In addition to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) assets the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017 also included international military flying displays from the USAF and RNZAF. The USAF solo handling displays were performed admirably in a General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon (aka “Viper”) multi-role fighter and the always impressive Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter… Read More Australian International Airshow 2017 – International Military Visitors
Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada is home to numerous USAF squadrons so plenty of interesting and diverse aircraft were on static display at Aviation Nation 2016 including combat aircraft, aggressor aircraft, training aircraft, electronic reconnaissance aircraft and helicopters. The USAF, US Army, US Coast Guard and private training providers such as Draken International all had aircraft… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part II
The military flying on the Saturday of the Joint Base Lewis McChord – JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 (August 27th-28th, 2016) was disrupted a bit by strong winds. Despite this the show went on and although their were some big gaps between the flying displays, there was plenty to see in the air and on the ground… Read More JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 – Military Flyers
Given Joint Base Lewis McChord is a shared base between the USAF and US Army the latter had a number of helicopters on static display and a Boeing CH-47 Chinook also took flight during the JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 (August 27th-28th, 2016). The show was also opened by the US Army Golden Knights parachute… Read More JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 – US Army Displays
Here is an interesting little Vietnam War era aircraft developed in the heat of battle that unlike many experimental aircraft, actually worked out to be perfect for the role it was intended to undertake! The Lockheed YO-3A Quiet Star was a two-seat nearly silent observation and reconnaissance aircraft designed by the Lockheed Missile and Space Division for use by… Read More Lockheed YO-3A Quiet Star – Silence Was It’s Only Protection
The 2015 Yuma Airshow at MCAS Yuma in Arizona had plenty of aerial action but the static displays offered plenty to see as well. Military statics included US Marine Corps combat aircraft: McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II and Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II along with a Northrop F-5N Tiger II adversary fighter. USMC support aircraft included a Lockheed… Read More Yuma Airshow 2015: Static Displays, a Jet Truck and more!
The Bell AH-1 Cobra or HueyCobra helicopter gunship cut its teeth during the Vietnam War and served the US Army proudly from 1967 to 1999 (they also saw front line operation during combat in Grenada 1983, Panama 1989, The Gulf War in Iraq 1990-1991, Operation Restore Hope in Somalia in 1993 and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti in… Read More Utah Cobra
The Georgia Veterans State Park can be found on U.S. 280 at Cordele not far off the I75 that runs through southern Georgia. This park has plenty of outdoor activities to partake in, but also has a small military museum and an excellent outdoor display of military aircraft, tanks and weaponry that cover a period from World War… Read More Georgia Veterans State Park
During the Vietnam War the helicopter totally changed infantry combat. Helicopters could be used to insert and extract troops, including medical evacuations. Helicopter gunships could also be used to attack the enemy at close quarters to friendly troops and provide fire support. They were the angels of the sky to their own soldiers and demons to… Read More Vietnam Helos – Angels and Demons from the Sky
July 21st, 2012 Following on from my previous post on the US Army Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopter, I just had to post these photos of what is the ultimate “Beast” version of the Chinook, the MH-47G! I saw this MH-47G at the Joint Base Lewis McChord Air Expo 2012. It is operated by the US Army 4-160th Special Operations Aviation… Read More Boeing MH-47G “Beast” Chinook!