We had long looked forward to Warbirds over the Beach, the airshow produced by the Military Aviation Museum of Virginia Beach, which features all WWII planes. It is also remarkable for having a re-enactors encampment with men and women in the uniform of the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Russia, and perhaps more nations.
Excitement was in air, with the drone of small planes circling overhead before the show. We had time to look at the many planes on the ground, waiting to fly later.
The pride of their collection is the Mosquito, a rare British plane, made of wood, and restored to flying condition.
The show began. The first plane flew, the anti-aircraft gun pretended to shoot, and the paratroopers jumped.
And then the heavens opened up with a downpour. The re-enactors welcomed the crowd to take shelter in their tents. Later we retreated to the main building to be entertained by a concert band.
We grew hopeful as the sky began to lighten, but eventually the announcer said there would be no more flying today. Well, we still had fun, and we'll go back next year.
And dinosaurs too, at the entrance to the museum.