Monday, March 22, 2010

Airshow at Davis Monthan

This past weekend was the 4th Avenue Street Fair and an airshow at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. We elected to skip the Street Fair because it doesn't change much from year to year and we've been there a bunch. Saturday we rode the bikes out Aviation Parkway and watched the planes fly. Sunday we drove on base to actually see the airshow. There were a lot of people there.

This is an F-15E Strike Eagle from Mountain Home AFB in Idaho. It's a tactical fighter bomber. It's sitting in a shelter for the A-10s based at Davis-Monthan, these shelters provide some shade for the crews working on the flight line, which is hotter than the 7th Circle of Hell in the summer.

This is Liberty Belle, she is a beautiful B-17G. There are very few B-17s left that are airworthy, so it was a real treat to see one fly. The airplane has been here in town for a week or so. There were a number of gentlemen visiting Tucson that flew B-17s in WW II and some of them had the chance for one last flight, an event that no doubt meant a lot to them.

An A1 Skyraider, built by Douglas. It originally was an attack bomber flown off of carriers in the Korean conflict, and later was used to protect search and rescue flights in Vietnam. It's now a private plane.

This is the A-10 Warthog. It's an attack bomber originally designed to destroy tanks. The Warthog demonstration flight was the best part of the show. The guy flying it was just magic, he is the leader of the A-10 West Demonstration Team.

Three of the six Thunderbirds. They had a pretty good show, although I was hoping it would be noisier. All in all it was definitely worth seeing.

Today we rode to the U and then up north to climb some hills. While going through campus we saw this. Apparently there were tours being given to prospective students and their parents. I guess they were going to cover a lot of ground, and needed the Segways.

We had a delightful lunch at La Salsa and enjoyed the day. It was warm and the winds were calm. Tomorrow that all changes, again. Bummer.

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