Monday morning I finally got my flyover.
Here's how it goes down: First, the Goodyear Blimp appears on the scene. Last year it motored right over my house en route to the parade; this year it flew in from the southeast and I spied it over my neighbors roofs across the street:
The blimp usually appears 10-15 minutes before 8. Then you just watch the northern sky and wait. This year I was getting a little antsy when, according to my iPhone, it was a couple minutes past 8, with nothing happening. I was about to tweet my frustration when I heard the roar approaching from the west. It's tricky, because the sound somehow seems to precede the plane in a weird way. It's hard to describe.
Then it got very still, almost like you're in the eye of the storm. I almost thought I'd missed it, when I spotted the B2.
Again, the whole thing is a little hard to describe. It just appears to glide without any effort whatsoever, and makes very little sound at all at this point. It gradually descends, on a perfectly controlled trajectory, as it approaches the parade route.
Once it goes below the edge of the mountaintops, it becomes extremely hard to see. Then I run inside and watch it swoosh over the Rose Parade on TV.
On a lark, I just did a quick YouTube search, which turned up this really great video (not by me) of the Stealth on approach; you can see it banking and everything, and it's extremely cool:
Happy New Year from Creatures of Prometheus!