The Blue Angels Visit Portsmouth 2012

The Blue Angels stormed into Portsmouth last week, and demonstrated their amazing flying skills throughout the weekend.  I’m always amazed at the speed, the sound, and the precision when these guys perform.  I decided to stay home this year to see what I could observe from my house…and was able to grab these shots from my outdoor deck!  Be sure to click each image to see it large – you can make out the pilots’ helmets in the second photo!

The Blue Angels | Portsmouth Air Show

It’s not every year that the Blue Angels make an appearance at an air show held right here at our very own Pease International Airport. The former Air Force Base still serves as the home for the New Hampshire Air National Guard and the refueling tankers…and this weekend it had a few extra aircraft and a few tens of thousands of extra people!  I ventured into the madness at the airport to see if I could get some good shots and to enjoy the incredible engineering feats and flying talents of the pilots.

I had a blast trying to shoot the ridiculously fast aircraft (flying at up to 700mph)…even though it’s outside my normal photographic pursuits, it was fun to throw on a zoom lens for a change and see if I could come up with anything good.  I’m pretty happy with my results despite not renting any special gear and it being my first air show.  Looking forward to the next opportunity…in the meantime, enjoy the shots!  Please head over to my gallery on FLICKR to see more from the event…I’ll be putting together a video of the Blue Angels in their pre-flight exercises later this week and will share more from the other aircraft that flew during the day before the big Blue Angel finale.

Many thanks to the fine folks at Portsmouth Regional Hospital for the opportunity to see the show!  Enjoyed meeting more of the team and the great view from their sponsor area…thanks to them for supporting the event and for also featuring more of my photos on their display in the booth.  (And thanks for the water in the PRH bottle on the way out – I definitely needed it after baking in the sun all day.)

Boston-Portsmouth Air Show

Boston – Portsmouth Air Show with the Blue Angels from Ron Risman on Vimeo.

The Boston-Portsmouth Air Show is in town all weekend!!  The incredible talents of the individuals flying the aircraft are beyond words as you’ll see in the video above.  Today’s post is a special one – the featured video was recorded and produced by a friend of mine, talented local photographer Ron Risman of Cinematic Stories (visit him at

I’m planning to head over to Pease to take part in the madness on Sunday and see what I can do for photos of these amazing aircraft (that travel at ridiculous speeds only feet away from each other!).  For Saturday’s show I was lucky enough to see the Blue Angels flying overhead as I mowed the lawn and again later as I enjoyed a cup of coffee on the front patio. Looking forward to the opportunity to capture something new!  In the meantime, here’s an image to enjoy of our beloved waterfront and the Moran Towing tugboats.