With a skilled pilot and an overpowered plane, hovering is possible
I should know the names of these older planes, shouldn't I? Pitts? Stearman? It's one of those.
Heading out for the pattern flight
A low pass with smoke
I seen a horse fly, I seen a dragon fly, I even seen a house fly. But I ain't ever seen a lawnmower fly.
Trimming the hedges
It's amazing the things that can be convinced to fly
Back on the ground where you belong
They did lots of incredible things other than hovering, but this is the only thing that can really be captured in a still image
Most planes showed off by taking off across the runway rather than down it. This guy one-upped them
And off he went and did a bunch of aerobatics. I was too busy watching to take pictures.
Time for a "landing"
"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need... roads."
This guy's flight routine was very patriotic. They played "Proud to be an American" and someone ran around waving a flag.
Then he crashed. (Aren't you not supposed to let the flag touch the ground? I'm a jerk.)
The stuff they did really was incredible and beautiful. Airplanes are so much more graceful than helicopters. It's too bad film can't convey it.
Turbines are so LOUD. And FAST. And sound so COOL.