AFB, Illinois Sept 11-12, 2010
Location: Scott Air Force Base, located by Shiloh, approx. 19 miles east of St. Louis.
AFB Air Show, located just east of St. Louis, in Illinois, for
2010 featured the Blue Angels as the main event for the air show.
This was our second much anticipated visit to Scott AFB and we
hoped that this year the weather would cooperate, giving all
the spectators a chance to
be dazzled by all the performers.
on Friday, usually the media and practice
day for the performers. Unfortunately, the
weather did not cooperate and it was
a washout, and due to the rain and inclement weather, some
of the aircraft flew in late or decided to wait until Saturday
morning, when the weather was anticipated to improve.
to the 9/11 Anniversary there was heightened security on the AFB
on Saturday. The gates opened on time at 9:00 a.m., although the
forecast called for 80% chance of rain, it never materialized. The
start of the air show was delayed due to low ceiling by about 30
minutes. It started with the 9/11 remembrance, led by
Col. Michael Hornitschek, Commander of the 375th Airlift Wing at
Scott AFB. The sun broke through the dark clouds in the early afternoon,
which helped a great deal, to make the air show a memorable one for
everyone, especially for the A-10 West Demo Team. After their Heritage
Flight, as the A-10 landed, it blew the tires on the main landing
gear. Luckily, only the main landing wheels and the tires
required replacement. However, the A-10 required a tow from the runway,
which interferred with the performance of the Blue Angels, as they
had to use a different runway away from the spectators. There were
no readily available replacement wheels or tires at the base and
they had to be flown in for the A-10. Thus, Saturday ended with a
bit of drama, but the main thing, no one got hurt. The highlite
of the day for many was the B-2 fly-by. The B-2 made several relatively
low passes which thrilled everyone!
as far as the weather, it was perfect for the air show. However,
bad luck continued for the A-10 West Demo Team. The
replacement wheels and tires would only arrive at 2 p.m., and
as the spare A-10 was prepared for the air show, due to an extreme
family medical emergency the pilot who flew the plane to the
show, had to fly it back to Davis-Monthan AFB, in Tucson,
Arizona. Thus, not even the spare A-10 was available for the
show. Therefore, only two aircraft performed the Heritage Flight:
the F-16 of the Viper East Demo Team, and the F-4 Phantom. The
Viper East Demo, piloted by Capt. Ryan "Rider" Corrigan performed
splendidly as he demonstrated just how tight the F-16 can turn
and how fast it can climb. The Tora Tora Tora, performed their
routines and it was fun to watch them fly through the black smoke
of simulated bombing runs. The show ended with the Blue Angels
who were able to take off in front of the cheering crowds this
all, for the 150,000 spectators over the weekend, the air show
was a great success. There were a few glitches for some of the
performers and on Saturday there were some 'lines' at some of the
sanitation facilities, but this was corrected for Sunday.
There were plenty of trash bins and they were well dispersed. There
were sufficient food and refreshment vendors, but they were a bit
on the expensive side. The static display was a bit smaller
than last year but still it had a good variety of aircraft; FedEx
Airbus 300, C-5 Galaxy, F/A-18 painted in the aggressor colours,
several other cargo, transport and training aircraft from the past
layout of the show provided a good vantage point to the flight
line, and with the sun behind the spectators most of the day, excellent
photographic opportunities, as long as the spectators had good
telephoto lens, 400mm and upward for the fly-bys. A wide angle
lens was mandatory for the larger jets at the static display.
may be the last annual air show at Scott AFB, due to the economic
climate of recent, it may change to a bi-annual event. Let us
hope that will not be the case! Going to Scott AFB, for the general
public, especially for families, it is an excellent value and
a great, safe place to visit and have fun.
us going to Scott AFB, it is like visiting our best friends or close family!
We noticed and complemented, the friendliness of the Scott AFB personnel
last year, and while some of the staff from last year changed, the
friendliness and hospitality remained unchanged. In fact, we found
the Public Affairs led by Karen Petitt, the Chief of the 375th Airlift
Wing Public Affairs, and her team members such as Lt. Dan Riley, and
TSgt. Jerome Baysmoreher, outstanding, and simply the BEST! We also
had the opportunity to meet Lt. Col. Michael Kayser, the Air Show Director,
and Col. Michael Hornitschek, the 375th Airlift Wing Commander, with
whom we had a chance to discuss the air show and air shows in general.
We wish to thank all of them for making the weekend such
a positive and memorable event!
stated so many times in our reviews, it is not just the performers
who make an air show great, it is the people behind the organization
and their staff; how they interact with the visitors and make them
feel welcome and listen to their needs. Many air shows
miss this point entirely. In our opinion, Scott AFB air show,
is one that we would highly recommend for people who are interested
in visiting a great air show, not just from Illinois or Missouri,
but from all the US States, Canada, and world wide.
Some of the Teams and warbirds participating were:
- B-2 fly-by
- Blue Angels
- Tora, Tora, Tora
- The US ARMY Golden Knights Parachute Team
- A-10 West Demo Team
- F-16 East Coast Demo Team
- C-17 Globemaster III
- F-4 Phantom
- Jason Newburg -Viper Airshows
- and several others.
Rating: 9.9 out of 10
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