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Friday, July 5, 2019

Guest Post: Quad City Airshow Features First-Rate Aerial Entertainment

Guest Post: The Aero Experience thanks our friend Duane Cooley of DRC Images for contributing this coverage of the Quad City Airshow held last weekend:

The Quad City Airshow was held June 29 and 30. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron arrived in style on June 27th. They flew practice shows on the 27th and 28th, and performances on the 29th and 30th. It was hot and humid, but the show was a real thrill with a huge crowd.  

The military flight demonstrations were a real treat - and what can one say about the Blue Angles but wow! Also featured here is the Blue Angels C-130 support aircraft and an A-10 Thunderbolt II from the Air Combat Command A-10 Demonstration Team. Other military aircraft at the airshow included the giant C-17 Globemaster III flight demonstration and numerous static displays. 

Warbird aircraft on static display included two B-25 Mitchell World War II medium bombers from the Commemorative Air Force, Show Me (MO Wing) and Miss Mitchell (MN Wing), and a MO Wing Grumman (GM-built) TBM Avenger torpedo bomber. 

More warbird action was provided by the Class of '45 formation flight by Scott Yoak in the P-51D Mustang, Quick Silver, and Jim Tobul in the F-4U-4 Corsair, Korean War Hero. The two warbirds flew in close formation, then split up for individual demonstration passes.

The Legacy Flight was flown by Jim Tobul in the Corsair, Korean War Hero, mentioned above, and a U.S. Navy T-45C jet trainer from NAS Pensacola, Florida. The Legacy Flight, similar to the USAF's Heritage Flight, features close formation flying with a WWII warbird and a modern jet.

The popular Aeroshell Aerobatic Team flew precise formation in their four AT-6 Texans.  

World-renowned airshow and Red Bull Air Race pilot, Kirby Chambliss, flew an exciting performance with his Edge 540.

The Aero Experience thanks our friend Duane Cooley of DRC Images for contributing his coverage of the Quad City Airshow.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Splendid photos, thanks Duane. Nice job.