Cocoa Beach Air Show

Saturday, Nov. 5th, 2011

It was supposed to be a nice day in Cocoa Beach, FL, but the weather refused to cooperate. With the scattered showers and high winds, I was surprised that the parachute teams still jumped.

Navy Seals, Leap Frogs Parachute Team

101st Airborne, Screaming Eagles Parachute Team

920th Rescue Wing, USAF
In my opinion, these guys were the stars of the show. It was incredible watching that Blackhawk helicopter come tearing in and then hover mere feet over the water. They made multiple passes and demonstrated two insertion techniques (dropping and fast roping) and two extraction techniques (rope ladder and cable winch).

F-18 Super Hornet, U.S. Navy
The F-18 flew in with a roar (no bang). It wasn’t allowed to break the sound barrier but was still a crowd favorite.

F-16 Viper, USAF

F-16 Viper & F-4 Phantom Heritage Flight
The F-4 was primarily used during the Vietnam War while the F-16 can still be seen flying over the skies of Afghanistan.

Geico Skytypers

Rob Holland and his MX-2.
Rob tore across the sky while performing all kinds of stunts and maneuvers. I could hear lots of gasps and one particular lady around me kept shouting “Oh my God” every time he stalled, flipped, and rolled his plane.

Black Diamond, aka Heavy Metal, Jet Team
I had never heard of this group before but I was impressed by their performance. They flew in a tight, four-man barrel roll, as well as some other nice, six-man formations. The Black Diamond Jet Team is a civilian aerobatic team and is composed of five L-39s and one MiG-17 aircraft.

Hopefully the weather will be better next weak when most of these performers return for the Stuart Air Show.

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~ by Mike on November 6, 2011.

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