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Another neat thing money can do

I forgot to tell you. We read in the paper the Red Arrows were going to put on a display over Rye last Saturday. Which is weird, since Rye is a little medieval hill town kind of in the middle of nowhere, but it’s one of our favorite places in all the land. So, had to go.

The Red Arrows are the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team and they are AWE. SOME. I saw them at an air show in Rhode Island a few years ago and came away sockless.

Nine jets. Impressive. And they do things like put on a show for you with six or seven jets and while you’re gaping at that, the rest sneak around behind you and come screaming in right over your head.

Yeah. The sheep loved that.

Funny thing, though. Much of the land around Rye was reclaimed from the sea in Tudor times. It’s flat as a table. Perfect for an air show. But they kept flying formations up and around this one hill near the town, where half the spectators at any one time couldn’t see.

Turns out, some rich bugger up on Point Hill bought and paid for the display as an anniversary gift. At the very end, two jets turned on the red smoke and traced a big heart in the sky over his house. Rumor has it he paid £35,000 for it. Rumor, sadly, didn’t tell us who he was. (Not that we’d know him, but we’d kind of like to, if you know what I mean).

Love and money. What a splendid combination.

Good weekend, all!


Comment from Lord Flash Heart
Time: June 17, 2011, 10:36 pm

The rest of commoners may just limit themselves to re-runs of Baldrick vocalizing the effects of Sopwith Camel and Spad XIII.

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: June 17, 2011, 10:37 pm

I wonder if the Blue Angels’d do that? Not that I could afford it, or anything.


Comment from EZnSF
Time: June 17, 2011, 11:09 pm

As one who watches the Blue Angels from his rooftop every October, all I can say is;

Sousa–Strike up the Band! You pay’n? I ain’t proud. Be there quicker than a bare foot jack rabbit on a hot greasey griddle.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: June 17, 2011, 11:12 pm

Nina – I believe that they do, if you contact them before the season starts….

I must say, I DO love the way the Blue’s can tail walk their F-18’s down the runway. It’s probably the ONLY western aircraft that they do that with for display….

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 17, 2011, 11:14 pm

The Red Arrows will do a fly-by for free, if you’re kinda sorta along their route that day. There’s an application form on their website.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: June 17, 2011, 11:19 pm


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 18, 2011, 12:26 am

Here’s the Rhode Island display The Weasel referred to


Give it a few minutes.

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: June 18, 2011, 1:15 am

We go to the Salinas airshow every fall, and our favorite years are when the Blue Angels are there–not just the flying, but the whole ceremony of getting in and out of the planes. Love it!

Comment from EZnSF
Time: June 18, 2011, 3:30 am

I see UB’s Rhode Island and raise him a California.
And yeah, you’re both invited anytime the first week of October.

err ok, you’re invited anytime.

And HEY!, whiskey toasts all around for the roasting and demise of the Wiener this week! Pass the mustard!

Comment from Pavel
Time: June 18, 2011, 4:32 am

DO NOT TELL MY WIFE ABOUT THE FLYOVER THING. It will be yet another impossibly romantic thing that I cannot hope to achieve.

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: June 18, 2011, 6:21 am

EZ, I’ve never seen the Blue Angels over the Bay, but some day I definitely want to.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: June 18, 2011, 6:51 am

I know a guy whose sister had arranged for an outdoor wedding in an open field, with reception to follow, al fresco. Sister did not know that her field was next to an airport, that was having an airshow the same day, so, inadvertently, his sister had the Blue Angels perform at her reception.

Comment from Oceania
Time: June 18, 2011, 9:47 am


Who is impersonating me? The Original Lord FlashHeart~!

Comment from Mr. Dave
Time: June 18, 2011, 10:02 am

Saw them in Kristiansand Norway and years before that at Greenham Common when the Harrier was officially introduced to the public. The announcer said to watch the railroad embankment for something never seen before. The Harrier rose up, turned left then right and went back down. Showoff. Red Arrows are great, as are the Blue Angels. I’ve yet to see the Thunderbirds.

Comment from Sporadic Small Arms Fire
Time: June 18, 2011, 2:24 pm

Sonny, I served with Lord FlashHeart.
I knew Lord FlashHeart.
Lord FlashHeart was a friend of mine.
And you are no Lord FlashHeart.

Now go play with purple dinosaur or I shall taunt you second time.

Comment from Nina’s nina
Time: June 18, 2011, 4:35 pm

the thunderbirds are Canadian and really good too… not as good as the Blue Angels… but then who is?

Although, I’ll have to keep my ear out while I am in England-land this year and go see the Red Arrows if possible. I’d love to be able to tell mom about them

Comment from some vegetable
Time: June 18, 2011, 5:35 pm

I never knew Lord Flashheart but I LOVE the Flashman series of books. But to get back on subject I saw the Blue Angels in San Francisco once and I’ve never been able to get the dream of flying like them out of my mind. Motorcycles are as close as I’ll ever get though.

Comment from Sporadic Small Arms Fire
Time: June 18, 2011, 8:23 pm

Flashman is a classic and one cannot aspire to literacy without a conversational familiarity with Flashman’s exploits. I have a treasure trove of the novels on my Sony PRS-505. Old school.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: June 19, 2011, 12:09 am

I’m surprised it only cost £35,000. OK, it’s Hawks and not Typhoons, but that’s the sort of money it takes to keep a single plane on ops for an hour.

Comment from Lord FlashHeart
Time: June 19, 2011, 1:47 am

The original Lord FlashHeart was banned from a certain website bullentin board after catching one of the moderators sharing kiddy pictures of an unscrupulous illicit nature, that is only legal in Muslim countries.

You stay Classy Flashy! And we miss you!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 19, 2011, 1:54 pm

Thanks for the link EZnSF – absolutely superb tight formation flying!

I envy you those blue skies. So much of my plane photography has been hampered by our damned clouds!

Comment from XBradTC
Time: June 20, 2011, 2:53 am

Actually, the THUNDERBIRDS are the USAF demonstration team.

The SNOWBIRDS are the Canadians. Both fine teams. The T-Birds are similar to the Blues, whereas the Snowbirds are more like the Red Arrows.

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: June 20, 2011, 3:34 am

Emily got it mixed up on the diff between the T’birds and the S’birds. She really does know the difference, having seen both many times over the years.

The sound of freedom, boys and girls, the sound of freedom.

Comment from David Bain
Time: June 21, 2011, 11:39 am

Nina’s Nina needs to visit Lincolnshire when in the UK. The Red Egos are based at RAF Scampton, a few miles North of Lincoln. There you are, then, lots of lovely history in lovely Lincoln and a visit to the home of shiny modern stuff. The shiny modern stuff is only the latest resident, of course. Scampton was the home of 617 Squadron, the Dambusters, whose CO’s black labrador was called NIGGER, NOT FUCKING DIGGER for the information of spineless PC perpetrator Stephen Fry. That’s why the codeword for the breaching of the dams was NIGGER NOT FUCKING DIGGER!
(sidles away for a post-rant lie down)

Comment from Sporadic Small Arms Fire
Time: June 27, 2011, 9:07 pm

Soak in every sight and sound of heavier than air flying object above the gannet-guano stained Isles.
Once grand land of military might, Britain re-focused and shifted the paradigm to importing illiterates and incompatibles and supporting chav population fecundity.

Besides, if the empire is de facto gone, why have any military to protect… exactly, what?

Maybe I am prejudiced. Maybe our Britisher cousins will come up with the photovoltaic para-glider modeled after pterodactyls to rule the skies.


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