Doubt if there are many who have seen a B-58 or SR-71 in the air.
I have seen most military jets in the air, never saw an F-105 though, to my regret.
Not many of them made [less than 1,000], lost half of those in Vietnam, and they were phased out fairly quickly. I remember seeing one on static at Selfridge in the mid 1980's.
Selfridge indeed had some great shows, but have taken a down turn, like just about everyone else.
They are severely hampered by terrible access .... Last time I tried to go on base for a show, I got off the exit ramp about 11am, and joined a mind blowing swarm trying to get on base. Only about 3 miles to the base from the ramp, but the pace was slower than a crawl, I didn't make it to the gates until around 3pm, when the Blues were taking off.
They closed the gates about 10 cars behind me, and rejected 1,000's of people who had waited hours to get it.
Every since that bad experience, I have watched the shows from outside, I know that area very well, and have spots picked out with the best possible few, right on the approach.
In the late 1980's, Selfridge actually had a flag exercise, called "Wolverine Flag".
That was incredible, far better than any air show. F-4's, F-5's, F-15's, F-16's, F-18's, F-14's, Harriers, A-7's, tankers, AWACS, and some Tornadoes from Italy & UK, swarms of them, taking off and landing in gaggles all day long, I think it lasted a week. I was there for 3 of the days, best air action I have ever seen, or will ever see.
I recall about 2 dozen Harriers taking off, came back about 45 min later and did high speed passes in 2's, all in a line.
They landed, then a bunch of Tornadoes came in and did touch & goes. An F-14 over the nearby lake messed up during a high speed pass and went supersonic, one of the few times I have ever heard a sonic boom.
Swarms of Phantoms, sometimes in pairs, sometimes by the dozens. We saw about 20 Phantoms taxiing our way, which we thought meant they'd be taking off the other way [most aircraft land and take off the same way all day long, some for whatever reasons did not]. We preferred to be on the takeoff end, so we rushed down the freeway to the other side ... Only to see that they had looped back down, and were spotted for takeoff on the side we just left.
We rushed back, but only in time for the last couple pairs.
Later that day, I saw a pair of USMC Phantoms spotted for takeoff, and alerted my crew of about 6 guys, uncles and cousins. Was a hot day, and with the heat mirages and smoke on the runway, it was hard to see anything on the other end, even with binocs. You could see their wheel light when they were pointed right at you, and maybe make out enough shape to determine aircraft type.
So this pair of F-4's comes charging down the runway and, as always with Phantoms, they didn't disappoint. They always were low, loud and smoky ,,, And we shifted our feet and turned with them to watch their turning climb out towards the lake.
What we didn't know was there was actually a 3rd Phantom about 10 seconds behind the pair, impossible to see or hear him with all the noise, smoke and heat. Still watching the first 2 climb towards the lake, I caught some motion in my peripheral vision to my right and snapped my head that way - Just in time to see a dangerously low Phantom bearing down on us. He was near the end of the runway and barely off the ground ,,, I didn't have time to do much. I smacked my uncle, was like everyone else was watching the other 2 Phantoms, on the back, to give him a warning, and dove for the ground. When I smacked him he looked back at me, saw me hit the deck, and automatically did the same, without even knowing what was coming. I rarely ever cover my ears, but I knew this was going to be ear shattering, but I had my WW2 binocs and didn't want to drop them, so I covered one ear with my free hand, and tried to jam my shoulder into my other ear as I rolled around to my back - Yes, I actually wanted to see something here, I was considering the possibility that this might be the last thing I see.
Alls I saw was the dirty underside of a navy Phantom like I've never seen it before ,, We were literally right on the end on the runway, in front of the landing lights. I could of course count every rivet, as I saw the tailhook flash by I closed my eyes and turned my head away by instinct, knowing I'd be shortly blasted by a hot wash of jet exhaust very soon. Was enough to singe the hair off our arms, and we wreaked of JP-4 the rest of the day.
There was an 8 ft perimeter fence about 20 ft behind us, which surrounds the entire base.
I estimate he cleared that fence maybe by 10/15 ft, which would have put him about 20/25 ft over us. Worse than even us, there was a group of people, including a young lady, who were right across the small 2 lane road which runs parallel, and into, the base. They were sitting on top of a van, and were all involuntarily blasted off it by this awesome machine. I ran over to see if any were injured, I helped the girl up. She got up and fell right back down, she was trying to speak but only made mouth motions and gestures. Obviously traumatized, they piled in the van and sped away.
After that, and every since, we stayed off to the side of airstrips. I found that, in addition to being slightly safer, you also got a better view of the aircraft.
All air force base shows I have been to are very slow going usually due to lack of exits. MacDill AFB Tampa is just as bad if not worse than Selfridge when exiting. I have a back way of entering MacDill that gets me into the show pretty quick, but I can't use it exiting so it takes forever to get out of there. Last November I left well before the Thunderbirds went up because I figured I could beat the crowds and had no use in watching the Thunderbirds looking into the sun, plus I usually see them 2-3 times a year. It still took me hour and a half to get out. The only show at a base I didn't have traffic problems in was NAS Jacksonville. I got there right at 8am when the gates opened (after driving 3 hours from Orlando) and got right in no problem yet still seemed to park a mile from the main show area. The weather was terrible too - it was a November show but it was a high in the upper 50s, low ceiling and very windy and I wasn't dressed warm enough for it because forecast said partly cloudy and high of 70. I left the show before the Blue Angels went up (was exiting during Fat Albert) - again since I am a photographer, the Blue Angels would just look like shadows due to the overcast - if it was sunny it would be perfect since you face north. I seen the Blue Angels already 4 times earlier that year - 3 at Sun N Fun and 1 at Thunder Over Michigan plus a partial practice that was canceled due to a storm there. That was a busy airshow weekend in Florida - I went to Cocoa Beach Friday for the practice show, Saturday Jacksonville and Sunday Tampa MacDill. I needed to get back to Orlando so I could get to MacDill next day - no wait getting out of JAX.
The last Selfridge show I went to was 2009, weather sucked big time. Had 3-4 rain showers go through and it was chilly and that ended up cancelling a lot of the acts that were supposed to go up. There was supposed to be a Mig-15 and F-86 dogfight, which never happened. The T-2 didn't go up. It took us 2 hours to get in and we got there before the show was supposed to start around 9:30am, but by the time we got in several of the planes were already going up - mostly the base stuff like the KC-135, A-10s, Chinooks, which was mostly what I wanted to see. The traffic wasn't too bad at the I-94 exit, it didn't get too bad until you got on the base - but they sent us all the way to the back and it did take 2 hours. I don't think they had the south access opened up like they used to from Clinton River Rd - they used to have that entrance in the 1990s.
I went to pretty much almost every Selfridge Show during the 1980s, 90s early 2000s as they were usually every other year. Some we watched from my uncle's boat either on Lake St. Claire or on Clinton River. I was on my ex girlfriend's boat in 1998 show. I watched the 1994 show from inside when that T-33 crashed during the show.
We get a good show here in Orlando every couple of years if you like transports. They have the Military Transport and Tanker Convention here every couple years - the day before the convention starts and the day it ends military transports arrive every 15 minutes at MCO - various types of C-130s, C-17s, KC-135s, KC-10s, C-5s the previous time but didn't see any in 2010 as well as C-40s, a C-9 as well as the smaller jet types. We were busier than most bases those 2 days.