Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Corsica International Air Show 2018




















Since 2016 the Blue Angels have had the unique privilege of demonstrating to the Second Life public the precision techniques of Naval Aviation, hoping to inspire a culture of excellence and service to country. We are honored to make a quick detour from our FIRST SECOND WORLD TOUR in progress and jump to Corsica from France where we currently are located for this unprecedented Blue Angels event (see here soon for the first stop of the BLUE ANGELS FIRST SECOND WORLD TOUR!). 

The CORSICA INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW is part of the Cannery Cove grand opening and this program is air show centered. For complete details of all that is happening at Cannery Cove for the grand opening please contact Tealcie Annibles! ( Profile here! )


CORSICA INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW ( CIAS )
Corsica International Airport (SLCI)
Xobite / Marlif - Corsica
July 21 and 22, 2018


DEMONSTRATION TEAMS

Anemone Wing Walking Team
Armée de l'Air Patrouille de France en SL
Hawks Aerobatic Team
U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Aircraft, Pilots and Crew

AWW -
Anemone Wing Walking Team 
Aircraft: WACO YMF-5
Pilots: Mr Pilot Sinn / Destiny Bellarosa
Wing Walkers: Diana266 / Flora Fraina

HAWKS -
Hawks Aerobatic Team
Aircraft: B.A.E. Hawk
Pilots: Johnny Numberfive / Blueskind / Kara Petrovic / Mila Kowalski / Cartor94 / Romy Writer / Lukeflywalker Fittinger

PAF -
Armée de l'Air Patrouille de France en SL
Aircraft: Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet E
Athos 1 - Lieutenant-Colonel Mara Klaber - Leader
Athos 2 - Capitaine Ariel Ramyss - Intérieur Droit
Athos 3 - Capitaine Tidus - Intérieur Gauche
Athos 4 - Colonel Rhea Thor - Charognard

BLUE ANGELS #7 -
U.S. Navy Blue Angels
Aircraft: Boeing F/A-18D Hornet
Angel 7 - CAPT. Asra "Cougar" Kron

BLUE ANGELS jet team
- U.S. Navy Blue Angels
Aircraft: Boeing F/A-18C Hornet
Angel 1 - CAPT. Vickster "Speed" Kühn
Flight Leader
Angel 2 - CDR. An "Mistell" Rainbow
Right Wing / Opposing Solo
Angel 3 - LCDR. Jenny "QB" Kaz
Left Wing / Lead Solo
Angel 4 - CAPT. Asra "Cougar" Kron
Slot / Narrator

BLUE ANGELS Fat Albert Airlines
- U.S. Navy Blue Angels
Aircraft: Lockheed C-130T Hercules "Fat Albert"
Angel 8 - Major Dominique "Alba" van Dongen
Fat Albert Airlines pilot / Alternate Narrator




TWO DAY PROGRAM

SCHEDULE
DAY ONE - Saturday, July 21

Start 10:00 hours (10:00 am) - End 22:00 hours (10:00 pm) 
Open House day - all areas accessible. 

PUBLIC ACCESS TEAM AREAS LOCATIONS ON DAY ONE ONLY

Anemone Wing Walking Team ( CLICK HERE FOR SLUR! )

Hawks Aerobatic Team
( CLICK HERE FOR SLUR! )

Armée de l'Air Patrouille de France en SL ( CLICK HERE FOR SLUR! )

Navy Flight Demonstration Team The Blue Angels
( CLICK HERE FOR SLUR! )


Day One Events:
 

A
Static display of all the aircraft involved in the air show with fly ins by airlines and helicopter rides around the SLCI perimeter (air show level - 350 meters alt).

B
Press conferences held by the demonstration teams at their assigned SLCI locations at scheduled times. This initiative is optional - Teams can skip the press conferences if they wish. Scheduled press conferences show below.

Anemone Wing Walking Team Press Conference Times
- 16:00 hours (04:00 pm)
Location of the AWW Press Conference Area:
( CLICK HERE FOR SLUR! )

Patrouille de France en SL Press Conference Times
- 13:00 hours (01:00 pm)
 
Location of the PAF Press Conference Area: ( CLICK HERE FOR SLUR! )
 

Blue Angels Press Conference Times
- 12:00 hours (noon)
- 15:00 hours (03:00 pm)
- 18:00 hours (06:00 pm)

 Location of the Blue Angels Press Conference Area: ( CLICK HERE FOR SLUR! )
 

C
Fly in display of interesting aircraft open to all.
Happening at the GTFO level of SLCI (below the air show level) during all day one hours.

