Indianapolis Air Show/Gathering of Corsairs 6-8 September
The “Gathering of Corsairs” was to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Corsair’s first flight. This also included a dinner with WWII Corsair pilots as guests.
Although a couple of Corsairs failed to make an appearance, there was a decent turn out. Sadly, one of the Corsairs that took part, N731JT, crashed on Sunday, 10 November 2002, killing the pilot.
I personally found the turn out of warbirds very interesting and varied, which included jets such an A-37 Dragonfly, an F-86 and a TS-11 Iskra, N415J, in Polish AF markings. Piston-engined warbirds included an A-26, A-1s, F8 Bearcat, a P-47, P-51s, T-28 Trojan, the afore-mentioned Corsairs and Harvards, as well as a number of Stinson L-3/5s and Cessna L-19s/OE-1s.
“Heavy metal” warbirds were represented by two B-25s, a B-17 (N9323Z) and a much appreciated C-123K N22968, (which was used in the film Con Air) and a L. PV-2, N7256C.
I also purchased a seat at a table in the box area. As with the Cleveland show, the best seats are the ones next to the crowd line, but thankfully, this show didn’t have any obstructions, in the form of banners or flags.
As for the sun position, you’re basically shooting into the sun all day long. Shooting static aircraft should be less problematic, depending on time of day.