NASA Ames Research Center Air & Space Show - May 2004

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On May 30, 2004, I went to the second day of the annual Air & Space Show that is held at the NASA Ames Research Center. This year's event had lots of great static displays (shown on this page), as well as great aerobatic shows, including the USAF's Thunderbirds. Because I am a total monkey, I didn't put on ANY sun protection, and I paid the price twice over: I had to leave early, and I got a decent sunburn.

A couple of F-15 fighter aircraft. These flew in the show, but I didn't get to see it because I had to leave.

Two of the Thunderbirds F-16's.

All of the Thunderbirds F-16's.

A shot of an F-18 owned by NASA.

The same F-18 as in the previous shot, this time taken while boarding the Boeing 747 that NASA uses to ferry the Space Shuttle.

The same F-18 as in the previous shots, but this time from behind. You can see the Boeing 747 that is used to ferry the Space Shuttle in the background.

An F-16 from the DC National Guard.

A view into the exhaust of the F-16 shown in the previous shot. I was amazed at the thinness of the metal here. The pilot explained that when they are using the afterburner a lot, you don't see any black buildup on the metal because it gets burned right off.

The same F-16 shown in the previous shots, this time focusing on the canopy and air intake.
 

A shot of the F-16 from front.
 

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