Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival 2018

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Re: Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival 2018

Post by Bretten Bailey » Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:49 pm

RyanS wrote:
Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:25 am
Well, I'm terrified of the forecast (and bummed for the show to get dealt that hand) but I'll be there anyway!
It's just in the cards I guess haha. All we can do is continue to promote & sell the best that we can!

We care about our patrons and their well-being and we know some will be concerned about the weather. We'll address this a bit later today or tomorrow reminding fans that we DO allow coolers (so make sure they're stocked up on water) and that we DO allow small canopies in if they want the shade (just follow the rules). Push the fluids, protect yourself from the sun and head to the vendors area for some shade if need be. Also, breaks to cars every now and then may not be such a bad idea either.
alexp2805- wrote:
Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:29 am
Woah! I'll be there Saturday and oh boy! 94 Degrees. Gonna be a hot but can't wait for the show! :)
We'll heat it up more with the pyro ;). Hoping it doesn't get too bad!
Ack wrote:
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:18 am
Yep....gonna be a hot one! We're heading to Traverse City for the show Saturday, then south to Battle Creek for Sunday's show.
Safe travels!
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Post by kalamazookid » Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:47 pm

Thanks for the reminder on coolers. I had forgotten that they were allowed at Battle Creek. That's going to be much appreciated.

I'll be there with some family and friends Sunday. Looking forward to it!
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Post by bigt512 » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:08 am

A couple of pictures from practice
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Post by RyanS » Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:41 am

We bailed for a while after the show, but we're back for the fireworks! It's almost comfortable out now. But not quite.

I loved the lineup, but the heat sure sucked a lot out of me. Seemed like a decent crowd though! Hopefully a little better tomorrow.
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Post by Airshow4444 » Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:08 pm

Here's the schedule for today's show
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Post by kalamazookid » Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:32 pm

Just stopping for dinner on my way home from Battle Creek. Fun airshow today! The Super Hornet, Osprey and Class of '45 act were the highlights for me. I was really surprised by the speed and maneuverability of the Vampire. After the take-off roll, I thought for sure it was going to be a plodding, slow demo, but that little bugger can really move! The Prowlers of the Pacific act was a bit of a letdown (could have used a different announcer telling about the aircraft rather reciting the entire history of the Pacific War, and more flying in front of the crowd), but it was still cool to see the Helldiver, Dauntless and Corsair flying around. There was a good variety of acts without over-saturating a particular type of flying.

The show seems to have changed a lot since my last visit, which was probably eight or nine years ago, and definitely for the better. Maybe it's just that I was in a bad spot during previous visits, but it seemed like the show line is now aligned with the runways much better and the aircraft seem to fly a lot closer to the crowd. I didn't expect to get any photo opportunities today and was surprised that most of the aircraft taxied in front of the crowd. Haven't had a chance to go through any yet, but I might actually have a few keepers. Being able to bring a cooler was nice on such a hot day and the atmosphere was really relaxed. I was very impressed with the show!

One of the reasons I hadn't gone to Battle Creek in so long is that it always seems so civilian-heavy, and aerobatic flippy-dips just don't do anything for me. I hope the attendance numbers and feedback support a warbird-heavy theme more often, even if it's only once every few years. I'll definitely be making this show more of a priority in the future. We had a great time!
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Post by kalamazookid » Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:43 pm

I'm sure others will have cooler pics and video to post, but figured I'd get the ball rolling with the best of the few I shot Sunday.

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Post by RyanS » Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:51 pm

kalamazookid wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:43 pm
I'm sure others will have cooler pics and video to post, but figured I'd get the ball rolling with the best of the few I shot Sunday.
Looking back through pics, Sunday was definitely better for photos. Unfortunately, that's when I did video! Oh well, I'll see what I've got soon. First video should be up tomorrow morning!
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Post by bigt512 » Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:03 pm

The U.S. Navy TAC DEMO got a lesson in log rolling. (I was walking that way and was still to far to get a good shot of them on the log. This is just after)
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Post by kalamazookid » Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:27 pm

RyanS wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:51 pm
kalamazookid wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:43 pm
I'm sure others will have cooler pics and video to post, but figured I'd get the ball rolling with the best of the few I shot Sunday.
Looking back through pics, Sunday was definitely better for photos. Unfortunately, that's when I did video! Oh well, I'll see what I've got soon. First video should be up tomorrow morning!
I'm sure you have a lot of footage to choose from. That was heck of a show!

Was that you in the AirshowStuff shirt shooting out in front of the crowd line?
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