|Line of private planes parked at the fly in|
|T-6 ... these planes were used as trainers for pilots during WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War|
|T-6 from the front|
This is a small event - nothing like the huge crowds at AirVenture in Oshkosh or some of the military shows - and most of the attendees drive in rather than fly there. But it raises some money for local groups (particularly the Lions club who does a pancake breakfast that serves hundreds of people) and gives people an opportunity to see aircraft (and classic cars) up close. This year's feature was 3 T-6 "Texan" training planes.
I actually got a better in the sky view of the T-6 planes in formation when they came to land earlier in the morning. They flew in low turning directly over my parents' house as I was outside with their puppy. Sadly, I didn't have a camera on me at that point, so those photos only exist in my memory. The puppy - who was cool with all of the other planes coming in and out - was terrified by the formation because they were flying so low.
Another interesting plane at the fly-in was an Albatross. This aircraft was developed for the military for ocean landings - particularly search and rescue missions. The wingspan is a whopping 96 feet across, and it had very interesting landing gear that folds up into the side of the plane rather than underneath. The small bubble window in the front has a seat directly behind it.