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2003 Florida International Air Show Stock Photos Gallery

This was a pretty good air show on March 22nd and 23rd at a nice airport where spectators have the sun behind them instead of facing into the bright afternoon sun like the Stuart Air Show. This air show was honored to have the first public Blue Angels air show of the season in 2003. Unfortunately solo aircraft #5 had a mechanical failure while waiting for takeoff and the show flew with five aircraft instead of six for much of the show. Solo aircraft #7 took off after the show commenced and performed briefly. This air show was $15 for admission without discounted advance tickets and $2 for parking.


The war in Iraq had just started, the country was on Orange alert status, yet this air show used only portable plastic barricade fencing to separate the public from the performing aircraft. Numerous performing aircraft taxied in front of the wide crowd line and numerous aircraft were on static display for the public. It makes one wonder why Bill Sherry, A.A.E., Airport Director at Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL), kept the public view park on the west side of FLL closed to the public during the 2003 McDonald's Air & Sea Show the first week of May, when the war was all but over and weeks after the national alert status was downgraded to Yellow. The public view park has a permanent seven foot tall metal chain link fence with barbed wire on top, yet the park was deemed a security hazard by the TSA, Broward Sheriff's Office and Bill Sherry? This questionable, illogical and non-sensible bureaucratic closure denied the public the only chance this year to see warbirds, military fights and the Thunderbirds taxiing out, taking off and returning after their performance along Ft. Lauderdale beach.

USMC Blue Angels C-130T Fat  Albert (New Bert) #164763 JATO takeoff military aviation air show stock photo #3547
USMC Blue Angels C-130T "Fat Albert" (New Bert) #164763 JATO takeoff military aviation air show stock photo #3547
Air Show Crowd and A-10 Thunderbolt II military aviation air show stock photo #3541
Air Show Crowd and A-10 Thunderbolt II military aviation air show stock photo #3541
2003 - USAF A-10A Thunderbolt II Warthog military aviation air show stock photo #3509
2003 - USAF A-10A Thunderbolt II "Warthog" military aviation air show stock photo #3509
Memorial Board for Vietnam Helicopter Crews KIA - Mark Clotfelter (HHS Class of 1965) military stock photo #3542
Memorial Board for Vietnam Helicopter Crews KIA - Mark Clotfelter (HHS Class of 1965) military stock photo #3542
Heritage Flight with P-51, F-16 and A-10 military aviation air show stock photo #3514
Heritage Flight with P-51, F-16 and A-10 military aviation air show stock photo #3514
USMC Blue Angels Fat Albert (New Bert) C-130T #164763 JATO takeoff military aviation air show stock photo #3548
USMC Blue Angels "Fat Albert" (New Bert) C-130T #164763 JATO takeoff military aviation air show stock photo #3548
USMC Blue Angels Fat Albert (New Bert) C-130T #164763 JATO takeoff military aviation air show stock photo #3549
USMC Blue Angels "Fat Albert" (New Bert) C-130T #164763 JATO takeoff military aviation air show stock photo #3549
USMC Blue Angels Fat Albert (New Bert) C-130T #164763 JATO takeoff military aviation air show stock photo #3552
USMC Blue Angels "Fat Albert" (New Bert) C-130T #164763 JATO takeoff military aviation air show stock photo #3552
USMC Blue Angels Fat Albert (New Bert) C-130T #164763 JATO takeoff military aviation air show stock photo #3553
USMC Blue Angels "Fat Albert" (New Bert) C-130T #164763 JATO takeoff military aviation air show stock photo #3553
USMC Blue Angels Fat Albert (New Bert) C-130T #164763 high speed fly-by military aviation air show stock photo #3554
USMC Blue Angels "Fat Albert" (New Bert) C-130T #164763 high speed fly-by military aviation air show stock photo #3554
USMC Blue Angels Fat Albert (New Bert) C-130T #164763 crewmember in door window military aviation air show stock photo #3554
USMC Blue Angels "Fat Albert" (New Bert) C-130T #164763 crewmember in door window military aviation air show stock photo #3554
USMC Blue Angels Fat Albert (New Bert) C-130T #164763 short landing demo military aviation air show stock photo #3555
USMC Blue Angels "Fat Albert" (New Bert) C-130T #164763 short landing demo military aviation air show stock photo #3555
USN Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets military aviation air show stock photo #3558
USN Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets military aviation air show stock photo #3558
USN Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets military aviation air show stock photo #3559
USN Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets military aviation air show stock photo #3559
USN Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet military aviation air show stock photo #3562
USN Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet military aviation air show stock photo #3562
USN Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet military aviation air show stock photo #3563
USN Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet military aviation air show stock photo #3563
USN Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets military aviation air show stock photo #3566
USN Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets military aviation air show stock photo #3566
USN Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets military aviation air show stock photo #3567
USN Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets military aviation air show stock photo #3567
USN Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets military aviation air show stock photo #3568
USN Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets military aviation air show stock photo #3568
USN Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets military aviation air show stock photo #3571
USN Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets military aviation air show stock photo #3571