Tahoe Truckee Airshow

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This past weekend was the Tahoe Truckee Airshow, and since I am a big fan of airplanes, I had to go.  I had never been to this airshow before.   When we lived up in the Pacific Northwest, we used to go to the Father’s Day airshow in Olympia, WA as well as the shows at Pearson Airfield in Vancouver, WA.  Had plans to see the big one in Hillsboro, OR, but never got the chance to go.  So going to the Tahoe Truckee Airshow sounded like great fun.  And it was.

TT Airshow 50aFrom when we first arrived, the people at the show made everything as easy as possible to enjoy the show.   Parking was awesome, attendance and parking was free, which allowed guests to spend their money on food or products being sold by the vendors.  They had a nice variety of planes on display, some RC planes of various types, and a beautiful Telsa automobile on site for inspection.  I had not seen one in person and it was impressive.

The event organizers went through a great deal of trouble to make this a family friendly event.  Lots of stuff for people with children to enjoy.  There is a growing concern within the aviation community that there are not enough young pilots coming up through the ranks.  I had wanted to be a pilot since I was about 3 years old, but had the impression that I was not allowed to fly because I wore glasses, so I was never encouraged.  Things have changed and contact lenses make taking to the air a lot easier.  I even started taking flight lessons while living in Vancouver at the Pearson Airfield.  Passed my ground school class, passed the PAR examination, and took several flight lessons in a Piper Cub tail dragger.  So what stopped me?  The cost.  Flight lessons are expensive and people my age don’t get scholarships to become pilots.  Heck, we don’t get scholarships for anything, but that is another topic.

TT Airshow 39aAviation is one of the last challenges that a young person can do while remaining on the planet.  The air like the ocean is the final frontier on  Earth.  Learning how to fly challenges the individual’s planning skills, intellectual skills, physical skills, verbal skills, mathematical skills, and a bit of courage testing too.  If you can master the art of flying, then you might be able to conquer just about any problem that comes your way.  So if you have people in your life who yearn for flight, be supportive of that dream.  The planes are a lot safer than they used to be, and one is more likely to get hurt in a car accident than flying in a airplane.

So back to the photos….I know I went overboard on the photo taking, but that’s what going to an airshow is all about.  Taking lots of cool pictures of airplanes.  Enjoy the photos.

G. Winkler (c) 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Telsa automobile with a beautiful sparkly red paint job!

Amazing Telsa automobile with a beautiful sparkly red paint job!

Trunk space in the front!

Trunk space in the front!

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Note the young driver already dreaming about his first car!

Note the young driver already dreaming about his first car!

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Nice day to be at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

Nice day to be at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

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Ultralight

Ultralight

 

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The pilot who restored this plane was kind enough to chat with us.

The pilot who restored this plane was kind enough to chat with us.

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This plane came in late, so they just parked it here and put some cones around it.

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Angry Birds!

Angry Birds!

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Lots of old military planes around the World War Two Era.  I think this was either a trainer or messenger carrier.

Lots of old military planes around the World War Two Era. I think this was either a trainer or messenger carrier.

 

RC people getting ready to show off their small but very agile planes.

RC people getting ready to show off their small but very agile planes.

Large variety of RC planes and copters were on display.  I have a small helicopter that I need to master.

Large variety of RC planes and copters were on display.   I have a small helicopter that I need to master.

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I love the D7.

I love the D7.

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It's almost hard to believe that it's not a real full sized plane up there!

It’s almost hard to believe that it’s not a real full sized plane up there!

Parachute jumpers' plane

Parachute jumpers’ plane

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Biplanes are my favorite.

Biplanes are my favorite.

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Parachute jumper with really big flag.

Parachute jumper with really big flag.

Lunch time.  Organic food!!  Hurrah!  Something I can eat without feeling sick later.  :)

Lunch time.  Organic food!!  Hurrah!   Something I can eat without feeling sick later. 🙂

Mexican coke with no weird stuff in it and some sunglasses from the State Farm Insurance booth.

Mexican coke with no weird stuff in it and some sunglasses from the State Farm Insurance booth.

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Great Day of fun.

Great Day of fun.

 

 

 

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Gretchen Winkler is a Writer, Artist, Radio Show Co-Host, Costume Designer, and ordered Knight. For the past 20 years she has authored several informational websites, started several technical companies, and has been an avid student of art, literature, history, technology.

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