Air Show Highlights in Weekend Round Up
It was a busy air show weekend across North America with all three military jet teams and parachute teams in action. Show organizers, as well as performers had to work around challenging weather, but everyone safely executed their shows delighting thousands of happy fans.
This is not intended to cover all air shows, but rather a snapshot of media, links and highlights from our aviation friends.
Sands Bethlehem* Lehigh Valley Air Show
According to local media, this show attracted to more than 30,000 people over the weekend and eliminated some of last year's fan frustrations.
Rainy weather and low ceilings kept everyone guessing about the show start on Saturday, but ultimately the Black Diamond Jet Team and other top performers such as 4ace, Gene Soucy and more managed to thrill the patient fans.
See photos below.
Kiwanis Club of Waterloo Thunder in the Valley
Sweltering heat plagued the Waterloo air show keeping crowds down by 75% from the previous show in 2011.
Despite the weather, the USAF Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights and ICAS Hall of Fame Inductees, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team energized the crowds with superior performances.
Duluth Aviation and Air Expo
The sequester kept the USN Blue Angels grounded last year, but this time it was mother nature calling the shots. Low ceilings kept everyone grounded on Saturday but Sunday lifted enough allowing the Blues to fly a flat show. The Shockwave Jet Truck also managed to get in some runs to the delight of the very patient fans.
Wings Over Camarillo
This show boasted the most pristine blue skies you've every seen. Great weather, great crowds and outstanding performances from the U.S. Army Golden Knights, Red Bull's Chuck Aaron, Vicky Benzing flying her Extra 300 and more.
Vintage military aircraft brought history to life as many of the CAF aircraft took flight: P-51, Hellcat, Bearcat, Japanese Zero to name a few.
ATA's Ric Peterson will have more on the Atlantic Canada International Air Show when he returns from his hectic, crazy journey home...but that's another story.