Thursday, August 21, 2008
SKYWATCH FRIDAY (Chicago Air and Water Show)
This weeks pictures are all from the Chicago Air and Water Show which took place last weekend. The pictures were taken by my husband. He, of course, was focusing on the planes so the shots I have chosen are what he would consider the less 'cool' ones because I wanted more sky! The first series are the Blue Angels aerobatic team.One of the strangest looking planes was the B2 Stealth Bomber that really looks as though it shouldn't be able to stay up in the air at all.I suppose I am just old fashioned at heart but I prefer the planes that look a bit more traditional, like this AT-6There were some great stunt team displays, the local Lima Lima teamand the Aeroshell stunt team
But by far the craziest guy of all is Sean D Tucker. He did a group display first, his son was flying one of the other planes
Then he did a mind bending solo stunt display whilst commentating over the PA system at the same time!
Another interesting aircraft was the Harrier 'Jump Jet' which can raise straight up and down like a helicopter and hover in one spot.
The Coastguard did an air water rescue display
I know that this is way too many photos for Skywatch but I had over seven hundred to choose from so it wasn't easy!
For those of you who are used to me doing more 'nature oriented' postings I know this is a bit of a change from the norm but as a keen ornithologist all I could think of when I was watching all these machines over head was how much we have learned from our feathered friends. Sean D Tucker didn't pull any stunts that I haven't seen a Lilac Breasted Roller do before, the B2 Bomber reminded me of a Bateleur Eagle which relies solely on its wings because its tail is so short that it provides no stability at all. The Harrier was doing exactly what a Kestrel does, and clearly expending just as much energy in the process! And most of the modern fighter planes manouver exactly like a Peregrine Falcon but just make far more noise!!
Photo Credits - Dominick V
- ► 2011 (25)
- ► 2010 (32)
- ► 2009 (100)
- ▼ August (12)