California International Airshow - Salinas Review
Celebrating their 34th year, the Salinas Airshow hosted the USAF Thunderbirds as well as Vicky Benzing, Sean D. Tucker, Melissa Pemberton, the Liberty Jump Team and the always popular Metal Mulisha.
Along with the performers, warbirds took to the skies showcasing both the European Theater with a trio of P-51's, a BT-13, Sherman Smoot's historic C-47 and the incredible flying of Sam Knaub's C-54. The Pacific Theater warbirds included the B-25 'Executive Sweet', Taigh Ramey's amazing PV2-D Harpoon, Chuck Wentworth's F4U Corsair, four T-6 Texans and a replica Japanese 'Kate'.
The Thunderbirds were able to perform their high show on Friday as Salinas experienced amazing weather with some rare cumulus buildup over the distant mountains. Saturday and Sunday, the Valley did its best to fight off the typical marine layer; something the California Central Coast is very familiar with. Despite the overcast, the Thunderbirds were able to perform their low show with some amazing vapor creeping its way onto the wings of the red, white and blue jets.
With the waning cloud cover, Metal Mulisha kept the crowd on their toes with incredible motorcycle jumps and monster trucks leaping over buses.
Unlike most years at the renown Salinas Airshow, the statics were the show. About 80% of the aircraft present flew during the course of the airshow.