So, what did I observe during the course of the airshow?
- I think American planes are louder. Or they are flown more loudly. The F-16 flown by an American pilot (Canada only has F-18s) had a tendency to hit his afterburners while they were slightly pointed towards the audience. Super-loud. And, yes, super-cool. there is something visceral about a plane blasting overhead. I felt a huge urge to sing this South Park song (NSFW). It may not make sense, but a loud fighter flying low overhead just is absolutely thrilling.
- I loved the reactions of the Canadians when I told them that the sound of a fighter jet blasting by is the sound of freedom. And boy did I feel freer after the show.
- We were only able to breech the defenses of the VIP tent (even though we had VIP badges) when we went to meet the Commanding Officer (and ask him a bunch of Afghanistan questions). But once there, we found free beer, and good free beer. I don't know why they were selling Coors Light elsewhere since Canadians produce far better beer than that swill.
- Very interesting musical selection to accompany the various planes, including the theme from Band of Brothers for the Sabre, a Korean War era plane (the yellow/gold one in the pic above).
I am beat but I learned a great deal and had a good time. I do love my job.