I recently attended the Terre Haute Airshow in Terre Haute Indiana. There were the usual acrobatic participants and many of the aircraft were on display. I had a photo pass which allowed me access to the aircraft early in the day.
There were many WW II era aircraft from the Commemorative Air Force. These aircraft are all privately owned and are flown to commemorate the pilots and crews who manned these in securing the victories in WW II.
The forth image in the top row is a B17. The first image in the bottom row is the B-25 bomber like the ones used in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo and other cities in Japan. The third image on the bottom, the P-51 is painted in the colors of the Tuskegee Airman.
Tora, Tora, Tora!
One of the reasons I wanted to attend this airshow was a performance of the group Tora, Tora, Tora. This group reenacts the attack on Pearl harbor complete with air raid sirens, machine gun firing, and pyro bombs. The narrator tells the story of December 7, 1941 with replays of actual radio broadcasts.
The planes are retrofitted Navy Trainers and were created for the original version of the movie Tora, Tora, Tora. One interesting fact is that the cost of retrofitting these aircraft was approximately $20,000 each and the budget for the movie actually cost more that the actual raid by the Japanese forces.
The Jet Age Arrives
Precision Flying Blue Angels
The other major performance that I was interested in seeing and photographing was the only midwest appearance of the Navy Blue Angels.
The Terre Haute Airshow was a great 3 days. I took over 5000 images, got sunburned even though I dutifully used sun screen, met some nice photographers, and talked to several pilots. I would highly recommend attending an airshow especially if you can catch some of the performers that are mentioned in this post.