D
Pre-Show Party at SLCI starting at 19:00 hours (07:00 pm)
Party will take place in the Glass Terminal - passenger terminal - at SLCI, Marlif sim. Fireworks provided by Chris Azrikam, Roleplay & Rides owner.

Party area location
( CLICK HERE FOR SLUR! )

SCHEDULE
DAY TWO - Sunday, July 22

 Start 10:30 hours (10:00 am) - End 18:00 hours (06:00 pm)
Please arrive early and use the AUDIENCE assigned locations! 

Day Two Events:

10:30 hours (10:30 am)
U.S. Navy Blue Angels #7 VIP Ride
Centerpoint - Rooney w/ incursions into Xobite

11:00 hours (11:00 am)
Anemone Wing Walking Team
Centerpoint - Rooney w/ incursions into Xobite

11:45 hours (11:45 am)
U.S. Navy Blue Angels Fat Albert Airlines
Centerpoint - Rooney w/ incursions into Xobite

12:15 hours (12:15 pm)
U.S. Navy Blue Angels Jet Team
Centerpoint - Rooney

13:10 hours (01:10 pm)
Armée de l'Air Patrouille de France en SL
Centerpoint - Rooney

14:10 hours (02:10 pm)
Hawks Aerobatic Team
Centerpoint - Rooney

15:10 hours (03:10 pm)
Air show ends.

15:30 hours (03:30 pm)
After show party with LIVE concert.
16:00 hours (04:00 pm) Lexus Melodie sings live.

Concert location: Cannery Cove Town Square
( CLICK HERE FOR SLUR! )


AUDIENCE LOCATIONS FOR DAY TWO

MALRIF

( CLICK HERE FOR SLUR! )

XOBITE

( CLICK HERE FOR SLUR! )

McRITCHIE (off SLCI open water) - ONLY on DAY TWO
U.S.Navy Self-Sustained Platform U.S.S. Hoover

( CLICK HERE FOR SLUR! )

 


  
CAPT. Asra "Cougar" Kron
Blue Angel #7
UNITED STATES NAVY BLUE ANGELS 2018

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Pushing the Envelope





















An open letter from Blue Angel 7.

On the eve of our third Independence Day Air Show, I came to realize how far we have come as a squadron and why we managed to get this far. Each year we are presented new challenges and at each turn we fight the demons that live in the clouds as much as those living in our souls. How each of us handles that reality and keeps pushing the envelope to the extent our lives and limitations allow it is what defines us as mirrors of the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron in Second Life.

Here we are again, standing tall and humbled by those who like ourselves fly the skies of this virtual world in ways most people never will, pressing on at each practice and demonstration to achieve what lies ahead seemingly in our reach but yet unreachable: the perfect demo.

In ways that resemble real life aerobatic flight more than you'd expect, we go up every time facing many adverse factors that range from our physical and mental shape, the state our aircraft is in and this virtual world's conditions - that we call "weather" in jest. And Second Life has some nasty weather as you well know. But we keep going up again and again and that's part of the envelope we choose to push, just as our own limits are. So add all these factors up and you understand being a demo pilot is not for everyone. Now, on top of all that, add the fact that we as Blue Angels represent the finest naval aviation squadron in the United States Navy.

Any real life naval aviator who had the privilege of flying a blue and gold jet will tell you that the Blue Angels is one of the most democratic units in the military, due to its exclusive nature and the close bonds that exist among their pilots and crew. But they will also tell you that the time they spent with the Blues was perhaps the hardest in their military careers, albeit the most rewarding and exciting period in them. In Second Life, we proudly follow that tradition and stay true to the Blue Angels (and U.S. Navy) values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. This simply means that we carry ourselves as a naval officer would while enduring all the challenges our choice brings with it.

The success rate of a Blue Angels candidate in our squadron is 20%. Out of every 10 candidates, only 2 make it past internship and the first year as a newbie with the demo team. They all know what is expected of them and what the conditions are - there are no surprises. All the veteran Blues in the squadron have been flying under those exact same conditions for years and any of them can tell you that as far as the squadron is concerned we remain the same. The same in our way of portraying a Blue Angels demo pilot, the same in our way of tackling the obstacles that come before us and the same as individuals. Through the years we became a very tight group, and to become a part of it is one of the many hurdles a Blues candidate has to overcome, and after internship, when all of the commissioned Blue Angels vote to let someone in, that hurdle is often still to be faced.

