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Friday, March 1, 2013

Air Fiesta Brownsville, TX

One of my favorite March activities, Air Fiesta in Brownsville, takes place next weekend, March 9 and 10 at the Brownsville Airport. Sponsored by the Rio Grande Valley Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, the show offers glimpses into an earlier generation of planes. This is Air Fiesta's 50th Anniversary and an expanded air show will thrill visitors.

I love Tora! Tora! Tora!, the reenactment of Pearl Harbor. Until I first saw it a number of years ago, I had no concept of the vastness or the loudness of the real attack. Movies just don't do it justice. The time it took for the Japanese planes to do a bombing pass, turn around and make another pass amazed me. The heat from the bomb explosions (created by the pyrotechnic team), the deafening sounds, the smells, the time - and this is just pretend.

Everyone should see a reenactment to get a sense of the scope of an air battle.

The aerobatic acts enthrall me and I especially like any type of precision flying. Add the chance to see the planes up close and personal, and it's an educational and entertaining experience. I look forward to seeing the B-17, B-25s and all the other aircraft.

If you're in the area, plan to attend. I'll be there, camera in hand.

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