Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part IV

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

Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016 – From the Battle of Britain to Pearl and Beyond

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

Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: WW2 European Theatre Warbirds

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

The Golden Age of the National Air Races

From 1929 to the late 1940’s Cleveland, Ohio was a major player in the early days of the US National Air Races (a testing and proving ground for new aviation technology). Initially from the first race in 1920 until 1928, the races alternated between various cities such as New York, Omaha, Detroit, Dayton, Philadelphia and Spokane. Races were then held in Cleveland… Read More The Golden Age of the National Air Races

USAF Heritage Flight – Joint Base Lewis McChord Air Expo 2012

At the Joint Base Lewis McChord Air Expo 2012 in July among the many air displays was a USAF Heritage Flight consisting of a North American TP-51D Mustang “Little Witch“(a two seater) and a General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon from Hill AFB in Utah. Both aircraft did impressive solo displays. The display included some nice low passes by both… Read More USAF Heritage Flight – Joint Base Lewis McChord Air Expo 2012