Saturday, July 14, 2007

The Greatest Show on Turf, 2007

Here's a sampling of photos from the Geneseo Air Show. Just south of Rochester NY, an unassuming grass strip plays host to an excellent warbird show each summer. Kent and I attended on July 14, 2007. The 2007 show featured the B-17 that portrayed the "Memphis Belle" in the eponymous movie, a plethora of B-25s, and other examples of the finest aircraft of World War II.

Up close to a movie star.  The real Memphis Belle is under restoration.  Hollywood's version is still airworthy and has been in the Rochester area since the 2006 Geneseo Airshow.

The "Hollywood Belle" makes a low pass over Geneseo.  It was my first time seeing a B-17 Flying Fortress fly and, for that alone, the trip to Geneseo was worth it.

After several fly bys, the Memphis Belle landed on Geneseo's turf runway and taxied past.

I always liked the look of the Corsair at rest with full flaps deployed, like a bird of prey with its feathers splayed.

Nothing else has the classy lines of a Mustang.

In World War II, this sharp looking twin served as a light cargo or VIP transport as well as an instrument and multiengine trainer.  I believe that this C-45 Expeditor, the military version of the venerable Beech 18, is owned by the Historical Aircraft Group Museum on the field at Geneseo.

One of several B-25 Mitchell twin engined bombers on the field that day.

Another B-25, this one a prime example of "punny" nose art.

Nose to nose with "Miss Hap".

Oooo, shiny...  This B-25 is based at the American Air Power Museum in Farmingdale, NY.