Clouds thwart Angels in Teton photo shoot
By Angus M. Thuermer Jr.
August 25, 2007
Clouds obscured the main Teton peaks when the Blue Angels flew through Jackson Hole for a photo opportunity on July 25, ruining a chance for a picture of the F/A-18 Hornet jet fighters in front of the iconic mountains.
The U.S. Navy photographer, who accompanied the squadron in a chase jet, managed to get some pictures with mountains south of the main peaks in the background, but it was not the image hoped for. Nevertheless, one of those shots could run in the squad’s yearbook or be made into a lithograph.
Jackson Hole Airport Manager Ray Bishop just got that news from the Navy, along with a couple of electronic files of photographs of the six jets flying in the Delta formation over the airport. One of those is reproduced above.
News of the demonstration squad’s pending arrival in Jackson Hole in July brought hundreds of rubberneckers to the airport, many of whom were disappointed because the squad’s arrival was delayed. The jets came several hours late, flew past Jenny Lake, over the towns of Jackson and Wilson and then low over the airport before departing for an air show in Montana.