Sitting at the bar of the Boulevard Woodgrill in Clarendon is one of my favorite lunchtime activities. Billy, the bartender, was standing at the door when the unmistakable scream of fighter jets scorched my hearing. There they were, in formation, The Blue Angels (warning, sound on their site) streaking across the sky.

So close to yesterday’s tragedy in New York, it was a bit tough to take, but the incredible acrobatics those guys can do are just astounding.

While typing this entry, I’ve heard from friends in DC, in Maryland, asking me if I knew why there were fighter jets over DC. The opening of the Air Force Memorial is this weekend, look for more coverage from us in the coming hours.

[Update: I said the Blue Angels, but it appears that it’s actually The Thunderbirds, as I saw them again on the way up to the “office” from Clarendon, it was clear they were F-16s and not the F/A-18s that the Blue Angels use. Makes more sense that the Air Force Acrobatics group would be up instead of the Navy’s]

6 Comments so far

  1. Mike (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

    Yeah, I heard a screamy swoosh over MacArthur Blvd but by the time I looked up they were gone. The sound alone was impressive.

  2. JM94 (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 2:43 pm

    I work in Potomac and ran outside around 12:00 my office was shaking, two of them were flying low and fast, they circled the area for a while, they came back around 1:00 or so.

  3. Mik (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 3:02 pm

    They scream rather low past our office here in Georgetown. A bunch of coworkers freaked out, then went out to the deck to watch the show.

  4. Miss_Info (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 6:21 pm

    I don’t know why they flew over but at my office (nearish to the White House), we received a memo from property management saying that 7 F16 U.S. Air Force Thunderbird jets would be conducting a fly over of DC at 1 pm. So it was scheduled in advance.

  5. Derek (unregistered) on October 13th, 2006 @ 9:53 am

    They are preparing for the dedication of the Air Force memorial next to the Navy Annex. They’ll have the south Pentagon parking lot open on Saturday for an Air Force open house and an air show. The air show starts at 1:30pm.

    More info:

  6. WFY (unregistered) on October 13th, 2006 @ 11:07 am

    Three T-birds buzzed Tysons — finally some outside the Beltway love!

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