John Mayer's Real Estate Blog: Speechless Sundays - Cocoa Beach Air Show

Speechless Sundays - Cocoa Beach Air Show

An F16 Fighting Falcon streaks by a C117. It was flying at 650 mph most of the time, less than half it's top speed.

Cocoa Beach Air Show

About 30,000 spectators lined the beach to watch the show which took place Oct. 4th and 5th. There was a small armada of boats moored just offshore.

Cocoa Beach Air Show

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Comment balloon 16 commentsJohn Mayer • October 18 2009 03:36PM


Looks like they put on quite a show.  We enjoy the Blue Angels when they come here for the hydroplane races.

Posted by Theodora Wu (TJ Investments) over 10 years ago

I grew up in the AF, my dad was an F86-D and an F105 pilot.  Lived in El Centro NAS, Ca. where the Blue Angels would practice.  Woke up many mornings with them doing super-sonic bomb-burst formations.

Rattled the windows.

In the 60's, we lived on Kadena AFB in Okinawa.  That was during the run-up in Vietnam in '65.  We lived off base at the warm-up end of the runway.  For weeks we couldn't get to sleep because of the 24x7 B52 flights warming up.

Then we got used to it, no problem.  Then about a year later we moved on base and were off to the side of the field.  No more thundering engines on warm-up. 

For weeks we couldn't get to sleep because it was too quiet.  Then we got used to it.

I grew up with military aircraft and love to watch them.


Posted by Mick Michaud, Your Texas Lifestyle is Here! (Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107) over 10 years ago

Looks like great weather and great fun John! Thanks for sharing! We get a lot of jets from Nellis that fly over our house several times a week. 

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Theodora - The Blue Angels are fun to watch.

Mike - Those planes do make a lot of noise!

Wanda - We have Patrick AFB in Cocoa Beach so we get toe see a lot of flybys as well.


There was also a lot to see in the non-powerful planes. Cocoa Beach resident John Black – a former Air Force pilot – wowed the crowd with a series of flips and dives in a small Super Decathalon with only 180 horsepower. He pulled a lot of “negative G’s” flying upside down.

“With those negative G’s it’s like he’s trying to throw his eyeballs right outside his head,” said announcer Larry Strain. “This is done ever so gracefully. He lets it flow ever so gently. This may look easy but he needs to be working the controls and rudders constantly.”

Cocoa Beach Air Show

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 10 years ago

Now there's a great photo of the beach ... in OCTOBER, no less.  Here, we would be wearing a Winter coat over the bikini. :)


Posted by Sylvie Conde, Broker, Toronto Real Estate (Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 10 years ago

John-I love airshows.  We anchored once in the Indian River to watch an airshow and it was spectacular.  Thank you for sharing the photos.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 10 years ago

I love air show and when you can add a beach, even better...
Your friend in Washington State...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTORĀ®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) over 10 years ago

Hey John! I told my husband I wanted to fly in a F16 for my birthday present!

I didn't get it :(


Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) over 10 years ago

John - What amazing shots.  I've seen the Blue Angels perform.  And have wondered how in the heck they can fly within in mere inches of each other and not crash.  My Navy retired son says, "Practice, practice, practice."  But it seems during the learning experience something could go amiss on the way to perfection:-)

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 10 years ago

Sylvie - I know. I was born in Toronto.

Kathy - Your welcome.

Paul - The beach is a great place to watch an air show.

Debi - Do you know how many G's you pull in one of those? :-)

Myrl - Even with all that practice mishaps still happen but the pilots are willing to risk it.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 10 years ago

Hi John, I wanted to get up to see the air show, but never was able to get up there.  Thanks for bringing it to us. And thanks for allowing me to show your listing on Pace this weekend.

Posted by Sandy Shores FL RealtorĀ®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast (M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.) over 10 years ago


Great weather and cool planes, what else could you ask for! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Your friend in the Cosmic Cow Pie.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 10 years ago

John CAN YOU HEAR ME??? Love the clear blue sky.  What a roar that must have caused.  I love air shows.

Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Sandy - Too bad you missed it! Any word on Pace?

Carra - Only a cold Corona :-)

Jenny - You wouldn't believe the roar from the F16. It went right through you. Imagine what the Taliban feels when one of those is bearing down fully armed.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 10 years ago

Great photos of in flight action, John. What a great way to enjoy the air show while hanging out on the beach :)

Posted by Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS, Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA (Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA) over 10 years ago

Hi John: That was really quite remarkable that you were able to get both planes in that shot!


Posted by Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert (National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro) over 10 years ago