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A little background first. Our small local municipal airport which is primarily a corporate use and GA field used to have a little fly-in. Since there used to be few warbirds based at the airport they would fly some circles and call it good. I was just a young lad, probably 10 or 11, when I started volunteering. First it was plane washing, and, once it officially became an airshow, I helped park cars. My dad being the former air traffic controller that he is, eventually took over the parking lot position of the airshow committee. From then on I ended up working as an aircraft fueler and line safety volunteer. I watched as this little fly-in evolved into a real airshow.

 

After September 11th the format of the airshow was changed into a one day long celebration of American independence. The date was changed to the first saturday after the 4th of July and the entire show culminated in a massive fireworks show. This year apparently they posted record attendence with over 25,000 attendees. Unfortunately, due to not being around because of college, I stopped volunteering a few years ago. This year I came as a spectator for what I assume will be my final Freedom Fest as I'll be moving eventually this year to Washington. This also being my first major event with the Sony Alpha DSLR, I was determined to get some good shots.

 

Anyway, sorry for ranting. I'd like to share some of my favorite shots from the day. The entire set can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/thepirateking...57606017065669/

 

These are from the 4th, the day before the air show. I went over to shoot some of the early arrivals since I would be able to roam around the taxiways and ramp without crowd lines to impede me.

 

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These are the show itself.

 

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If you live near Northern Indiana and don't have plans next year, I really suggest this airshow, the staff really want everyone to have a great time and the performers really love to come here every year.

 

Thanks guys.

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Well crap. That's two airshows I missed on the 4th weekend. Huntington, IN had a show on the 4th and Goshen on the 5th. I didn't hear about the Huntington show until I was watching the news and they said it was already in progress. I wasn't going to drive 45 minutes just to catch the last hour...grrrrr. I work with two guys who commute from Goshen and Elkhart, but I was on vacation last week so I didn't see them and they couldn't tell me about the Goshen show. Well, plus I was driving in an SCCA road race in Indy on the 5th. :wink:

 

Sweet pics! I'll watch for this next year.

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Great photography. The B&W B-25 shot is probably my favorite.

 

Looks like you had a good variety of aircraft.

 

Jeff

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Wow, Czechoslovak L-39 Albatros is famous in the world :clapping:

 

Very nice shots. Thank you :yes:

Edited by kukulino

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Thanks for the comments guys. I'm going to try to make it to Thunder Over Michigan in Willow Run too. Chances are I'll get nabbed for my government job before then, knowing my luck I'll get my letter to report to the FAA Academy and the report date will be the day of the airshow.

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Dayton is this weekend. :good:

 

You going to be there?

 

Fates, Fast Cargo, Hrntfixr and I will be there.

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Great Photos....

Last time I saw the Starfighter(s) was at the Cold Lake Airshow 2 or 3 years ago.

Didn't know there was three of them now. Nothing like that sound they make.

 

I'll be flying from Calgary to Abbotsford in August for the show. Only good one

in western Canada this year.

 

I'll post a few pics of the superbug. :jk:

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Just to let you guys know, I did Thunder Over Michigan up at Willow Run this past weekend like I mentioned earlier. Airshow and weather were pretty disappointing. Shame to see such a great roster of performers get let down by such an awfully run airshow. I wasn't terribly happy with the photos that I came away with, but did manage some more high contrast grayscales that may have saved the day.

 

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The rest of the color shots can be found here http://www.flickr.com/photos/thepirateking...57606673569997/

 

Thanks

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