Sunday, May 04, 2008

March Airfest 2008

This afternoon, following church, we headed out to the local Air Reserve Base for the annual AirFest. Having had so much at the Edwards Airshow in October 2006, Hannah was a little more eager to go, especially when she knew we'd make it in time to see the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds, something she was absolutely mesmerized by last time we saw them. After sitting in slow moving traffic for just about an hour, we were finally parked, a lot closer than we thought we'd be and made our way to the air strip. We met up with family and even ran into friends from church and even some other familiar faces from school. Fortunately, we made it in time to see what Mommy and Daddy had wanted to see, the flying demonstration of the F-22 Raptor. That demonstration was simply amazing. Amazing.We didn't have time this airshow to go and explore all the grounded planes. So we stayed in the same place and watched the other flying demonstrations, waiting until the grand finale act of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. And then the time came, the pilots all walked to their jets and boarded. Soon they were moving into their position for take off. Once air bound, and having done just a few stunts, one of the thunderbirds was grounded due to technical difficulty. After a delay in the demonstration to prepare the 'spare' jet (who has a spare jet just sitting around?!??!) to fly and completing final flight checks, the jet was once again air bound and got into formation with the other jets and continued with their air demonstration. And just like the last time we saw them, Hannah was very impressed and very much enjoyed seeing them. Steven and I both love this picture of Hannah. It's a serious picture. It's a picture of her little mind working. Thinking. Perhaps even dreaming about what it would be like to fly. Perhaps our Hannah will someday be a pilot???Following the conclusion of the Thunderbird demonstration, the airshow was officially over and all the aircrafts that you could once board and explore earlier in the day were now closing and the grounds were being emptied, therefore we made our way to our car, which was thankfully parked nearby. Already we're talking about the next airshow we would like to attend in October in Miramar, California, where at that airshow we'd see something new and different, The Navy Blue Angels!

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