Show and tell time! Here's what I did this weekend. Spent two days at the EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, WI. Some of what I got pictures of:
This year, the Tuskegee Airmen and their Red Tail Mustangs were a focus. Four of the surviving Tuskegee Airmen were in attendance. I heard Col. Julius Jackson will "do anything you want him to do" if you bring him a pack of Pall Malls (which is doctor has forbidden him to have anymore). This is the only flyable P-51C in the world.
Likewise, the only flyable example of another great WW2 airplane, the B-29. This one is called "Fifi".
The US Marines sent an F/A-18 Hornet to do a tactical demonstration, the first time EAA has had such a display. This is the Hornet doing a "high alpha" pass, showing off its ability to fly slow. He did do several fly-bys at Mach 0.95, as fast as is legally allowed over land in the US.
In the late '60s, the movie "Tora Tora Tora" was being shot. The movie makers wanted it to be as authentic a movie as they could about the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, but the supply of genuine Japanese planes from that era was (and is) very low. So, they had T-6 trainer planes modified to look like the Zero fighter, Val dive bombers, and Kate torpedo planes. This is one of the Zero/T-6 aircraft that was in the movie.
In 1942, a flight of P-38 fighters and a pair of B-17 bombers was forced to set down on a glacier in Greenland. The crews were picked up by another aircraft, but the planes were left behind. Over the years, ice covered the planes to a depth of 25 stories. This was one that was retrieved a handful of years ago, and restored to flying condition. She's called "Glacier Girl".
One of the many P-51D Mustangs on hand. All of them flew in. The Mustang could be bought just after the was for $1500, or as low as $500 each if you bought 5 or more. Nowadays, a flyable P-51 goes between 1 and 2 million, depending on condition and spares included.
The airshow itself started out with parachute teams jumping in. The Canadian military team jumped in with their Canadian flag parachutes, and their signature "biplane" conjoined jumpers routine.
Another team from the US jumped in a gigantic US flag.
This is one of the "Heritage Flights". Heritage Flights are a coupling of vintage and current military aircraft flying in formation. This one is the current F/A-18 Hornet, flying with Vietnam era T-2 Buckeye trainer and A-4 Skyhawk attack aircraft.
The "Tora Tora Tora" show was probably the highlight of the weekend. The movie-mod Zeros, six of them, along with a movie-mod Val, and a pair of authentic WW2 Kate torpedo planes, flew a recreation of the attack on Pearl Harbor. A single P-40 fighter represented pilots Ken Taylor and George Welch, who managed to get their fighters in the air and shoot down six of the enemy on 7 Dec 1941. This is four of the movie-mod Zeroes in formation.
A lot of pyro went into the Tora Tora Tora show. Their pyro guy has won many awards for his work at airshows around the country.
Finally, this is a C-47 cargo/troop aircraft, and a P-51 escorting fighter in the background.