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.
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.