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The Green, Green Grass of Geneseo - Part II

By Kevin Moore, Contributing Editor & Photographer
Roslin, Ontario, Canada

Last week we visited "The Greatest Show on Turf," Geneseo Airshow 2011, climbing aboard an assortment of airshow and static aircraft. This week, we return to the airshow and continue where we left off, except with a bit more speed and noise!

The U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper West in an after-burner climb, left. Wounded Wings L-39
and P-51D Mustang in a nice, formation pass, right.

The Saturday show continued with airshow patrons enjoying the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper West in a high-powered and loud demonstration with the pilot putting the supersonic jet through its paces. Another interesting high-speed performance by the L-39 and then P-51D Mustang "Glamorous Gal" thrilled the crowd followed by the two aircraft performing several formation passes together.

Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team Harvard, piloted by Kent Beckham, nearing the top of a slow roll, left. The CHAT team completes their performance with a nice "banana" pass, right.

An ever popular sight in the skies around the Great Lakes area is the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association and their exciting Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team Harvard aircraft. These three 70+ year old training aircraft and their pilots, Dave Hewitt, Kent Beckham, and Pete Spence, perform a spectacular series of aerobatic manoevres with grace and apparent ease. Among other aerobatic performers were Rob Holland in his MX2 and Rick Volker in his SU-26, dazzling the crowd with speed, smoke, and style.

The Cessna Crane, also known as the "Bamboo Bomber," over the green landscape of upstate, New York, left. The C-45 (Expeditor) in blue skies over Geneseo, NY, right.

The bigger, slower aircraft such as the Cessna Crane, Beech C-45, C-47 and B-17 lumbered through the air for an assortment of passes. The bright yellow of the "Bamboo Bomber" (Crane) added colour to the sky with the gleam of the C-45 shining in the sun during their passes and the unmistakable look and sound of the C-47 had heads skyward. The four-engine B-17, "Memphis Belle," flew one pass with bomb-bay doors open and another with steep angles of bank showing off the airplane, was a big hit.

Vintage and classic cars often have beautiful lettering and glittering chrome such
as this Ford Fairlane 500 trunk, left, and the trunk on an old Hudson Hornet, right.

The airshow isn't just about airplanes, but a number of classic cars and motorcycles show up for the event as well. Classic wheels where a hit with young and old alike. Despite the dust, these pristine, old cars with their chrome hood ornaments and bumpers, wood dashboards, and gleaming engines were nostalgia on wheels.

The P-40 Warhawk, "The Cathy C" landing after its performance, left.
The P-51D Mustang, "Glamorous Gal," takes to the air, right.

The opportunity to see these nostalgic aircraft operating from a grass field is rare these days. It changes the ambiance of an airshow and Geneseo offers an opportunity for airplane enthusiasts to get up close and personal with the airplanes, and oftentimes, their pilots and crews. The organizers, volunteers, pilots, crews and other visitors combine to make the experience one of the most enjoyable airshows of the year. If you find yourself in upstate New York in the month of July, take in "The Greatest Show on Turf" and visit the green, green grass of Geneseo!

Re-enactors looking like soldiers may have looked on D-Day before
boarding their C-47, bound for France.

For more information on the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group:

The Helldiver, torpedo bay doors open, climbs for altitude after a pass.

For more information on the Commemorative Air Force:

CHAT boys, Dave "Flyboy" Hewitt, Kent Beckham and Pete Spence,
dive in preparation for individual barrel roll passes.

For more about the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association:

Rob Holland, in his MX2, in a nice, bottom-side, knife-edge pass
during his aerobatic performance.

For more information on Rob Holland:

Rick Volker in his SU-26, with smoke trail, in a level, high-speed pass.

For more information on Rick Volker:

The L-39 in a nice "banana" pass, left, & the P-51D Mustang "Glamorous Gal," right.

For more information on the L-39 & P-51D Glamorous Gal:

P-51A "Tuskegee Airmen," also known as "Red Tail," in formation
with three P-51D's over upstate New York.

For more information on the P-51A "Tuskegee Airmen":

Kent Pietsch in his Jelly Belly 1942 Interstate Cadet
preparing to taxi out before one of his performances.

For more information on Kent Pietsch & Jelly Belly:

The movie B-17 "Memphis Belle" as she may have looked in a wartime photo.

For more information on the B-17 "Memphis Belle":

The Great War Flying Museum's Fokker Dr I Triplane.


F4U Corsair "skyboss"


P-40 Warhawk "The Jacky C"


U.S. Air Force ski-equipped Hercules in a nice "banana" pass.


P-51D "Never Miss" in a nice top-side pass.


The P-40 Warhawk breaks for circuit from the F4U Corsair as they arrive over the airfield.


The four-man formation of Mustangs as they approach for the missing man formation.


In a beautiful "banana" pass, the CHAT Harvards complete their aerobatic performance.


P-51A Mustang "Tuskegee Airmen" over upstate New York.
By Kevin Moore, Contributing Editor & Photographer

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