Indianapolis Air show and symposium

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

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.


Entry filed under: Airshows, aviation.

Thunderbird pilot Nicole Malachowski Air race news: 8/29/06

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