For a gal who grew up within sight of the Boeing plant in Renton, an air show is pretty hard to resist. Especially when it's free. And when it's at the local airport in the town we're staying in for the next week.

Everyone was game to check it out, so we met there today and spent the afternoon walking around and through a big range of military planes:  A KC-135 Stratotanker. Apache and Blackhawk helicopters. A very cool WWII-era bomber, the B-25. A huge C-17 Globemaster. It was especially fun to talk with the pilots of a squadron of F-18 fighters, who flew in from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

We hung around until the end, to watch the planes take their turn to taxi out to the runway and take off. Two hours, and those F-18s will be home on Whidbey Island.

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