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2010 Joint Service Air Show

The 2010 Air Show offers an impressive display of military might and shows where exactly billions of tax dollars each year go. The planes, which often seem excessive and costly, are a testament to the power of the power of the military industrial complex

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A father and his young son examine a MQ-1 Predator Aerial Drone. These unmanned aircraft cost a mere $4.5 million a piece, cheap for a military airplane, and have been incredibly popular in American action in the Middle East.

A father and his young son examine a MQ-1 Predator Aerial Drone. These unmanned aircraft cost a mere $4.5 million a piece, cheap for a military airplane, and have been incredibly popular in American action in the Middle East.1Picture by Colin WiencekSecurity was no joke at the 2010 Joint Service Air Show. The scene pictured here shows an endless line of metal detectors and troops hand inspecting all baggage.2Picture by Colin Wiencek U.S. Navy Private Henderson helps move people from the parking lots to the airfield. The large garrison of buses and troops, who helped move visitors, was impressive.3Picture by Colin WiencekA 40mm Bofor Canon, usually used in ground artillery, is fired pointing down from the inside of a AC-130 Spectre gunship. These ships dubbed "Puff the Magic Dragon," have been used in combat since the 1960's to rein non-discriminatory chaos down from the sky. They cost a whopping $160 million. 4Picture by Colin WiencekThis external view of the 40mm Bofor Canon mounted on the AC-130 Spectre shows just how huge it is. 5Picture by Colin WiencekThe CH-53 Sea Stallion, which was introduced in 1966, is capable of carrying 37 troops into battle. It can also be used as a gunship or a supply transport. They cost a mere $10 million.6Picture by Colin WiencekChildren kneel in front of a 50 caliber machine gun turret on the underside of a B-17 Flying Fortress, the highly successful WWII era heavy bomber. 7Picture by Colin WiencekA Golden Knight, a member of the Armies division of precision stunt parachuters, makes one of several jumps that received liberal applause from the crowds. 8World War II era planes were abundant including this Allied fighter and recon sea bird.9Picture by Colin WiencekA crowd gathers to board the C-130 Hercules transport plane, the largest plane ever to land on an aircraft carrier.10Picture by Colin WiencekA young boy is allowed to point a unloaded machine gun at an crowd waiting in line to do the same. 11Picture by Colin WiencekThe highly criticized V-22 Osprey is the only troop and supply carrying plane capable of taking off and landing vertically. It has been called unsafe, due to its high crash rate, and too costly, due to its $70 million price tag. 12Picture by Colin WiencekThe newest addition to the American airforce is the F/A 22, the world's most advanced fighter plane capable of taking down an enemy plane from hundreds of miles away and completely invisible to radar. These planes came under criticism and the program was subsequently canceled due to the outrageous $165 million price tag, for a plane that was designed to outdo all Russian opposition. 13Picture by Colin WiencekIn an awesome display of military might, the F/A 22 Raptor displays its internal weapons platform, unique to this plane.14Picture by Colin WiencekCondensation forms around the wings of a F/A 22 Raptor as it makes a high speed turn during a flight demonstration.15Picture by Colin WiencekA WWII era P-51 Mustang, Soviet era F-18 Hornet, and a modern F/A 22 Raptor, each the pinnacle of fighter plane technology in their day, fly in formation as a historical tribute to the military world of aviation. 16The star of the United States army decorated a wing of a B-17 Flying Fortress heavey bomber.17Picture by Colin Wiencek

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