For a first ever event the Hawaii Airshow Invitational at Kona went off very well this weekend. The weather was nice, if not a bit hot, both days, and the crowds were good. An airshow is always a great family event, and this one was no exception. From the looks on the little faces it was a great experience. And it was nice to see so many kids on the field. Hopefully this will continue to grow in both scope and popularity over the years. Isolated communities like ours need the kind of variety this sort of weekend provided.
|The gate opens and the fun begins|
|It's hard to figure out where to go first!|
|There's something here for everyone.|
|There were things to ride in or climb on...|
|... and lots of things to eat...|
|... or drink (which was a great idea all day!)|
|B1-B sheltering its flock|
Also making an appearance was the very first airplane operated by Hawaiian Airlines, the Bellanca Pacemaker CH-300. The restoration job on this old bird is wonderful, and it's amazing it was ever found and returned to Hawaii.
|Bruce Mayes SNJ-4 Warbird|
|F-16 (1/2000s f/8.0 at 400mm iso400)|
|Remote controlled aerobatic demonstrations|
|Bat wing skydiver|
|Alan Miller making an unconventional landing of his little Aeronca Champ|
In all it was a great weekend for aviation lovers. I'm sure a lot of people are looking forward to next year already.
For these, and many more photos of the event, feel free also to visit my Hawaii Airshow Invitational 2011 photo gallery where I'll continue to post some of the many shots I grabbed.