The Thunderbird's perform tricks at an airshow.

The memories of air shows past

By Staff Sgt. Jarrod Chavana
Air Force Social Media Team

As a child growing up in South Texas I could not wait to see the annual air show. As a 10-year-old I tried to figure out how this enormous beast of an aircraft, the C-5 Galaxy, could remain in the air while moving at a turtles pace. How did it not just fall out of the sky? Watching fighter jets performing barrel roles and zooming past the audience in a thunderous roar was just amazing to me. Although these photos are not mine these are some of my favorite air show photos.

The Air Force Thunderbird's perform at an air show.
The United States Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 Falcon demonstration team performs at a recent air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Thunderbirds Public Affairs/Released)
Julie Clark stands outside of the cockpit during an air show.
Julie Clark stands outside of the cockpit of her Chevron Mentor T-35 to greet the crowd during the 2009 Dover Air Force Base Open House and Air Show. Several flying acts took place, including Ms. Clark’s aerobatic demonstration, at the weekend event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Steve Lewis/Released)

The best part of being at an air show is not just watching the pilots perform acrobatic stunts, but getting to walk through the aircraft.

Airshow visitors walk around Air Force aircraft during an air show.
The crowds gather around a C-5 Galaxy and other aircraft during an air show.

Other than an air show when can the average person sit under the wings of a C-130 and just hang out?

Crowds of people sit under the wings of a C-130 in order to block the sun.
A group of visitors take shade under the wing of a C-130 aircraft during a base air show. The Thunder Over the Rock air show had more than 40 static displays for the public to explore. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Willis/Released)

But I do not want to kid myself, watching pilots perform stunts is the reason the majority of us attend air shows.

F-22 Raptor performs at an open house.
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.– An F-22 Raptor performs a max climb take off during the 2010 Aviation Nation Nellis Open House. The Nellis Open House is an opportunity for the Las Vegas community to view aerial demonstrations and static displays of various aircraft from the military. The open house also acts as the final air show of the year for the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald/Released)
A wing-walker performs during an air show.
A wing-walker performs during the California Capital Air Show in Sacramento, Calif., Sept. 6, 2014. The event featured both military and civilian demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

Even when the pilots are not performing tricks, how often do you get to see a B-2?

B-2 performs a flyover at an air show.
The “Spirit of Indiana” a B-2 Stealth Bomber, makes a pass in front of the crowd at the 2011 Defenders of Liberty Air Show at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 7, 2011. The B-2 is a low-observable, strategic, long-range, heavy bomber capable of penetrating sophisticated and dense air-defense shields. This particular B-2 is based out of Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Walston/Released)
Aircraft recreate the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
“Tora, Tora, Tora” performs a reenactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Designed as a living history lesson, “Tora! Tora! Tora!” is intended as a memorial to all the soldiers on both sides who gave their lives for their countries. (Courtesy photo)

Although these photos are some of my favorite feel free to share your best air show photos with us.