Even though the airshow was just about to start when Dave and I got to the flight line, we still managed to grab front row seats. We hadn't bothered to go back for our chairs, so we plopped down in the grass and a few minutes later, the show began.
The warbird display eventually ended (and I bet if you had walked through the Warbird area during that display there would have been lots of empty parking spots!), and some more performers got to fly.
I had been keeping an eye on the weather as the day went on since the forecast called for afternoon storms. I checked the radar on my phone after the V-22 wrapped up and saw that there was some pretty, um, colorful stuff headed our way, so Dave and I started to slowly wander back toward the North 40.
The clouds were getting closer, but we did take the time to check out the P-38s in the Warbird area.
I have to say, the two-person tent that I picked up at Target years ago sure does a good job standing up to high wind gusts. I wish I had thought to check the METARs for an exact reading, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were a few gusts up near 40kts. It was nuts. It rained really hard, too, and with the way the wind was blowing it didn't take very long for it to start coming in under the rain fly. I spent most of the time in the tent either trying to gather all of my stuff into the middle to keep it as dry as I could or hoping that the Maule a few planes away wouldn't break free and flip over on top of us. It was really that crazy.
After a while the storm did eventually die down. I had been watching it on my phone and saw that it had mostly moved to the south, so I poked my head out of the tent.
As far as I know everyone made it through the storm ok, even the crazy people who were still departing in the torrential rain. Dave and I grabbed dinner over at the North 40 cafe before grabbing showers and heading to bed. I had looked at the weather a bit during the storms and based on the forecasts, it looked like it made the most sense to fly back to Virginia all in one shot on Thursday. I knew it would be a long day, but as long as we could make it back by Thursday night it would be worth it...that meant we would have a whole extra day (and night) at Oshkosh!