20 Sep


Last night the kids went to movie night at their taekwondo studio and I had  a Saturday night to myself. I thought maybe I’d go to Waikiki and listen to music at one of the hotels, or otherwise pretend I was a tourist. My go-to parking lot was full though, and at the other end of the strip, I found coin parking, but without a clear idea of what I was going to do or where I was going to go, I didn’t think I had enough quarters. So I went home. I felt like such a wimp.

Today, Sunday, I offered that we go to Hickam Air Force Base to see the airshow, but my heart wasn’t really into hassling with parking and crowds, and besides, my son had been to the show on Friday with school and I’m not that into airplanes. So I didn’t mind when they chose instead to take up a friend’s invitation to play at his house. I said I’d pick them up at 3:00.

I came home and read some blogs, and found out that the Thunderbirds would be flying today at 3:00. Hmmm. The friend’s house is in the Airforce/Navy housing area near Hickam. Hmmm. Their house is next to a large park. I put my camera in my purse and left a little early.

The first plane zoomed by just as I was pulling up to the house. It is impossible not to be impressed by the speed of these planes, and how unimaginably close together they fly. And the noise! It was a bit of a game hearing the planes and then guessing where they’d show up. One flew so close that my camera actually tried to focus on it as it went by, but failed because of the jet’s speed.

I think I’m OK again with taking advantage of all there is to see and do here.

7 thoughts on “Thunderbirds

  1. When my oldest was just a baby we lived in base housing on Nellis AFB, home of the Thunderbirds, so we saw (and heard) them quite often, though mostly at their daily routines when the team was home. I missed it when we moved to the Army post in Germany! The only thing I didn’t miss was having the planes go right over the house in the middle of my daughter’s nap time…which usually put an end to the nap! 😉

  2. It muts be hard having to do everything with kids or alone though. Sometimes I feel the same when I am away working in say London – free time in one of the best cities in the world.. but somehow no idea what to do! Sometimes I just want to curl up in the hotel with a good book.

  3. We could see the Blue Angels from our driveway when we lived in Maine. So much better than fighting the crowds and base. And who really needs to walk through another stinky static display airplane? Not me.

    Sorry about the parking hassle. There’s nothing wrong with just staying home sometimes.

  4. Thanks for sharing your photos… I didn’t go out to look at them (as you know we live fairly close to Hickam) – the kids did though. I saw them several times during the week when they practiced. The noise reminded me of when I lived in WA with the prowlers taking off constantly.

  5. I always loved Fleet Week in San Francisco. Seen the Blue Angels from many angles. Once I got to go to the roof of the Charles Schwab building and watch them. It was always by funny working in an office building when they were flying around as the sound trails the planes. Once went to Treasure Island. Ahh, I see Iʻll be in SF when they are there this year, so maybe…

    I remember when Dianne Feinstein was mayor and had to restrict them because they love to goof while practicing and fly way too low and between buildings and such. They really did need to be “brought down to earth” and behave. Boys and Toys!

    Fleet was big when there was a fleet in SF, not so much now. I mean, there used to be sailors in uniforms wandering the streets of SF. Iowa boys.


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