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 involving all types of USAF combat aircraft along with support aircraft and includes the US Army, US Navy, USMC and allied nations in this extensive and realistic training program.

Nellis is home to numerous squadrons so plenty of aircraft were on hand at Aviation Nation to participate in the flying displays including the latest Fifth Generation stealth aircraft technology USAF Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor air dominance fighter and USAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (USAF and Royal Netherlands Air Force examples were also in the static displays). The following photos are some of the modern military flying highlights of my two days at the air show.

Wings of Blue - USAF Parachute team kicked off the show leaping out of a Boeing C-17 Cargomaster III Aviaiton Nation 2016
Wings of Blue – USAF Parachute team kicked off the show leaping out of a Boeing C-17 Cargomaster III
Wings of Blue flying flags of the various branches of the US military, the POW/MIA flag and naturally the US flag Aviation Nation 2016
Wings of Blue flying flags of the various branches of the US military, the POW/MIA flag and naturally the US flag
USAF C-17 PACAF Demo Team Aviation Nation 2016
USAF C-17 PACAF Demonstration Team take-off
USAF C-17 PACAF Demo Team Aviation Nation 2016
USAF C-17 PACAF Demonstration Team handling display
USAF C-17 PACAF Demo Team Aviation Nation 2016
USAF C-17 PACAF Demonstration Team short landing capability
US Navy Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet TAC DEMO (Saturday) Aviation Nation 2016
US Navy Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet TAC DEMO (Saturday)
Top pass by the US Navy Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet TAC DEMO (Saturday) Aviation Nation 2016 Nellis
Top pass by the US Navy Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet TAC DEMO (Saturday)
US Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet dirty barrel roll take-off! (Sunday) Aviation Nation 2016
US Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet dirty barrel roll take-off! (Sunday)
US Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet fast pass (Sunday) Aviation Nation 2016
US Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet fast pass (Sunday)
US Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet fast pass (Sunday) Aviation Nation 2016
US Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet inverted pass (Sunday)
US Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet low pass (Sunday) Aviation Nation 2016
US Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet low pass (Sunday)
US Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet final top pass (Sunday) Aviation Nation 2016
US Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet final top pass (Sunday)
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor take-off Aviation Nation 2016
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor take-off – so much raw power!
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Aviation Nation 2016
Up and away!
weapons bays USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Aviation Nation 2016
F-22 weapons bays
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fifth generation air dominance fighter Aviation Nation 2016
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fifth generation air dominance fighter
F-22 top pass with afterburner Aviation Nation 2016
F-22 top pass with afterburner
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Aviation Nation 2016
The F-22 demonstrates some of its sharp turning capability
USAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter - post take-off Aviation Nation 2016
USAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter – post take-off
USAF F-35A Aviation Nation 2016
USAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter
USAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II afterburner pass Aviation Nation 2016
USAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II afterburner pass
A sharp turn by the F-35A with full afterburner Aviation Nation 2016
A sharp turn by the F-35A with full afterburner – trust me this thing is loud!
USAF Heritage Flight Aviation Nation 2016 Nellis AFB F-86 F-35 F-22
First to Fifth Generation USAF jet fighters – F-86 Sabre, F-35A Lightning II & F-22 Raptor

In my next post I will show some of the current military static display aircraft that were spread across the public access areas of the base. The Warbirds will follow in a later post.

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