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Thousands look to skies over Jacksonville Beach

 JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. –
Thousands of people showed up Saturday to watch Fat
Albert, the Blue Angels and other aerial performers in the annual Sea
and Sky Spectacular, held this year in the sky along Jacksonville Beach.
The show started around 11 a.m. The acts were back to back, all using the blue skies as their playground.
“That’s
what it’s all about! Pretty spectacular! Yeah, it’s incredible,” said
Jake and John Hansell, a father and son who were enjoying the show.
“My
favorite moment was when they came back from the cloud, and went off in
all different directions. It was gorgeous,” Tetyana Boyeva said.
News4Jax
spoke with some women who say they missed most of the show wile waiting
in line for the bus service out the shuttle lot at Florida State
College at Jacksonville’s Beach Boulevard campus.
They said there weren’t enough buses, which made the line extremely
long. They also said there weren’t any bathrooms nearby, which was a big
problem.
“Standing alone is completely draining, and then you add
heat, lack of water, lack of food. It’s not a good mix,” Gabriella
Schwarz said. “They definitely need to think how they plan it next year.
You can’t advertise a big event like this and offer a shuttle service
and then have your guests waiting 2 1/2 hours. It’s ridiculous.”
The Geico Skytypers were part of the show Saturday afternoon. They
flew just after 2 p.m. and are known for their vintage World War II
fighter planes.
Jim Record is Skytyper No. 7. He’s been flying his
entire life. He started out in the Navy for 7 years, before working as a
delta pilot for more than 30 years. He now spends his time performing
with the Skytypers
Record said many young kids come out and watch
air shows, which is how he first got his interest in flying. That’s why
he thinks these shows are so important.
He said many people on the
ground are nervous because of their formations and how close they get
to each other. He said a lot of practice goes into it, and for the
pilots, it’s just another day in the sky.
“We practice all the
time. There’s a very large trust factor involved. When I fly on
somebody, I’m not looking at anyone else, but him,” Record said. “We
have to know what each airplane is going to do each time. Each show is
the same as the next. Whether it’s a beach show, or a ground show,
airport show, we do the same thing.”
The Sea and Sky Spectacular
continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Jacksonville’s Office of
Special Events posted on Facebook Saturday evening that the city will
more than double the transportation capacity from FSCJ South Campus on
Sunday, with service running continuously from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m

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