Blue Angels Air Show -- Yankee Air Museum
Here's a little bit of an "about me" post!! To mix it up between the professional sessions...
Anyway, most of my clients know that I am a HUGE fan of airplanes, more specifically, World War II planes and the United States Navy Blue Angels. The Blue Angels come to Yankee Air Museum every couple of years, it's called the Thunder Over Michigan. I was going through my catalog and realized these images would be fun to share from their visit in August 2015. They are also coming back this year 2017 and I HIGHLY recommend going to it if you can!! My family and I will be there in September, along with my camera ready to capture my favorite aircraft in action! I don't know if I'm allowed to do this, but here's a link to their site if you want to go-- NO, I receive nothing if you purchase -- I just love to share the experience!
As for how my love developed, my father was a pilot and worked out of (now Yankee Air Museum) for both Kitty Hawk and Zantop. He was a cargo pilot, and once I got to ride in the jump seat of his 747 to Newark, NJ on Take Your Daughter to Work Day. I remember that day so vividly.. we spent alllll day (okay, okay, I was probably around 9 or 10, it FELT like all day haha) waiting for his beeper to go off so we could go on a flight! I was certain the call wasn't going to come through as the day went on, but sure enough it did!! I remember we hustled to the airport in his blue and white GMC truck, when we got there, him and his co-pilot filled my grape colored coat pockets with Jolly Ranchers and bought me some grape juice and Ritz Bits cracker sandwiches out of the vending machine. I remember hobbling from the small airport to the plane, and struggling with those full pockets until sitting comfortably in the jump seat. For those of you who don't know, the jump seat is typically a seat that flips down to accommodate certain individuals who wish to ride along on the flight in the cockpit but are not essential flight personnel. As a young one, my feet didn't touch the ground and I remember struggling to get comfortable as they fell asleep just dangling haha. After eating my crackers, candy and drinking my grape juice, I fell asleep for a bit-- so much excitement for a young one!! After awhile, I remember being woken up by my dad-- we were flying at night and could see comet Hale-Bopp!! It was truly an amazing experience and I spent many years playing in airport hangars and inside cargo planes. Through those connections at the airport and various experiences that really helped me fall so deeply in love with aviation. It was through one of those connections that we got to meet the Blue Angels before their show, one extremely foggy morning at the airport. I remember that first show and how amazing I thought it was. It was that show, and all the other aviation exposure that has stuck with me so for many years and I enjoy their shows just as much as that one so many years ago!
Okay, enough of my stroll down memory lane... here are some photos from the 2015 Thunder Over Michigan show!
I have included a couple of the US Navy Blue Angels and some historical aircraft, including my absolute favorite-- the P-51 Mustang (you'll see that one in the shot of it with the F-100 Super Sabre). The F-1oo is a supersonic jet fighter and it flew with the P-51 Mustang as part of their Heritage Flight Program honoring different eras in flight by flying together in formation at an air show. That in itself was a part of history to capture!! I hope to add the maneuvers and aircraft in each photo at some point but for now, you just get the images.
It was particularly hazy that day due to intense heat and humidity, so some of the images show that, especially as the show went on... all the more reason to capture more this September! Hope to see you there!
Keywords: Ann Arbor, MI, Thunder Over Michigan Air Show, US Navy Blue Angels, Yankee Air Museum, ann arbor family photographer, natural light photography
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