So yesterday morning, Saturday July 30, we got up and ready a little later than anticipated, and left the house at 9AM. We drive the Glenn about once a month on average, so we didn't make any stops; it was overcast and nothing so extraordinary as to stop our progress to the air show. The website said there were two entrances, so we took the one closest to us, which then took us through Richardson and every once in a while Jeff would wonder if a building or place was something he remembered from childhood ("I wonder if that's the building where my Mom worked?" "I wonder if that's the storage lot where Dad kept the travel trailer?"). It was cute.
That was pretty much the extent of cute for the trek that was our drive from the entrance of the base to the actual airshow. We hadn't stopped at all, and then we proceeded to spend two hours inching our way to the airshow, all while my bladder threatened to burst. Long story short, we got parked, we found the entrance, got through security (we were on a military base, after all), and the port-a-potty lines went pretty quick. Whew!
There were tons of food vendors, like at a fair or festival, and we picked the shortest line (poor Jeff hadn't eaten breakfast), and we had a pulled pork sandwich and pineapple cole slaw. The slaw wasn't the greatest but it had a fresh taste which was nice.
I honestly don't know what everything was that we saw, other than the Blue Angels, which I'll make a separate post about, so anything with specific commentary will be coming from Jeff.
I only took 545 photos total, so sorry if this doesn't have the detail you would prefer. ;-)
These first two photos were taken while in the slow line driving to the airshow...
|Cheryl tells me this is a Blackhawk, and it's what Garrett flies.|
|This plane is extremely ginormous...|
C-17: the Globemaster
|for the record, Jeff has added this thing to his Christmas list...|
This next aircraft is something that Jeff used to jump out of when he was in the Army. We walked through it and ended up talking to a guy who had jumped out of one just a month prior, in the Middle East. CH-47 Chinook
|you jump out the back end of the aircraft|
|the interior (panoramic shot)|
|P-51 Mustang and F-22 Raptor|
This next aircraft was so big, even the wings got their own wheels. Jeff said that it's from WWII, and you can see from the interior photos just how old the machine is... B-52 Stratafortress
|We were able to duck under and stand under the open plane bottom.|
This photo is looking up into the plane.
|another panoramic shot.|
|I can just hear it, "Highway to the danger zone..."|
But Jeff says that this isn't the plane that Maverick and Goose flew...
|This photo is for all my friends & family who can't resist a man in uniform...|
What was really nice is that you could speak with military personnel who worked on and/or flew the aircraft that you looked at.
|some of the aircraft are based in AK.|
UH-60 Black Hawk
|See the people inside, for scale.|
Flight deck is above the banner.
|It was like a wind tunnel in that thing!|
We were sitting on the walkway at the side of the cargo hold.
|See, the tail says "Super Galaxy"|
|These guys watched the Blue Angels from the wing of a plane.|
|taken from inside a plane|
|The Australians were there.|
|Following the Blue Angels' performance (separate blog post on that)|
|This is a AWACS. It was the aircraft parked furthest away, and the one that Jeff really wanted to see.|
We walked more than 6 miles total that day...
There were also some smaller planes there available to look at.