This weekend was the biennial Air Show here at Fairchild! It is something that we've been looking to for quite a while...ever since we learned that the Thunderbirds would be coming to perform. So when we were at the pool on Thursday and heard the roar of fighter engines, we knew they had arrived! (We get spoiled because we live on a Tanker base and that even though we live very close to the runway, they are so quiet we rarely even notice their comings and goings). I must say, it was pretty cool to have them around! They did buzz the house on Thursday afternoon and scared the pants off everyone on the block, but we're willing to overlook it. They are the Thunderbirds after all.
The base opens the gates to the public on both Saturday and Sunday and the place gets to be a ZOO. So Tony's office let loose on Friday afternoon and we had a potluck lunch at the big park on base and watched the Thunderbirds practice.
Tony had to spend all of Saturday at the DV tent, so the kids and I decided to walk over to the flight line as early as we could to see the static plane displays before things got too crazy. We chugged through the hangers and rode on the fighter plane bikes, walked around in a C-17, got down in the boom of a KC-135, stood in the bomb bay of a B-52...
I even got busted fraternizing with the enemy. Nazis in this case...
The kids had a ball playing on the helicopters. This is Sam and Anna in the cargo hold of a UH-1 Huey.
Josh kept asking all the guys to "take him up in the sky." No takers. But the UH-60 Blackhawk pilot let Josh and Anna "fly" one for themselves. We only lasted about half an hour into the actual "Air Show" part of the Air Show. The kids love the B-2 "Stealth" because their friends' dad flies one. Plus it looks like a batman plane. We had some ice cream and then headed home.
At about 3:00 we called Tony to check on the stars of the show (they were parked right in front of the DV tent) and he let us know they were started up and ready to take-off. So Sam, Josh and I walked down to the park by our house and watched the show from there.
I'm adding this picture because it shows you how close these things got to our houses. This plane is almost over the park that is two houses down from us. Thank goodness these guys are GOOD. A little on the loud side, but good.