More Planes, People & Helicopters From The Centennial Of Naval Aviation

February 23, 2011 by  

Finale At Centennial Of Aviation Airshow On Coronado

Centennial Of Naval Aviation Grand Finale

        A few posts back I showed some photos from the time I spent at the Centennial Of Naval Aviation Airshow on Coronado. In looking back at the post and after going through the photos I took at the event, I realized that I had Jurassic Parked myself. You see, Jurassic Park is a great movie, I liked it when I saw it in the theater and I still like it today. The concept, the action, the set-up for sequels were all awesome. I only had a problem with one thing in that movie… There weren’t enough dinosaurs! This problem was fixed in the subsequent movies, but I digress, I did the same thing in my first post about the Navy’s celebration of 100 years of naval aviation. I didn’t have enough pictures in my last post! I think what you’ll see in this follow-up post will help give a much better idea of the vast scale the celebration was on, as well as all the trouble the Navy went through to make sure everyone had a good time. This post will have many more photos of planes, people and helicopters that I should have included in my first post.

Holding Camera Lens Like A Penis At Centennial Of Aviation Airshow On Coronado

You Hold Your Camera Lens Like Its Your Penis, Sir

Hooters Girls Centennial Of Naval Aviation Coronado

Hooter Girls On Coronado

People At Centennial Of Aviation Airshow On Coronado

WWI Bailout Demo Centennial Of Naval Aviation Coronado

Navy SEAL Parachutists Centennial Of Naval Aviation Coronado

        There were a lot of people at the airshow, but the base is huge so it wasn’t crowded. The lines for concessions and bathrooms were unbelievably long. I managed to not break the seal, but I did have a $7, 20oz iced coffee because, for some reason, the coffee cart was the only concession that didn’t have a line. Food and drinks were the same price as at a ballgame, so be prepared for that.

B17 WWII Bomber Centennial Of Naval Aviation Coronado

B17 WWII Bomber

B25 WWII Bomber At Centennial Of Aviation Airshow On Coronado

B25 WWII Bomber

Navy Planes Centennial Of Naval Aviation Coronado

Navy Planes At Centennial Of Naval Aviation Coronado

Helicopters Centennial Of Naval Aviation Coronado

Helicopters At Centennial Of Naval Aviation Coronado

Helicopters Mid Air Refueling Centennial Of Naval Aviation Coronado

Helicopters Refueling At Centennial Of Naval Aviation

Helicopters Centennial Of Naval Aviation Coronado

Helicopters At Centennial Of Naval Aviation Coronado

Hovering Plane Centennial Of Naval Aviation Coronado

Balboa Park’s Tower Behind San Diego’s Skyline

Sailors On Duty At Centennial Of Aviation Airshow On Coronado

Sailors On Duty During The Airshow

        The photo above has a very metaphoric and nostalgic feel for me. 20 years ago, it was me that was in the Navy and on duty on a sunny Saturday afternoon with incredible access to a great event, yet I wanted to be anywhere but there. These sailors were not separated from the action by a chain-link fence like me, yet none of them had a camera and none of them seemed happy. It reminded me of the time I was stationed in Hawaii when President Bill Clinton came to the island for a Pearl Harbor Memorial anniversary thing. People came from all over just to get a glimpse of the president, but I was required to attend, and I was bitter about it because I would rather have gone to the beach, or get drunk or something. Ah, the sweet memories of a 19 year old sailor!

Helicopter Rescue At Centennial Of Aviation Airshow On Coronado

Mouseover Photo Above To See The Rescue

        Above we see a man about to jump out of a helicopter so we could witness a rescue with another helicopter. Roll your mouse over the image to see a different photo.

Bikes And Traffic B25 At Centennial Of Aviation Airshow On Coronado

Bicycles Are The Way To Go

        I mentioned in my earlier post that I should have ridden my bicycle to this event. I think the photo above helps to illustrate that point. Seriously, for the next big event that I cover in Coronado, I’ll be a biking fool!

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