Leave it to the Swiss to breathe new life into the airshow. First, they don’t call it that. It’s an Air Force practice open to that portion of the public willing to climb to ~7500 feet to watch planes and helicopters fly through a mountain range, firing live ammunition at targets placed on the rock walls. They’ve taken an event popular all over the world and Schweizenated it in their own particular … idiom.
Here is the Patrouille Suisse flight demonstration team in action from the recently concluded AXALP 2017. It’s a 360-degree video. Click and drag on the screen to see all angles. I don’t know how they did it but it is impressive.
As a teenager, I was privileged to see him fly his Shrike Aero Commander at a Northern California airshow. As an adult, I got to see him at an event in his honor at Torrance Airport. Robert Hoover, the pilot’s pilot and long-time South Bay resident, passed away today in Torrance at age 94. Rest in Peace, Sir.
We take the jet engine for granted but the invention by Whittle and von Ohain will dazzle anyone who takes the time to burrow into the details. It’s simple on the surface – Intake, compress, combust, and exhaust(*) – but immensely complex and even beautiful in practice. Enter AgentJayZ, a Canadian engine repair technician for S&S Turbine Services, a company that repairs, restores, and/or refurbishes jets for military and civilian customers. This involves a lot of detail work followed by testing which the Agent documents gleefully on his Youtube channel. Yes, there are people who get to light afterburners without ever leaving the ground.
Even more impressive is his growing collection of answers to viewer questions. 86 lengthy episodes as of this post where he explains fine points of engine-ering with equal parts fact, humor, and snark.
My question? What is it like to love your job that much?