Wichita Aviation Festival 2004 (2004/09/24~26)
Last year, the City of Wichita and McConnell AFB held a three day
festival to cerebrate 100 years of human flight. After the success, the city
wanted to continue but there were some disputes over the festival plans and
it was almost got cancelled. Well, we are doing it again!
This is the 101st year of flight. The aircraft came to the air show was
not impressive as the last one, but some of the attractions were great.
Modern Military Aircraft
- UH-60 Black Hawks
- T-1A Jayhawk, we usually gets the one in white. This one is
- Raytheon T-6A Texan II, first time in many years this one show up. I got to see
- Northrop T-38 Talon, Still flying today. All the aircraft had their rescue panels
covered by duct tapes.
- Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker 40 years and still counting.
- McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle, I got talked with the pilot. He was from Langley VA. He was
flying over the D.C. over the summer.
- Canadian Helicopter...? Bell
- Lear C-21
- Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, the cockpit was open to public
- Rockwell B-1B Lancer, the AFB has only this one for training purpose, no engines
left on the plane.
- Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)
Historical Military Aircraft
- Mitsubishi Zero Fighter (Replica), made from AT-6, but heavily modified.
- Fairchild PT-19 Cornell
- Bell P-63 King Cobra
- North American P-51 Mustang
- Stearman N2S Kaydet
- Cessna RJC-1 Bamboo Bomber
- Beech D-19
- Cessna, an old plane with fabric cover
- B-25 Mitchell
- Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
- AT-6 Texan
- Douglas AC-47
- Fairchild PT-23
- Bell Helicopter (Kansas Highway Patrol)
- Hughes MD-500 Wichita Police
- Piper Seneca (for sale?)
- Piper Saratoga (for sale?)
- Cessna 182 (Kansas Highway Patrol)
- McCullough J-2 Gyroplane
- RV-8 (Experimental Aircraft), took several years to build.
- Canadian Snowbirds - this year's main event. People just loved it. The
aircraft is Canadair CT-144 Tutor, designed and built in Canada
Lined up on the ground (9 and 2 for back up)
in a line
- Jet Truck, powered by two PJ-6(?) engines. can reach 300mph.
- Air Show
- Heritage Flight (F-16 and P-51)
- Jet Waco (with a person on top)
- B-1B Lancer Flyby (from Texas)
- Lear 23 Business Jet Acrobatics, according to my friend. The Lear Jet
was designed in the U.S. but the wing was taken form a fighter jet,
therefore the airplane can perform maneuvers which other airplanes cannot.
- Russian Planes
- B-2 Spirit Flyby (form Missouri)
- U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, they did several precision
skydiving throughout the day.
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