Loud and Soft – Oshkosh 2016
The weather today was certainly not as forecast. It was cool, cloudy and damp until midday. Even then, the clouds only broke for short periods of time. But, there was an airshow to put on and those who stayed found it worth their while. It was an afternoon dominated by the Jet A crowd. From the loud and “in your face” F16 Viper or F18 Super Hornet, to the stealthy U2 and graceful Canadian Snowbirds, it was the day of the jet. Not that there wasn’t any other activity. It was just that there is, in my opinion, nothing more exciting than to have your dentures rattled by the ear piercing roar of an F16 coming out of nowhere to appear over show center. Oh, and did I mention that that pass was done at 200 feet?
There was, I’m guessing for security reasons, only two passes by the U2. The skies were overcast and the stealthy colors of the aircraft against the grey skies made the photo difficult. It was an impressive aircraft that played (and maybe still plays) an important role in the nations history.
Just once before my flying career is over I think I’d like to strap in for the ultimate roller coaster ride in an F18. (Maybe it’s because I think I see Tom Cruise in the mirror when I wake up?) This pass was so low that I’m sure the pilot was waving as I took the photo.
It’s been a few years since I last saw the Canadian Royal Forces Snowbirds perform. I’d forgotten what a precise and graceful “air dance” these nine aircraft and their pilots bring the the aerobatic stage. Mixed in with the ballet of maneuvers of the larger group there are smaller “side shows” such as the opposing pass shown in the second photo.Tomorrow will be my last day at Oshkosh 2016. I’m not even going to watch the forecast as it doesn’t matter. See you then.