August 20, 2005

Confessions of An Airshow Addict

f22stealth.jpgSo my plan was to go to the Chicago Air & Water Show on Sunday as we have guests in town today. But when they left to have lunch with a friend of theirs, I hailed a cab and followed the roar of jet engines to the lakefront. How could I resist the excitement of the airshow since I had an hour or two to kill?

My wife and I enjoyed watching the Lima Lima Flight Team perform. It was a thrill to watch after having flown with them just two days before. While there we also enjoyed the Red Baron Squadron and part of the Sean Tucker Oracle plane performance.

The highlight of our brief trip to the show were the two F/A-22 Stealth Fighters. I knew they were only on the show schedule for today so I was excited I had the opportunity to see them fly.

The F/A-22 is a multipurpose attack and fighter aircraft being built to replace the F-15s. According to an Air Force website "the F/A-22 has demonstrated the ability to 'supercruise', flying at sustained speeds of over Mach 1.5 without the use of afterburner."

With my air show fix fulfilled for the day I think I can make it through until tomorrow's show.

Posted by at August 20, 2005 2:47 PM

I thought this year's airshow was a disappointment, and it had nothing to do with the Thunderbirds, who plae in comparision to the Blue Hornets anyways (I am a Navy brat).

I also went on Saturday, and while the F-22 was an unexpected highlight (you would think we could get more than two level flight flybys?), I thought the lineup of military planes was a little weak. No F-14, no F-18 Super Hornets, no C-5 Galaxy or even a Starlifter . . . those planes were all there last year.

Posted by: Hook 'Em! at August 22, 2005 1:26 PM

Hook 'Em! - Thanks for posting. Sorry to hear you were disappointed. I too was surprised the F/A-22 did not put on more of a show. I had never seen it before so I enjoyed just getting a chance to see it fly.

My wife joins you in wishing there had been F-14s. I take it you must have attended on Saturday. Sunday's show ended with a nice long demonstration by the F/A-18 Super Hornet that was very entertaining.

Posted by: MyFlightBlog at August 23, 2005 10:29 PM

I surprised there was only an F-18 demo one day. In June we had an air show at tiny Akron Fulton airport and had several F-18 demos as well as A-10's and a B-2 fly over. I'd think they'd pull out all the stops for Chicago.

Posted by: RPD at August 31, 2005 11:42 PM