Ft. Myers Beach Air Show, Fort Myers Beach
The Fort Myers Beach Air Show takes place in May every year. We always get to see the planes coming over the beach at the quiet end of the island, on their way to and from SW Florida International Airport, but last year we decided to go to the centre of the action.
We took the Island Trolley to the Lani Kai Hotel where the event was based. We didn't drive because the centre of town gets very crowded during the Air Show and even if you can find a parking space, they charge high prices.
Commentary for the Air Show was relayed from the roof of the Lani Kai to the beach below where crowds had gathered and the beach vendors were doing a roaring trade. You could rent a cabana or chairs but as it was so hot, we found a shaded spot in the beachside bar where we were able to sit down and still get a good view.
A range of aircraft displayed during the afternoon, including extremely thrilling (and very noisy) F-16 fighter planes but the highlight of the show was definitely the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. I had never seen it, apart from in pictures, and it is certainly a distinctive and terrifyingly impressive aircraft.
Americans certainly know how to enjoy themselves and the noise of cheering and whistling was deafening. We had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
Not so enjoyable though, was the journey back to our apartment. When the show finished, the island became gridlocked and the trolleys were stuck in stationary traffic, some miles away. Neither could be get a taxi, for the same reason. We waited for an hour... then we went for a drink... but still gridlock... so we ended up walking the several miles back along the beach.