There was a fascinating demonstration performed by the pilot of an F/A-18 at the Airsho yesterday. The plane would aim straight for the ground, then it would tilt sharply upward, and the downward thrust would bring it almost to a stop. It was fascinating. Deafening, too.
And the old warbirds appear to be holding up well. The show begins with a reenactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and those of us who have seen it many times were crossing our fingers and hoping the U.S. could recover from it one more time. Sure enough, we did. But it certainly was a reminder that we shouldn't let our down guard.
That F/A-18 demonstration was impressive, but we know there are people in other countries presently working on ways to neutralize U. S. weaponry. And hopefully the next president will recognize that being ahead of the pack is not a place to get complacent.
Related: Someone has posted a youtube video of one of the simulated bombing runs from Airsho 2007. And I look forward to what the CAF Colonel at Streams has to say about the show and his experiences there.