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1962 Homestead Air Force Base Open House and Air Show

I was 15 years old in 1962 and had been attending air shows at Homestead since 1957 or 1958. The 1962 Open House and Air Show at Homestead AFB was the first year that I had a camera so in 2012 it will mark a 50-year span in air show photos from Homestead. The most impressive thing I remember was standing along the packed crowd line watching two or three F-104 Starfighters fly from the southwest to the northeast over the runway at maybe 500 feet or less. Each one would go by in total silence and about five seconds later an earth-shattering loud BOOM would hit us scaring the hell out of everyone after the first F-104 went by. How long has it been since aircraft stopped breaking the sound barrier at air shows?

1962 - Ruben Rivera, his cousin and USAF F-100 Super Sabre #AF62-727 at the Homestead Air Force Base Open House
1962 - Ruben Rivera, his cousin and USAF F-100 Super Sabre #AF62-727 at the Homestead Air Force Base Open House
USAF F-104 Starfighter AF60-811 at the Homestead AFB Open House in 1962 photo #UM62_02
USAF F-104 Starfighter AF60-811 at the Homestead AFB Open House in 1962 photo #UM62_02
1962 - USAF KC-135 at the Homestead Air Force Base Open House in 1962 photo #UM62_4
1962 - USAF KC-135 at the Homestead Air Force Base Open House in 1962 photo #UM62_4
USAF KC-135 on the left, B-52 landing in the middle, B-52 on the right at the Homestead AFB Open House in 1962
USAF KC-135 on the left, B-52 landing in the middle, B-52 on the right at the Homestead AFB Open House in 1962
USAF F-100 Super Sabre #AF53-727 at the Homestead AFB Open House in 1962 photo #UM62_06
USAF F-100 Super Sabre #AF53-727 at the Homestead AFB Open House in 1962 photo #UM62_06
Judo demonstrations inside a hangar at the Homestead AFB Open House in 1962 photo #UM62_7
Judo demonstrations inside a hangar at the Homestead AFB Open House in 1962 photo #UM62_7
Sentry dog demonstrations at the Homestead Air Force Base Open House in 1962 photo #UM62_8
Sentry dog demonstrations at the Homestead Air Force Base Open House in 1962 photo #UM62_8
USAF KC-135's at the Homestead Air Force Base Open House in 1962 photo #UM62_9
USAF KC-135's at the Homestead Air Force Base Open House in 1962 photo #UM62_9
USAF KC-135 on the left, B-52 landing and B-52 on the right at the Homestead AFB Open House in 1962 photo #UM62_10
USAF KC-135 on the left, B-52 landing and B-52 on the right at the Homestead AFB Open House in 1962 photo #UM62_10
USAF B-52 Stratofortress landing (left) and parked B-52 at the Homestead AFB Open House in 1962 photo #UM62_10C
USAF B-52 Stratofortress landing (left) and parked B-52 at the Homestead AFB Open House in 1962 photo #UM62_10C
USAF B-52 Stratofortress performing behind a parked B-52 at the Homestead AFB Open House in 1962 photo #UM62_11
USAF B-52 Stratofortress performing behind a parked B-52 at the Homestead AFB Open House in 1962 photo #UM62_11