“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
I had an amazing time Saturday photographing with friends at the Shaw Air Expo, located at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. The hours for the event were 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. I was there just as the gates opened in order to get a great spot for enjoying and photographing the show.
Parking and admission were free for this fabulous event. There were flight demonstrations, static displays,
displays and demonstrations in a hangar, activities for children, and food and beverage vendors.
Once I set my chair in a position that I thought would be a great place to take in the flight portions of the show, I made my way to explore the aircraft and other things on display.
While exploring this aircraft, we were allowed to climb up into the cockpit to take a look. I liked capturing this vantage point of those waiting for their turn.
The weather Saturday started off rainy and then there was a heavy cloud cover until after noon. There was much waiting for the air show to begin. The conditions had to be right for the planes to be able to fly safely.
Once the weather cleared up, the flight portion of the show began. It was definitely worth the wait.
Since I don’t typically photograph things that are moving quickly, this was a challenge for me. But I did find that I enjoyed it tremendously.
Each part of the show was extremely exciting. I especially enjoyed the show performed by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, the Black Daggers. The Black Daggers are a demonstration team.
After the Black Daggers did their demonstration, they warmly shook hands with many of the spectators.
The final portion of the air show was a demonstration by the Thunderbirds. I will save that for my next blog post. You won’t want to miss that! I hope you will return later this week for that.
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