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Vulgar display of power

Yesterday, I went to an airshow with nikki, which displayed the might of the US Air Force. It was quite entertaining, and (as always) a sobering experience. At least 50000 people, which sucked when we all tried to leave on a 2 lane road (2 hours to get out of the parking lot). I also got a little sunburnt. Despite these annoyances, it was well worth it.

Highlights of the show:

--- 2 B1-B Bomber exhibitions (think 120,000 lbs of thrust going by 800 feet away), plus it's a beautiful plane
--- 30 minutes of simulated warfare (with real, live explosions, equipment drops from planes, and hummers with machine guns)
--- Paratroopers doing formations and blowing smoke while free falling, and then getting to talk to them when they land.
--- Of course, the USAF Thunderbirds (like the blue angels, but the thunderbirds use the F-16-C, which has a higher thrust to weight ratio than the blue angels' F-18)
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