|By Leo Cachat|
After that little treat, there appeared two T-38C Talons from Columbus AFB, MS making two passes at the conclusion of the national anthem.
Bob Richards entered the show box next with his red and white Pitts S-1S. Bob flew a great aerobatic routine, thrilling the crowd with his just above the water flying style.
Michael Kennedy then flew into the box from behind the crowd, elegantly looping his BT-13 Valiant Echoes through the air and showing how this early warbird trainer was used to prepare the young men who would later be flying in fighter or bomber aircraft against Axis Powers during WWII.
The Vanguard Squadron flew their three ethanol-fueled RV-3As in tight formation aerobatics, including hammerhead stalls, bomb bursts and a few trail formations.
The first portion of the show was rounded out with a great performance by the Warbird Heritage Foundation A-4B Skyhawk flown by Paul Wood.
There was a short intermission from the flying, allowing for the crowd to get something to eat or drink as the temperature climbed into the upper 90s. Many watched the FlyBoard demonstration along the riverfront.
The second portion of the show started off with Randy Ball flying the MiG-17. He really got the crowd's attention with his trademark afterburner-lit low passes down the Ohio River.
Billy Werth tore up the air with his high-octane brand of aerobatics and got an up close look at the boats marking the show box.
The AT-6 Spanish Lady and the Tucano flown by Lee Leet performed the heritage flight and then both flew their own demonstrations separately.
Billy Werth and Bob Richards flew the " Billy Bob" performance. They performed exciting opposing maneuvers and reversals always within sight of the crowd.
The show concluded with the F/A-18F Super Hornet Demo from VFA-106 at NAS Oceana, VA. The crowd was captivated by the abilities of this premier U.S. Navy fighter aircraft.
The Aero Experience would like to thank the performers, Luke Carrico and the city of Evansville for the great hospitality and for organizing such a great event. The weather was hot, but the action in the air was too cool to keep us away.