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Good morning, everybody,
As we often do on Wednesdays, we marvel at Bill’s submissions. Thanks, as always!
These remind me a bit of in 2015, when there was a huge (for now, not for then!) flight of WWII aircraft down the Potomac, over downtown, and then away, to memorialize the 70th anniversary of VE Day. My mother and I held each other, goose pimples everywhere as plane after plane flew by in formation. Our vantage point near, but far above, the river and upstream from DC was ideal as they all flew right overhead. It was easy to imagine one’s self in WWII and hearing the throbbing of the bombers approaching and running to hide. I’ll see if any of my pics are acceptable and perhaps post sometime.
Ok, enough about me – without further ado, Bill:
I know it’s a bit late for the greeting, but we in the southland take New Year’s day very seriously. You’ve probably heard of the little parade they have in Pasadena and the football contest there as well, but we think of bombers, blimps and bowls(not the herb kind, but that’s legal here too). No matter how wild our New Year’s Eve festivities might have been, at about 8am on New Years Day we are greeted by the sound of a low flying jet courtesy of the United States Air Force. I’ve made a point of getting up before 8am and photographing this flying wing as it makes it’s final turn to line up for it’s flight over the crowds assembled to watch the bands and the flowers of the Rose Parade. What I never realized until this year is that there are 2 B-2 bombers in the sky above Glendale New Year’s morning. They also fly a backup bomber in case something goes wrong with the primary plane. After the bomber’s flight over Colorado Blvd., they(remember there are two of them) fly over the high desert and the San Gabriel mountains to await the flight over the Rose Bowl.
For the past several years, I’ve photographed the bombers as they flew over Glendale, but this year I decided to fire up the Prius and drive/hike up to a ridge overlooking the Rose Bowl(it’s about a mile from where I took some of the sunset pictures my last submission) to catch the return of the B-2 as it flew over the Rose Bowl. About 10 minutes prior the game time, you could see the two planes flying over the San Gabriels. At game time, one of the bombers began to descend into the Arroyo Seco canyon to make it’s path over the Rose Bowl.
The B-2 bomber flies southeast over The Valley and makes a turn over Glendale to line up the Colorado Blvd in Pasadena to the east.
This is the frame that’s a bit out of focus, but there seems to be a second B-2 in the upper left portion of the frame. A backup maybe?
Pretty much right over my very humble abode, the B-2 makes it’s final turn to east.
Goodyear blimp over the Rose Bowl.
In the background you can see(there’s a bit of haze) Mt. San Gregornio on the left and Mt. San Jacinto to the right.
While your humble photographer has been processing his morning photos of the B-2 flying over Glendale, the planes have been flying over the California high desert and the San Gabriel mountains. Just before game time one of the bombers makes it’s approach to fly over the Rose Bowl.
Wide shot of the Rose Bowl and Pasadena with Saddleback at the right.