To get a good view of Addison’s annual Independence Day festivities, people arrive early to stake out a good Kaboom Town vantage point. Videographer Scott Slocomb does the the same thing many times over to give spectators a perspective on the show that few see first hand.
Stepping out the door of the C-47 with the Red River Skydivers provides an encompassing vista of all of Addison Airport. Watch the air show performers bob and weave their heads to keep their eyes riveted on essential visual cues on the ground that keep them on their show line as they roll, loop, and turn.
Peek at the air show performers practicing their routines on the ground, walking through each maneuver and flying their hands through a mental sky like conductors of the forthcoming aerial symphony. And the camera catches the spectators reactions, and the kids’ delight, at the performers mount their airplanes to turn practice into performance.
From the air, ground, and various mounts on their wings and tails, cameras capture the airplanes themselves, from the retired military aircraft still flying with the Cavanaugh Flight Museum to the air show performers. Landing lights glow brightly from the aircraft formations that escort day into night, and airplane-mounted pyrotechnics illuminate the night show performers, Dan Buchanan and Gene Soucy. Tethered hot air balloons glow in the night before the fireworks finale celebrates America’s birthday.