Warbirds Over The Rockies was held at Love Air Field in Ft.Collins, September 26, 27 & 28, 2008, with over 5,000 spectators and pilots. The weather was filled with cloudless blue skies, light winds and temperatures ranging from 80 degrees to 96 degrees depending on your flight day! Evenings were crisp, with a need for light windbreakers and sleeves. There was an endless array of airplanes from sun up to sun set.
Bombers, fighters, jets and bi-planes took to the skies daily to wow the crowds with their aerobatic expertise and bombing and strafing run capabilities. Walls of fire and the sounds of exploding bombs resulted. The crowds really got into the act, hooting and shouting with screams for more! The pilots were only too willing to accommodate. Three full days of non-stop action ensued with full size airplanes taking center stage at noon for the noon time festivities complete with a pyrotechnic display immediately following. Two Nevada Air Race pilots flying a T-6 and a Hawker Sea Fury respectively entertained the noon crowds with their graceful aerobatic display that had the people in the stands and on the field gasping for breath! Each plane, with full smoke on, exhibited their piloting skills with several passes over the field ending with loops, rolls and wing waggles upon their exit. As a spectator, it could not have been a more perfect exhibition!
Our beautiful skies with the in the background made the event priceless. Each day you could peruse the pit area and checkout the planes up close or visit the food tent and snag yourself some excellent BBQ from Famous Dave’s. Once your plate was full, cold drink in hand, the spectator tents provided just the right amount of shade needed to enjoy the flying. It was hard to tell the models from the real McCoy full sized planes. Since the action was fast and furious, you had to really keep your eyes on the skies in order not to miss a thing. Whether you loved pre war biplanes with their graceful movements and almost quiet engines or the truly authentic sounding turbine jets roaring past at 180 mph, you didn’t dare take your eyes off the flying field. Dean Digiorgio “Mr.Top Gun” 2007 put in an appearance flying his competition Air World Fockewulf stunning the audience with maneuvers only Dean can pull off. His low fly bys, formation stunts and classic take off and landing techniques held everyone captivated. Pilots and spectators alike really enjoyed his expert flying technique. It was easy to see why he’s won Top Gun, an international competition held in each April, five times! Way to go Dino.
Did I mention that Jets Rule? Well Frank Noll from Champagne Illinois, put Brian O’Meara’s F-4 Phantom through its paces with flights that had everyone on the edge of their seats. It’s hard to describe how beautiful, realistic and awe inspiring his flying was. Frank is a natural pilot. You would never have known by looking at the Phantom roar past the air field, that Frank was not inside the cockpit! Smooth and flawless is an understatement. He had the plane simulating many of the same maneuvers the full size F-4 performs. Flying at approximately 180 mph, the Phantom, painted in the colors of the Jolly Roger, roared up and down the flight line, often only 4 feet above the runway. Now imagine the entire flight inverted and you’ll understand why people love to watch the jets fly. The roaring engine, as the Phantom has a real turbine burning jet engine, makes your head whip around constantly as your eyes take it al in. If you love the smell of jet fuel and can’t resist loud roaring noises in your ear, then come September you need to get yourself to Warbirds Over The Rockies. Next year, that is.
There were 131 registered model pilots on hand to make the un-contest/ fun fly a smashing success. Only Warbirds were encouraged to participate and each pilot had a gorgeous model, hauled from many distant U.S states such as , and , plus entrants from the , to ! ¼ and 1/5 scale models were abundant, ranging from the B-29 and B-17 to jets, like Ryan Haldenwanger’s Aeromacci. He and Egil Wigert, from , put on quite the show, as both men flew their Aeromacci full out. Ryan couldn’t resist mach speed, inverted, and low on the deck. Egil, likewise, buzzed the runway, throttle wide open, at speeds in excess of 150 mph. Both pilots are seasoned veterans of flying R/C and have competed in many local contests and fun flies.
It’s impossible to mention each and every pilot that attended Warbirds Over The Rockies, but hopefully we have captured photos of all the planes that were present for this event. There will be a video out in the coming weeks, so I encourage you to check our website www.warbirdsovertherockies.com.
Make sure you check out the picture gallery that is attached for your viewing pleasure. Every pilot in attendance had a beautiful model and flew with great skill and expertise. Our hats are off to them all, as they provided 3 wonderful days of flying entertainment.
Without the pilots, Warbirds Over The Rockies would not exist. So, with this We Thank our Pilots profusely for attending this year’s event and we sincerely hope to see them all here in the Rockies again next year.
Way to go! Brian omeria and his team put on a first rate flyinn. I know because i and my son Ryan got some great flying in. all that I can say is we will see you next year for sure!!!! Thanks for all your hard work. and all the rc companies that gave so generasely to promote RC at Warbirds over the Rockies. Thanks again Scott & Ryan Davis........