Photography by Hank Plumley website

Arrival Day is the Friday before the air show when most of the static display aircraft arrive at the show site. It’s a nice draw as these aircraft will not so demos during the air show. Also on Friday is the “media show” for national and local media covering the air show.

Friday started off overcast, and warm with a broken ceiling. By the time I arrived at the E.9th Street Pier it had turned full overcast with a squall line about to hit the area. 30 mins later rain, wind, cold. Got to love Cleveland weather !

The gloomy conditions made for some excellent photo ops, though maybe not so excellent photos.

Enjoy !

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Arrivals

A C-27J Spartan arrives in Cleveland

A C-27J Spartan arrives at the 2010 Cleveland National Air Show

C-130 Hercules arriving in Cleveland 2010

A C-130 Hercules arrives at the 2010 Cleveland National Air Show

A KC-135 Strato-tanker arrives in Cleveland

A KC-135 Strato-tanker arrives at the 2010 Cleveland National Air Show

NASA Glenn S-3B Viking taxiing at Cleveland

NASA Glenn S-3B Viking arrives at the 2010 Cleveland National Air Show

DEMO RUNS

F/A-18F Super Hornet fast pass

F/A-18F Super Hornet throwing vapor during a high speed pass on media day in Cleveland, 2010

Navy Legacy Flight F/A-18F Super Hornet and a F-4U5 Corsair

Navy Legacy Flight F/A-18F Super Hornet and a F-4U5 Corsair. The grey day added nice mood lighting for this flyby on media day, Cleveland 2010

The F-15E Strike Eagle arrives with burners glowing for it's demo run

The F-15E Strike Eagle arrives with burners glowing for it’s demo run on media day in Cleveland, 2010

F-15E Strike Eagle pulls some Gs and creates a vapor cloud

F-15E Strike Eagle pulls some Gs and creates a vapor cloud on media day, Cleveland 2010

The F-15E Strike Eagle engulfed in a vapor cloud

The F-15E Strike Eagle seems to be exploding a cloud during a demo run on media day, Cleveland 2010

The F-15E Strike Eagle playing with the office workers

The F-15E Strike Eagle plays with the office workers in downtown Cleveland buildings during media day 2010

The F-15E Strike Eagle banks right out of the show creating nice vapor trails

The F-15E Strike Eagle banks right out of the show creating nice vapor trails during media day, Cleveland 2010