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This week is Fleet Week San Francisco 2012…along with other bay area events – America’s Cup Racing, San Francisco Giant’s playoff games, The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Stanford football, Cal football, possibly Oakland A’s playoff games, Madonna concerts Saturday and Sunday, a Justin Bieber concert, and a few other things that I’m forgetting to mention. So, if you’ve been thinking about staying away from the city and not going trekking down to Marina Green with the pulsing masses of humanity that is always there, I’ve decided to entice you with a few of my favorite shots from the past couple of years. Yes, I will be there this year…on a sailboat out of Sausalito…you think I’m crazy enough to face the traffic in the city this year? I don’t think so!

Filling the Frame! – Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6L – Exposure: 1/1000 Second @ f/5.6 ISO200

Shock Wave! (Scientific name is the ‘Prandlt-Glauert Singularity’) – Camera: Canon EOS 50D – Lens: Canon EF 400 f/5.6L – Exposure: 1/1250 Second @ f/7.1 ISO100

US Coast Guard Cutter Hawksbill Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L w/1.4 Extender @203mm – Exposure: 1/1600 Second @ f/5.6 ISO100

Number Five High Speed Pass – Camera: Canon EOS 50D – Lens: Canon EF 400 f/5.6L USM – Exposure: 1/500 Second @ f/7.1 ISO100

Front Row Squatter No.2 –  Camera: Canon EOS 50D – Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM – Exposure: 1/2500 Second @ f/6.3 ISO100

F-15E Strike Eagle – Camera: Canon EOS 50D – Lens: Canon EF 400 f/5.6L – Exposure: 1/1000 Second @ f/7.1 ISO100 – The F-15E Strike Eagle is not like other F-15’s in that is has a two man crew, a pilot, and a Weapons Systems Officer (WSO)…although I think the new name is Combat Systems Officer. In a previous life, many years ago, I was a WSO in the F-4D Phantom II, (prior to flying helicopters). McDonnell Douglas (now part of Boeing) made the F-4 and makes the F-15 as well. Right about now, I’d give my left you-know-what for an opportunity to go for a ride in a Strike Eagle!

The Patriots Jet Team – Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (350D) – Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/4.0L with 1.4X Extender II @280mm – Exposure: 1/500 Second @ f/7.1 ISO100

Comin’ at Ya! – Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6L – Exposure: 1/1000 Second @ f/8.0 ISO200

So, set your alarm for 4:30AM to ensure you can find a place to park, drag your ice chest down with plenty of drinks and snacks for the kids just to find out that you can’t bring it in with you to your seats you bought, get your backside pinched by who-knows-who, and see one of the best airshows this side of Farnborough. Oh, and don’t forget to wave as you see me floating by on the sailboat. 🙂