On Day 2 of the Tri-City Water Follies, Anna, Suz and I had front row seats for all the best hydro action at the PEMCO booth. But we quickly learned that despite the name, Water Follies is not just about the hydro racing action on the Columbia River — it includes an exciting air show as well!
Here are two of our favorite shows in the sky and some fun facts we learned:
HAPO Over the River Air Show: The HAPO Air Show is the second-most attended event at the Tri-City Water Follies. Its exciting line-up includes famous planes like the North American B-25 Pacific Prowler. These types of planes were made famous during the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, which took place four months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
United States Coast Guard Search and Rescue: For us, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter show was a great demonstration of what actually goes into a search and rescue mission — much practice. We watched in awe as the hoist operator, pilots and rescue swimmer made the rescue mission look effortless. As the plane hovered in the air, the hoist operator lowered the rescue swimmer into the water. About 15 feet from the water, the rescue swimmer jumped into the water and made the rescue within minutes. As the saying goes, 'practice makes perfect.'
If you missed the air shows today, do not despair! Here's the schedule for tomorrow's events:
Sunday, July 26
10 a.m. — Opening ceremonies
11:40 a.m. — PEMCO Insurance unlimited heat 2A
12:10 p.m. — PEMCO Insurance unlimited heat 2B
12:30 p.m. — HAPO Community Credit Union Over the River Air Show
1:30 p.m. — Vintage hydros
1:55 p.m. — Conover Insurance unlimited heat 3A
2:25 p.m. — Conover Insurance unlimited heat 3B
2:50 p.m. — Unlimited lights B-Main
3:10 p.m. — Buffalo Brothers unlimited provisional
3:30 p.m. — Coast Guard helicopter rescue demonstration
4 p.m. — HAPO Community Credit Union Over the River Air Show
4:40 p.m. — ULHRA Thunder Cup for unlimited light hydroplanes
5:05 p.m. — Lamb Weston Columbia Cup for unlimited hydroplanes