Screw the Blue Angels. When it comes to air-show cool, the C-17 Globemaster III takes top honors at the Wings Over Homestead Air Show this Saturday and Sunday. Dont let its girth fool you. This behemoth makes for better watching than its speedy brethren. The C-17 takes off and lands in a mere 3,000 feet thats ten football fields. And once it gets airborne, it goes close to vertical so fast youll be sure its some kind of military hoax (like the moon landing). Though you can barely make out the F-16s when they whiz by, the C-17s amazingly slow run over the tarmac has audience members commenting on the pilots 5 oclock shadow and half-expecting the floating school bus to belly-flop right there on the airstrip.
Now in its second year, the air show at Homestead Air Reserve Base is chock full of flying steel, including new appearances by mammoth B-52 and B-1 bombers. Heres hoping the bombardier doesnt have an itchy trigger finger. Tote comfortable shoes (theres a lot to see, and its spread out), portable chairs, and earplugs if you cant stand noise pollution. And dont forget to bring a healthy dose of blind patriotism as you try to ignore why these weapons of mass destruction were built in the first place.
Nov. 6-7, 9 a.m., 2010