Willoughby, OH is about 2.5 hours away from Pittsburgh. There
is an airport called Lost Nation (KLNN) there, where they host an annual
air show. This air show is not a big one. Not so much
military participation. I have never been to the Lost Nation air
show until this year.
But, this year's Lost Nation air show was supposed to be different.
Brazillian Air Force's aerobatic team "Smoke Squadron" was supposed to
fly. This team was also planned for
the Dayton air show this year,
but they had to cancel the U.S. tour citing the budget cut. So,
they also cancelled this Lost nation air show.
I visited the air show anyway this time.
Despite a poor forecast, as we came close to Willoughby, the sky
got clear. It was a nice air-show condition after all.
When we arrived, the opening flight was in progress. I saw
Schweizer TG-7 (SGM2-37?) in a formation. I heard that there are
only three flyable TG-7s in the world.
Another rare aircraft I saw was French-made Fouga Jet. I
often saw same-type aircrafts performing
a 3-airplane formation aerobatics
in the past. Two of the three Fouga Jets are left in Beaver County
airport. I don't know if this one was one of the three blue
aircrafts repainted in a different marking, or if it was a different
TG-7 motor glider flew once again in the afternoon.
Another rare aircraft was Chinese-made CJ-6, which was a copy of
It flew with a SNV-1, an elementary-level trainer used during World
War II. Because it was an elementary-level trainer, the landing
gears was fixed (not retractable).
It was a small air show, but I enjoyed seeing many rare airplanes.
I wish Brazilian Air Force have enough budget to bring the aerobatic
team to the U.S. tour.