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Every two years, Elmendorf Air Force base has played host to a large air show ~ Arctic Thunder. Different planes go on display, both static (so you can view them up close) and in the air.
It had been years since I had seen an air show. The Navy’s Blue Angels did a show while I was attending Slidell High School. Several of us in the Naval Jr. ROTC program attended. So, I was excited to see if the boys would enjoy the experience.
Everyone loaded up into the mini-van and headed on down to JBER. The overcast, drizzly morning gave way to sun while we were there. The boys liked seeing the planes and enjoyed the bus ride from the parking lot.
BUT, they decided all the walking and crowds were not their thing. I’m sure smelling all the food being sold with mom saying no helped form that opinion as well. So, we left before the Blue Angels started their routine. However, we did get to see the Canadian Snowbirds fly while we were there.
Here are some photos taken while we were there..
R poses in front of a F-22
Lines of planes greet visitors….
Some planes on display let you peek inside…..
Planes from all branches of service were there….
Ear protection was on hand…
Viewing planes in the air was easy from almost any spot.
And tired feet enjoyed the ride back to the van….
Here’s a short video I ‘caught’ on the cell phone. It was still rather cloudy at the time. You can find some other videos at You Tube, including footage of the Blue Angels.