JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 – Military Flyers

The military flying on the Saturday of the Joint Base Lewis McChord – JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 (August 27th-28th, 2016) was disrupted a bit by strong winds. Despite this the show went on and although their were some big gaps between the flying displays, there was plenty to see in the air and on the ground with military aircraft from the USAF, US Navy and US Army being the main participants of the show.

The modern military aircraft had a mix of transport, fighter jet and helicopter flying displays. JBLM is the home base for the USAF 62nd Airlift Wing and their Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transports. As such the C-17’s conducted handling, short take-off and tactical supply drop demo’s (more on the supply drop in an upcoming post). The other military flyers included the always impressive US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO team Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet display (Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” based at NAS Lenmoore, California) and a US Army Boeing CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter also took part (it could not do its tactical drop demo due to the high winds).

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

USAF C-17 JBLM Airshow 2016
USAF 62nd Airlift Wing Boeing C-17 Globemaster III take-off and pass
USAF C-17 JBLM Airshow 2016
Gear down pass
USAF C-17 JBLM Airshow 2016
Underbelly
USAF C-17 JBLM Airshow 2016
USAF 62nd Airlift Wing Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
USAF C-17 JBLM Airshow 2016
Landing approach
USAF C-17 JBLM Airshow 2016
Back to home base
USAF C-17 JBLM Airshow 2016
Wave!

US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO

US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO team Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet take-off JBLM Airshow 2016
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO team Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet take-off
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO team Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet high speed pass JBLM Airshow 2016
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO team Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet high speed pass!
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO team Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet JBLM Airshow 2016
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO team Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO team Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet JBLM Airshow 2016
The Super Hornet for the demo team is from Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” based in California
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO team Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet JBLM Airshow 2016
Dirty pass
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO team Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet JBLM Airshow 2016
Note the WSO (or passenger in the seat at least) taking a good look at the crowd!
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO team Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet JBLM Airshow 2016
Vapour!
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO team Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet inverted pass JBLM Airshow 2016
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO team Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet inverted pass

Boeing CH-47 Chinook

US Army Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy transport helicopter JBLM Airshow 2016
US Army Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy transport helicopter

USAF Thunderbirds

The big finale was performed by the mighty USAF Thunderbirds flying their spectacular six ship formations aboard the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon! These guys never fail to disappoint and put on a great crowd pleaser of a show.

USAF Thunderbirds JBLM Airshow 2016
USAF Thunderbirds
USAF Thunderbirds mirror pass JBLM Airshow 2016
USAF Thunderbirds mirror pass
USAF Thunderbirds JBLM Airshow 2016
USAF Thunderbirds

These photos were some of the modern military highlights of the day. I will soon post more photos of the USAF Thunderbirds and the warbirds that flew too!

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2 thoughts on “JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 – Military Flyers

  1. Thanks. It certainly makes an impact. Apparently on the Sunday it was more humid and an entire vapour cloud formed around the tail of the Super Hornet during parts of the display!

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