This past weekend we attended the open house at the Air Force base in our city.
After a picnic lunch in a park (fried rice, egg rolls, and crab rangoon from a tiny hole-in-the-wall Asian greasy-spoon) we joined the other thousands and thousands of people who descended upon the base for the air show. We waited in the car for parking, inching along a mile-long road over the course of about an hour. We saw part of the show from our vehicle. Determined, we waited it out.
It was from our car that we saw the B2 Stealth Bomber fly. I'm sure you've seen these incredible "flying wings." They never cease to amaze me. Looking straight on, they appear incredibly flat!
I spent much of the show in the cool shade of this B-52 bomber (below), with Lydia.
We enjoyed seeing Mr. Edwards's friend Randy, who is an aviation insurer--and a pilot-owner of a Stearman bi-plane. In the picture below, you see our kids posing with Randy (on the left) and the pilot of the Japanese Zero (in the hat) who had performed earlier in a World War II-style dogfight, posing as the enemy Japanese plane. Behind Randy's bi-plane you can see the "Dream Lifter," which is probably the biggest plane I've ever seen!
The B1 bomber roared over us during our picnic lunch. These B1s were stationed at the base when Mr. Edwards was a kid. His house was right in their flight path and they rattled his bedroom windows as they took off.
The Japanese Zero (above) and a picture of the wing walker act (below).
The long line just to park the car and the long hike to the flight line were worth it for the tour of the refueling jet. The kids were able to see how the boom operator does his job offering a fill-up to other planes (Hope's stretched out in the picture below).
They also got to see the cockpit. A dear friend of mine, Joanna, piloted these planes for several years. I wished she could have been there to tell them about it!