Friday, October 26, 2018 – Roy and I, Chip and Misty and a couple of their friends from church went to the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow on Sunday afternoon, October 21st. We made the mistake of not going on Saturday and only going late on Sunday (had to stay home until the weekend renter brought Dora back) so we missed most of it! What we saw was fabulous and we will definitely correct our mistake at next year’s show! The following is information I gathered from various sources along with photos we and others took this weekend.
Coming off of a 26 year hiatus, the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow was back on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21. The theme of ‘Freedom, Then and Now’ honored the Hammond Airport’s heritage as a WW2 fighter pilot training base. Here’s how everything was laid out.
The show featured Skip Stewart, one of the most entertaining pilots in the world and his Prometheus BiPlane. The AeroShell Aerobatic Team has been performing for over twenty-five years, amassing thousands of hours in front of airshow fans all over North America. Also performing were the world record holding Shockwave Jet Truck, the all female Misty Blues Jump Team, comedy act by Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys and Big Air Insanity FMX Motocross Team.
Shockwave Jet Truck
Skip Stewart Air Shows
Helicopter rides were available at $45 a person and for all the kiddos there was a Kids’ Zone with flight-themed bounce houses and slides.
The Grand Finale each evening was the F-22 Raptor which is rare to see. The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, super cruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in war fighting capabilities. Although over 300 airshows requested the F-22’s presence, the Raptor is only making 23 appearances nationwide this year and Louisiana is one of them.