Aloha Tower Market Place? My surfboard in the lineup at Numbah Trees? Oh my! Oh my! Oh my!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavagal View Post
    Oh my! Oh my! Oh my!!! Where to watch from?!!!! Diamond Head? Waterfront Beach Park? Aloha Tower Market Place? My surfboard in the lineup at Numbah Trees? Oh my! Oh my! Oh my!
    The main "staging area" will be in front of Ft. DeRussy (on the beach fronting Hale Koa Hotel), which is where probably most of the stunts will be at a "crossing point" (Knife-edge pass, etc.). Yet the formation team should be enjoyable to watch over the entire span of Waikiki beach's coastline. Something unavoidable when you're flying just below Mach.

    I doubt you'd see much as far as Ala Moana or further Ewa or as far as Diamond Head or further east. Probably just fighter or two making a turnaround, but at higher, climbing altitudes.

    I watched their performance over Waikiki back in 1997 on the rooftop of our building, which is just minutes away from DeRussy. They pulled some pretty tight maneuvers at that show. Whoever was staying at the Hale Koa, Hilton, Outrigger or Halekulani must have not only watched, but FELT that show!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai View Post
    The main "staging area" will be in front of Ft. DeRussy (on the beach fronting Hale Koa Hotel), which is where probably most of the stunts will be at a "crossing point" (Knife-edge pass, etc.). Yet the formation team should be enjoyable to watch over the entire span of Waikiki beach's coastline. Something unavoidable when you're flying just below Mach.

    I doubt you'd see much as far as Ala Moana or further Ewa or as far as Diamond Head or further east. Probably just fighter or two making a turnaround, but at higher, climbing altitudes.

    I watched their performance over Waikiki back in 1997 on the rooftop of our building, which is just minutes away from DeRussy. They pulled some pretty tight maneuvers at that show. Whoever was staying at the Hale Koa, Hilton, Outrigger or Halekulani must have not only watched, but FELT that show!
    We watched from the wall at Kakaako Beach Park. It was magnificent. Amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavagal View Post
    We watched from the wall at Kakaako Beach Park. It was magnificent. Amazing!
    Wow. Never thought they'd stay low enough that far out.

    To get a good idea what to expect, here's a pretty good (35 minute!) amateur video of the USAF Thunderbirds performing at Dover AFB (Delaware) in a 2006 air show.

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    That 1997 show was great.
    Friends of mine had been cruising the South Pacific for a few years and happened to be at the guest dock at Hawai`i Yacht Club in the Ala Wai, so we watched the show from there.
    Not sure if I can make it on 9/17, but I can still look forward to the Blue Angels over on this side of the rock in October! Sure would be awesome to see both shows so close together, though.
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    Thanks for the heads-up, Pomai! We've seen the Thunderbirds a few times, and every time is as exciting as the first. Double yeah!

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    On October 13 & 14 the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be doing a couple shows at the Kaneohe Marine Corp Air Station.

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    We are very lucky to have the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels shows back to back this year. What a treat!

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    Thunderbirds are go for 3 shows

    The first two times will be on Thursday as the six F-16 Fighting Falcons, wings and tails painted a patriotic red and blue, practice their aerial maneuvers for Saturday's grand finale. All three demonstrations will be held off the beach fronting the military's Hale Koa Hotel. Saturday's show is expected to run little more than an hour as the Air Force pilots perform 30 maneuvers -- some bringing the jets within inches of each other at 500 mph.

    The Thursday sessions -- at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m
    Cool! If you have Thursday off and are into this kinda' thing, check it out! I just might take the day off for this.

    The main show will be at Ft. DeRussy (Waikiki) on Saturday, September 15 @ 2:30pm.

    Here's the streetlight banner(s) they have up in Waikiki for the event...



    I think they replaced them already though with Aloha Festivals banners.

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    I'm hoping to check this out too! In 2003 I was with my daughthers and their friends, we saw them fly over from the leeward side towards Waikiki....we were headed east on H1 and WOW what a treat! I never saw four teenaged girls quiet and guled to the car windows!
    Lovena

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    I'll be on the 40th floor of my Waikiki building watching .

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    2PM today they'll be doing a flyover to check the area~ This island is so small that I would think just to be outside that one may....see them doing a turnaround or something. I can hope

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    Well, shoot. Diamond Head will be closed. That's where I was planning on going. On to "Plan B".

