A trip to Las Vegas, Nevada to once again attend Aviation Nation (November 12th and 13th, 2016) at nearby Nellis Air Force Base was given a priority this year with the news that the flying program celebrating “75 Years of Airpower” at Nellis would include the last public air show display of the McDonnell Douglas QF-4 Phantom… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: Phantom Pharewell
USAF first and fifth generation jet fighter air dominance was on display at Aviation Nation 2016 and made for a perfect grouping during the USAF Heritage Flight. To see an early 1950’s era North American F-86 Sabre flying alongside todays stealthy Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and the new Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter was fantastic and shows incredible… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: USAF Heritage Flight
Here is a teaser for a series of posts coming up on my trip to Aviation Nation 2016 event at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada (November 12th and 13th). Another brilliant show and one that even after 2 days all seemed to end so fast, with never enough time to take in all the static… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: BOOM!
Sleek, stealthy, fast and lethal. The highly advanced fifth generation Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter is only operated by the USAF and first entered service on December 15th, 2005. In addition to stealth technology to avoid radar detection, the F-22 features a combination of advanced sensor technology, integrated avionics, situational awareness and weapons to… Read More Up Close with a USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
USAF Aggressor Squadrons have a matter of fact mission statement: To prepare the combat air forces, joint and allied aircrews for tomorrow’s victories with challenging and realistic threat replication, training, academics and feedback. USAF aggressor squadrons were first established in 1972 following the high air combat loss ratio during the Vietnam War. According to the… Read More USAF Aggressor Squadrons
The USAF operates 66 Rockwell B-1B Lancer aka “Bone” long-range heavy bombers that first entered operational service on October 1st, 1986 (the last was delivered on May 2nd, 1988. Originally 100 were procured). Aviation Nation 2014 at Nellis AFB, Nevada had one static B-1B to take a close look at and out on the operational… Read More Aviation Nation 2014: B-1B Lancer
Beware the bite of the Black Widow. It is deadly! This Boeing B-52H Stratofortress “Black Widow” at Aviation Nation 2014 (Nellis AFB, Nevada) is one of the remaining 58 active and 18 ready reserve (in storage) B-52H strategic bombers still in USAF service (the only variant still operational – 102 H models were delivered between 1961 and… Read More Aviation Nation 2014: Boeing B-52H “Black Widow”
Aviation Nation 2014 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada had plenty of aircraft from the Boeing company taking centre stage on the static lineup. As always with Boeing these were some of the biggest aircraft in the USAF inventory. From tankers to bombers virtually their full complement of the “big birds” was on display.
The North American P-51 Mustang has gone down in the history books as one of the greatest World War Two fighters. It was originally designed to fulfill an RAF urgent request for a new long-range fighter plane to help combat the German Luftwaffe (in addition to the RAF Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane). The prototype NA-73X airframe… Read More The P-51 Mustang “Cadillac of the Sky”
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star “Ace Maker II” jet trainer in USAF markings and a Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15 Fagot fighter in North Korean markings during the Korean War demonstration at Aviation Nation 2014. This pairing made for a unique display of 1950’s jet powered designs from the United States and the Soviet Union. Another 1950’s jet powered bird… Read More Aviation Nation 2014: East Meets West