Monday, August 31, 2009

Ruby Tuesday - Into the Wild Ruby Yonder...

Ruby Tuesday brings me back to an air show in CT in 1985. This is a pair of aerobatic stunt planes making that sharp, nearly vertical climb to the safe altitudes before they perform their nearly vertical dive toward the ground, pulling up at just before the seemingly (to the viewer) last gasp of altitude before the danger of the ground coming up to hit them. But not to worry, their power (250-300 HP), the light weight (~1400 lbs / 640 Kg) and large lift producing wings keep them off the ground. The artistry and skill of the pilots giving us on the ground a look of amazement as they continue their routines to a safe landing. The red stripes don't hurt, either...See the number of wonderful rubies at Mary's always fun meme!

25 comments:

Linda said...

This reminds me that I haven't been to an Air Show in years and years though growing up as an Air Force brat I went to at least one Air Show every year. The daring-do of those men in their flying machines always amazed me no matter how many times I witnessed it!

Patti said...

I was there! I was there!!
My first Air Show, with Airhead 55.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Watching acrobatic stunt planes really does take your breath away. It's very scary to watch especially when you know they don't ALWAYS pull up in time...or something else goes wrong. But true, they usually do make it. ;-)

maryt/theteach said...

Were they performing in tandem, Ralph? Great acrobatics! And a great Ruby Tuesday post! :)

P.S. I didn't know there was a lighthouse in the East River either til I started getting interested in them... :)

Felisol said...

Hi, Ralph,
Always interesting to see what you present.
These sweet toy lookalike planes, I wouldn't have trusted them for a second.
They are beautiful though, and so are the pilots.
(All pilots are special, eh?)
From felisol

Carletta said...

They look so close. That's part of the thrill of watching though.
Nice shots Ralph!

Thank you for the wonderful comment about my grandbaby. :)

DrillerAA09 said...

I have GOT to go see an air show!!! Thanks for sharing these and thanks again for stopping by Driller's Place.

bj said...

I just this morning heard about two more airmen being killed in an air show. Too sad.
I used to go to air shows with an uncle that was crazy about airplanes.
Great RED post.

Norm said...

great shot! what a nice acrobatics, looks exciting..

Pagan Sphinx said...

They're neat! They look kind of cartoon-like.

Happy RT!

~Just me again~ said...

Such cool shots!!

storyteller said...

What a WONDERFUL photo of these colorful airplanes in flight!
Hugs and blessings,

Ellie said...

These look so colorful! I've only been to air show once - The American Blue Angels did an air show in Bulgaria - 18 years or so ago they did one close to my home town. It was amazing experience!

Dimple said...

The only time I have been at an air show was the day Mt. St. Helens blew its top in May, 1980. We didn't know what had happened until we got home and turned on the news; but while we were on the way home a strange gray cloud rolled over us. I will never forget it!
Thanks for this post, it brought back memories!

Dora said...

Which is faster?

Melli said...

Boy, those are some older planes! You know... we only live about 20 miles from Andrews Air Force Base - and yet in 20 years we have never ONCE gone to the Air Show -- but we SAY we're going to EVERY year!

Jim said...

This looks like a fun thing to watch. I have never been to an air show although I lived close to the air base and could watch from the back yard for free.
Happy RT, I am doing calm things today, babies. Jim's Little Blog
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ilanadavita said...

The framing is just right. It can't have been easy.

luna miranda said...

cool shots! i've been to an air show a few years ago...it was difficult to take photos.:P

Annie said...

Whoa! My stomach dropped as I looked at this.

Becca said...

Plane shows are so much fun...great pic!

Auntie E said...

I love air shows. I go all the time. great shots.

Robin said...

Marvelous! I haven't been to an airshow in years, we used to go all the time when I was growing up. Even went to one on my honeymoon :).

Bond said...

Love air shows...nice shot

Nukke said...

Beautiful airplanes in US colours !