If I haven’t been obnoxious enough this week, just you wait. The Blue Angels will touch down on Tuesday. Some of you may recall my fondness for the Navy’s stunt and recruiting machines. This year, though, I’ll be a little more relaxed about the whole thing because I see a possible solution in the making.
At July 17th’s design commission review of the project, artist Mike Ross discussed the status of the controversial jet airplane sculptures he is planning for the Capitol Hill light rail station. As a supporter of the work’s artistic merit, I was disappointed to hear Ross cop to a situation some critics had warned about — in the review, Ross said he was having trouble arranging for the jet parts he needed to complete the design. Apparently, the military has requirements for how long a jet model needs to be out of commission before its parts can be purchased. I thought the few critics who had been lobbing up the potential problem were crack-pot blow-hards going off on some fantastic tangent. Maybe they were. But they were also right.
So, Mike, here are the scheduled war machine show-off times for the Angels. Go out and if see if they’re a match for the light rail station space. If you like them, please, take them. Sounds like you might need them.