October 22, 2012 Slideshows

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Salute America 2012 Air Show 

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Flying nearly wing-to-wing, Team Aeroshell kicked things off painting sets off parallel lines across the sky.
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Believe it or not this jet-powered school bus - seen here racing a Stearman biplane - wasn't even the highlight of the show. Another jet propelled contraption, a porta potty, took the straight away earlier in the day (when I happened to be off eating barbecue).
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Clay Duda
Misty Blues, hailed as only all-female sky diving team, came flying in with with an American flag and other colorful streamers.
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DIVE BOMBING: This is part of the show, promise.
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Clay Duda
A Huey helicopter (pictured) teamed up with another 1960's-era chopper, the Cobra Gunship, to reenact a Vietnam rescue of a downed aircraft.
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One thing they didn't mention on the flyer: No smoking allowed. Here, a camo-clad onlooker makes do with dip and a coke bottle.
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Clay Duda
SALUTE AMERICA: Completely unplanned, a wounded war vet touched down at the airport just before the show, inciting the loudest applause heard all afternoon.
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Clay Duda
So much for airport security. Campers set up shop on a hill overlooking the runway ... where they could likely smoke cigarettes in peace.
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Clay Duda
A young pilot in training hangs near her Dad's helicopter. This "static display" was set up for people to see, not to take flight.
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