Under these circumstances it was no surprise to me that in a period of practically 30 days, recently, two interns and two newbies decided to resign from the squadron. I was however, disappointed. It always hurts to see someone give up after all the work and effort you put into helping him or her, but it is thanks to that process that we keep our standards as high as they are. And when you keep standards high, chances are some will drop out when they realize they are not getting any lower. It is just a fact of life, even if second life.

I am very proud of my fellow virtual naval aviators in the Navy Flight Demonstration Team, veterans and newbies, and to the best of my abilities will keep on working with them to make us better each day, just as they do. And in doing so, I sincerely hope that we can carry on this great tradition and remain the ambassadors of the United States Navy in this virtual world, much like the true Blues do in the real one. It has been my honor and privilege to be one of the keepers of this flame for the last two and a half years. May it shine ever bright in the ones to come.

Go Navy! Go Blues!

CAPT. Asra "Cougar" Kron
Blue Angel #7 / NFDTXO
  

Friday, June 29, 2018

ID4 Air Show 2018



The 2018 Independence Day Air Show is almost here!
ID4 2018 will take place at CinSal International Airport, Agrippa, where it was held last year. The first ID4 Air Show took place at the now gone Tuarua Fiji International Airport, Maho Beach, in 2016 (see here!). For this third edition the SL Patrouille de France and the Anemone Wing Walking team join Second Life's United States Navy Flight Demonstration Team Blue Angels for two days of excitement and fun!

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels in SL have been the ambassadors of the United States Navy in this virtual world since 2016 and have taken their aerial demonstration across the grid to inspire audiences to both the art of flying and the United States Navy, just as the real Blues do in real life. The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Team in Second Life is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach.

The Armée de l'Air in SL Patrouille de France is the longest standing aerobatic team in Second Life, their aerial demonstrations are a tribute to the real PAF and their skill and commitment are outstanding, marveling audiences all over the grid since 2009. They have participated in several air shows alongside the Blue Angels and they rejoin the ID4 celebrations again this year. For last year's edition check this page! (click on the link)

Anemone Wing Walking is a wing walking performance and training team. The group is not only intended for its team members, but also for all other wing walking performers and enthusiasts. Anemone Wing Walking activities include performing shows, training of wing walkers and pilots, while also providing personal wing walking experiences. They are based out of Fiji Islands Airport, in Tuarua Fiji, and join the 4th of July air show for the first time this year!

Complete layouts to follow! Stay tuned!



CAPT. Asra "Cougar" Kron
Blue Angel #7, NFDTXO

Saturday, June 9, 2018

SL15B



The Blue Angels join Second Life's 15th Birthday (SL15B) celebrations and we have set up a small stand in the Stupendous region, where several aerobatic teams are also represented.
The event runs from June 17 to 24 but from June 25 to 30 the exhibit stays open for viewing only. June 17 at noon SL15B opens. June 23 - official 15th Birthday.
Come visit us and enjoy the expo. Happy Birthday, Second Life!

SLUR: Click here to go!

CAPT. Asra "Cougar" Kron
NASMCO / TFCOM

Monday, May 28, 2018

That Monday in May


Observing today's remembrance, a Memorial Day ceremony took place at Naval Air Station Miramar, attended by SL US Navy and SL USMC service members from Third and Seventh Fleets, as well as USCG in SL members. Here is a record of the event. As usual, click on the images to enlarge.

The guests started arriving early at Miramar.
CDR. An Rainbow is escorted by CAPT. Vickster Kühn for the Memorial flight.
Miramar's main entrance was the stage of the ceremony.
CAPT. Sidney Pobieski delivers her remarks.
 
CAPT. Sidney Pobieski's remarks.
SFCOM, CV-63CO

Good morning. I only found out I was going to speak about an hour ago, so I am going to have to be uncharacteristically brief. I should wrap this up in 45 mins or so.
I was speaking with a woman at Church yesterday who is rather on in years, and she was lamenting that we no longer call today "Decoration Day". Which is used to be called until, I think, 1970, at which time it was renamed and moved to a Monday to give the Post Office a long weekend.

