The 2012 Wings Over Whiteman airshow was fun, but I think the artwork on some of these remarkable aircraft was just as interesting. Some are on the nose, some on the tail and some on fire extinguisher doors.
We went to Sunday’s show, and I was pleasantly surprised by a couple of new attractions this year. There was a Predator drone parked under one of the canopies. “Pilots” based at Whiteman remotely fly the drones in Afghanistan. There was recently a protest at the gates of Whiteman where security forces rattled their batons as a group of people stood up against the drone attacks.
There was also an F-22 Raptor, the new stealthy fighter that zips along at mach 2. This fighter is under scrutiny at the moment because some pilots are experiencing a loss of oxygen while flying, possibly a result of an oxygen system malfunction. Therefore, the jets must remain close to airport facilities in case of an emergency.
Anyway, here’s some aircraft artwork from the show: