So I know my father-in-law has been looking forward to seeing these pictures, but I’ve made him be patient.

Our family met at a nearby church parking lot to watch the Dayton Air Show from a distance. Last year, I photographed the show with my venerable 70-200mm lens, but this year, I was sporting the Tamron 150-600mm lens. I knew that the lens wasn’t nearly as quick to focus, partly because of the smaller maximum aperture. Also, the 600mm end gave me the field of view of a drinking straw, so it was going to be a challenge.

However, this year, the air maneuvers stayed pretty far from us most of the time, and the planes didn’t come around to our area for close-ups very often. Although my left biceps got a workout and I did miss some shots not being able to compose and focus as quickly with the longer lens, I did get some images that made me glad I had used the Tamron 150-600mm lens.

The Breitling Jet Team, from Europe, were the first team we watched.

Breitling Jet Team Breitling Jet Team

Click on the first photo above, and you can see that Plane 3 was carrying a passenger. If you click on the close-up below, you can even see his expression through the plane window. I wonder what he was thinking? I know I would be thinking I shouldn’t have eaten lunch.

Breitling Jet Team Breitling Jet Team


After a lengthy delay, the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds took the skies.

Breitling Jet Team Breitling Jet Team

Although they came toward us even more infrequently than the Breitling team, we did get a farewell fly-by from each of the team members as they prepared to land.

Thunderbird commander

If you click on the close-up above, you can see the Commander/Leader’s name painted on his plane and the design on his helmet. I really love getting to see those kinds of details.

Many thanks to the Breitling team and the Thunderbirds for putting on a great show for us, and thanks to my in-laws for inviting us to watch the show and for watching our kids afterwards. We had a great time, and hope to be back next year!