Oshkosh 2016-Day Three - Pearl Harbour 75th Anniversary
By Juri Keyter and Willie Bodenstein
This year the weather unfortunately intervened with high gusting winds and a rain storm disrupted the start of proceedings. However, the weather cleared, although it remained overcast for most of the rest of the day, a welcome relief from the extremely hot temperatures of the previous day.
The show, though, must go on and it did. One of the highlights of the afternoon was the much anticipated arrival of the Canadian Snow Birds. The Snow Birds last performed at AirVenture in the early seventies and will be doing two performances later this week.
The arrival of the Snow Birds
Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team
Gene Soucy and Amanda Stokes in the Grumman Showcat
Kent Pietsch doing the truck top landing
And showing that the seventy year old Interstate Cadet can, if the power is managed properly, be a pretty good glider.
The Aircraft of the Texas Heritage Flight
F-16 Fighting Falcon
Right after the afternoon show, Radio Honolulu started playing over the public address system and we were back in 1941. We were still enjoying the brass bands and the swing when the Japanese Zeros attacked us from behind and the re-enactment of this fateful day started. With explosions everywhere, smoke making it very difficult to see further than 200 meters, Zeros, a P40 and a B17 flying continuously through the smoke in both directions, left us breathless. This was the most thrilling and entertaining display we have ever seen.
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