California Capital Airshow coming up Sept. 11th-12th...
California Capital Airshow
There are only seven Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft now remain in flying condition out of over 10,000 produced... but five of them made this show.
This gentleman is Col Bill Harris, now 95 years old. He came to the event in a wheelchair and had a hard time making the few steps to the plane.
But this P-38 was painted to replicate the one Col Harris flew in WWII; you see, Bill Harris is a genuine WWII ace, having scored 15 confirmed aerial kills of Imperial Japanese aircraft. And that's not all: he also flew on the mission that took-out Japanese Adm. Yamamoto... get a look at what a hero looks like, folks.
F-22 Raptor was there under heavy security- you no touch.
The plane is quite sinister looking in it's titanium grey. Interesting it is that F-18's the Navy Blue Angels fly have a full 35,000 lbs of jet thrust... yet the F-22 has double that.
The maneuverability is unreal, with that power it can hover like a Harrier, stop, and turn 180-degrees in mid-flight.... a wonder to witness if you ever get the chance.
It is said that in future combat there will be two kinds of planes: F-22 Raptors and their targets... besides all the missiles and such, the canon shoots 6000 rounds per minute.
All the P-38s lined up nice...
Looks like a jet nacelle, but actually intake serving the turbo and
radiators for one of the P-38's two 1400 hp Allison V-12 engines.
Another 'stang, this one polished to perfection
Danish F-35 Joint Strike Fighter made an appearance