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A Weekend at the Air Show

I’m a little late posting but last weekend, my husband, and I attended and worked the Air Show.  It was a lot of fun seeing different military planes.

Each year the base hosts an Air Show in the middle of May.  They show off planes stationed at the base as well as acrobatic and fighter planes too.  There were both stand alone displays as well as flight demonstrations.  Many bases around the country have Air Shows.  Where I grew up in Virginia, had just as big of an Air Show.  Anyone, military or not, is welcome.  It’s a chance for the public to see all of the cool things the military does!

Here are a few photos I managed to capture:

Planes in Formation:

air force air show

air force air show

They brought in several fighter jets! We even got to watch them do a “sonic boom” which was neat.

air force air show

Standing Demonstrations:

I also got to tour one of the KC-10 Refueling plane. The plane’s main job is to refuel other aircraft while flying.  It made me think: what if we had to refuel our cars while driving?  It’s an interesting concept…

Sitting in the cockpit

Sitting in the cockpit

Standing next to one of the engines

Standing next to one of the engines of a KC-10

 

The biggest plane that exists, the C5-Galexy

The biggest plane that exists, the C5-Galexy

Here’s the demonstration they did.  Not my video, but they did a great job capturing the event.  The KC-10 is the plane with an engine in the tail.  During the “stunt”, it’s refueling the other plane.  Normally they do this much higher, but they were only 2000 feet off the ground.  To give you perspective, they were doing this about 200 feet higher than the One World Trade Center tip.  They can refuel anything from fighter planes to bigger tanker aircraft (as shown) to even other KC-10s.

Hopefully, everyone has a great weekend!

Questions for you:
Have you ever been to a base Air Show?
What are your weekend plans?  

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Touring NJ 1000 Feet Up

Last Weekend, my husband and I decided to travel the state of New Jersey together.

By car? By taxi? By uber?

Actually by plane!

For those who don’t know, my husband has his pilot’s license.  In the few years, we’ve been together; we’ve never flown in a private airplane together. I never knew that you could rent planes and fly them around.  It makes sense, I just never thought about it.

Before I knew what I was getting myself into...

Before I knew what I was getting myself into…

We decided to fly to Cape May, grab dinner and fly back.

Airplane selfie

Airplane selfie

I was so nervous to go up.  It’s one thing to trust someone driving a car, but flying was a whole different ballpark. It was thrilling to sit in the cockpit and watch the takeoff and landing.

landing airplane

I’ve only traveled through commercial flights so before last weekend; I’ve had never flown on such a small aircraft before.  It was a two-seater, and we were squished together. Many private planes are smaller and weigh less than cars.

We flew above 1000 feet over the ground so we could notice different sights and areas we had driven through.  I tried to find my friends houses that live along the shore.

The Jersey Shore around Egg Harbor Township

The Jersey Shore around Egg Harbor Township

We will be doing it again and who knows maybe the theme of this blog will become running, planes and diners.

Atlantic City

Atlantic City

For my first flight, I did pretty well.  I thought I might get motion sickness but didn’t.  It was a lot of fun, and we will fly more together.

Questions for you:
Have you ever flown in a private airplane?
Do you like flying? 

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