14th Indianapolis Air Show
Mt. Comfort Airport, Greenfield, Indiana
$5.00 on Friday (Media day) Saturday and Sunday from $17 in advance
to $20 at the gate. Other seating upgrades were available.
on the airport grounds.
air-box corridor for the air show provided excellent viewing and
The Indianapolis Air Show is one of the best
air shows in North America in my opinion, having visited several
dozen over the years. This year, it was the 14th consecutive air
show to thrill the visitors at Mt. Comfort Airport just East of
the air show was well planned, one thing no one can predict and
control is the weather, and this year it did not cooperate with
the air show organizer’s plans.
Friday: the media day, which
is a true bargain for visitors as the admission is only $5.00 with
free parking, was quite hot and humid. While that did not prevent
the arrival of the participating aircraft and performers, it was
a bit uncomfortable, but for true aviation nuts and photographers,
the media day is one of the best times to take photos of aircraft
arriving and aircraft already on static display. By 6:00 pm there
were still several aircraft were missing from the potential line
up. As for media flights, the organizers have cut back drastically
this year, and very wisely, I must add. The very limited media
rides available were booked prior to the show by the media person
who certainly lacked proper judgment in her selections, once again
in 2010. This person should be replaced as she seems to show favoritism
for some at the expense of certain others, who actually contribute
to the success of the show. However, I will ignore her incompetence
and my rating does not reflect her discourtesy, as it would not
affect the general public.
I would like to thank Lt. Col. John Klatt of
ANG for his invitation for a seat in the chase plane on Friday,
for air-to-air photography, and for his wonderful staff! I would
like to thank Roger Bishop, David Rothenanger, and Dave Jackson,
who all have supported my quest for better coverage of the air
show, and for the B-17 Yankee Lady flight over the city Friday
evening. I would also like to say thanks to Mark Westra, Dean Carlton
and their the hot air balloon team for my first time “uplifting” experience
in the CaZoo-ee Cameron Z-90 – 90,000 cu. Ft. hot air balloon.
Saturday: it was a write off.
It rained so hard before the show opened, that the parking areas
on the field were several inches deep with standing water, and
the organizers very wisely cancelled the event. The foul weather
continued till mid morning, but the actual sky did not clear up
enough for any type of flying until noon. The noon fly over of
the B-2 bomber was cancelled much earlier due to the weather too.
afternoon a couple of the warbirds went up for a bit of practice,
including the 369 Huey group of two Vietnam era helicopters which
served in that conflict. My ever lasting thanks goes out to the founders
John and Alan Walker, Founders and all the members of the American
Huey 369, who showed such wonderful hospitality and introduced me
to the historic helicopters, and the experience of flying in them.
off with a dark overcast sky, but there was no rain, thus the organizers
decided to put on the air show, with some modifications that were
necessary due to the soggy fields, where attendees would normally
park. The gates opened on time and people started to arrive slowly
but surely. However the attendance was definitely affected by the
previous day’s rain and the possibility of more rain for the
event. However, this time the weather cooperated, and by noon it
was mostly sunny but with a relatively low ceiling and very humid
as the water was evaporating from the drenched fields. The air show
started on time with the the
E Team Skydiver jumping and displaying a large American flag while
the National Anthem was being sung
The jump was
followed by several civilian acts, then by the F/A 18 Super Hornet,
followed by various warbirds first, of the WWII era, the highlight
was the B-17 with a P-51 Mustang flying close support. This was followed
by Vietnam era aircraft and with a downed pilot rescue simulation
with the two Hueys, and Skyraider and C-123K “Provider”,
nicknamed “Thunder Pig”, as gunship support with a bit
of pyrotechnics for added realism. For me this was the highlight
of the event. The East A-10 Team flew also, having seen both the
East and West A-10 Teams, and, sorry guys, but the West Team is much
better! The Horsemen were the main attractions with their three Mustangs
flying in tight formation, and the show ended with a heritage flight
consisting of the A-10 with two P-51 Mustangs.
were several aircraft no shows. Again, this is very typical these
days, however, the event seemed to me to have less warbirds this
year, perhaps due to tighter budgets. There were some WWII era military
vehicles on display, including some replica German vehicles, namely
a PzKpfw VI Tiger Ausf E, (built on a Russian T-34 chassis) and a
Hanomag SdKfz 251 APC, (built on a Czech version).
this year’s air show was not as big as last years when it
came to performers, and the weather certainly was no help either,
it still ranks as one of the best due to the hospitality, friendliness
and willingness to help to make the visitors welcome and an excellent
value for the $20 admission with free parking! There are too many
outstanding people involved with this great organization, I cannot
name them all here, but I certainly want to mention the ones who
have helped me the most; Mindy Goble, Beth Vahle in the Office,
Doug and Janet Cross, Guy Eoff, Angie Clover, Dennis Smith,
Roger Bishop, David Rothenanger, Dave Jackson, Ted Brindle and
Nancy Leslie – you
all are the BEST!
Indianapolis air show is highly recommended for any air show enthusiast!
I rate the event a solid 10 out of 10 for their over all efforts
despite the bad weather, as the organizers truly cared about the
attendees and tried to make the best of the situation for everyone
Some of the participants
- The Horsemen
- A-10 East Demo Team
- F/A-18F Super Hornet aka Rhino
- B-17G Yankee Lady
- B-25 Mitchell "Axis Nightmare"
- LT. Col. John Klatt ANG
- Douglas A-1 Skyraider
- Kent Pietch
- Younkin Twin Beech 18
- Kyle Franklin - Pirate WACO Mystery Ship
- Red Eagle
- Michael Goulian
- USAF Heritage flight
10 out of 10
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