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moose135
11-05-2012, 02:09 PM
The Warbirds Over Monroe air show was held this past weekend. Begun in 2007 as Warriors and Warbirds, 2012 saw a name change, but retained the focus on WWII-era aircraft. The show is held at the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport, a primarily corporate and private airfield in Monroe, NC, just southeast of Charlotte. The show featured flying demonstrations by 4 P-51 Mustangs, 2 B-25 bombers, a pair of F4U Corsairs, a PBY, and the Commemorative Air Force "Tora, Tora, Tora" re-enactment group. They fly 8 aircraft (mostly T-6 Texans) that were converted to resemble Japanese fighters and bombers for the movie.

It was a very good show. Met up with a friend, got a spot right on the rope line, and settled in for the action. Plenty of flying, some interesting subjects, and the CAF filled the air with smoke, fire, and airplanes!

C-46 "Tinker Belle" is owned and operated by the Warriors and Warbirds organization (http://www.warriorsandwarbirds.org/), and is based at Monroe. Money raised from the airshow helps maintain the aircraft. She is airworthy (flew at Reading last year), but did not fly for this show.

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B-25 "Briefing Time"

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B-25 "Panchito"

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The sun wasn't in the best spot, especially early in the show, but it did make for some dramatic lighting...1/30 second, sitting on the ground at the rope line, gives you lightning bolts from the spinner! And Quick Silver is a gorgeous airplane!

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My personal favorite shot of the day...

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steve1840
11-05-2012, 06:31 PM
Excellent work Moose! Those are some gorgeous birds! Think i may keep that little show on my radar for bext year