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Mar 09, 2011 18:57 |  #1

I was thinking about the upcoming airshow season, and wondered what are the best airshows in the US, from a photography perspective. I was thinking of where the sun is, typical weather conditions and how far from the flight line we can get with general admission, ect. Any thoughts ?

I've been too:
Indianapolis IN : Nice,but the sun can be tough.
Chicago, IL: Pretty good
Battle Creek, MI. Nice but a little far
Oshkosh, WI. : Great.
Gary, IN. : Very nice


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Mar 09, 2011 20:17 |  #2

Offutt AFB, you get to face North all day:)


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Mar 09, 2011 20:32 |  #3

Having shot Chicago once, no good, they are WAY out there. As far as scenery goes, it's not an airshow, but I have yet to see anything that can top Reno.


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Mar 10, 2011 01:44 |  #4

I'll let you know about El Centro after this Saturday.

Wings over Pittsburgh is always a great show though.


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Mar 10, 2011 18:35 |  #5

MCAS Beaufort (South Carolina) puts on a nice show (April 30 - May 1). Showline runs NW to SE and the ramp is fairly close to the runway. Wear sunscreen, though. Charleston Air Expo (April 9) looks to be a good show - ramp is close to the active (NW - SE).




  
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Mar 10, 2011 20:42 as a reply to  @ mhm2526's post |  #6

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=959760


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Mar 12, 2011 09:37 as a reply to  @ Perfectly Frank's post |  #7

For some nice surroundings, I'd say Denver. Faces south-southwest. Mountains on one side, downtown Denver to the other. Downside is it's a smaller airshow. Mostly acrobatics with a few military jets.




  
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Mar 12, 2011 19:18 |  #8

I heard Rockford, IL (RFD) is awesome...




  
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Mar 13, 2011 09:31 as a reply to  @ gkarris's post |  #9

This is great information. Exactly what I was hpoing for. I've been planning to try Rockford, IL. out for the last several years. Has anyone been to the Thunder Over Michigan airshow ? It seems that they usually have a nice aircraft selection.


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Mar 13, 2011 12:39 |  #10

El Centro was pretty cool. Blue Angels put on a long show, and the other stuff was pretty cool too. I was wishing for a bit more static stuff and that the static planes not be under temporary hangars, but it wasn't a big issue.


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Mar 16, 2011 16:02 |  #11

Lackland / Kelly field in San Antonio TX is pretty nice. It has one humongously long flight line that gives you lots of time to set up and anticipate your shot and the viewing area is very close to that line.


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Mar 16, 2011 21:03 |  #12

gkarris wrote in post #12008697 (external link)
I heard Rockford, IL (RFD) is awesome...

The sun is far from ideal at Rockford. It's ok, but far from what I would consider great.


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Mar 16, 2011 21:11 |  #13

Going to try the Thunder Club chalet at Luke this Saturday. Two years ago I shot from well left of center and was under-whelmed with the results so we'll see what dead center gets. If that fails, there's always well right of center on Sunday.

Arrivals on Thursday and Friday are also promising!


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Mar 17, 2011 13:24 |  #14

is the florida international airshow any good?
I have not been but was thinking about it...


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