Monday, March 20, 2006

California Capitol Air Show

That's where my son and I spent several hours yesterday. The major Sacramento newspaper reported that over 50,000 people attended on Saturday and I haven't seen a count yet for Sunday, but I can tell you it was many tens of thousands of people.

Imagine, all these people were there to see weapons of war.

Anyway, I could tell you all sorts of stories, but instead I'll let the pictures do most of the talking. This post will include non-Blue Angels pictures; the next post will include many of the Blue Angels pictures I took.

Fans of army sports will like the F-18 above :-)

And if I have misidentified any aircraft below, please leave a comment correcting me!

This fine American was parked outside.

KC-10 tanker

Did you know you can pretty much see through a jet engine?

F-5/T-38's are such sexy aircraft. Look at the lines.

Even NASA gets cool aircraft with this F/A-18 Hornet.


E/A-6B Prowler, used for fleet electronic warfare

C-17, the replacement for the older C-141's

A World War II era P-51

Oh look, this pretty little aircraft shot down 6 Nazis. War is sometimes an ugly business.

A-10 Thunderbolt II, nicknamed the Warthog. It's the first aircraft I ever wanted to fly.

With it's engine placement, doesn't the A-10 look like a plane with mouse-ka-ears?

Another F-5 with it's sleek appearance.

The front of the C-5 Galaxy opens, just like the rear does. And for you old-timers, there's no longer a Military Airlift Command (MAC). It's now Air Mobility Command.

A B-52. Eight jet engines. Wow.

An A-10 and a P-51 flying next to each other. Note the size difference.


Scott McCall said...

dang...i wish i could have gone...i would of loved it because i LOVE jets and i plan on takin up the flyin career. i was too busy snowboarding both days though...well, thank god for digital cameras

Mike T said...

50K people in California visited "weapons of war"...and less than 1K protested the Iraq War in New York of all places this past weekend...there is some hope for this country!!! :)