The Saturday of the Joint Base Lewis McChord – JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 (August 27th-28th, 2016) was plagued by strong dusty winds. This meant that some of the warbird flying displays just could not go ahead. Regardless the show went on and we still got to see some great World War Two and Cold War era aircraft take to the sky.
In the historic aircraft category, the Cascade Warbirds took to the sky in a number of training aircraft – a pair of North American T-28 Trojan’s, an IAR-823 from Romania, a pair of Ryan Navion’s and a North American SNJ. The Erickson Aircraft Collection took up there 1944 Lockheed P-38L Lightning “Tangerine” (their Japanese Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa “Oscar” taxied but did not fly due to the strong winds – a shame as they were going to simulate a P-38 vs Ki-43 dogfight!), the Flying Heritage Collection had their North American B-25J Mitchell bomber and early jet age wise the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star “Ace Maker II” put on a spirited display.
North American B-25J
It is always good to see such historic aircraft fly and it is a credit to all the pilots that took up the strong wind challenge to put on a great show. We salute you!