This weekend is the Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona Airshow at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson.
|CJ-6 AND F-22 Flying Over AWAC|
We took the shuttle from the campground around 1000AM and returned at 400PM. We ended up walking 7 miles to the exhibits and other displays. Lots of food kiosks and touring of several of the military planes.
John stood in line for an hour in order to go up to the top deck of the C-5 Galaxy,the largest aircraft in the US inventory capable of delivering to any location in the world completely equipped combat units, support forces, weapons and military vehicles and cargo. The initial flight took place in 1968.
|Inside of C-5 Galaxy|
|John on the top of C-5 Galaxy|
The airshow started with the solo aerobatic stunts by Jacquie Warda flying an Extra 300 monoplane.
|Jacquie B Stunt|
Other demonstrations included "The Smoke n Thunder Jet Car" driven by Bill Braack,a former Air Force Flight Engineer. The crew has given over 4,000 performances approaching speeds of over 400 mph pulling 4.5 Gs. In bringing the car to a stop, he experiences 11 Gs of negative force.
|Smoke N Thunder|
|Being towed to Runway|
Kent Pietsch performed is amazing stunts in his yellow "Jelly Belly" 800 pound Interstate Cadet with a 37 foot wingspan. He has been performing aerobatic stunts since 1973 for millions of people and over 400 shows.He also executes comedy into his routine such as detached aileron and also a roof top landing on a moving vehicle.
There were F-22 , USAF Academy Skydiving Team-Wings of Blue, Blackhawk refueling,search and rescue demonstrations.
|C-130 Hercules Refueling Blackhawk Helicopters|
|USAF Academy Skydiving|
The final show of the day was a demonstration by the AF Thunderbirds.
|Thunderbirds Downward Spiral|
One of the best Airshows we have experienced. Admission is free; however, if you want to purchase box seats they are $20, Beer Garden area is $35 and Flight Line VIP is $135. No backpacks, coolers, food ,dogs or drinks permitted. The airshow is also open to the public.