|I didn't even get offered a seat-but Turbo did!|
The airport had a TFR starting at 11:30am which we double checked that morning. In addition, the airport was not NOTAM'd closed and flight service said that it was up to ATC whether they allowed pilots to arrive and depart during the TFR. We decided to arrive by 10:30 to give us enough time for the show. In the back of our heads, however, we were wondering why the TFR began at 11:30am when the airshow website stated it began at 11. But, those worries were shrugged off as we confirmed the time online, with a call to flight service and a call to the airport.
|Jacquie B in her Extra|
15 miles out. The airport was closed. Apparently, they changed the time on the TFR just 15 minutes prior-while we were on our way to Latrobe! Bob patiently argued that we had confirmed the TFR on multiple occasions and were flying in specifically for the airshow. The controllers asked us how far we came. When we told them Frederick, they directed us to enter a downwind, that we were the last to access the airport and to "land at your own risk".
|Turbo reunited with Jacquie|
Once stopped, we hopped out and were greeted by one of the airport volunteers. He apologized, but they had closed the airport due to an overwhelming number of pilot transients they did not have room for. We were flabbergasted that they would change a TFR so close to the time, but our anger towards the situation dissolved as we looked around at the planes in excitement and our favorite airshow performer and friend, Jacquie Warda came up to greet us and her favorite pup, Turbo.
We walked around fighting crowds for awhile (and people ooo'ing and ahh'ing at Turbo) until we found a great spot near centerline, under the wing of a C-123 Air Force cargo plane with a nice view of the
performers and Blue Angel's parking spots. A friendly photographer near where we stood fell in love with Turbo and allowed him to get out of the heat and enjoy a spot on his folding chair with a built in umbrella. I tell you, this dog has the life!
|Bob calls this the Double Hornet|
It was so great to finally see Jacquie perform and to spend some time catching up with her afterwords. Besides her and the Blue Angels, the performance I appreciated the most was that of Raider's Demo Team. I have not seen their airshow work before and was very impressed by their daring performance in Yak aircraft.
|Getting ready to leave-and drawing lots of attention!|