” It’s better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were down here. ” ~ Anonymous ~
Our family in Virginia is interested in any activity involving flight, so it was no surprise when they invited us to go to the local Flying Circus AirShow when we were visiting in August. Every Sunday from May to October daring expert pilots perform stunts in vintage biplanes. The shows are modeled after “barnstorming” airshows that became popular between the two world wars. The pilots flew these airplanes in World War 1 and when they returned with their excitement and love of aviation this led to airshows in farmer’s field in small towns across the country. Before and after the shows they would offer rides to make money. The term “barnstorming” was coined because, when a storm hit during a show, everyone would hunker down in the barn.
Benches and chairs are lined up in front of the airfield, but many want to get right up to the fence to be as close as possible to the action.