Warbirds and Airshows
By David D Jackson

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 2012 Airshows
Titusville (Tico), FL   Urbana, OH B-25 Gathering   B-25 Fly-Over at Doolittle Reunion, Dayton, OH   MCAS Cherry Point, NC   Shaw AFB, Sumter, SC   Whiteman AFB, Knob Noster, MO   Boeing Field, Seattle, WA   Kokomo Air Show, Kokomo, IN   CWH Airshow, Hamilton ON   Indianapolis Air Show, Greenfield, IN   Indianapolis Executive B-17 Texas Raiders   Thunder over Michigan, Belleville, MI   Gratiot Community Airshow, Alma, MI   Marion Fly-In/Drive-In, Marion, IN   Fort Wayne Air Show, Fort Wayne, IN   Waukegan, IL   Glendale Airport, Kokomo, IN   Indianapolis Regional Airport, IN   Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport, IN

Indianapolis Air Show 2012 Warbird Photo Review
Warbirds at the Indianapolis Regional Airport, Greenfield, IN - June22-24, 2012  

  This is the one air show I volunteer for during the year and my duties are to contract with the warbirds and then during the show I am one of two warbird narrators.  While it would seem I have ample time to take photos during the weekend most of the time I am solving problems that arise and helping others with their issues.  Most of the time I do not even have a camera with me.  During the narration although I have all the warbirds flying in front of me yet I still can only sneak in a few photos at the appropriate moments.  The photos below are not logical order and are not inclusive of all the warbirds that were there.  But this should give you a flavor of some of the 46 warbirds that were on the field in various locations.


The L-39s belong to a group called the Hoppers, which donates its fuel to perform at the air show each year.


All five T-34s were new to the show!


They just don't make crew chiefs like they used to!! 

Therese Stender makes sure everything is all set for her husband Paul as he gets ready to taxi  the jet powered outhouse up and down the the taxiway (Does an outhouse taxi or drive?).  Due to the fact Paul sits on the jet engine and he uses both jet fuel and 100LL for this part of the show, everything needs to be just right, just as when he goes shooting down the runway in their jet powered school bus at 300 mph, which has a J-79 engine in it. 

Yes, I know this is supposed to be a Warbird only website, but I can change the rules whenever I want!!

 
Paul is completely covered with a flame retardant suit.  It may be a comedy act on the outside but inside it is all serious business.  It was 93 degrees when this photo was taken so he probably on the warm side from the weather, let alone the heat generated by the jet engine, which came out of a navy minesweeper and his protective clothing.  Fuel is poured in through the urinal that can be seen behind Pau's right hand.  It takes 15 gallons of Jet A and 10 gallons of 100LL for each run.  The chassis is from a go-cart .


150 gallons of Jet A per routine.


Larry Jacobi from Noblesville, IN brought in his new T-6 to the show.  New to the show!


Lee Leet from Louisville. KY brought in his Shorts Tucano and gave us some real nice high speed passes.  This is one of only 4 flying in the US and the paint scheme is original, from when it was a demo aircraft in the RAF.  New to the show!


Indiana Air Search and Rescue (IASAR) from Fishers, IN had its new OH-13G on display, which was just brought in from Texas a week earlier.  Due to radio issues it did not fly with the Huey but should be in the show in 2013.  New to the show!


Bill Finney from Muncie taxies out in his L-19.


Walt Gdowski's T-28 on display.


Jim Leavelle from Cleveland, OH brought in his T-6 and gave us a nice warbird aerobatic routine.  New to the show!


Todd Winemiller from Cincinnati, OH had his Texan on display and in the air.  New to the show!


Mass trainer formation.  One of several which included 19 aircraft on Saturday and 16 on Sunday.


Rare mixed fighter and attack aircraft formation.


John Joyce from Carmel, IN in his Bulldog.


The venerable Huey on one of its many low passes during the trainer and liaison segment. 


What's wrong with this picture?  Its not the super Stearman that is flying upside because that is permissible.  It is the fact that Jane Wicker is sitting on the wing without a safety harness and the pilot is her former husband.  New to the show!


 


Doug Rozendaal puts the P-51C Red Tail through its aerobatic paces at the show.  Doug flew this segment, while Brad Lang, a son of a Tuskegee airman, flew the warbird sequence.  New to the show!


The Tennessee Ridgerunners plus One round the corner marker for a photo pass.


Dennis Labbe came all the way from Ft. Myers, FL to help out and fly in the show.


This was the high angle of attack fly-by.


This stock PT-17 was on display with Jane Wicker's Super Stearman.  New to the show!


The start of the trainer taxi.


This was taken from the narrator's stand on Sunday.


Not the best photo of the lot, but the only one I have of Jim Cook, with his signature baseball cap on, doing a high speed pass in his Yak-9 that is in focus.


The American Military Heritage Foundation's Lockheed PV-2 on a high speed pass.  It is one of only two flying today.


Eric Downing's AE-1E Skyraider.


Rodney Davis and his L-5.


Dave Folk in his F4U-5 Corsair.


Neal Melton in the P-47D.


 


Victor Stottlemyer in his Harvard.  New to the show!


The PT-26 Cornell from the Indiana Wing of the CAF..

Titusville (Tico), FL   Urbana, OH B-25 Gathering   B-25 Fly-Over at Doolittle Reunion, Dayton, OH   MCAS Cherry Point, NC   Shaw AFB, Sumter, SC   Whiteman AFB, Knob Noster, MO   Boeing Field, Seattle, WA   Kokomo Air Show, Kokomo, IN   CWH Airshow, Hamilton ON   Indianapolis Air Show, Greenfield, IN   Indianapolis Executive B-17 Texas Raiders   Thunder over Michigan, Belleville, MI   Gratiot Community Airshow, Alma, MI   Marion Fly-In/Drive-In, Marion, IN   Fort Wayne Air Show, Fort Wayne, IN   Waukegan, IL   Glendale Airport, Kokomo, IN   Indianapolis Regional Airport, IN   Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport, IN
 

 


 
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