Can you see a man-year of effort in this? I sure can!
This plane was the star of the show. It is a Sea Fury, wearing the insignia of the Australian Navy.
It has retractable landing gear, and it is really cool to see the gear fold up.
The pilot performed many neat aerobatic stunts, then landed the plane neatly.
Here is the Sea Fury's engine. It is a five-cylinder radial engine, and has 215 cc displacement,
which is much more than the displacement of my little CBR125R. No wonder this
plane goes over 100 MPH!
The show was not as flamboyant as it has been in prior years. It commemorates Pearl Harbor, and is held on the first Saturday in December. In past years, I have seen a four-engine plane disgorge paratroopers and other planes towing gliders, along with dogfights between American and German fighters.
I left before all the pilots flew their planes, but I did see the F-15 in flight. Its electric engine sounded a bit like a jet, but of course not even as loud as the small jet engines for model planes.
If you want more info on the club, please follow the links in the first message in the thread. If you think I should have placed this thread in an off-topic section, I agree with you, but I point out that both Florida and motorcycles were involved ... but of course no Stroms today.