Below are some pictures from the show. As always, click on an individual picture in order to enlarge it for better viewing.
Here are some "old school" aircraft, a U-2 and a T-38
A U-2 in flight
From left to right are an F-22 Raptor, a WW-II vintage P-51 Mustang, and an F-15E Strike Eagle. Note the size difference between the state-of-the-art over 60 years ago and today.
Here's another shot showing just how small a P-51 is when compared to an F-15.
A B-2 bomber, which should be known as the Batplane
Here's what everyone came to see today:
The Thunderbirds show didn't last long--from what I heard, one of them "ingested" a bird and had to land. After over 10 minutes of just sitting around, not seeing any Thunderbirds in the sky, thousands of people, my son and I included, headed for the exits. Later I could tell that the show had resumed, but by then the Thunderbirds had lost a lot of their coolness. I ran into a former student at the show, currently an Air Force Academy junior, who told me during an F-15 flyby, "No tank or Humvee will ever be that cool." He was correct. But no tank or Humvee will ever be put out of commission by a bird, either!
I so enjoy air shows.
Update, 6/10/07: From the major Sacramento newspaper:
The only hitch came in the air - not on the ground -- several minutes after the headlining United States Air Force Thunderbirds took to the skies at about 3:30 p.m. Within a few minutes, it was announced that the No. 6 jet had suffered a "bird strike" and had to be replaced.
The Thunderbirds, who have flown more than 4,000 aerial demonstrations since they were founded in 1953, know the airshow must go on. And it did, after a delay of about 20 minutes. The show finished up at about 4:30 p.m., about a half hour later than organizers had anticipated.