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Today we went to the Lincoln Air Show. It was really, really cool. We wanted to get an early start so we left around ten in order to stake a claim before the show started at eleven. The really good news was that we parked 342676 miles away and had to walk and walk and walk, and once we got to the check-in gate, they told Nate he couldn't take his water jug in and he had to walk ALL THE WAY back. They were very thorough in their search "miss, do you have any firearms or explosives on you?" Yes, yes I do. Really, who would say yes to that question? It's like when you go to Sonic and you run your debit card through and it says "Do you know your pin?" and there is a YES and NO option. What would happen if you clicked no?

Anyway, once we finally got in with our regular-sized water bottles, we found a good spot close to the front and the show began. The first plane that went is the little one in this picture with the smoke stuff coming out of the back. He did some REALLY cool tricks. Later they had a lady pilot who did a lot of the same things and she was really cool too. The best news? This smoke is environmentally friendly. Good, because otherwise I would have had to leave in protest of this dangerous business. Just wait till you see the explosions that happened later.

They also had several nice tributes in honor of 9/11 and this guy parachuted with a flag while they sang the national anthem. I was very impressed.

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The sad thing was, as cool as all the planes and stunts were, the time when the most people flocked to the fence was when they announced the world's only jet-powered porta-potty. Literally, as soon as the words were out of the announcer's mouth, hundreds of people started swarming to the nearest viewing site in hopes of seeing this spectacular event.

In addition to watching planes drop people out of them, do loops, and produce sonic booms, we got to walk through some really impressive aircrafts. The one below was especially interesting for Nate who wanted nothing more than to push ALL THE BUTTONS.

In all seriousness, I think he did want to push the buttons, but he really was fascinated by all of it. 

We also got to see a FedEx plane, just like the one on Castaway. Luckily, there are no oceans or desert islands in Nebraska so escaping Tom Hank's fate was relatively easy. Plus, we were on the ground.

Another movie note: We were really excited to say "Get off my plane" while we were on this cargo jet thing because it was just like in Air Force 1. Minus the assassin. And the president.

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Mikey earned his wings on the FedEx plane.
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When the first plane was flying around showing off all of it's environmentally friendly smoke, I said to Danielle that I wished the smoke was pink, because that would be BEAUTIFUL! Like giant cotton candy. Well later they had these awesome sky divers who fluffed out pink smoke! It was so cool!

We wanted to stay to see the Blue Angels, which was the main attraction, but we'd already been their for four hours and needed to get homework and laundry and other Sunday chores done. So sadly, we missed that. The good news is, I got back to the room and was very productive. I did a whole load of laundry. Homework? nah. Why did we leave so early?
 


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grandma
09/11/2011 10:02pm

The air show sounds great, Shel, and your pictures are very good---pink smoke and all. I'm so glad Mikey got his wings! Sorry you didn't get to stay to the end and see the Blue Angels. Grandpa is reading a book right now entitled "First Blue." It's the story of World War II Butch Voris and the creation of the Blue Angels. He says it's very interesting. He would have loved the show.

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Arielle
09/17/2011 1:50am

That looks like fun! Especially walking around in that plane!

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Arielle
09/17/2011 1:54am

And by the way, in my town everyone would prefer a jet powered porta-poty to the rest LOL! Well except me that is :P I have never seen the blue angels but they sound awesome!

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