A lot of people think Decoration Day refers in some way to military medals or badges. It does not. In fact the name came about when groups of women in the South began to "decorate" the graves of fallen Confederate soldiers in the years after the Civil War. In 1868, a group of women in northeastern Georgia were doing just that when they noticed the intended cemetery containing the graves of Union soldiers nearby. It was in sad disrepair and many of the women were appalled by this. So they took to "decorating" the graves of all fallen soldiers, (...). It caught on with a National Union Veterans Group and became a National Holiday from there, with the intent of caring for the physical graves and the communal memory of all soldiers who gave their lives in all wars.

That is what we need to be remembering today. That real people, children often, died a real death so that we can behave as disgracefully as we do today - politically, socially and personally. We've made a game of it here, but its not a game to many families. So as you go about your SL military careers, try to do so in a way that reflects credit upon the institution and the people who have been part of it.

I will conclude with this... "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works." - Revelations 20:13. I do not concern myself that any of our war dead need be concerned when their time to be judged arrives.

Senior Commanding Officers of the USS Kitty Hawk and NAS Miramar.
CAPT. Vickster Kühn making her speech, after CAPT. Pobieski.

CAPT. Vickster Kühn's remarks.
TFCOM, NAFENCO, NFDTCO

Thank you Captain Kron, thank you Captain Pobieski also.The fact is I know a lot of veterans and the fact is memorial day rooted in history though it is well, unfortunately, the roles of the honored dead continue to grow. All the lives spent on those battlefields - and lets face it not always well spent but honorably - and the shattered families who eventually heal and move on.

It is not a game what we do if we do it right, its a living memorial to the men and women who served as well as those who died. It is rather Memorial Day every day for us if you push it that far because this place, this navy, is a living memorial and monument to them, and its appropriate to remember that it's done with reverence and respect. Thank you all for your attention. 

View of the ceremony ground with USCG vessels off the coast.
The USCG cutter "Scimitar" and a USCG fast boat joined the ceremony.
CAPT. Asra Kron delivers the closing statements before noon.

 CAPT. Asra Kron's remarks.
TFCOM, NASMCO, NFDTXO

Thank you CAPT. Pobieski and CAPT. Kühn for your words. At this point we would have a chaplain come forward and grace us with his words as well, but unfortunately he is not available so I will close the remarks as we approach noon and the restoring of the flag to full staff.
 

Distinguished commanding officers, fellow service men and women, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for joining us at Naval Air Station Miramar for this year’s Memorial Day ceremony. We are into our third year of existence and proudly look forward to many more, remaining one of the finest mirrors of the United States Armed Forces in this virtual world. As such we carry on our shoulders the responsibility of portraying the real life institutions we represent honorably and this particularly comes to mind in days like this one.

Memorial Day is the time to celebrate the lives that were given for a greater cause in the ultimate sacrifice one can make for one’s country. We should remember those fallen heros always and not just today, but on this day we choose to collectively pause and think about their service and their precious gift to us all. Yesterday I placed a little flag on the grave of a family member who served in the United States Navy, like his father before him. It is a beautiful cemetery, very large and well kept, long and wide stretches of well tended grass with old luscious oaks. Very near is the military memorial site with all branches represented and an enormous American flag waving majestically up on high. It made me think of what I wanted to say to you today.

We honor all those who served, and neither of my Navy family members lost their lives in the line of duty, but today in particular we honor those who did so, and in honoring them we must also remember what their sacrifice was for. We live in controversial times, difficult times. We are faced every day with a myriad of news that tell us of a troubled world and a troubled country, where so many are pitched against each other and fail to find common ground. In such times we must hold ourselves in an even higher standard and stand fast for what we believe in and represent.

The lives selflessly given by those whose memory we honor today were given for what our country stands for, above all freedom. Freedom that is ensured by a system that at its core has both democracy and the rule of law, for you can not have a free society without representation and justice. In these troubled times we must stand fast in the defense of these values and what makes them possible, and more than ever represent our real life mirrors with dignity and pride, but also with humility and responsibility. This is what gives the sacrifices we honor today meaning and does them justice.

In remembrance of our fallen service men and women we had our flags at half staff for the first twelve hours of the day. We shall now restore the flag to full staff so it waves high proudly once more. Remember this when you look at it. Remember what it means. Lest we forget.

Miramar's flag was raised to full staff at noon as the National Anthem played.
Gathering for champagne at the end of the ceremony. A fine day it was.

Thank you to all the US Navy, US Marine Corps and US Coast Guard in Second Life service members who attended this ceremony.

CAPT. Asra Kron
NASMCO / TFCOM