I finally talked (nagged) the Wife into bringing The Kid out to the show and he got VIP access to most of the displays, including this experience in a gigantic fire truck. He might need some help getting to the pedals, though.
The Grumman A6 Intruder is also a popular airshow aircraft, being slightly odd-looking but not quite odd enough to be considered eccentric, like the Hawg. This aircraft, with the swollen up tail, looks to be the EA-6B Prowler, but I didn't get a chance to look closer.
The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy is one of those planes that you can't help but stare at - is that really a plane? Or is it a blimp? It is most definitely a plane and it is most definitely huge. The internal cargo area, seen below, is cavernous, but it's still amazing to think that this aircraft shipped Apollo rocket stages from one side of the country to the other.
Here a couple of visitors pose with the 7.62 mini gun hanging off the side of an Air Force Reserve HH-60 Pavehawk, which is used in rescue missions. Callsign "Pedro", these aircraft are heavily modified Blackhawk helicopters with some amazing capabilities.
I managed to elbow my way past some kids into the cockpit to take a few glamour shots of the controls. My shot of the top of the cockpit didn't turn out so well, but it is equally packed with buttons, switches, dials, knobs, panels, lights, and levers.
Of course, in addition to the static displays, the show had aerial events - even more than the previous day! There was always something going on in the air.
With the winds behaving themselves, the parachutists came out in force. This one brought an American flag with him.
The Air Force "Wings of Blue" paraded over the skies, too, demonstrating their colors and capabilities.
These smoke trails aren't from a rocket or jet aircraft - they're from human parachutists falling at top speed then arcing out over the display area. Much more impressive to see in person, here's a single pic that (hopefully) captures the essence of the display.
Not only did this hang-glider pilot wow the crowd with his loops, spins, dives, and pyrotechnics...
...he did it all without the use of his legs! Parapalegic Dan Buchanan is an avid aviation enthusiastic and didn't let a minor accident like lower-body paralysis hold him back from his dreams. Dan also claims to never use handicap parking spots and when asked why he continues to fly likes to reply with "Well, I can't walk!" Way to go, Dan!