Weather once again a factor for Olympic Air Show

The final day of the Olympic Air Show had planes, planes and more planes — not to mention a few helicopters and a jet car — but perhaps most noticeable Sunday was that it was about 20 degrees cooler than Saturday.

Temperatures soared into the 90s at Olympia Regional Airport on Saturday, which lowered daily attendance in the range of 10 percent to 15 percent, said Teri Thorning, executive director of the Olympic Flight Museum, which puts on the annual air show, in its 17th year. The weekend show typically attracts 6,000 to 8,000 people, she said.

Many of those who did attend Saturday found relief from the heat by standing under the wings of several parked planes on display.

But the weather completely changed Sunday morning, including a round of thunder and lightning, followed by some rain, that temporarily shook up the area and then moved on.

That caused the pilots of seven light antique planes to leave the air show early Sunday because of concerns that they may have to fly in inclement weather, Thorning said. Inclement weather also has affected the show in past years.

Still, the show carried on and crowds began to show up late Sunday, she said.

Some highlights from the weekend:

•  Two Bell-Boeing MV-22 Ospreys — the propellers can tilt into a vertical position — were on display for most of the weekend. They left about 11 a.m. Sunday, Thorning said.

•  A Royal Canadian Air Force CC-115 Buffalo — it can transport 41 fully equipped soldiers — was hard to miss: It was the bright yellow plane parked closest to the Olympic Flight Museum.

•  The Smoke ’n’ Thunder jet car returned to the show this year and raced both planes and helicopters over the weekend. The car has a top speed that approaches 400 mph.

•  Once again Bud and Ross Granley of Granley Family Air Shows entertained the crowds with stunts that make the planes look as though they’re tumbling through the sky.

Another pilot to return to the show was Anna Serbinenko with her plane Sky Dancer.

Originally from Ukraine, Serbinenko now calls Vancouver, B.C., home. She also has a doctorate in financial mathematics and is chief financial officer of Canadian Flight Centre, a flight school.

“Ave Maria” was played to the crowd during her aerobatic routine, which she later said was fitting for a Sunday performance.

“It’s like a homecoming,” she said about returning to the Olympic Air Show, adding that it’s pleasant, laid back and not stressful.

“Teri does a good job of putting it all together,” Serbinenko said.