Last weekend marked Wings and Waves Air Show in Daytona. Two-day event was packed with action from 11 to 4 Saturday and Sunday and was expected to bring 200,000 spectators to watch the show on the beach behind Hilton Oceanfront Resort.
Saturday came with a strong wind, and I was not sure small vintage planes would be able to show their pirouettes, but the weather did not stop them from demonstrating their magic in the sky.
For Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this sponsored event not only a way of saying “Thank you” to the community, but also business, as they tout leasing space in their research facility to aerospace companies. The University invited special guests to attend the Air Show, and visit their 90-acre Aerospace Research and Technology Park.
This year show was a much bigger event than the previous show. Besides Canadian Forces demonstration team, which was here at the last show, this time they were joined by US Air Force Thunderbirds.
But while the University officials were taking care of business with Austrian and Canadian Companies, people were enjoying the Air Show on the beach.
I was stunned when I could not find any parking close to the beach. Needless to say, the beach was packed and cars and people.
I find it fascinating that I have not met a single person objecting to this event. You have people unhappy with racing in Daytona, you have people unhappy with bikers in Daytona, you can even find people unhappy with tourists in Daytona… but so far Air Show is getting a warm welcome, even though it is so noisy at times…
The event is real fun. It is such a powerful exhibition of the precision and skill of the pilots… They call the event Wings and Waves.
They could as well call it Magic in the Sky.
The photo was taken by my son Vadim. I took a bunch of photos, but this was way better and I asked his permission to show it here.
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