The Rocky Mountain Airshow isn’t on the radar as a major airshow, but it is the largest held in Colorado. Paul Filmer reports from his home state.
From a photographer’s point of view, it is an airshow that suffers by being backlit while the aircraft are flying.
This means you have to get creative with angles and make the most of any cloud cover if available.
The star of the show was undoubtedly the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) B-29A Superfortress FIFI.
The CAF also brought along B-24 Liberator Diamond Lil, flying alongside the Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s P-51D The Brat III.
Other highlights included Younkin Airshows’ Beech 18 Magic by Moonlight.
I don’t think I’ve seen a Beech 18 flown so well, with lots of wing-overs, loops and smoke. Very impressive.
One other stand out, for me, was the FM-2 Wildcat, which displayed lots of power and lots of noise from this surprisingly agile aircraft.
As usual this airshow is bulked out by local owners’ aircraft, of which we have quite a few knocking around.
It has become something of a tradition that at the end of the established acts, most of the locals are launched into low holding patterns around the airfield, giving nice banana passes and low flights down the runway.
This year it was merged into an airfield attack, with the main pyros saved for the final pass of the B-29.
A micro-burst part way through Sunday’s show, prevented the B-29 and B-24 from flying and caused the Beech 18 to divert to nearby Erie.
Later in the day, after Airfield Operations had cleared the airfield of debris, the event continued, and by this time there were a few dark clouds around, which diffused the light nicely for a while.
Rocky Mountain Metro Airport puts on a nice local airshow, but it remains a challenging one to shoot.