Navy Airshow From the Dinghy

Chilly today, but we were on a mission to see the Boca Chica Navy Jets perform (well, maybe they think it’s practicing).  So we jumped in the dinghy and spent a few hours drifting just off the end of the runway at the Naval Air Station Key West (Boca Chica).  Ended up with 178 photos, edited it down to 50 and I’ll only torture you with a few.

F18 Landing on Boca Chica Key, Naval Air Station Key West

F18 Landing on Boca Chica Key, Naval Air Station Key West

Did I mention that we originally set out to find a spot where local spearfishing experts are bring back more than one hogfish (my favorite)?  Well we might have found it, but it was too cold to get in the water (yes, we’re spoiled), but we’ll be back.  It’s not here, BTW, “here” is inside the Western Sambo Reserve and no fishing allowed.   🙂

Tomorrow is the Miami Boat Show!  Fun never ends … and it’s WARM (well, chilly was mid-60’s which is winter for Key West).   🙂

Camo F-18 SuperHornet (I think)

Camo F-18 SuperHornet (I think)

F-5?  We were told these older fighter jets are used as trainers and also as imitation MIG's or other enemy small fighters.

F-5? We were told these older fighter jets are used as trainers and also as practice MIG’s or enemy small fighters.

F-18's flying in formation

F-18’s flying in formation

F-18 overhead

F-18 overhead

F-18 afterburners not lit on landing

F-18 afterburners not lit on landing

Off to sleep — it’s 3 1/2 hours to Miami, so we’ll be up early in the morning!  Cheers!  Jan

Comments

  1. Andy Galliano says:

    Sue and I spend the night once in that lagoon at the East end of the air station. All went very well until about midnight. That is when the sub hunters started coming in and taking off for about 4 hours.

  2. Sorry I missed this, must’ve been quite a show! And the wife, Lisa, would rather be in the Keys than St. Pete!

  3. F5’s? Right on both counts! Also seen as enemy jets (Migs) in Top Gun.

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