Archive for August, 2006

So we appreciate what they do

I was surfing through YouTube tonight, and found this from an air show gone by in Idaho.  The Thunderbirds make it look easy.  This reminds us that it isn’t.  There is another video from inside the cockpit.  According to the write up that accompanied the video, the pilot ejected .8 seconds before impact.  Yikes! 

Update:  A press release on why it happened. 


August 30, 2006 at 11:07 pm 1 comment

Indy Air Show Pictures

Here are my pictures from the Indy Air Show.  I’m still working on the Thunderbirds video that was taken.

Just like Dayton, we went to the air show with Mike and his son Matt.  Here is Mike’s entry.  He has many great pictures, too.  Man! I need a better camera.  The difference is obvious when you compare Mike’s shots to mine.  (If anyone can recommend a good digital camera, feel free to leave that in the comments!)

Now, a summary of the fun moments:

  • 11:45 – Eating hot dogs in the food tent while it just poured outside.  It was raining so hard, that the rain would pool in the tents wherever it sagged.  Workers were running around with brooms pushing out the sags so the water would run off and not ripped the tents.  What’s so fun about that, you ask?  People watching!  People can be very creative when they attempt to stay dry.  One guy used his folder chair as an umbrella.  It didn’t look like it worked too well though, or he already got soaked before thinking to use the chair.
  • Deb got a smoothie in a tiki mug.  Unfortunately, she got a leaky tiki.  The vendor did replace it.
  • After the rainstorm, while heading back to our seats, Matt wanted to play in the “rivers” that were created by the rainstorm.
  • Matt’s creative naming of the airplane stunts.  I wish I could remember some of the names he gave us – they were quite creative.

I also found this picture from someone else (Bill Gentry) who attended the Indy Air Show.  This is a great shot during the F/A 18 Hornet demo, where you get the clouding affect just before the sound barrier is broken.  This was an awesome shot.

August 30, 2006 at 8:57 pm Leave a comment

Air Race News: 8/30/06

This may be old news, but I just stumbled onto it when doing some searches.  The Thunder Mustang website says that all the assets are for sale due to the company going out of business.  It also mentions there will be five Thunder Mustangs at the Reno Air Races this year.

I found an interesting website, called Swiss Mustangs.  The site is very informative and includes a page for racing Mustangs.

Here is another good resource for warbird information (they have an air race section too):

August 30, 2006 at 8:51 pm Leave a comment

Farewell to a hero

A hero was honored today.  As stated before, our sympathies to the law enforcement community and families.  Our thanks to those in law enforcement.  (Related post)

9/21 update: No charges to be filed against the truck driver.

August 29, 2006 at 10:19 pm Leave a comment

Plane crash on Indianapolis’ West Side

Local news yesterday broke this story about a plane that went down on my side of town.  My wife’s best friend lives in the neighborhood where the plane crashed into a retention pond.  The most fascinating part of the follow-up story though, is that the pilot’s son appears to have saved the rest of the occupants by deploying the safety parachute, a feature of this model of plane, while his father was incapacitated by a stroke, or other medical ailment.

August 29, 2006 at 10:12 pm 1 comment

Air race news: 8/29/06

The Rare Bear team has posted some pictures from the past of their beloved airplane.  It is interesting to see how the paint schemes have changed (and the name, too).

Here is another website for the team that owns the NXT Relentless:  According to this post on the bulletin board, they will be running a Glassair III this year in the Sport Class (I’m assuming they are still putting Relentless back together.  More on the Sport Class can be found at:

I found some more interesting insight on the Reno Air Races, at  Additionally, they have some updated information on Dago Red, one of the Unlimited Racers that is – you guessed it – a Mustang.  There are plenty of great pictures on this site too.  Search to your hearts content.  There is plenty to learn.

August 29, 2006 at 7:34 pm Leave a comment

Indianapolis Air show and symposium

As we posted before the weekend started, our weekend started Friday night at the Indianapolis Air Show Symposium.  We listened to some fascinating air combat stories from some of the pilots, but the night belonged to Dr. David Wolf.  He had some amazing facts to share, showed us a video of some of his time in space, and kept us laughing with his whit.  He truly is an amazing man.  He kept us laughing when he talked about the power outages while he was on the space station for his “extended stay”.  When the power went out, there was no communication with Earth, so he and his cosmonaut friends had to rectify the situation on their own.  He also shared that he lost 40% of his muscle mass while there, and he endured about a year of extensive physical rehabilitation recuperating from that trip.  

There was also a young man there (and I wish I had written down his name) from Fishers Elementary School, who said he wanted to do something for the kids at Riley’s Children Hospital here in town.  The air show and the symposium both benefited kids who needed surgeries.  He helped by selling $16,000 worth of tickets to the air show.  Absolutely amazing!  Does anyone want to recruit a future sales rep?

We went to the air show on Sunday, which turned out to be the better day.  We battled with thunderstorms all weekend.  The Thunderbirds only performed for ten minutes Saturday when they stopped due to weather.  We got a full show Sunday, despite an early down pour at 11:45am (the show started at noon) that created rivers of water, and a very muddy parking area (cornfield).  The Thunderbirds did a full routine, even if it was the low altitude version.  The high altitude routines were eliminated due to the low cloud deck. I will have pictures, and some video, to post later this week.  I have a lot on the plate, so I will post them as soon as I can.

Here is the story, with some video, from the local TV station.

August 28, 2006 at 10:57 pm Leave a comment

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