JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 – The Warbirds

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.

The Warbirds

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 LightningTangerine” (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 StarAce Maker II” put on a spirited display.

Cascade Warbirds

Cascade Warbirds - North American T-28 Trojans JBLM Airshow 2016
Cascade Warbirds – North American T-28 Trojans
Cascade Warbirds - Ryan Navion's JBLM Airshow 2016
Cascade Warbirds – Ryan Navion’s
Cascade Warbirds - T-28's, SNJ, IAR-823 & Ryan Navion's JBLM Airshow 2016
Cascade Warbirds – T-28’s, SNJ, IAR-823 & Ryan Navion’s

North American B-25J

Flying Heritage Collection North American B-25J Mitchell JBLM Airshow 2016
Flying Heritage Collection North American B-25J Mitchell
The FHC B-25J was manufactured in Kansas in 1944. It ultimately served with the Royal Canadian Air Force until sold off as surplus in 1961
The FHC B-25J was manufactured in Kansas in 1944. It ultimately served with the Royal Canadian Air Force until sold off as surplus in 1961
Flying Heritage Collection North American B-25J Mitchell JBLM Airshow 2016
A great looking aircraft!
Flying Heritage Collection North American B-25J Mitchell JBLM Airshow 2016 Bomb Bay open
Bomb bay open
Flying Heritage Collection North American B-25J Mitchell JBLM Airshow 2016
Another fine flying display in the B-25J Mitchell bomber
Flying Heritage Collection North American B-25J Mitchell JBLM Airshow 2016
The B-25J back on terra firma

Lockheed P-38

Erickson Aircraft Collection Lockheed P-38L Lightning and their Japanese Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa "Oscar" JBLM Airshow 2016
The Erickson Aircraft Collection Lockheed P-38L Lightning and their Japanese Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa “Oscar” taxied out to the runway but the latter did not fly due to the strong winds
Erickson Aircraft Collection Lockheed P-38L Lightning "Tangerine" JBLM Airshow 2016
Erickson Aircraft Collection Lockheed P-38L Lightning “Tangerine”
Erickson Aircraft Collection Lockheed P-38L Lightning "Tangerine" JBLM Airshow 2016
The P-38 was said to be known to the Germans as “der Gabelschwanz-Teufel” – “The Fork-tailed Devil”!
Erickson Aircraft Collection Lockheed P-38L Lightning "Tangerine" JBLM Airshow 2016
A fine bit of flying by Bud Granley in the Erickson Aircraft Collection Lockheed P-38L Lightning “Tangerine”!
Erickson Aircraft Collection Lockheed P-38L Lightning "Tangerine" JBLM Airshow 2016
“Tangerine” taxiing back after the flying display
Erickson Aircraft Collection Lockheed P-38L Lightning "Tangerine" JBLM Airshow 2016
P-38 firepower – a 20mm cannon and 4 x 0.50 caliber machine guns!

Lockheed T-33

Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star "Ace Maker II" taxis past Lockheed P-38L Lightning "Tangerine" JBLM Airshow 2016
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star “Ace Maker II” taxis past Lockheed P-38L Lightning “Tangerine”
High level T-33 aerobatics JBLM Airshow 2016
High level T-33 aerobatics
T-33 smoke pass JBLM Airshow 2016
T-33 smoke pass
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star "Ace Maker II" barrel roll gif JBLM Airshow 2016
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star “Ace Maker II” barrel roll
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star "Ace Maker II" JBLM Airshow 2016
Some fine flying in the old Shooting Star
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star "Ace Maker II" JBLM Airshow 2016
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star “Ace Maker II”

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!

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