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KC Aviation Expo 2001

Mon Aug 20, 2001 3:18 am


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.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Here's what aircraft were at the airshow....

-3 A-10 "Warthogs"
-Blue Angels, along with Fat Albert (who did a Rocket Assisted Takeoff)
-A-6 Intruder
-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)
-P-51 Mustang
-C-130
-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!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy 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!

Andrew
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RE: KC Aviation Expo 2001

Mon Aug 20, 2001 11:49 pm

Great show, wasn't it? It was great seeing the Blue Angel's and other low flying beauties over Kansas City the past few days.
 
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RE: KC Aviation Expo 2001

Mon Aug 20, 2001 11:56 pm

I couldn't make it to the show, but reports said traffic was pretty bad getting there. Wish they'd reconsider the closing of Richards Gebaur and bring it back there...then I could watch the show from my deck! One thing I found that was typical media sensationalism was on the local Fox network, they had a "teaser" at 9:00 p.m. that said "Fiery disaster at airshow...details at 10:00." I got online and found absolutely nothing on any news service. Finally at 10:00 the report came on. It seems that the "fiery disaster" was that a Harrier jet did a vertical takeoff and burned a hole in some asphalt. About $150 in damage. Pitiful.
 
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RE: KC Aviation Expo 2001

Tue Aug 21, 2001 11:00 am

My NJROTC (US NAVY Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) Captain went to the airshow that day, because the upperclassmen in my ROTC Unit were supposed to do color guard or something of that sort on Friday while the demos were practicing. He said it was a 20 foot wide area of damage. He's retired USNavy, really nice person.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy I love ROTC, and for any one in Highschool or College that has ROTC available at your school, but is not taking it, I'd recommend it! It's a fun thing to do, and you learn alot about honor, respect, as well as military traditions, and the field trips are great!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy This is my first year, but we will get to go to Pensacola, Florida (flying on a US Navy C-9B transport), San Diego, California (we get to go in a Nuclear sub!), Charleston, South Carolina and a few other places. We don't go all those places in one year, but somewhere along the line I'll get a chance to go to at least one of them. I'm in the rifle team (marksmanship, rifle twirling, etc.), and I may or may not do PT (physical Training). It's lots of fun!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: KC Aviation Expo 2001

Tue Aug 21, 2001 11:35 am

MKC is an aweful place to hold any kind of big event. With only one road going in and out of the airport and three sides of the airport being boardered by river there are hardly any places to park and getting all those people in and out would be a nightmare as well. I just happened to be visiting my grandparents when Cheney visited Kansas City. I was hoping to get to snap some pictures of the C-32A, but according to the news there was no place to park anywhere close to the airport, so I didn't get to go. I agree with Goingboeing, Richards-Gebaur would be a much better place to hold the show, but it is a good ways from downtown.

BTW- Goingboeing: in what part of KC to you live...'cause you could easily watch the airshow from my grandparent's house if it was held at R-G. If you don't feel comfortable posting it feel free to e-mail me.
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RE: KC Aviation Expo 2001

Wed Aug 22, 2001 9:06 pm

I live in the "golden ghetto" of southern Johnson County, Kansas. - due west of R-G. When they held the airshows out there, the Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, or whoever else was performing would be flying in formation just over treetop level in my front yard.

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