Sunday, July 19, 2009

Dayton Air Show

I know that the title of this blog is Michigan Exposures and it is mostly about things in Michigan. Sometimes I venture outside the state. This is one of those times.

I decided to head down to Dayton yesterday for the air show there. I got there a little too late to see the Brazillian team, they were performing as I was coming in. And I missed the B-2 because it flew over as I was just getting out of my car, but the rest of the show was pretty nice.

This is the A-10 Thunderbolt. It's a pretty neat looking plane (maybe not the best looking). It is designed to kill tanks.

This is what is known as a Heritage Flight where they take an old aircraft and pair it with a modern aircraft. In this case, the old aircraft is the P-51 Mustang and the new is the A-10 Thunderbolt.

These are planes from the Tora! Tora! Tora! group which uses the planes that they used for the Japanese planes from the movie. They simulate the attack on Pearl Harbor.

This is one of the planes made up to look like a Zero.

The formation of Zeros.

Some of the other planes.

This is one of the stunt pilots. From the tail of the Thunderbird, you can see that he is upside down.

This is another shot of him.

This is a shot of him after he cut the ribbon that was maybe 30 feet off the ground.

This is a C-17 Cargo plane going through its paces.

This is the B-52 as its doing a flyby.

This is a C-5 on a flyby.

The F/A-18 Hornet as it's going through it's paces. The condensation over the wings is from the plane making a tight turn and the air actually vaporizing.

This is a Corsair.

This was kind of neat to watch. These are some people doing their swearing in for the Air Force. It's not often you get sworn in by a Thunderbird.

This is the pre flight ceremony.

A sort of shot of the diamond formation.

This is a shot of the underside of the Thunderbirds.

This is a shot as the diamond went by a on a photo pass.

Another shot of the diamond.

A shot as the plane is going slow. It is basically using the thrust of the engine to keep it up.

This is called the delta formation.

This is called a mirror formation.

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