Well, not really. These were very cool remote control airplanes that were flying around the practice ball diamonds. The kids were having trouble concentrating because the planes moved VERY fast. And they had the planforms of the real aircraft. They were electric and had high speed (45,000 RPM!) fans. I think the pilot said they would fly easily over 100mph. I caught the A-10 just after lift off so you can see some of the baseball folks in the background, probably 100′ away. Sadly the the landing strip was actually a running track with a soft gravelly surface so when the plane landed one of the gear broke off–but–like a real Warthog, that didn’t phase it a bit, just made the landing shorter.
The Phantom was fun to watch. Sad that it was Navy (just kidding). The shot is just at rotation. If you look closely at the takeoff surface just behind the jet, you can see a little of the dust kicked up by the engines. Of course, I marveled at how clean the thing flew. I never saw a Phantom without smoke unless it was parked or flamed out. We always tried to fly just a little offset when we were behind them (which was always) so we wouldn’t have to have our Vipers washed and detailed.