Hill Air Force Base opened its gates to the public on June 25th and 26th, 2016 to showcase an event that promised and delivered excitement, pride, precision, and breathtaking flying. During this event called Warriors Over The Wasatch, crowds were witnesses of awe inspiring presentations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the U.S. Army Golden Knights, the Breitling Jet Team and many other amazing civilian aerial performers with many hours of experience in the field.
It was a great event for aviation enthusiasts (that was me), prospective pilots, thrill seekers, and families alike. In between presentations, people were able to stroll around and take a look at the interesting collection of aircrafts from the last war, massive cargo lifters which were open to the public, several US ARMY helicopters and vehicles, and a lot more.
Both dates featured the same presentations with a bit of a variation in the schedule determined by weather and wind. From 10am to 5pm, it was nonstop awe inspiring dancing in the sky.
You know what was great too? They offered free admission and free parking, and lots of food and drink stands inside. An all around incredible and fun event.
The Breitling Jet Team (seen in the photo above and a few below) was my favourite presentation by far. It was truly exciting and breathtaking. They are the largest international professional civilian team performing on jets. Their meticulous precision, innovation and aesthetics created a ballet spectacle on air.
It was a pretty hot day, so getting a refreshing and cooling Mango Pineapple Otai was in order.
Look! The plane has taken the people under its wing! How nice and protective of him.
Actually, all the planes were doing the same. A nice bunch if you ask me.
The US ARMY “The Golden Knights” Parachute Team were very fun to watch. With bright yellow (or golden) parachutes, and their pink smoke tails, allowed the public to find them easily and follow them along as they dropped fast and performed dangerous maneuvers on the air.
Bill Stein, who has logged over 5,000 hours of aerobatic and formation flight, was pretty amazing to watch too. See the video below.
With most of everything the photos and even the videos, don’t do it justice. If you ever find out about an Air Show event in your state, I’d highly recommend it. Have you ever attended one?