Like DeltaJax, I spent the weekend at the Sun N Fun Fly In in Lakeland, Fl. A few friends of mine and I went over Saturday, and camped out in the Ultra Light Camping section (buddy is building one). Met up with Don Rhynalds and his beautiful Grumman HU
-16 Albatross. It was the one on the end, painted up in Air Force Rescue colors.
We watched the night show from on top of it's wing... about 12 of us in all... some of which were people we just happened to meet that flew in from Iowa in a Piper Warrior. The night show was spectacular.. Manfred in the glider, the T-6 team, Otto the R-22 helicopter and the parachutists... all at night and with pyro and strobes.... then the very impressive fireworks from the ground as the finale. Nicely done, though years ago they had a MiG-17 doing afterburner passes at night, but he wasn't there this year.
Unfortunately, there were 2 wrecks Sunday morning. One plane apparently ended up upside down... got pictures of it getting towed down the flight line just after Dons Albatross taxi'ed out for take off. And someone in a Destiny ultralight crashed and was airlifted out on a BK-117. Hope they both make it okay.
Lots of fun.
P.S. - Watching a LearJet doing loops and aileron rolls was quite nice as well.