The forecast called for rain. The sky looked like rain. And anyone with a lick of sense stayed home. Only an idiot who lacked the sense to get in out of the rain would go to an air show on a day like that. But you didn't come here to read about me.
While we waited for the 2013 CAF AirSho to start a very unusual could formation passed overhead. Waves and waves of cloud waves floated overhead. It was quite a site. Maybe these photos will give you a flavor.
The CAF AirSho in Midland, Texas, has a long tradition of not refunding tickets not canceling a show. But yesterday was an exception. The show got canceled after the preliminary acts but before the WWII warbirds got to put on their awesome demonstration.
The AirSho was scheduled to start at noon. However, the MC announced that the ceiling had to be at least 1,500 feet but that we only had 1,000 feet between the ground and the clouds.
We caught a break, the ceiling lifted to 1,200, they got the go-ahead from the FAA, and the aerobatics began. But then the rains came. And the pilots and crew who man the warbirds -- the planes that survived bullet holes, flack damage and all sorts of enemy inflicted injury -- declared they didn't want to get wet. And they bowed out.
However, Blastards gotta blast. They had prepared for a war worthy pyrotechnical demonstration, and not wanting to waste an opportunity to put on a good firework show, they blew up about an hours worth of air show ordinance in under four minutes. It was sectatular! A few pics: