Saturday 5 November, was completely dominated by the “Wings over Homestead Open House and Air Show 2016”, so up early and on time in line at the main gate. But a real row appeared not to be there and so we were almost at the front, twenty minutes before opening. We asked to confirm that it was ok for us to take our photo bags on the airfield. At the stroke of eight o’clock we were welcomed by a member of security and we could go through the bag check. Which was at that time of day still quite strictly so some had to clean out all their bags and bags. After this little hurdle we had to choose between walk to the ramp, or waiting for a trailer truck with a pickup “train”. We chose to go walking as we did not want to miss anything on our way out there. It proved to be a brisk 10 minute walk, no wonder no American chose this option! Nevertheless we were one of the first visitors on the ramp. The static show turned out to be quite small, but the quality was good, including a B-52 and B-1. Typical American mostly without fences or ribbons around it, always a challenge for the photographer. Part of the ramp was not accessible, here were all the aircraft likely to fly, mostly warbirds. The operational based F-16s were not visible, unfortunately, too bad for those who are also interested in tailnumbers. Also unfortunate was full backlight toward the runway, which was quite a challenge to the photographers. The show began with a demonstration of the US Army Golden Knights para demonstration team, including their beautiful Fokker C-31A Friendship. Many waving of flags and patriotism music and talking over the speakers of course, which would stay during the better part of the day. It just all part of the current US … Four local F-16s did a base attack, with lots of smoke and fire but they were quite high and far away. And as already mentioned, with only backlighting. Then the show alternated with lots of (civil) stunt planes and warbirds. Entertainment was there for sure, high-flying skills and lots of explosions and smoke. Not only in the air but also on the ground thanks to “Shockwave”, a truck powered by three jet engines with afterburners. Amongst them we were treated by the military to a Border Patrol UH-60, Navy Super Hornet demo, and, of course, the USAF Thunderbirds. Unfortunately, the beautiful weather turned to gray clouds and heavy showers in the afternoon, and two of them, unfortunately, we did not escape. The Thunderbirds were happy between the rain showers still doing their “low clouds” show to the public that had decided to stay for a while. During the second downpour, by which time most of the audience had already “fled” and we sheltered under one of the last still flying C-5A Galaxy, a C-17 arrived for the static display. Then we started to walk back to the gate and our car. On the way back to our hotel we took a few pictures of the F-4 we had missed the night before.