Getting to the Air Show was a little challenging, they closed the main streets near the show, so I had to park and take a shuttle. It was worth the waiting because the second plane was an A-10 Warthog, one of my favorite planes. It’s built around an 8 barrel Gatling gun that fires 12″ inch long depleted uranium shells. It’s the durability of this airframe that I like more than the firepower, though. the pilot is encased in a titanium “bathtub” to protect him/her from all but direct fire. Also, the engines are deigned to fall off the airframe if they receive too much damage. That lets the pilot get home, even if the plane sustains massive damage.
F-15 Strike Eagle
It was a fun show. There were only 5 planes in the show, but they were interesting planes with expert pilots. The planes are very quiet when they’re coming towards you and very loud when they’re going away. I felt buffeted by sound as the F-15 blasted away from the crowd on afterburners. Then he dropped down to the deck before going straight up into a Cirrus cloud. Getting that high in a commercial airliner takes several minutes… this guy did it in about 15 seconds. Cool.
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