Non Sequitur – Alliance Air Show report September 15, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, family, Flightline Friday, fun, non squitur, silliness.
In a nutshell, I wasn’t real impressed with the Alliance Air Show in Fort Worth. No tickets but parking $30? A really small static display? Didn’t even reply on my request for press pass? We had fun but I’ve been to a lot better. The old Carswell shows were great, way more to see and a lot more room to move around.
I didn’t take enough pics. I tried shooting a number of videos with the phone but they didn’t come out very well. My favorite part of air shows is meeting the crews of static display aircraft and learning more about their birds. The CV-22 guys were kind of jerks but the BUFF crew was friendly. The pilot of the A-26 Invader below with my daughter in the photo was a great guy. He flew MC-12 Liberty’s over Iraq and now flies T-38s at Vance. I hope he gets that fighter slot he’s pining for, but one could do a lot worse than fly a warbird like this in one’s downtime (I had to block out unfortunate nose art):
OK so this was my one big disappointment. I have seen the Blue Angels umpteen times before and while they are always impressive I didn’t want to hang around until show’s end to see them. But I have never seen an F-22 fly and really wanted to. Unfortunately the kids ran out of patience before they took off. Well, maybe at some point I’ll see one fly. 70,000+ lbs of thrust is not inconsiderable!
There were two F-5Bs there. Both looked to me like they belonged to a private outfit that provides “bad guy” aircraft for military training here in the US. I had never seen a B model in person before. They had large chaff and flair dispensers added above the afterburners on each side of the fin and some kind of sensor in the nose. Some older dude claiming to be a Vietnam Vet (but who got a bunch of stuff wrong) told me they belonged to Ross Perot and Jr, but why would they need planes with chaff and flare dispensers? Are they airborne mercs flying missions over Sudan and Iraq in their spare time?
B-52s are not small.
The B-52 guys had some awesome shirts for sale. I bought one. It might be my new favorite T-shirt. Here’s the old favorite:
I was quite impressed with the Breitling team. They flew a really impressive routine in their Czech-made L-39s. Sort of like a Blue Angels routine but at 2/3 speed.
BTW, it appears to be girl #6. Not quite certain but it looks pretty likely.
Well, now at least I can blow away that “look what you put your wife through to get your boy” meme. No, I didn’t do it for a boy, I did it for no reason at all! Just because I could! Bwahaahahaahaahaaahahahaha!