This summer was Jared's (and Daddy's) first time to a big air show. Wow have we been missing out. This show was at the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, MI and featured all sorts of planes, including the Blue Angels!
Jared sporting his brand new dogtag
Lots of military equipment to see, get into and touch
Jared posing in front of the show's stars, the Blue Angels
Six F/A-18 Hornets, ready for some awesome aerial acrobatics
This show was also featuring the C-130 Hercules transport planes, there were about 15 there I think
And like most others, you could get up in there and even talk to the crew, very cool
You could fit a tank in these things (almost)
Jared waiting to get into the cockpit
Here we see Sgt. Wester fitting up a new crew member with his helmet
Hey, that's Jared!
Here's the big boy posing in the cockpit
You're cleared for taxi, let's move her on out
Check out the nose on that thing. Yup, Jared was way up there
The air show also included a couple reenactments
This one was an American WWII assault on a German fortification
As you can tell, our seats weren't so great for this part, but it was still very impressive to see the vintage machinery roll by
In action, with a mustang strafing run!
Back on the midway, checking out the UofM hospital Survival Flight helicopter that actually visited us in Milan a couple months back
Here we see an MH-53E Sea Dragon attack/rescue chopper. Check out those jet engines, on a copter!
Jared hanging out with one of the crew members
In another area off the midway, they setup a WWII camp
This is where the troops were stationed before and after the event we saw earlier in the day
A long shot of the midway. If you have even the least interest in planes, you gotta get to one of these shows
We ended up getting some cool (literally), tented seats that had a catered lunch. Here's the line for the food
And more line
And even more
Until it ended right in front of us. Forget that! We waited til it died down before we got in line for the mediocre food
Now onto the planes. I don't know what they all are, but I'll try and give some info here and there. Otherwise, enjoy the photos...
These were some WWII Mustangs, the "Texas Flyers" I believe. These were the same guys that flew over some of the parades in Tecumseh
Avro Lancaster Mk X
B-2A Stealth bomber, ooo
I love this shot
And this shot, finally getting some feel for the 3D of the bomber
This thing was smooth as silk
This was a flight of one of the massive C-130's
The rear cargo hatch was open on this fly by
And now the next level, the jets. Here's the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The power of this thing is amazing
The Fighting Falcon in flight! (with awesome high-speed pass action)
This is the "Heritage Flight" with a WWII Mustang
Here's the British Lancaster in the air
I believe this is a British Spitfire
I'm guessing another Spitfire
The "Victory Flight" with the WWII planes
Here's a Huey for the Vietnam reenactment
And now with it's sister
Here's the O-2 Skymaster, quite a unique design with the dual-tail
Here's a few more shots of the Huey choppers in action
What the hell is that?
It's the awesome B-52 Stratofortress!
Now here's the neat part. I happened to be on the phone with Tara for this one, and a few minutes after I hung up, she heard the massive bomber fly over our house
Back to the jets, F-4D Phantom - holy crap this thing has power
This maneuver is called a "dirty pass" where all flaps and gear are deployed during the fly by
The Phantom hitting the afterburner. Oh. My. God.
And that's it. Now, I gotta apologize, because none of the Blue Angels in-air photos came out. Granted, it was mostly me, because I was so enamored by the actual flight, I wasn't paying much attention to the camera. Anyway, you can always check them out on Youtube :)
And yes, they are totally worth seeing in person, at the actual show