The Blue Angeles have been grounded. They won't be at Fleet Week in San Francisco,Ca. The practices and the actual show during Fleet Week draw several million people to San Francisco and the Bay Area to see the magnificence of precision flying. That is sad, but... could this be more serious. What is the actual purpose of the pilots that fly those Navy planes? Could this grounding be a national defense disaster? These planes are the first line of defense patrolling dangers over the polar cap. North Korea ?
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We already have freedom. We aren't fighting wars for ourselves at the moment, I don't think, we're fighting other countries' wars as usual. Cheerleaders with US flags, and singing the Star Spangled Banner, goes a long way toward saluting the USA.
I think your "drunk" comment is too harsh, true or not. I think that if my job were that difficult and dangerous, I'd probably spend a lot of time being drunk, too. Besides, many people in many professions spend most of their time off being drunk.
Agreed!! However, their shows WERE breathtakingly beautiful! I will miss them greatly. Such precision and elegance (from big machines!) is honorable artwork, extremely difficult, and inspiring. Only a rare pilot could do it... I salute them all!
True, and the same goes for the other air show performers like the Air Force Thunderbirds, also grounded for logical reasons.
Attikos and xstatic, I agree with you both. Yet, both groups of pilots have done tremendous services to the US over time and inspired MANY to become military pilots. I thank them for daringly serving our country and I respect their contributions!
I sure hope things will improve as you say, TylerKathy! And I hope the Angels and the Thunderbirds fly again (more practically, however: not fly-overs for sports events!!). I get chills just thinking about them: maybe gone, but NEVER forgotten!!
Agreed, it is too bad. Cuts are being made everywhere, though.
Great points, Ericdierker! All citizens of the United States of America are created equal (pardon the misquote), one nation filled with brilliant minds and heroic acts. I, too, am very proud of our companies on the leading edges of many technologies!
Plus it's very dangerous for the pilots, even though they're the best: what they do is fabulous and inspiring but VERY risky. (I totally agree on the fly-overs: stupid.)
Sports actually rule this country, though: bread and circuses. We're nuts.
I think that if the sporting events want a flyover they should have to pay the costs + a fee. Tax payers should not pay for this ever.
I totally agree with both of you, Ettore Simington and ercramer36: a HUGE fee in addition to costs. The US wastes more money on sports... sports that can't cover their own ridiculous costs (stadiums, "stars"), should be sequestration victims, too.
The white house has just furloughed its executive chef. They'll have to make do without Dom Perignon cheesecake. Oh, the horror! They haven't shut down Obama's private brewery, though, so he'll still be in his branded beer.
Agreed, duffsmom and ercramer36 (above)! LOTS of things, including WARS (a-hem), simply must be cut. We can't police the world any more; we can't even police our schools or airports! We need to "turtle-in" awhile and get our homeland in order again.