Beth just came home from Brandon and Rachael’s and said that Michael (my nephew) got some awesome pictures. They were sitting at the end of the runway, getting pictures as they flew overhead.
There was supposed to be a C-17 display today, but for some reason, they did not have it. However, C-17’s can be seen at Ellington pretty often.
The flag isn’t just raised on a pole. As the national anthem plays, the 4 members of the ReMax Skydiving team float down, holding the U.S. flag, the Texas flag, and today, the Canadian flag (due to the Candian Snowbirds being in the show.)
Here are 3 WWII bombers…….B-17:
I just liked this picture. This was a re-enactment of a B-24 bombing raid over oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania during WWII. (EDIT: I was at the fence line taking a picture of the B-24 that flew over before this “explosion”, and just happened to turn around at the right time to snap this picture. It was a pretty long line of fire.)
A Pearl Harbor re-enactment:
A Japanese Nakajima B-5N bomber:
During this re-enactment, of course, there are people who get “killed”. So one guy was lying on the ground and soldiers came by to pick up the “body” and put it in a truck. When they tried to put him in the back of the truck, he suddenly came alive and helped himself into the truck. Steve said he was just “mostly dead.”
Apache helicopter. They really put it through its paces. It’s an amazing aircraft. That’s what my cousin, Ross, flew in Afghanistan.
The Navy’s F-18E Super Hornet:
The Navy Heritage Flight featuring the current F-18E Super Hornet, the F-4F Wildcat and F-6F Hellcat from WWII.
The Canadian Snowbirds. They aren’t quite as good as the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds, but still quite impressive:
The F-117 Stealth fighter:
This is called the Air Force Heritage Flight, commemorating 60 years of the Air Force. It features a P-47 Thunderbolt from WWII, the F-4 Phantom from Vietnam, and the current F-15E Strike Eagle. A P-51 Mustang was also supposed to be included, but for some reason, they did not. This P-47 is housed at the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston. We visited that for Father’s Day 2006.
From the Wings Over Houston website:
The NeXplore ShockWave Jet Truck, driven by Kent Shockley, runs over 300 mph racing airplanes at airshows; holds the world record in a quarter mile for trucks at 256 mph in just 6.36 seconds; and holds the world record for full size trucks at 376 mph as recorded by Guinness Book of World Records. At 36,000 horsepower, the NeXplore ShockWave Jet Truck has enough power to accelerate at 3 Gs vertical, which is as much as the Space Shuttle! The Peterbuilt truck is powered by 3 Pratt & Whitney J34-48 jet engines and is sponsored by NeXplore Corporation.
Shockwave races an airplane. Today this truck reached 349.2 mph. He stopped right in front of us (first pic) and revved his engines. The ground shook, and everytime he would shoot flames from the engines, the truck would bounce and the driver’s head would snap back, so he wears a neck brace. The heat coming from those engines is incredible. He also performs at Houston Raceway Park.
This gives you an idea of how close we were. This is one of the F-16’s the Air National Guard flies out of Ellington.
This KC-135 Stratotanker is used for midair refueling and was brought in from Andrews Air Force Base, home of the cutest Korean guy we know (Yeah…you know you’re laughing.)
Tired. Sunburned. Every joint hurts. But it was good.
The rain stopped before we got there. After lunch, there was a really threatening looking line of thunderstorms to the south, which they told us was 14 miles wide. But it passed northwest, and missed us. Later there was a very small shower that did go over us, but the rain was so light, you didn’t even get wet when you walked out in it. Then when the Canadian Snowbirds flew at 3:00, it was beautiful.
Now that I have experienced the “Eagle Squadron” section of the air show, that is the only way to go. When you buy Eagle Squadron tickets, you are considered a sponsor of the air show. We had parking close to our seating…well….relatively speaking. We had a huge tent to sit under if we wanted, with tables, or open air tables. We got there about 8:30 and had breakfast first thing. Scrambled eggs with ham, potatoes, tortillas, cheese, danishes, muffins, orange juice, coffee and lots of fresh fruit. Then from 11:00 to 2:00, they served lunch. It was brisket, sausage, turkey, Spanish rice with sausage, cole slaw, potato salad, bread, onions, pickles, beans, and jalapeno peppers. The fresh fruit was still available. They also had soft drinks, bottled water, and beer (no….we did not get the beer). All this was buffet style and all you can eat and drink. Then after lunch, there were snacks: chips, cookies, and ice cream.
The seating was the best…..like on the 50 yard line at a football game. Then as each plane landed, they would taxi past where we were sitting, just a few feet from the fence. Some of the pilots gave autographs after the flying part of the show was over, so Brandon, Rachael and Beth got the autographs of all 9 of the Snowbirds.
I love watching the planes, so it is so much better close-up. And E…there was one there from Andrews. I’m putting pictures on the computer now. Check back later. But for now, here’s a couple:
When we got home, Beth jumped in the shower and then went to Brandon and Rachael’s. She was picking up pizza on the way. Several of them are getting together over there for movie night.
Time for the air show. I’ll take pics. You knew that.
And it is absolutely pooring down rain.