August 14, 2005

Chicago Air and Water Show - Press Pass

airshow_press.jpgThis weekend, more than two million people will get kinks in their necks while looking to the skies in awe during the 47th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show. The air show is the oldest and largest free show of its kind. Starting mid-week, Chicago residents will begin to hear the roar of the air show participants' planes as they practice their manuevers over the lakefront.

This year is an exciting one for me and I requested press credentials so I could have access to meet with some of the pilots, get up close to their aircraft and for opportunities to take some great photos. I am proud to announce that according to the Public Relations Coordinator at the Mayor's Office of Special Events, I am the first blogger to ever receive press credentials for one of their events.

So this week I plan to bring you a variety of posts about the Chicago Air & Water Show including some interviews with some of the pilots and some great photos from the flightline. If there are questions you have always wanted to ask an air show pilot send them along and I will do my best to get your questions answered.

This years shows includes air show performances by:

I will tell you more about each of these acts later this week!

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September 12, 2004

Lunken Airport - Cincinnati Air Show

enolagay.jpgThis weekend the Cincinnati Air Show was held at Lunken Airport which is where I began my flight training. I was not able to stay for much of the performances. But I did enjoy viewing the aircraft on display and visiting the exhibits.

Retired General Paul W. Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay, was in attendance and signing copies of his book and photos. The Enola Gay, which was named after Tibbets' mother was the airplane that dropped the atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. I was intrigued by Gen. Tibbets so I visited the The official website of Gen. Paul W. Tibbets after the airshow and am thinking about purchasing his book. Sounds like he has lived an amazing life.

I also visited an exhibit for TIGHAR (The International Group for Historical Aircraft Recovery), a non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting reponsible aviation archeology and historic preservation. They had some interesting photos of recovery efforts of WWII aircraft.

I posted six photos from the Lunken airshow.

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June 12, 2004

Blue Ash Airshow - Airport Days

castrol_small.jpgThe airport where I am doing my training is hosting the Eigth Annual Blue Ash Airport Days Airshow. I figured if I could not fly I might as well go spend some time around planes and watching others fly. Unfortunately, the weather was not very cooperative.

When I arrived at the airshow they had some radio controlled planes flying. A friend of mine owns a few RC planes and I have enjoyed learning more about them from him. It was great to see some of the detailed models they had. Next up were some sky divers. One of the divers came down with the American flag streaming behind him and the airshow announcer, Rob Reider, sang the National Anthem. While the skydiver was coming down the Red Baron Squadron of Stearman Bi-Planes took to the skies. They circled the skydiver and the flag a few times during the flag's descent.

The next performer was Michael Hunter in the Flight for Diabetes plane. He put on a great aerobatics show. Michael is the only insulin-dependent aerobatics pilot in the world.

Unfortunately, shortly after his performance the rain started and the show was postponed. I choose to head home and was glad I did when it was still raining a few hours later. Hopefully, they will have better weather for tomorrows visitors. I have posted some photos I took from the airshow.

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