JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 – Static Displays

There was quite a variety of static aircraft on display at the Joint Base Lewis McChord – JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 (August 27th-28th, 2016 – I went on the Saturday). Non flying aircraft and helicopters were present from the USAF, US Army (more on them in my next post), Royal Canadian Air Force and Civil Air Patrol including combat aircraft, trainers, transports and aerial refuelling tankers. There was something for everyone but as per usual with modern budgetary constraints there could always have been more fighters and bombers!

USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer from the 34th Bomb Squadron, 28th Bomb Wing out of Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota JBLM Airshow 2016
USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer from the 34th Bomb Squadron, 28th Bomb Wing out of Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer from the 34th Bomb Squadron, 28th Bomb Wing out of Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota JBLM Airshow 2016
The interior cockpit space of such a big aircraft is very small in the B-1B (especially for the WSO’s who sit in a small section behind where I took this from – not really possible to get a worthy photo on the day)!
current USAF Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules and a retired Lockheed C-130E Hercules (part of the McChord Air Museum collection)
The old and the new – a current USAF Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules and a retired Lockheed C-130E Hercules (part of the McChord Air Museum collection). The old camo scheme looks great!
USAF 62nd Airlift Wing Boeing C-17 Globemaster III JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 Washington USA
USAF 62nd Airlift Wing Boeing C-17 Globemaster III – Lewis McChord is their home base so plenty of C-17’s were on hand!
USAF B-1B Lancer, Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182's with a USAF C-17, USAF C-17 and C-130J Lewis McChord Airshow 2016
USAF B-1B Lancer, Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182’s with a USAF C-17, USAF C-17 and C-130J
USAF 62nd Airlift Wing Boeing C-17 Globemaster III open for inspection JBLM Airshow 2016
USAF 62nd Airlift Wing Boeing C-17 Globemaster III open for inspection
USAF 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle at JBLM Airshow 2016
USAF 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle. It was a popular static display – unfortunately it didn’t fly at the show!
USAF Northrop T-38 Talon jet trainer JBLM Airshow 2016
The venerable USAF Northrop T-38 Talon jet trainer
USAF Beechcraft T-6A Texan II & TC-12 Huron training aircraft JBLM Airshow 2016
USAF Beechcraft T-6A Texan II & TC-12 Huron training aircraft
JBLM Airshow 2016
JBLM control tower and statics
USAF Thunderbirds General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcons JBLM Airshow 2016
The USAF Thunderbirds General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcons await their turn to fly
USAF Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker, Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender and Lockheed C-5 Galaxy JBLM Airshow 2016
A tail or two! USAF Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker, Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender and Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
Royal Canadian Air Force Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King JBLM Airshow 2016
Royal Canadian Air Force Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King
base C-17's about and a huge Lockheed C-5 Galaxy transport JBLM Airshow 2016
There were plenty of base C-17’s about and a huge Lockheed C-5 Galaxy transport
USAF 62nd Airlift Wing Boeing C-17 Globemaster III JBLM
More USAF 62nd Airlift Wing Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transports!
USAF McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender aerial refueling tanker JBLM Airshow 2016
USAF McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender aerial refueling tanker
The business end of a USAF McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender aerial refueling tanker JBLM Airshow 2016
The business end of a USAF McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender aerial refueling tanker
The huge USAF Lockheed C-5 Galaxy transport JBLM Airshow 2016
The huge USAF Lockheed C-5 Galaxy transport. Its like a Great White sharks mouth has opened up!
USAF Lockheed C-5 Galaxy JBLM Airshow 2016
USAF Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
USAF support aicraft JBLM Airshow 2016
Down the line
USAF Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker JBLM Airshow 2016
USAF Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker out of Fairchild AFB near Spokane, WA
"Spokane Sun-God II" USAF Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker JBLM Airshow 2016
USAF KC-135R “Spokane Sun-God II”
USAF Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker JBLM Airshow 2016
USAF KC-135R CFM-56 engines and refueling probe

There were also various warbirds and historic aircraft at the other end of the airfield. Technically they were not static displays as a number of them flew during the day and were separated from the crowd by a security fence but you could still get a reasonable look at them!

Warbirds JBLM Airshow 2016
Warbirds

All in all and enjoyable day wandering around exploring all of these aircraft up close. In my next post I will share some photos of the US Army helicopters, vehicles and equipment that was part of the Warrior Expo.

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7 thoughts on “JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 – Static Displays

      1. They sure are! I wish this one had flown. By coincidence I just happened to be wearing a trucker cap from their base in South Dakota that I visited in 2013. It opened up some interesting dialog in chatting with the pilots who noticed it straight away. They said they would love to have flown a display but there was more “bang for your buck” showing people the bomber on the ground apparently. They did do some low level flying as a training run from SD to WA though!

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