Colorado Springs has a huge military community with so many bases, including several Air Force bases in the surrounding area. Peterson AFB hosts an air show each year. Yesterday was a windy and overcast day but spectators came by the thousands to watch the show and to show their own support for the armed services.
My father was in the Navy, so I grew up with the Blue Angels. My dad had always made a point of taking the family to see their performances any time they were in town. Seeing the blue and gold fighter brought back a rush of fond memories.
Miss Mitchell is a B25J bomber, named after an actual bomber that flew with the 380th Bomb Squadron. Miss Mitchell was not a person, the name came from from the type of bomber it was, a Mitchell. The bomber is fully restored and airworthy and makes appearances at airshows around the country.
I'm sure there is a technical name for this fighter, something with lots of letters and numbers... and I'm sure it was clearly written on the plaque that hung on the rails infront of the plane, but I was was too entranced with the plane itself that I neglected to pay attention. I call this 'pretty, shiney plane with propellors'.
We arrived too late for much of the aerial displays, but we were able to catch the Thunderbirds flying team. As with the Blue Angels, I watched the Tunderbirds perform frequently when I was a child and have always been in awe of their precision and beauty.
For as many times as I've seen them in my life, it wasn't until thistime that I realized the design on the bottom of the jets were that of the Native American thunderbird.
Inverted fly-by. I'm sure if you were to ask the pilots they'd deny the difficulty of this maneuver but it still gets me screaming and cheering like a child when I see them do it.
I still don't understand how they can fly with such precise formations. To top it off, these guys are flying sideways! I can't even walk a straight line, there is no way on earth that I could do something like that in a huge flying machine like that. The strong winds and thick clouds didn't even seem to affect the performance. At the end of the show I was chattering just as excitedly as my children. I am already looking forward to the next air show.