Monday, September 7, 2015

The Cleveland Air Show - 2015

So I made it to my destination of Wendy Park in Cleveland.  It is lined up on the approach path for the Burke Lakefront Airport.  This makes it a decent vantage point for the air show there.  It's not great though.
 The first show that I saw was a demonstration of the F/A-18 Super Hornet.  This particular one was a two seater.
 The pilot put the plane through it's paces and it was pretty load.  Sadly, many of the cooler things were in front of the airport, so I could only enjoy them from a distance.
 It was a nice mostly clear sky.
 I love Naval Aircraft markings.
 The plane in a dive.
 It was coming in for a landing.  Or at least it appeared to be.  It was only a touch and go as the plane was back in the air again.
 One more pass by.
 Next up was a demonstration of a P-51 Mustang.  This particular aircraft is wearing the markings of the Tuskegee Airmen.  These were a group of African-American Aviators who formed a special squadron.  Because they stayed with their bombers and didn't go chasing after the German fighters, they didn't lose a bomber.  This also paved the way for an integrated armed forces after World War II.
 It was making a turn back towards the airport.
 Then there was a demonstration of a B-25.  This particular one is the Yankee Warrior.
 Then there was a pretty cool demonstration of the Harrier.
 The Harrier can take off vertically.
 There was also a demonstration of a Coast Guard helicopter.
 Another demonstration of the F/A-18.

 I kind of liked this shot.
 And the main attraction was the US Air Force Thunderbirds.
 The Thunderbirds fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon and have done so for a number of years.  I have a feeling they will be replacing it with the F-35 once it is ready.

 The famous diamond formation.
 One of the solo pilots getting ready for a pass.
 A flight around the city.
 And another.

 I'm not sure what this pattern was called.

 Flying up in formation.
 The diamond in a loop.
 The delta formation flies over the subject of an upcoming post.
 Another loop.
 The Delta formation.
 Breaking up.

 I kind of like this with the clouds in the background.
 The diamond passing by.
 I believe they call this the bomb burst.

 The Delta flying around the city before taking one more pass before flying off.
I kind of liked this last shot.

It was pretty cool watching from Wendy Park but obviously the views would have been better at the airport.

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