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Thunder and Lightning Over Tucson 2019...

Rode BIG RED down to Tucson on Saturday via I-10, about 100 miles, and TYPICAL for an "interstate" - not much fun! Took an hour and 46 minutes to get to my friends' place there, to go to the Airshow w/ them in their car. Traffic was awful, then once we got parked it was PROBABLY another half hour of walking, but once inside - some NICE displays, including a Ferrari done up in USN colors....

Something I've NEVER seen before - a WW2 Japanese ZERO flying! I had thought that there weren't any flying ones, but they did a three airplane "fight" using a B-25 Mitchel bomber (same ones used in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in 1942), a USN F6F Hellcat fighter and the ZERO - until the ZERO started 'blowing smoke', indicating it'd been shot by the Hellcat and then they joined-up in a three-plane formation and did several fly-bys.

Beside demonstrating the new F-35 fighter and the F-22 separately, then they had a four-plane adding the A-10 Warthog and an F-86 Sabre jet (these were known as the Sword in the RCAF, and my ONLY regret in 37 years of flying was that I missed the chance to fly the Sword by ONE course in the RCAF!), doing several flypasts.

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"until the ZERO started 'blowing smoke',"

Don't you mean Chem trail?











The USAF reserve did a ballistic takeoff for us once, when I was in flight school. That was weird and cool.

I love air shows. Always something cool to drool on. Castle Air Museum is not far from me here. I should go again.

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Love that final pic.

Lightning, Raptor, Warthog, and the venerable Sabre.

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"until the ZERO started 'blowing smoke',"

Don't you mean Chem trail?....
That's what it IS, but from my RCAF flying - we always called it 'blowing smoke', and I believe it comes from 'injecting' oil into the exhaust.

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Love that final pic.

Lightning, Raptor, Warthog, and the venerable Sabre.
Here it is again, only BIGGER...



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Great Pic.

Did not realize the F22 is quite a bit larger than the F35.
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Did not realize the F22 is quite a bit larger than the F35.
Good grief! That Hornet dwarfs it, too!

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Good grief! That Hornet dwarfs it, too!
Wait... I got that wrong on a second look. Dang. I'm out of practice.
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Great pics Eddie........I have always loved airplanes.
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