Cleveland National Air Show

Thunderbirds in formation.

Beginning back in 1929 with the Cleveland National Air Races, air shows have become a summer holiday weekend event for greater Clevelanders.  This year’s Cleveland National Air Show will once again feature the United States Air Force Thunderbirds.  Air show excitement begins this week as many performers, including the Thunderbirds begin practices and fly-byes along the lakefront throughout the week, thrilling downtown workers and shoppers with their low altitude maneuvers.

Thunderbird pair.

During the actual air show there are many different places to get a good view of the show.  The best venue, of course, is the show itself at Burke Lakefront Airport, but the deck of the Steamship William G. Mather, where these shots were taken, Wendy Park, Edgewater Park, the hills along the Memorial Shoreway and many other locations offer great views and photographic opportunities.  Wherever you shoot the airshow from, it’s hard not to get some exciting images of all sorts of aircraft, paratroopers, and people in general!

About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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