This year’s air show was a lot of fun. Rain threatened, but missed us; so we had a perfect high overcast for a backdrop. A number of rare antique aircraft flew, and some more modern ones gave good performances.
The show started with a big land battle re- enactment. Sixteen American half-tracks was said to be the largest gathering of such vehicles since the end of World War Two.
Heavy Bomber Flyover; B-29, Avro Lancaster, and B-17.
B-29 Superfortress “Fifi”. This has long been the only B-29 flying in the world.
Avro Lancaster, a visitor from Canada.
What do you call a man with a pink backpack? Married…
And standing in the LARGE bomb bay of the Lancaster.
A-26 Invader nose art.
Funny, I’ve had these decals in my stash for years and have only ever seen one wartime photo of this plane. Now its on a warbird!
PV-2 Harpoon nose art.
de Haviland Mosquito. One type I saw fly for the first time in my life today!
Mosquito weapon bay. Fighter-Bomber versions had four 20 mm cannon, and enough room for two bombs behind. Bomber versions just carried bombs.
Fw190. Or a very close approximation…
This is another type I saw fly for the first time today. But I could not find any information on exactly what it was. Looks like a Fw190A-9/N, sort of. But the cowling and propeller are different.
Google was no help.
Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer. This flew for many years as a fire fighter. It hasn’t been restored to actual wartime configuration yet.
B-17 Flying Fortress. This is a “G” model backdated to look like an “F” for the movie “Memphis Belle”.
Fifi in flight. She always looks steady and imperturbable.
B-25 Mitchell. There were at least five flying today. So many they almost got lost in the shuffle.
Sorry about the quality of some of these pictures. We didn’t take any of the good equipment because rain was in the forecast. But we had an iPhone, and my wife was a huge help and cleaned up some of these for me.
In addition to what is shown we saw a tactical demo of an F-16, Michael Goulian in his Extra300 and the Blue Angels. Just a perfect day.