For three days out of the year, people from all over the world flock to Old Tucson to dress up and celebrate the United States largest steam punk convention. Landlocked scuba divers and makeshift sniper-wielding cowboys crossed paths without blinking an eye at each other. The theme for 2014 was land vs. sea. Although no blows were exchanged, verbal confrontations freckled the dusty sets. The rhetoric used however was of a different nature — a polite one.
More than 100,000 came to see the varied fleet of aircraft that took to the skies this past weekend. From the moment when the gates opened at Davis-Monthan Air Force base, spectators crisscrossed across the airstrip making their way to the many different attractions that the Airshow offered. Close to a mile of front row space was available for observers to watch P-51 Mustangs, A-10 Warthogs and F-16 Fighting Falcons maneuvered over Tucson. Underneath massive shades of brown canopy military aircrafts from different generations was available to be seen and in some cases walked into. The smells of sunscreen, cooked meat and burning jet fuel pocketed the different quadrants of the event.