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Ever try truing a wheel when the Blue Angles are...(12 posts)

Ever try truing a wheel when the Blue Angles are...B2
Aug 3, 2003 11:46 AM
flying 150' over your house? You can see the guy in the cockpit when they scream by at 400mph(?). Man those machines are impressive! They're in town for the annual Sefair Hydroplane Race.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I have to listen for the rim rubbing to know where the spokes need to be adjusted. It's pretty darn hard to do when those things fly by with the afterburners on!

Guess I'll have to wait until the halftime show is over before I finish :-)


They made another run as I was typing so I stepped outside and clicked this one off. With the autofocus delay of today's cameras its a crap shoot whether or not you get something movin' that fast.
Nice shotAtombomber
Aug 3, 2003 11:52 AM
Just a Canadian asking... Why is the Navy's elite flying group named after ignited farts? Just joking.

If those jets fly past that close, you must be in earshot of the Hydros, which are just as loud. I think your truing duties might need to be put on hold, and enjoy the weather another way.
Aug 6, 2003 2:38 PM
The hydros are all turbine powered (save one) and don't make 1/10 the noise the Blue Angels make when they rip by tickling the afterburners. I grew up in Mt Baker right above the course and every year for three days in a row they shake the windows and give me goose bumps. They ARE Seafair!
Great shot...elcameron
Aug 3, 2003 1:39 PM
What kind of camera, lense, and what size lense did you use. I'm thinking of getting an inexpensive digital, any suggestions?

By the way, best of luck with your wheel.
Canon S230B2
Aug 3, 2003 3:39 PM
The Canon S230 is a part of the digital Elph series. It's small and easy to carry. 3.2 megapixels. The lens only has a 2:1 zoom though. You have to trade something for the size I guess. All in all I've been quite satisfied with it.

Aug 3, 2003 3:48 PM
Great camera...Matno
Aug 3, 2003 6:31 PM
My brother has one of those, and I've been coveting it. The lack of optical zoom is a downside, but the picture quality is generally great, and you just can't beat the size/performance ratio!
2:1 zoom and plane that big in picture...noveread
Aug 4, 2003 7:16 AM
They must have been flying right on top of you! Great shot! I've seen them perform down in Chicago on the lakefront. Cool to watch them fly BETWEEN some of the highrise buildings there! It'd be cool be on the tops of those buildings (as many were) and look DOWN on the planes flying by! Thos pilots must love doing that!

They are impressive to say the least!

The Empty Wrapper
It's the AE-6's out of Whidbey Island NASB2
Aug 4, 2003 9:36 AM
We have a couple of paragliding sites in the Cascades where the AE-6B's (?) train for low level flying. On more than one occasion they have passed between a paraglider and the ground. Let me see... paraglider = ~20mph, AE-6 = ~500mph. That's one heck of a closing speed. I doubt if they even saw the paragliders. Now that will get your attention!
I bet it burns more fuel than a hummerCalmedDownRonPruitt
Aug 3, 2003 5:21 PM
Not as fast as arontoy!the bull
Aug 3, 2003 5:39 PM
Sorry its old, I know but I desereve at least one shot at this bit!
Not as fast as arontoy!CalmedDownRonPruitt
Aug 4, 2003 4:45 AM
Why do we need to continue to take shots at this poor kid. Why doesn't someone prove that he didn't do the three mile in the time he posted? Do that, and then speak up, otherwise leave the poor kid alone.