Third Raunchy Redskin Reunion

Corpus Christi, Texas
7-10 April 2011

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NAS Corpus Christi Air Show

Saturday, 9 April, was the annual NAS Corpus Christi Air Show and the official start to the Blue Angels season. Unfortunately, a low broken layer keep the Blues from performing but other acts were able to get airborne and put on a good show for the huge crowd on hand. We had great seats right up front next to the VIP tent. Ah, the smell of burned and unburned hydrocarbons wafting through the air brought back fond memories to many of us.

Bill Medley settles in "down in the front row."

A biplane put on a nice acrobatic demonstration.

Folks didn't have to ask who we were.

Ross Mordhorst, Rich Keenan, Bill Hobdy and Jim Petrovich enjoy the show.

Ed Marsyla sporting a USS Kearsarge hat.

Another acro act - this time in a sleek little low winger monopalne.

How many of you have ever seen a MiG-17 in flight over the US?

Great planform view of the compound swept wings.

If you like "round motors" you had to love the sound of this F-4U Corsair as it snarled past.

Another view of the palne the Japanese called the "whistling Death."

The US Air Force was represented by this F-16 demo.

Hard to believe that this plane has been in the Air Force inventory since 1974.

Check out the water vapor condensing off the wing on this pass.

The Blue Angels were parked just to the left of where we sat.

Fat Albert has the rollers up for a max performance takeoff.

Unfortunately, JATO assist is no longer used so the climbout isn't quite so spectacular.

Fat Albert comes around for the obligatory low pass.

Carol & Bill Hobdy take in the action.

Another look at the Blue Angels' F-18 Hornets.

Anette Sanders waiting for the show to begin.

Ron Clarke is a great ambassador for Naval Aviation as he talks with these young boys.

Ross Mordhorst and Jim Petrovich in the foreground in front of a group of foreign flight students.

Ambassador Ron Clarke (back to camera) talks to the students while Ross and Jim continue their conversation.

Blue Angel Lead taxis by.

Kind of like a gaggle of ducklings following their mom but a LOT more disciplined.

Rich Keenan, Ed Marsyla and Bill Hobdy waiting to see if the cloud bases lift enough for the Blue Angels to perform.

Somethings are just not meant to be. The Blue Angel show was scrubbed after the weather pilot reported back.

Lots of vintage and current aircraft on display for us to look at.

Close up look at a F/A-18F Super Hornet.

Training Wing 5 TH-57B in Centennial paint. Vann, too bad you missed this.

A T-6 Texan II in Training Wing 5 colors.

A four holer EA-6B Prowler with pre-WW-II national insignia on the fuselage.

A Yak-52 primary trainer. Check out the cockpit security system. Simple but probably very effective.

The T-45 Goshawk trainer replaced both the T-2C and the TA-4J. Not much shade under those small wings.

Ken Burns loves the T-28 Trojan. He spent 2 1/2 years flying them after leaving HS-6 during an instructor tour with VT-3.

The business end of the AH-64 Apache helicopter gunship. A BIG step up from the HAL-3 Hueys used by HAL-3.

Front half of a Ch-47 Chinook. Another one of those cockpit security systems installed here also.

The Army had one of their H-60 Blackhawks on display next to its H-47.

How about this PBJ-1J in USMC markings? Twelve forward firing guns for close air support would make you keep your head down during a strafing run.

The Comemorative Air Force's SB2C Helldiver replaced the venerable Douglas SBD made famous during the Battle of Midway.

Rear gunner/radioman position in the Helldiver. It was known as "The Beast" for its large size compared to the Douglass Dauntless.

The Blue Angels spare sits as a static display.

A virtual sea of T-34C Turbo Mentors are still in use at NAS Corpus Christi.


Created: 05/18/11