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Top Gun Ruined Me

Yesterday, Frit and I went to the air show at Hill Air Force Base.

See, I really love it when the military jets fly over parades and 4th of July celebrations. I mean, I’m talking wide-eyed, goose-bumped arms, on-my-feet, might-pee-my-pants love it. One time I was driving on the freeway and saw them running drills overhead and soon enough I was bawling my eyes out. I don’t know what it is, but the sight of those jets and the rumble that trails them makes my heart explode inside my chest. So when we heard the air show was happening, I was first in line.

This is me … first in line.

Neither of us had ever been so we didn’t know what to expect and we had to learn a few lessons the hard way–like don’t wear your red suede loafers that have no support, even though you think they’re patriotic and cute.


Well that, and also make sure you bring a lawn chair or you’ll either be standing the whole time or sitting on the cement. You should also bring your own food or you’ll wind up paying $6.50 for a burger. But other than that, it was everything I hoped for.

The Thunderbirds–which, let’s be honest … were the reason I was there–weren’t performing until 4 so we had six hours to kill once we made it past security. Here’s a “quick” photo essay of the day:


Oh gracious.

(OK, so maybe the Thunderbird pilots were why I was there. What?)

Take by breath away …

I have about 100 more photos sitting on my hard drive, but I figured that’s all you’d care to sift though. That’s if you’ve made it this far! Anyway, it was such a great day of planes, people watching, and um … pilots. Yes. Don’t forget them.

The only thing missing was a sand volleyball tournament …
[sigh] I love the Air Force.

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  1. You are so funny! I love the comments about the pilots. Maybe you should join the Air Force and get a little closer peek!

  2. Haha! You crack me up! Great pictures especially of the pilots :) Also, I saw a red Cherokee the other day and thought of you.

  3. Yes I am happily married with 3 children, but the pilot….oh….the pilot picture. Not bad photography there Krista. Not bad at all.

  4. I second all the ladies, boy those pilots are smokin!! And Krista you have become quite the photographer, those pics are amazing!

  5. Ok, I said in another comment on another post that you need to write a book. I now need to add: write a book with PICTURES! You are workin' that camera, girl! Amazing shots. And as far as the pilots go, I have just two words: Meee. Owwwww. purrrrrrrrrrr. (ok, that's three, but purr really isn't a word)

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