Day 662: Visiting the Rocky Mountain Airshow

This morning we said goodbye to the O family in Denver, where we’ve been parked since Shavuos.  It’s been a lot of fun catching up, as we haven’t been here since 2011:

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  The kids will miss the family dog, Radar:

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It was a tight fit getting out of the driveway:

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We drove east to the Snowflake PPG flying site, where we stayed a few nights before Shavuos.  We dropped off the RV and drove just a few miles down the road to the Rocky Mountain Airshow.  The first performance was by local PPG pilots Nathan and Chris:

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Several vintage warbirds flew by, including this NA-50:

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And this T-6:

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Doug Jardine, flying his Sbach 342:

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Matt Younkin, performing impressive maneuvers in his Twin Beech passenger plane:

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The Air Force Honor Guard did a demonstration:

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The highlight of the snow was the USAF Thunderbirds, flying the F-16 Falcon:

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The Calypso maneuver:

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Crossover Break maneuver:

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Delta Wing formation:

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Delta Burst maneuver:

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Bomb Burst maneuver:

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At the bottom of the Bomb Burst, all four planes cross each other’s paths at 90 degree angles:

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The afternoon program had Bob Carlton flying his Subsonix:

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We saw several flybys by this World War II era B-25 Mitchell.  Named “Maid in the Shade”, it is one of only a few dozen still flying:

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Flyby with bomb bay doors open:

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Beech Staggerwing:

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The last performer we saw was Don Nelson flying his Sukhoi 26:

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Traffic in and out of the airshow was considerable, but it was worth the wait.  We’ve been trying to get the kids to an airshow since the beginning of the trip, so I’m glad we were finally able to do it.

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4 thoughts on “Day 662: Visiting the Rocky Mountain Airshow

  1. Your pictures are amazing!!! I’m so happy you guys made it to the show! Radar laid down on the driveway where the trailer was for a long time. He seemed very moppy for the rest of the day until Neil got the sprinklers going in the grass in the evening. Miss you already!
    Vicki

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