My aviation obsession is a healthy one. I have loved airplanes ever since I was a little boy. My passion for flight is what drove me to become an unmanned aircraft operator for the U.S. Army, then, after my time with the military, I earned my degrees in Air Traffic Control and Aviation Safety. It’s safe to say that I love airplanes.
Each year, our family chooses an airshow to attend, and this year, we chose the TICO Warbird Airshow in Titusville, Florida, on Florida’s Space Coast. This is the 39th annual airshow, and this year, rumor has it that they will be doing their first ever Friday night show with fireworks and live music! My family looks forward to the events on the ground; gift shops, food vendors, souvenirs, kid’s carnival games and rides, and car displays. I, on the other hand, look forward to the air show performances and getting up close with the static displays.
This year, the show promises over 40+ warbirds, and I am particularly excited about checking out Fifi, which is the only flying B-29, the F-104 Starfighter, and the Aeroshell Demo Team.
Fifi makes for a rare sight these days; an airborne B-29 Superfortress. This bomber was designed to replace the older B-17s and B-24s during World War II. It was one of the Air Force’s premier bombers, and it flew until they were gradually replaced by the B-52 Stratofortress. Fifi will soon have more company in the skies once Doc, another B-29 Superfortress, finishes its restoration in Wichita, Kansas.
The “Missile with a Man in It,” as many people refer the F-104 Starfighter as, is one of my all time favorite aircrafts to look at. A supersonic, single-engine, stub-winged interceptor with the streamlined looks of a true predator, the F-104 is one of the fastest aircraft of its time. It was the very first aircraft to simultaneously hold the world’s speed and altitude record. The Starfighter is a piece of aviation history that showcases the capability of American engineering and its ingenuity as it pushed the envelope in the 1950s.
What is an air show without an aerobatics team? The Aeroshell Aerobatic team has been performing for over 25 years as a six-man team. Flying the North American AT-6 Texan, the team of extremely talented pilots shows off, flying and performing aerobatics such as barrel rolls, dogfighting maneuvers, and much more, while the crowds watch in amazement. If you have never seen an aerobatics team, you are in for a treat!
Even if you aren’t an aircraft enthusiast, the event offers great fun for the entire family. The big event is March 11 - 13, 2016 in Titusville on Florida’s Space Coast. Below are some important details.
- March 11, 2016 - Twilight's Show Ending with Fireworks & Live Music - Gates open at noon.
- March 12 & 13, 2016 - Gates open at 8:30 a.m. - Airshow is from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
- Details can be found here.
I hope that you enjoy the show, and I hope to see you there! - Anthony - Aviation Enthusiast