Old School Props at Tinker

Props at Tinker Airshow - Red Tail P-51C Mustang

My guess is it has been about 20 years since I last went to a large airshow. Back then, I still had decent recall in regard to aircraft names. A lot has changed since then from the planes to my ability to even think I can remember which is which. Still, I love the sight and sound of the various aircraft. Having good camera gear to capture my favorites with makes it even better. As I took a lot of images, I’m going to break this up into two parts, starting with the props.

Too Few Airshows of Late

Tinker Air Force Base hosted its first air show in four years. It was no surprise that, following a COVID-forced layoff from this American pastime, the crowd would be large. I was told they had to close the gates on both days due to capacity restrictions. My son and I showed up first thing Sunday morning. We were prepared to battle the heat and crowds to set our eyes on a lot of aircraft.

Some Favorite Props

  • Props at Tinker Airshow - Red Tail P-51C Mustang

As a history buff with a passion for World War II, seeing some of the older aircraft is a thrill. Nearly 80 years from the end of that great conflict, many of the aircraft are best fit for museum displays. Even so, the replica planes reenacting Pearl Harbor was something I am glad I got to witness again.

Thrown into this mix are a a couple of other props, including a favorite local aircraft that often flies out of Sundance Airport. We have the pleasure of seeing this beautiful Ercoup, dubbed “War Bug”, often. It was great to see this local pilot and his plane taking part. Add in the “Wings of Blue” and some other fun aircraft and it makes for a fun event.

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