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Rodolfo Paiz wrote:
Cocoa Beach turned out to be somewhat of a disappointment. The Silverwing parachute team sent two people. The Red Bull parachute team sent three. The Heavy Metal Jet Team owns (I think) six aircraft, including four L-39's, one T-33, and one MiG, but they sent only the T-33. That formation was one of the things I was most excited about seeing, too. The Hornet was RTB for "operational requirements" and did a demo on Saturday but not Sunday. The B-1B had a pressure-relief valve fail when it was already in the air for Saturday's demo, and scratched both days. The Heritage flight on Sunday was essentially canceled, as the two aircraft (F-22 and Crazy Horse 2) formed up for only a half-pass.
That's just the performers. The food was minimally acceptable. The sun and heat reminded me of Phoenix, and the stiff but ever-changing breeze shoved lenses aside like windsocks. And -- last but certainly not least -- this year the show centerline was 2000 feet from shore, which is "like, far, dude". 700mm was somewhat short most of the time, and barely enough to fill the frame when performers were right in front of me, and only if they were very low. Triple that for the single-engine propeller-driven planes.
For a seven-hour round-trip drive, that's a lot of strikes against. And of course, my shooting was sub-par. I'll probably attend again next year, but I'll think carefully about it. This year someone did not do their job. Still, I'm already downloading images and will surely find a keeper or two. Film on Sunday.
On another subject, Rolf had minor surgery today to correct some things in his feet. Everything went swimmingly and he's already home.
Bummer about the long drive with minimal payoff, Rodolfo.
But thumbs up on Rolf's successful surgery.