This year, Harzell put on their Friends and Family Air Show. The last time I had gone was when I was a kid, and it's probably been at least 10 years. I didn't realize how special it was then - how close we were to the pilots and the planes.
I have worked the Dayton Air Show with Midwest Photo and Canon for the past two years, and there's really nothing like the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds performances. But, there's also something special about a guy taking a biplane up, pushing it to its absolute limits, stalling it out, doing some flips, and parking it right in front of you when he's done. That's just plain cool.
The whole reason I was able to go was because of my Grandpa. It's literally an air show held specially for Hartzell'z employees and their friends and family. He worked there as a mechanical engineer. When I was a kid working in his woodshop, he'd tell me stories about his time there. There were some pretty good stories of parts flying across his machine shop. I think that a good amount of my problem solving skills from those times working on a pinewood derby car or a speaker housing and listening to his stories. When we were in Piqua last week watching them buzz around the stormy sky, it was awesome to talk to him and get excited about these planes with him again.
This was my second time working with Midwest Photo and Canon at the Dayton Air Show. It's such a blast. It's pretty spectacular that this trifecta is able to come together to make for the perfect environment for some stellar picture taking.
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