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Local Photographer Lands Exciting Images At Rhode Island Air Show

Published: July 08, 2018 at 12:00 am

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This F-16 Viper pilot points toward Newtown photographer Darrell Harrington while taxiing in after its flight demo. At the 2018 Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show, the Viper did an individual demo, and it also as flew in the…
This F-16 Viper pilot points toward Newtown photographer Darrell Harrington while taxiing in after its flight demo. At the 2018 Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show, the Viper did an individual demo, and it also as flew in the Heritage Flight. (Darrel Harrington photos)
The Blue Angels, America's naval aerobatic demonstration team piloting McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornets perform their "loop break crossover maneuver" at the 2018 Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show.
The Blue Angels, America's naval aerobatic demonstration team piloting McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornets perform their "loop break crossover maneuver" at the 2018 Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show.
This P-51 Mustang, restored with D-Day invasion black and white strips, was a vintage star among the dozens of fixed wing aircraft that appeared June 9 and 10 at the 2018 Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show.
This P-51 Mustang, restored with D-Day invasion black and white strips, was a vintage star among the dozens of fixed wing aircraft that appeared June 9 and 10 at the 2018 Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show.
The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation brought its (top left) the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning stealth fighter, (middle) a P-51 Mustang, and F-16 Viper to the 2018 Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show. The Viper has been in use…
The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation brought its (top left) the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning stealth fighter, (middle) a P-51 Mustang, and F-16 Viper to the 2018 Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show. The Viper has been in use with the US Air Force since the late '70s and is still used today, while the P-51 is credited with helping turn the tide of World War II over Europe.
The Rhode Island Air National Guard Honor Guard marched onto the airport tarmac and stood at attention during the National Anthem.
The Rhode Island Air National Guard Honor Guard marched onto the airport tarmac and stood at attention during the National Anthem.
These two planes were flown by the US Navy and Marines during World War II. The plane on the top right is a F4U Corsair which is painted with the phrase "God Speed" in honor of John Glenn who flew one as a Marine during World War II. Many Corsairs…
These two planes were flown by the US Navy and Marines during World War II. The plane on the top right is a F4U Corsair which is painted with the phrase "God Speed" in honor of John Glenn who flew one as a Marine during World War II. Many Corsairs were built in Bridgeport, according to photographer Darrell Harrington. The other plane is a Grumman TBD Avenger, which was a torpedo bomber that saw action in such legendary World War II conflicts as the Battle of Midway.
Shockwave, a jet powered big rig, is powered by three jet engines and can travel over 300 mph. It generated heat that could be felt by photographer Darrel Harrington on the flight line.
Shockwave, a jet powered big rig, is powered by three jet engines and can travel over 300 mph. It generated heat that could be felt by photographer Darrel Harrington on the flight line.
The Blue Angels ground crew drove past attendees as the jets taxi in - getting the crowd amped up.
The Blue Angels ground crew drove past attendees as the jets taxi in - getting the crowd amped up.
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - For the second time in recent years, Newtown photographer Darrell Harrington took off from Newtown the morning of June 9 and landed in the photo pit at the Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show at Quonset State Airport.

The annual event was anticipated to draw more than 80,000 visitors over its two-day run. Anyone looking to view some of the most important fixed wing aircrafts that have served both US military and civilian purposes going back to the World War II era, got an eye- (and ear-) popping experience.

While the air show is free to attendees, the Rhode Island National Guard and the National Guard Association of Rhode Island, along with countless vendors, suppliers, supporters, and volunteers, came together over a 96-hour period and transformed the fully operating civilian/military Quonset State Airport into a safe air show venue - and then returned it to its original format, according to organizers.

This air show yields a huge philanthropic result, and to date, contributions to local charities from proceeds have exceed $2,000,000. The Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence is the largest benefactor and has received more than $1,700,000 since the air show began, primarily thanks to generous support from various sponsors and vendors.

Those vendors and supporting companies have also made significant donations that include sunscreen, water, ear plugs, and various items to the show's children's area, all at no charge.

From its annual planning stages through to the completion of the annual event, organizers say they include everyone involved under the collective handle of "Team Rhody."

This year's show included appearances by the US Navy Blue Angels, the USAF F-35 Heritage Flight Team, the US Naval Academy Jump Team, aerobatic biplane pilot Sean D. Tucker, Mike Goulian, an aerobatic national champion aviator who races in the Red Bull Air Race World Series, the GEICO Skytypers, the Ace Maker Air Shows T-33, a Mark Murphy P-51D Mustang Demo, a F4U Corsair Demo, TBM Avenger Demo, the Shockwave Jet Truck, and a C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft.

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