If you like boats and planes, Baltimore is the place to be Oct. 10 to 17.
On the water, there will be more than a dozen ships from the United States and Canada coming to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Fells Point and Locust Point for the Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show. Modeled on the success of the two celebrations of the Star Spangled Banner held in September 2012 and 2014, this event will bring together a brand new naval vessel, the USS Zumwalt to be commissioned. They will be open for touring.
If you prefer your boats under sail, don’t miss participants in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. They’ll be in town beginning Oct. 10. Their race gets underway Oct. 13.
For high-flying thrills, the big event is the air show Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16, 1-4 p.m., when pilots from the United States Navy, Airfare and Coast Guard will be joined by Royal Canadian aviators and other in a demonstration of precision flight. The Blue Angels will perform in the 45-minute finale each day. You can get close up and personal with them, too. Tours and meet-the-pilot events will be held during open house at Martin State Airport both days, beginning at 10 a.m.
The schedule is full of events for those who would rather keep their feet on solid ground. Here’s the schedule so far.
Facebook fans, here’s the place for details.
I’ll be there. Hope to see you!
ⓒText and Blue Angels over Fort McHenry photo Mary K. Tilghman
Blue Angels over Baltimore photo courtesy U.S. Navy
Two weeks earlier we had the Blue Angels practicing formations over the Peninsula before their appearance at San Francisco’s Fleet Week. When I was a pre-teen they used to come regularly for shows at Moffett Field (since decommissioned) and we would perch on the garage roof to watch the show.
In practice, you get six planes in formation – in shows they often cut to five.
We had all six screaming over Fort McHenry and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. It was amazing.