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.
From 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.
Aviation 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