That low-flying fighter plane that was terrorizing the East Side (my wife said it shook the house) is an F-18 Hornet from Oceana Naval Station, Virginia. They are “are in the area performing flyovers for the Detroit APBA Gold Cup Races happening this weekend in Detroit, at the request of the event sponsors” according to to the 127th Wing, ANG headquarters at Selfridge ANG base. Wish they’d alerted us ahead of time. (Didn’t that dopey photo op of Air Force one by the Statue of Liberty teach ’em anything?) Here’s an F-18 breaking the sound barrier.
Photo by John Gay
Here’s a photo of a Gold Cup Hydroplane I remember watching from my golden youth, as I stood on the now mostly collapsed docks of the Detroit Boat Club.
Gotta love that enormous V-12
The big boats are all powered by turbines these days. They just sound boring. Another favorite was Miss Chrysler, powered by two blown Hemis and running on some exotic fuel. (At least it smelled that way.)
Miss Chrysler Crew
I’d ride down to see the races today, but have to do yard work instead.