Aviation Nation 2016 celebrated “75 Years of Airpower” at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. In addition to all the modern flying tech of today (please see my previous post) the Nellis Heritage Parade component of the air show included various warbirds from World War Two and the Korean War era, accompanied with plenty of pyrotechnics!… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part IV
September 17th opened up as a wet, grey and cloudy day. The inclement weather did not bode well for the last Flying Heritage Collection flying day for the year (as is the way, the day before and after were sunny days!). Flying Tanks Day was to be a showcase of some of the FHC heavy hitting ground attack… Read More FHC Flying Tanks Day 2016
When Saturday September 3rd rolled around Paine Field, Washington was awash in misty rain and clouded over. Things didn’t look good but the weather forecast still held promise… A few hours later the sun was out and the warbirds were flying at the Vintage Aircraft Weekend hosted by the Historic Flight Foundation! A great day was had… Read More Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016 – From the Battle of Britain to Pearl and Beyond
There is never any shortage of warbird action at the Planes of Fame Airshow and 2015 showcased many European Theatre World War Two era aircraft including a Bell P-63 Kingcobra (mostly flown by the Soviets as it was seen as inferior to the P-51 Mustang by the USAAF), the Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Dakota) venerable transport, Lockheed… Read More Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: WW2 European Theatre Warbirds
Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 they had a bevy of 11 North American P-51 Mustangs on static display from an early model Allison engined P-51A to a Rolls Royce Merlin engined P-51C and a bevy of the definitive Rolls Royce Merlin engined P-51D’s. It was great to see so many of one of the finest World War Two fighters all in one… Read More Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: Got Mustang?
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the World War Two Allied victory in Europe (Victory in Europe Day – May 8th. 1945). One week ago I saw a fine tribute of respect to the men and women who served in the USAF and USAAF before them, including those who eventually dominated the skies over Europe in World War… Read More Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: USAF Heritage Flight I
“Miss America” is a North American P-51D-30NA Mustang manufactured in Inglewood, California in 1944. She served with the USAAF and Air National Guard until 1958 (sold as surplus for just $3,700!) and was subsequently modified for air racing in the 1960’s. I got to see her fly at the Reno Air Races in 2012. A great event and a beautiful looking… Read More “Miss America” 2012