Get ready for scorching walls of smoke and flame. No, its not another summer barbecue festival. Its the Kansas City Aviation Expo, and its packing heat. This years show uses a 1,300-foot pyrotechnic curtain of flame as its centerpiece, while iron-stomached trick pilots perform aerobatic feats above. Back on solid ground will be 40-plus stationary airplane exhibits, and a big rig outfitted with jet engines will race airplanes down the runway.
Stunt group Tora! Tora Tora! will re-enact scenes from the Pearl Harbor attack, complete with World War II-era Japanese strike-fighter replicas. For those with a more recent military memory, an F-15 Eagle fighter jet will also tear up the skies. Most air shows have around 30 minutes or so of flying, between long breaks, air-show director Ed Noyalles explains. Were offering nonstop action, one performance after another. Thats six solid hours of flying.
The pilots play bullfight with gravity today and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. See kcairshow.com for the performance schedule and ticket information.