Thunder Over the Valley air show was held August 8 and 9 at
Youngstown Ohio. This airport has an airspace called Terminal
Radar Service Area. When I fly to the north, I often contact
Youngstown Approach, who is in charge of this TRSA, for flight following
service. But, I have never landed this airport before.
There was one strange thing about this air show. Usually, an
air-show organizer wants as many people as possible to show up.
However, this particular air show required a pre-distributed ticket to
Youngstown was just about an hour and half from my apartment.
I wanted to go there both two days. But, I could only secure the
ticket for Saturday (8/8) show. So, I went only one day.
Later I heard from my friend who arrived at the air-show parking later
than me that nobody checked his tickets. So, after some point they
stopped checking tickets. They did check my ticket though.
Well, thousands of people showed up. If they were checking tickets
one by one, they end up with building an uncontrollable traffic jam.
I was expecting that they were going to stop checking tickets some time.
But, because I went there early, they were still checking tickets when I
The weather, however, was not cooperating. The forecast was
predicting rain starting in the evening. But, the sky was already
cloudy in the morning. Nonetheless, many historic airplanes
performed fly-byes. I had seen most of them in museums. But,
I saw some of them actually flying for the first time. So, I had
C-17 flew with nice bank angle and showed its back to the audience.
Light rain started around noon and became moderate by 2pm. I
expected Thunderbirds to cancel the flight. But, to my surprise,
they did fly in this bad weather. Of course it was a low show.
I didn't hold my camera because I didn't soak it. I just relaxed
and watched Thunderbirds flight from the beginning to the end. It
is sometimes nice to see Thunderbirds without worrying about taking
Despite the bad weather, I enjoyed the show. I liked those
historic airplanes' fly-byes.
| Jet Car by Air
|| Cessna O-2
Skymaster. Used during Vietnam war.
|| C-123 Provider.
I've seen this many times in air shows, but I think it was my first
time to see it flying. Based at Beaver County Airport.
Also based at Beaver County Airport.
|| B-25 Mitchell.
|| C-47 Skytrain,
Also known as DC-3.
| PV-2 Harpoon.
I believe it was my first time to see it flying.
|| C-123 landed.
See "Thunderpig" emblem on the side.
|| B-17 took off.
|| B-17 and P-51
|| Then P-51
performed some aerobatics.
| C-17 showed its
back to the audience.
|| F-15E Strike
Eagle. It was getting darker and darker.
|| F-4U Corsair.
It was a different one from the one I saw in Dayton.