Clint is mildly obsessed with airplanes… “Mildly” meaning that he is completely obsessed with anything that has to do with planes, airports, aircraft fueling, or military aircraft… Soooo when I heard the Blue Angels were coming to KC I immediately put it on my calendar (9 months in advance), and for Fathers Day I bought him “Flight Line Seating” for the show. The week before the KC Airshow we bought the kids ear protection, and decided to ask my Mom to watch E for the day (best. decision. ever).
To say Clint was excited just doesn’t do it justice. We watched countless youtube videos of the Blue Angels, talked about it non-stop, and the kids loved running around with their ear protection on from the second it arrived in the mail (thanks Amazon Prime!) We had definitely prepared the kids to be just as excited as Clint was, and they didn’t disappoint!
We headed to the downtown airport around 11:15 (gates opened at 9, but Blue Angels didn’t fly until 3pm). Clint was a bit anxious that we were going to be “late”, and we had quite a hike to get to the airport after parking (we parked a little over a mile away and walked). Once we arrived we were extremely grateful to have the Flight Line Seating passes because it got us VIP entry into the Show, and the line was really long. We also had a shaded tent and folding chairs which was a complete luxury considering every inch of shade was taken by people who appeared to have been there all morning. We fed the kids lunch and then did a bit of exploring around the Airshow. The kids had their first snow cone which was a pretty big bust, and then the waiting game began! We saw a few good “acts” before the Blue Angels, but mainly there was a lot of waiting and it was HOT. 3pm couldn’t come soon enough!
August was completely obsessed with “Fat Albert” which is the C130 that flies with the support personnel and equipment. Hearing him say “Fat Albert” over and over again may have been one of my favorite parts of the day!
Watching the Blue Angels is absolutely amazing. I had never seen them up so close, and I was instantly obsessed. It is amazing how skilled they are with flying and it was such a thrill to watch them. We stayed for most of their demonstration, but headed out just before the end to beat some of the rush. I’m glad we did because we had the perfect mix of watching from right up close, and watching from the Broadway Bridge, which gave a completely different perspective.
We will definitely be attending many more Airshows in the years to come- I feel like August (and Emmett) will follow right in their Daddy’s footsteps when it comes to his love of aircraft… and I love it!