Breitling – Huntington Beach Airshow — 2017 – Day 3 b

Long Beach Fireboat

This is my third set of pictures for the HB 2017 Airshow. Again I’m staying small scale: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F-16 Viper, P-51 Mustang, C-47 (DC-3), OC Sheriff and USCG SAR helicopters.

Tomorrow, I’ll start adding pictures of the Snowbirds and Blue Angels.

F-35 ... P-51 ... F-16
F-35 … P-51 … F-16

F-35 ... P-51 ... F-16
F-35 … P-51 … F-16

C-47 (DC-3)
C-47 (DC-3)

C-47 (DC-3)
C-47 (DC-3)

Orange County Sheriff SAR
Orange County Sheriff SAR

U. S. Coast Guard SAR
U. S. Coast Guard SAR

Breitling – Huntington Beach Airshow — 2017 – Day 3 a

Well, we went back. Charlie decided that we should again get tickets — so I did.

About 10:30 am, we left home, stopped to get her another carton of cigs and drove to the beach. We had to wait an extra signal to get across PCH at Beach Blvd to get into the Huntington Beach City Beach parking lot. People were paying $30 to park and most were using credit/debit cards, making the wait longer than if they were using cash.

I, however, had a parking sticker on our car and we breezed in.

There were plenty of parking spaces and I selected a pull-through, took Di’s scooter out of the trunk, unfolded it and put the battery on and off we went.

Good thing we got there when we did. A half hour later, after Di’d bought some shirts, etc., I walked the bag back to the car and people were searching for the few remaining open spots.

We entered the Breitling tent; we were remembered by those who had been there on Friday. We found a nice table reserved for those with physical difficulties and sat down. We met more good people; we ate more good food and enjoyed more good drinks.

I took more than 500 photographs and will break them into several posts over the next few days. Today’s pictures will be of the Black Daggers, who made two drops about an hour and a half apart.

The first drop was a show the flag opening ceremony jump and the second was a simulated combat drop.

First, however, a word on light conditions. Most of the airshow was out over the water — to the south. Huntington Beach is a south facing beach. This means that for most of the show cameras were pointing in the general direction of the sun. Not the best direction to shoot in for good color pictures. Ah well, we all tried.

A wave from the Black Dagger Blackhawk.
A wave from the Black Dagger Blackhawk.

Bust: Breitling – Huntington Beach Airshow — 2017 – Day 1

Well, Charlie and I arrived at Huntington Beach a bit before noon today for the airshow. And it was a complete bust. We saw not a single plane (no Blue Angels; no Snowbirds; no F-16 Viper; no F-35 ) the entire afternoon. Fog, overcast, call it what you will; today there was no show.

And, worst of all, I had bought tickets for the Breitling show. $288 down the drain, or mostly down the drain.

No planes, no demonstrations. But I had a couple of plastics of wine; Charlie had part of a beer and we shared a meal.

But the airshow: no, nothing, nil, nada.

Hey, Breitling: how about a refund or a ticket for a second day?

However, things were not all black, bleak, out of focus or foggy, we met some very nice and interesting people.

Charlie actually got to meet the mounted police and their horses this year. She spoke with a fellow Canadian representing the Snowbirds. And, she met, spoke with and hugged members of the Black Daggers.

So, things weren’t a complete bust.


A-FNN — Trump Initiative on Korea

Breaking News — from A-FNN

Dateline — Washington DC

A-FNN White House correspondent Amber Gris reports that unnamed, but highly placed, sources within the Trump White House have confirmed our earlier reports about President Trump’s decision to re-work American policy towards North Korea.

