What is almost certainly the world's most breathtakingly beautiful aviation event is held in early October at Albuquerque, New Mexico, and it's an absolute joy to watch. In a departure from his usual Eye Of Experience role, AVweb's Howard Fried shares his observations and some magnificent photographs he took when he attended the fiesta as a spectator.
Howard Fried started flying with the Army Air Corps in WWII, where he
served both as a multi-engine instructor pilot and in combat piloting B-17s.
After a stint teaching sociology and on-the-air and management jobs in the
radio business after the war, he turned to teaching flying again full-time.
Over 40,000 general aviation hours later, he is still instructing
and running his own flight school. Along the way he administered over 4,000 flight tests
as a Designated Examiner
until victimized by rogue FAA officials.