2018 NAS Oceana Sept 22 & 23

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Re: 2018 NAS Oceana Sept 22 & 23

Post by AndyMedic » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:42 am

Light is great in the morning but starts to suck in the afternoon. Show right has the best light later on for the Blues.
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Post by dynasty82 » Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:33 pm

Does anyone know if the Blue Angels will be practicing today? If so what time do they normally do that?
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Post by AndyMedic » Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:08 pm

dynasty82 wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:33 pm
Does anyone know if the Blue Angels will be practicing today? If so what time do they normally do that?
12-2 circles and arrivals and from 3-4 they will do their full demo
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Post by dynasty82 » Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:53 pm

Thanks for the info. Some low clouds are starting to roll in but doesn’t look like rain. Are the snow birds practicing today to?
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Post by Airshow0wen » Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:04 pm

Schedule as per website

10:15am Skydive Suffolk Flag/National Anthem Jump
Air Power Demo
POW Flag Jump
Fleet Flyby
FM2 Wildcat (Greg Shelton)
Warrior Jet Team
11:56am T-6 (Bill Leff)
Jet Glider (Bob Carlton)
USAF F-22 Raptor Demo
Kent Pietsch
Skydive Suffolk/Black Daggers Jump Teams
1:10pm Geico Skytypers
Canadian Snowbirds
F4U Corsair (Jim Tobul)
F/A-18F Super Hornet Demo
US Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight
Mike Goulian
AFTERSHOCK Jet Powered Fire Truck
3:30pm US Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration
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Post by runningmovies » Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:06 pm

2 hours plus to get a Jet Fan Pass today....
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Post by RyanS » Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:21 pm

runningmovies wrote:
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:06 pm
2 hours plus to get a Jet Fan Pass today....
I've been sitting in on a running conversation with some friends in line. Very thankful I'm not there. I'd be going nuts missing the fleet demo just to get a pass. Hope it goes quickly for you!
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Post by runningmovies » Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:16 pm

I drove 5 hours, got here at 9:20 just got my pass at 12:15. 1 person only doing passes, a lot of unhappy people.
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Post by TMDog9633 » Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:46 pm

Came down from Niagara Falls, Ontario. Lined up at 10:30 for my pass. A few guys came out saying they just got their pass, it was a 2-1/2 hour wait. I waited in line a bit, then thought, this is stupid, I’m in Virginia Beach, there’s an Ocean to swim in. In truth, if you wanted to deter people from bringing in big lenses to the show, this is exactly what you would do. You would have them send a picture with their application, and then have one guy today taking another picture today. And then you would make sure they had a nice long wait.

I’ve been coming since 2006. The days are long past where there’s been an interesting line-up here. I remember fleet formations of 12 aircraft. It was half that today.

Then there’s the exit to deal with. Do you skip the Blue Angels for an early egress, or sit in traffic for 60 minutes at show end.

As for jet pictures, the best light is always before 12:30.

I might go tomorrow. I might go with my 200mm F4 and bring the extender, or just see what happens with the 100-400 at the entrance. Or I might just stay at the beach.
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Post by Airplanefreak2000 » Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:26 pm

Got in line at 800am. Got on base by 930. If you didn’t come early you were pretty much SOL this morning.
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