Since 1929 the Cleveland National Air show has wowed spectators of all ages. This past Labor Day weekend was no different as nearly 100,000 people showed up for the event, not to mention the thousand of others who packed the muni lots and Edgewater park, which was closed off by sheriff's mid morning Monday due to a lack of parking as people grilled out and chose their prime viewing areas.
Photojournalist Noel Latham was able to capture some of the sights for Patch.
While the Blue Angels and their acrobatics were the show stoppers, a new feature to the show also drew many oohs and ahhs, was the legacy flight. This was where the corsair f4U, of the 1970's show Black Sheep Squadron fame flew on the wing of an F-18 hornet. A WWII era P51 Mustang also did the same on Monday, on the wings of an F-22 Raptor.
Another unique aspect of the airshow was the B-17G Yankee Lady, one a just a few WWII bombers still flying today. is Nicknamed the "Flying Fortress", THE B-17 was a long range heavy bomber that was given the task of destroying enemy war facilities through precision strategic bombardment. Many of these did not return home from their missions, but the plane was a big reason for the Allied victory in WWII.
The Army Golden Knights jump team, which feature North Ridgeville resident Dana Bowman, a former special forces sergeant who lost his legs during a training mission were also on hand as was the Oracle Challenger III bi-plane.
Piloted by Sean Tucker, his feats are duplicated by no one and at times G-forces exerted on him when he is flying are greater than those on the pilots in modern fighter jets. It too was a spectator favorite.
The airshow, which is centered at Burke Airport in downtown Cleveland also had many ground exhibits for spectators. From a large C-4 transport to interactive exhibts such as a climbing wall there was fun for the entire family.
An added attraction this year, was Navy Week, in which Cleveland was designated as one of just 12 cities nationwide to celebrate the War of 1812. Tall ships from bother Canadian and United States Navy not only paraded by the show, but also docked behind Cleveland Browns stadium enabling families to find out what life is like aboard a boat.