Lauderdale Air Show, 2012

[I’m skipping a couple of air shows for now but will get to them eventually.]

The air show returned to Ft. Lauderdale this weekend, for the first time since 2007, only to be cut short by the weather. Acts that were scratched included: A-10 Warthogs, F-15 Eagles, Navy SEAL Leap Frogs and 101st Airborne Parachute Teams, and the Red Bull Helicopter.

At least we got a partial show even with these rough conditions.

The show opened with a flyby of two F-5 Tigers. The first performers were Rob Holland and Mike Goulian (not pictured) who were followed by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard gave a search and rescue (SAR) demo. They demonstrated how they can drop a rescue swimmer into the water and extract victims via cable. The SAR demos are always great to see but these guys were definitely outdone by the Air Force’s SAR demo at the Cocoa Beach Air Show (2011).

Next, was the Black Diamond Jet Team. They are a civilian team that operates four L-39 jets and two MiG-17 jets. I don’t know the reason but I have yet to see all six fly together during one show (and I’ve been to three shows this year). The MiG is flown by Capt Dale “Snort” Snodgrass who is famous for his high-speed, low altitude flybys.

Lauderdale was lucky enough to get a flyby from one of the rarer planes in the air show circuit, the B-1B Lancer, aka the Bone.

This B-1B Lancer is a supersonic bomber and one of only 100 ever built. These bombers are still used by the U.S. Air Force and have served over both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Rob Holland puts on one of the the best prop-plane performances while flying his MX-2.

I don’t know how to get any pictures that really express what he does, but it is incredible. The best way to understand it is to view the footage from his YouTube channel. Watch his 2011 year end review.

The Geico Skytypers (not pictured) followed Rob Holland but I’ve been struggling with them as well.

The next jet to take to the sky was the F/A-18 Hornet from the Navy’s TAC Demo Team. Piloting the F/A-18 was LT Ken “2Cent” Barnhart, who never fails to disappoint. Thanks to the speed of my new Canon 7D, I was finally able to catch that elusive vapor bubble. “The ‘vapor’ that is created happens at high sub-sonic speeds as well as when there is ‘g’ loaded on the aircraft (TAC Demo Facebook page).”

Mike Goulian (not pictured) was up next and put on a good acrobatic performance.

It started to rain again but members of the Red Bull Air Force still put on their unique parachute demonstration. Check out the wing-suits.

Mike Wiskus buzzing the Sheriff’s boat.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds were scheduled to perform next but were delayed due to heavy rain. Once they were up in the sky they made a few passes around the area and it was determined that it would not be safe to perform. The opposing solos did however make a couple of head-on passes.

The Thunderbirds arrived in Ft. Lauderdale on Thursday and the weather was beautiful.

Too bad the clear skies didn’t last.

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~ by Mike on April 29, 2012.

2 Responses to “Lauderdale Air Show, 2012”

  1. Great pictures, but those are F-5 Tiger II, not F-4 Phantoms.

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