air show celebration

One of Florida’s many rescue choppersOver Memorial Day weekend, Miami Beach was visited by two earth-shaking air shows, from USA Salute, as part of the city’s attempt to take back the holiday from raucous and violent beach blow-outs over the last decade.

It is viscerally exciting to see up close and personal so many different military and rescue planes and choppers.  Some F-16s (max speed 1,500mph) streaked by at a heart-pounding 650 mph (to avoid sonic booms which occur above 700mph), but the most incredible was the extreme maneuverability of the F-18 Super Hornets (max speed 1,190mph), which seemed to turn on a dime.

A lovely salute to all who have given their lives fighting for our freedom.  [please hover over images for captions]

About ben

Ben Batchelder has traveled some of the world's most remote roads. Nothing in his background, from a degree in Visual & Environmental Studies at Harvard to an MBA from Wharton, adequately prepared him for the experiences. Yet he persists, for through such journeys life unfolds. Having published four books that map the inner and exterior geographies of meaningful travel, he is a mountain man in Minas Gerais, Brazil who comes down to the sea at Miami Beach, Florida. His second travel yarn, To Belém & Back, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. For more, visit

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