Thursday found me wearing down from covering so much real estate on Wittman Field for Oshkosh 2010. So, I'm a little late getting these pix posted, and they're just a very small part of the day, but the sunshine and nice clouds made it a fantastic day to get great photos.
I've seen a few Sikorsky S-64 Sky Cranes over the years, but the Erickson version of it called the Air Crane is by far the cleanest and most impressive. Like last year, the Air Crane put on a water-drop demo as part of the airshow. This very unique flying machine is always an awesome sight to see.
This F4U Corsair was stunning to see. It was getting a lot of attention from its crew, but that was just to make look more perfect than you can imagine. It was also beautifully displayed in one of the corners of Warbird Alley.
Very few of the handful of remaining Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers are still flying, so it's always special to see an example like this one operated by the Commemorative Air Force. I find the split dive brakes to be a very intriguing aspect of the airplane, and thought the close-up picture of the mechanism that deploys the brakes to be a pretty cool sight.
A really cool looking Curtiss P-40 in the Warbird area with unusual markings. If I don't completely run out of energy, I'll get more info on the significance of those markings.
This was a unique display showing an L-39 separated into to front and back halves showing the access to the engine area.
There were several DC-3's that flew before the airshow, and the DC-2 shown here also tagged along. I got several pictures of them all, but the DC-2 struck me as being the best overall. I always find this historic stepping-stone to the DC-3 to be an amazing airplane to see fly.
I've been a huge Goodyear Blimp fan since I was a kid when I actually got to go for a ride in the one based in California. That was a few years back... probably about 1969.
I was fortunate to be able to get some up-close access to get the picture here showing the blimp in the large field northwest of the EAA Museum. As I've said before, Oshkosh always feels better to me when there's a blimp flying overhead : )