|Veterans for Peace member, the late Tom Sturtevant. Tom organized a Blue Angels protest |
August 27, 2011 in Brunswick, Maine.
Here is one organizer's statement:
The US Military has a lot of nerve charging taxpayers to watch their tax dollars go up in smoke - literally. Except this smoke is exhaust, and this exhaust contributes very directly to Climate Change, or Climate Chaos, which threatens life on our planet in a very direct way in the foreseeable future. For a super-efficient, cartoonified explanation of the links between tax money, War, and Climate Change, click this link: http://went2thebridge.blogspot
When the US Navy is willing to promote Blue Angels "aviation fun" by offering reduced admission to pregnant women, the elderly, and people with heart conditions as a way to study the effects of exhaust, noise, napalm, and other stresses caused by these war machines in order to help taxpayers make more informed decisions on how their wealth is invested, I may change my opinion on the Great State of Maine Airshow. Until then, I remain opposed to this spectacle and am rethinking my habit of listening to Frank FM, a great classic rock station, and Sam Adams, a great beer. I'm certain that our great state boasts radio stations and breweries that don't glorify the destruction of the planet so directly.
Thank you,I know Jason so I am doubtful that he will be reassured by the bland "nothing to see here" assurances from the Navy's Blue Angels website:
Jason Rawn, Hope, Maine
How do you produce the smoke, and why do you use it?
The smoke is produced by pumping biodegradable, paraffin-based oil directly into the exhaust nozzles of the aircraft, where the oil is instantly vaporized into smoke. The smoke provides a traceable path for spectators to follow, so they can see the flight profile that has been flown. It also enhances safety of flight by providing a valuable means by which the solo pilots can see each other during opposing maneuvers and conditions of lowered visibility or haze. The smoke poses no hazard to the environment.
|Graphic: Anthony Freda Used with permission|
The schedule for Blue Angels shows year round is a show a week, on average, plus one or two practice sessions a week in Penascola, Florida. The jets fly all over the country constantly.
Then there are the completely separate Air Force Thunderbirds air shows, which follow a similar schedule of constant polluting.
Who will hold the U.S. military accountable for their destruction of our environment? Certainly not Congress, the White House, the Republican or the Democratic Party. That leaves we, the people -- at least those of us who are not fooled by elaborate, expensive Pentagon smoke and mirrors.
REVISED: You can share your thoughts with the Great Maine Air Show organizers here: info@greatstateofmaineairshow.