Additional images from the Blue Angels Friday afternoon rehearsal (9 May 2014) for the Vero Beach Air Show.
The crowd was a little bigger on Friday than the small group that was out at the Vero Beach Municipal Airport for the Thursday rehearsal, which seemed almost like a private performance.
The F/A-18 Hornets fire up there engines.
Taxiing toward the runway.
Speeding down the runway for takeoff.
Note the visual distortion from the heat and gasses coming out the engine exhaust.
The Blue Angels describe the white clouds that form around the plane as “humidity vapors” caused occasionally by fast movements of the jet. This is distinct from the smoke the jets release from the rear of the planes as part of the show.
Note the pilot in the foreground plane is keeping a close eye on the position of the upside-down jet as they fly in formation.
More humidity vapors form briefly along the Hornet’s fuselage.
View the original posting for the Friday rehearsal for more images. Future posts will cover additional images from the Saturday and Sunday performances at the Vero Beach Air Show and a post dedicated to “Fat Albert”, the Blue Angels’ C-130.