This past weekend, our son and I went to the 31st annual Florida International Air Show,
right here in my little town, at our small county airport.

Our honored guests included a historic "commemorative gathering" of 3 of the 5 reaming
Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, and special guests representing the People's Republic of China.

The event was a time to honor those that gave so much for you and I to be free. We celebrated
the designers, builders and those who served with these aircraft.

This event also raised money for a number of local charities, plus the "Disabled American Veterans"
and the "make a wish foundation"

The flying portion included the following aircraft and original designers/developers

the American flag flow in by parachute, with the singing of our National Anthem

P-51 Mustang (North American Aviation)
F-16 Fighting Falcon (General Dynamics)
A-10 Thunderbolt II (Fairchild-Republic)
F-22 Raptor ATF (Lockheed)

Otto, the helicopter and the "Veterans - God bless the USA" banner

Jet dragster vs. airplane

B-25 Mitchell "Panchito" Pacific theater version (North American Aviation)
B-25 Mitchell European theater version (North American Aviation)
F4U Corsair (Chance Vought)

Feature Act, the Heavy Metal Jets" team
Areo L-39 Albatros (Czechoslovakia, Aero Vodochody)

You may recognize these as being in several Hollywood films, sometimes as Soviet aggressors.
They also bear a striking resemblance to the Douglas A-4F Skyhawk, which entered service in
1954, and was flown by our very own Blue Angles from 1964 to 1986.

Please remember to thank a Vet, and if you can support charities that do so much good.

To see all of the photos you will need to click on the links below, which will take you to some
of my pages, on the photography site.

Patriotism & charity, 2011 Florida International Air Show, 312 photos, click here

Here is a sample of what you will see:

Patriotism & charity, 2011 Florida International Air Show, 312 photos, click here