The Navy’s Blue Angels were the featured attraction at this year’s Oregon International Air Show in Hillsboro. They have not been to this air show since 2007, so they were very well received.
The Blue Angels were the last attraction on Saturday, the day that I attended. They started off their show with a flying demo by “Fat Albert”, their C-130 support aircraft. Captain Katie Higgins ably piloted the C-130, the first and only female pilot in the Blue Angels.
Following this demo, the six Boeing FA-18 Hornets took to the air. Four of their Hornets performed their famous “Diamond Formation” (planes numbered 1, 2, 3, and 4 on their tails). The other two Hornets (5 and 6) are soloists, although they occasionally joined the other four.
|Renny Price ignites the “Wall of Fire” in his SU-29 aircraft at the Oregon International Air Show on July 18, 2015.|
However, one of the most spectacular scenes from this year didn’t
come from the Blue Angels. Renny Price ignited the “Wall of Fire” in his
SU-29 aircraft. It was a stunning event.
It was a very hot day,
reaching 98 degrees when the air show ended around 5 p.m. But the skies
were crystal clear and perfect for photographing these beautiful birds. I
hope you enjoy my photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!