2005/07/16-17 Dayton Airshow



A week after Wings Over Pittsburgh 2005, I went to Dayton Air Show.  So, we could see Thunderbirds flight four times in just 9 days!  I was also looking forward to seeing F-22 fly-by planned on Saturday only.

However, the weather was not cooperative, and F-22 fly-by was cancelled.  The aerobatics of fighter airplanes were limited to flat show, meaning that they didn't perform any vertical maneuvers.

Nonetheless, I saw Spitfire in the air for the first time.  And, due to the high humidity, I could see shock cones formed around CF-18 and F-18F during high-speed passes.  It was a good airshow.

It was my first opportunity to see a Spitfire in the air.  This Spitfire visited from Canada.  I suppose it is maintained by one of Canadian airplane museums.
A formation of F-86 and F-80 (T-33)
F-80 (T-33)
On the first day (Saturday), F-117 made an emergency landing soon after taking off due to engine failure.  So, it landed with only one engine.  It made a very steep landing approach.  So, this photo is from the second day (Sunday.)  According to the air show announcement, it took off from Dayton and performed three or four fly-bys in other air shows and came back to Dayton.  I suppose some air shows missed F-117 on Saturday.
Initially, the air show announcement said F-117 will perform four fly-bys.  According to the radio, it was supposed to make an ILS approach due to bad weather.  However, it approached to somewhere 10 miles south of the Dayton airport, and took long time to attempting approach to Dayton airport again.  (My guess is it approached to Wright Patterson AFB by mistake.)  So, it ended up with performing only one fly-by after long wait.  One of the performers waiting on the ground was complaining on the radio  :-P
Canadian Airforce's CF-18.  Clear shock cone.
U.S. Navy F-18F Super Hornet.
Wow, it's too much.
It's a nice shock cone again.
Nice shock cone again.
Heritage formation of an F-18F and an F-8F
Again, some vapor is visible over the wing.
Heritage formation of an F-15C and P-38
Thunderbirds's surprise pass.  (Right after Trail to Diamond Roll.)  The timing and angle was perfect, and I didn't get a close up look of afterburner again.  Unfortunately, the sky was not blue.
It was a hazy sky.  It gave a tough time for my camera's auto-focus system.
Diamond Take Off on the second day.  It's much brighter than the first day.
Again, I got a good shot of the surprise pass.  Well, the sky was brighter than the day before, but still not blue.  I'm going to try again in Cleveland.


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