Hi! I visited the Kansas City Aviation Expo yesterday at MKC (Kansas City Downtown Airport), and decided I'd post a little bit about it on here.
Here's what aircraft were at the airshow....
-3 A-10 "Warthogs"
-Blue Angels, along with Fat Albert (who did a Rocket Assisted Takeoff)
-FedEx Boeing 727-100
-Save a Connie Martin 404 (got a tour through it, very cool, it felt weird thinking about passengers filling those seats)
-Save a Connie Lockheed Constellation
-US Army Golden Knights Paratroop team
-Air Mobility Command C-5A (AWESOME!!!! HUGE PLANE! I am still puzzled how they got that thing into MKC though)
-CH-56 Sea Stallion
-lots and lots of Cessna's, Beech's, and Pipers
I've seen the Blue Angels before, so I knew most of the show, but it was fun watching the crowds amazement as the solo planes (5 and 6) did those head on maneuvers. It was an excellent show, I wish I could go into the Air Force or Navy and fly fighters, as much as I want to fly airliners. But my flat feet (I had clubbed feet when I was little, and the surgeries I had made them flat, my heel bone isn't in line with my achilles tendon, but I can still walk, run, jog, etc. just as well as, or better than other kids my age) are keeping me from the AF. As much as I love airliners, there's nothing like feeling (and hearing) the raw power an F/A-18 or F-16 can put out.
Off the Blue Angels subject, inside the terminal I got to go through the exhibits, where Southwest Airlines, and Vanguard had exhibits up, coupled with the Civil Air Patrol, young Eagles, and other flying schools. At the Vanguard exhibit I got to speak with a Vanguard Captain for 10 or 15 minutes, he found it very interesting how I'd actually flown real flights with FS, with 737s, 777s, etc. My mom told him about my passage that was published in the most recent issue of Airliners Magazine (a reply to the Kansas City International Airport article, it's on the second or third page, I don't have the magazine with me at the moment). That Andrew is me!
I found a large selection of Gemini Jets models, and nearly bought a Continental 737-800, but I had to leave. The lines for the ferry buses were huge, my family and I waited 2 hours to get on a bus and get dropped off where our cars were parked.
All in all, this was the best airshow I've been to! The Blue Angels and speaking to the Vanguard Captain were the highlights of the show, but everything else was great as well!
BABY BOEINGS ALL THE WAY!!
FLY DELTA JETS!