The 6th Annual Air Victory Museum's Air Fair and Airshow, September 18-19, 1999

Well, as a small airport South Jersey Regional is, they still put on a great airshow, and they have for the past 6 years. But, this year, without Steve Snyder around, the airshow dropped in quality, but it was still a good airshow. It was the same airshow as last year, but with a few quirks.

The weather was absolutely beautiful! There was a good amount of wind, but that helped in the case to cool you off. Temperatures were in the mid 70's, which isn't too bad at all. For the morning airshow, there were clouds surrounding the airport, leaving the show area perfectly cloudless. When the afternoon show came on, the weather stayed the same, only with a few clouds popping up above the airport, but that was nothing. Thank God Hurricane Floyd was outta here in time.

Static displays were nill this year. Usually you'll see the static displays contain aircraft like the B-25, but there wasn't one this year. There were the Six of Diamonds' SNJ-5 and SNJ-6 aircraft, two Army helicopters, a Stearman, an AD-4 Skyraider, a TBM Avenger, a Yak-52, Yak-55, an Extra 200, three ultralights, a CH-53E, an A-7, an E-2B (those three are the museum's aircraft), a P-51D that arrived during the show, a Pitts S-2A, a Piper J-3 Cub, and four private aircraft. Of course, the aircraft they fly in the airshow are pulled out of the static displays, ala Price is Right "COME ON DOWN!"

Despite the show being pretty good, some stuff wasn't there. An F-117 was expected to do a demonstration in the morning show, and didn't show up. The A-10s didn't show up. Joe Borin and his Gyrocopter weren't present, and so were the paratroopers. We didn't have a Grumman Agcat!

The morning show started off with Oscar Boesch, the "Silent Man" flying his sailplane, truly demonstrating silent flight. Two military flybys were provided by the USAF, out of McGuire AFB were a Boeing KC-10 Extender and a Lockheed-Martin C-141B Starlifter. Drew Hurly and his Yak-55 showed off some cool aerobatic flying. Vladimir Radomsky and his Yak-52 showed off the characteristics of his old Yak (OK, so it was first flown in the 1980's..). The Extra 200 act was also exciting to watch. Then came Roger Lehnert with his J-3 Cub. He flew his famous "Flying Farmer" demonstration, which, in my opinion, is the funniest thing you'll ever see at an airshow. The Six of Diamonds' Dan Caldarale showed off the SNJ-5 Texan, which is a VERY LOUD plane (should I say that it's because of the prop tips going supersonic?). Flying "Naked Fanny" was Michael Schloss in the AD-4 Skyraider. I forget who flew the TBM Avenger, but that is a neat plane! Of course, there was the occasional commercial airliner in the area. By the way, Roger did the Teenie Weenie Airport act in his J-3 cub, which is just landing the J-3 on top of a pick-up truck, and taking off on it.

Announcer: "Fast Eddie"

Note that everything said and described were on my personal observations and all took place on the Saturday Airshow.

Overall Score:

Show/Static: 8