Sunday, May 16, 2010 , Updated 11:30 a.m., May 17, 2010
UPDATED with video: Warbirds over Addison 2010
The Warthogs were the stars of the show. (But then, aren't they always?)
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum played host this weekend to Warbirds Over Addison, a two-day weekend celebration of all things aircraft -- with an emphasis on military machines both vintage and operational. I made it out there on Sunday, when the weather proved ideal for flying (though arguably a bit toasty for spectators).
Warbirds take to the skies
The stars of the show were two operational (obviously!) A-10 Warthogs flown in from Barksdale AFB in Louisiana, which spent some time on the ground where folks could get up close and personal with them before taking to the air, making a couple of dramatic passes, and then heading back to our neighbor state to the east. Real crowd-pleasers, those Warthogs.
On hand to sign books (he's written no fewer than three about his piloting experiences) was retired USAF Col. Richard Graham. Graham flew SR-71 Blackbirds -- you know, the fastest black ops afterburners in the air, that flew so high their pilots could just about be considered astronauts? Sadly, Graham confirms that all SR-71s are retired (just like him) and residing in various museums (unlike him). At least, that's his story.
Most of the airshow action happened after 2 p.m., but there was a small group of us out there on the runway (well, to one side of it, anyway) from 12 noon on in hopes of seeing a B-52 flyover, like the one we heard about that happened on Saturday, taking everybody by complete surprise. No such luck this time. (Crafty, those B-52 jockeys.)
Here are photos from the show:
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