    Anyone know when Ala Moana Park will re-open to the public? Usually it's closed for the Aloha Week Parade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    2PM today they'll be doing a flyover to check the area~ This island is so small that I would think just to be outside that one may....see them doing a turnaround or something. I can hope
    From work I can see the planes take off and I heard the first two, but got to see the second and third pairs launch toward heaven take a spin and head toward the Waianaes--and that was for its test run over the Waikiki showbox. I am so excited about this! Last night Kim Gennaula told us all that she'll be going up with the Tbirds on Saturday. So, while I don't officially hate Mrs. Guy Hagi, at this point I am so jealous I'm ready to write a column about it, haha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavagal View Post
    Last night Kim Gennaula told us all that she'll be going up with the Tbirds on Saturday.
    Hmmm. That should make for a good video.

    I remember Michael Perry hosting Hawaiian Moving Company from the back seat. Didn't miss a beat when going straight up. It was cool watching the reef runway in the background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavagal View Post
    I am so excited about this! Last night Kim Gennaula told us all that she'll be going up with the Tbirds on Saturday. So, while I don't officially hate Mrs. Guy Hagi, at this point I am so jealous I'm ready to write a column about it, haha!
    The closest I've gotten to pulling that many Gs was a couple of flights in a Pitts S-2B out at Dillingham Field on the North Shore with Top Gun Tours.

    Take the most extreme rollercoaster you've ever ridden and multiply that times 100 and that give you an idea of the sensation and adrenaline rush pulling aerobatic maneuvers up to 6 Gs in a high performance aircraft. There's no "track" and no limit, except the capability of the aircraft itself. The Pitts is a beast.

    Inverted loops feel like you're gonna' be ripped right out of your seatbelt. The Pitts is a snappy little sucker, and with its short airframe, landing can be tricky, as it requires an approach speed near 200mph; which doing so on a taildragger is "interesting" to say the least! Landing was actually the only part of the flights I really prayed. lol

    Here's the Advertiser coverage of the Thunderbirds, including a graphic of the "show box".

    I took the day off tomorrow just for the two "preview" shows. Yay!

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    Lavagal, I was out and about and in central oahu there were a lot of puffy clouds, like right over head and further away, blocking my view of the horizon. from maybe 2:03 to 2:12 I could hear them, then it would get faint, then hear them again and I even looked directly up when it was the loudest and I never saw a thing....it was even funny cuz at times the sound was pretty dang obvious, and then would get distant again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    Lavagal, I was out and about and in central oahu there were a lot of puffy clouds, like right over head and further away, blocking my view of the horizon. from maybe 2:03 to 2:12 I could hear them, then it would get faint, then hear them again and I even looked directly up when it was the loudest and I never saw a thing....it was even funny cuz at times the sound was pretty dang obvious, and then would get distant again.
    That wasn't the Thunderbirds. That was Steve Fossett, surveying the island in a flying saucer (UFO).

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    Some of you should be able to see and hear them right now. Pics, anyone? (yeah, guess they'd just be a blur, lol)

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    Dig this! My home office is on the ridge up St. Louis Heights, and the Thunderbirds have been flying right by my office window for the past 15 minutes. So low they fly, those buggas! Just now they look like they were headed into Palolo Valley and ZOOM, off to Waimanalo side. If this isn't awesome, I don't know what is. I feel like I'm 10 years old again!!

    It was great to see that at least one female pilot is here for the show (pulls out the binoculars to see if I can read her name on the side of one of the planes)....nope, too fast already! And my kitten's head is going back and forth, back and forth watching them, too.

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    OMG, now they're circling over Palolo Valley. I swear one of the pilots winked at me. Hi, cutie! (Waves wildly from window...running to upper deck to catch Waikiki view.) Four flew over from Manoa side in formation...one behind them taking it easy...

    This belongs in the "Best Part of Today (So Far)" thread!

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    OK, one plane...into the deep part of Palolo Valley and straight up, up, up... almost vertical climb. I'm thinking a rainbow will appear any second, as it starts to drizzle blessings up here...(waving umbrella...hana hou, TB's...hana hou!)

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    This flew right over my workplace.

    A few more at this link.
    I'm still here. Are you?

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    Now, I feel just like a kid just seeing this pic and how you got it without any blur, and you SAW this, and heard it, etc! Way to go, Mel! You're rockin it, as usual, thank you.

    A lot of excited folks called KSSK and their calls were of course put on-air. Too cool we get the thunderbirds, next month is it, too?

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