President Donald John Trump
President Donald John Trump

In an astounding reversal of his long-standing policy of confrontation with Kim Jong-un, President Trump will announce tomorrow that the United States, its allies and the People’s Republic of China will end their sanctions targeting North Korea. Instead of sanctions, billions of dollars in aid will be given to its government and people. The aid will include, but will not be limited to the following:

  • 5 million smartphones, enough for 20% of the country’s population. Included in this will be 1 year unlimited access accounts with the provider of their choice. (With his Mr. Kim will receive his own Twitter account, Facebook page and the Candy Crush app.)
  • 2 million iPads
  • 5 million Microsoft Surface computers pre-loaded with a Korean language version of Windows 10
  • 500,000 used (re-called) Volkswagen diesel automobiles (each with a credit card for 1000 gallons of Chinese fuel)
  • 20 Walmarts

In an effort to combat malnutrition:

  • 100 McDonalds restaurants (including one reserved for the exclusive use of Mr. Kim and his family)
  • 50 Domino’s and
  • 50 Papa John’s pizza stores
  • 100,000 tons of Frito-Lay snack products
  • 1 year’s supply each of Coke, Pepsi and Bud Light for the entire population
  • 100 years supply of high-fructose corn syrup

In an effort to combat a perceived lack of healthcare for much of the Korean population Sen. Bill Cassidy, Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Joni Ernst will tour the country espousing their ideas regarding healthcare reform on the Korean Peninsula.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Nancy Pelosi will give a presentation on the advantages of a democratically elected legislature and its noted efficiencies in getting new and reformist legislation enacted with a minimum of hassle.

These, and other related measures, will be proposed by Mr. Trump during his speech tomorrow before the NAAPMS (National Association for the Advancement and Preservation of Moral Sanity).

A-FNN: Alternative-Fact News Nutwork // a division of I-Witless News

What (a) Fight — Mayweather vs. McGregor


Well, I finally gave in and watched the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight this evening. Showtime showed it at the same time as the evening news was being aired on our local channels; I opted to watch the fight.

I’ve been a fan of boxing since watching it on our black and white TV in the 50s and 60s with my mother and father. They were both fans of the sport and would watch it together on nights my dad wasn’t working.

The Gillette Friday Night Fights are on the air,” or something like that announced an evening of family bonding over jabs, hooks and broken faces. I didn’t realize until much later, over close-up color pictures in Sports Illustrated and boxing magazines just how bloody a sport boxing actually was. Of course, by then I was a fan.

Both of my parents died before we got these gigantic, flat screen color TVs, and I occasionally wonder if they would have allowed me, at five or six years of age, to watch some of the fights I watched with them on these TVs.

I’m too cheap to pay to watch these PPV events, so I watch them as re-runs; that is, assuming the reviews are sufficiently positive. Usually, I just read about them in the newspaper and ignore the re-run.

I was skeptical that Mayweather — McGregor would be worth watching.

On  one hand we have an older, champion boxer who is past his prime and essentially retired. And, on the other hand, we have a younger, and slightly larger, street brawler.

I thought the outcome was a foregone conclusion — Mayweather would not be seriously challenged and would put up with McGregor only so long.

Well, the fight — the commentators and I saw two different fights.

Showtime’s announcer and commentators oohed and ahhed over McGregor’s many punches early in the fight and Mayweather’s lack of response. They gave the early rounds to McGregor while describing the action as “compelling” (I’m not convinced they know the definition of the word.); the same as I read in the newspaper and saw on the web during the actual fight.

No, no, no — what did I see? I saw Mayweather sizing up his opponent and figuring out very quickly that McGregor’s punches were no threat; he could safely ignore them.

Mayweather then allowed his opponent to wear himself out while throwing enough punches to keep the commentators and paid spectators satisfied that they were getting their money’s worth.

For the last three rounds it looked as though McGregor was out on his feet and that one or two flurries from Mayweather would put him out of our misery.

If McGregor had kept his mouth quiet, his tongue behind his teeth and just boxed, Mayweather might have carried the fight to the twelfth round. But, McGregor didn’t. Mayweather ended the fight in the tenth, although I think he could have ended it in any round he chose.

It was a boxing match; Mayweather was a boxer and McGregor wasn’t. You don’t play the other man’s game and by his rules; you’ll lose every time.

It was not a fight for the ages.