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
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!
On a recent visit to the Flying Heritage Collection it was cool to see the newest static addition to their museum, a Republic F-105G Thunderchief called “Patience” (serial number 63-8336). The aircraft was originally manufactured in 1964 as a two-seat, fully combat capable F-105F trainer (earlier production model F-105B/D aircraft were single seaters) but was heavily modified in 1971 to… Read More A Big “Thud” at the Flying Heritage Collection
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
The USAF Thunderbirds hold a proud history of military demonstration flying that dates back to 1953 at Luke AFB in Arizona when they first flew the Republic F-84 Thunderjet. Over the years they progressed through jet technology to the Republic F-84F Thunderstreak in 1955, North American F-100C Super Sabre from 1956 to 1964, Republic F-105B… Read More JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 – USAF Thunderbirds
The Saturday of the Joint Base Lewis McChord – JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 (August 27th-28th, 2016) was plagued by strong dusty winds. This meant that some of the warbird flying displays just could not go ahead. Regardless the show went on and we still got to see some great World War Two and Cold War… Read More JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 – The Warbirds
Joint Base Lewis McChord is home to the USAF 62nd Airlift Wing flying Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transports. On the Saturday of the JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 (August 27th-28th, 2016) one of the C-17’s conducted a tactical supply drop demo. This came off pretty well considering how windy it was on the day and the supplies… Read More JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 – C-17 Globemaster III Tactical Drop Demo
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
Now I know which form of transport I would rather be on! I was on a Victoria Clipper ferry boat coming into Friday Harbor on San Juan Island at just the right time earlier this week to see a Kenmore Air de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter seaplane lifting off the water and flying past a Washington… Read More By Air Or By Sea?
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