Aviation Nation 2016: USAF Thunderbirds

Nellis Air Force Base is home to the mighty USAF Thunderbirds demonstration team and they rounded off the flying displays each day of Aviation Nation 2016 (November 12th and 13th) in stunning fashion. The red, white and blue, six ship General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon (originally 5 x F-16C and 1 x F-16B two-seater but they swapped out the B for… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: USAF Thunderbirds

Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part IV

Aviation Nation 2016 celebrated “75 Years of Airpower” at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. In addition to all the modern flying tech of today (please see my previous post) the Nellis Heritage Parade component of the air show included various warbirds from World War Two and the Korean War era, accompanied with plenty of pyrotechnics!… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part IV

Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part III

A key component of Aviation Nation 2016 was the Nellis Capabilities Demonstration with Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground Demonstrations featuring a fantastic array of Nellis Air Force Base aircraft. The base suddenly came under air attack from “Red Forces” General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcons of the 64th Aggressor Squadron (painted up in livery you would expect to see on combat aircraft of… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part III

Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part II

Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada is home to numerous USAF squadrons so plenty of interesting and diverse aircraft were on static display at Aviation Nation 2016 including combat aircraft, aggressor aircraft, training aircraft, electronic reconnaissance aircraft and helicopters. The USAF, US Army, US Coast Guard and private training providers such as Draken International all had aircraft… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part II

Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part I

Aviation Nation 2016 celebrated “75 Years of Airpower” at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The base was established in 1941 and has remained in continuous use ever since. Nellis is the premiere USAF combat training base and home to the USAF Warfare Centre. It is famous for the Red and Green Flag combat training exercises… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part I

Aviation Nation 2016: USAF Heritage Flight

USAF first and fifth generation jet fighter air dominance was on display at Aviation Nation 2016 and made for a perfect grouping during the USAF Heritage Flight. To see an early 1950’s era North American F-86 Sabre flying alongside todays stealthy Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and the new Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter was fantastic and shows incredible… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: USAF Heritage Flight