Australian International Airshow 2017 – International Military Visitors

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

Aviation Nation 2016: USAF F-35A Lightning II – Welcome to the Fifth Generation

As military budgets continue to be tightened it is rare to see a brand new combat aircraft flying at an air show these days. Aviation Nation 2016 bucked that trend with the presence of the USAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team from Luke AFB. The F-35A Joint Strike Fighter officially entered USAF operational service in… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: USAF F-35A Lightning II – Welcome to the Fifth Generation

Aviation Nation 2016: Fighter Aircraft Progression from the 1960’s to Today

How is this for a lineup of classic combat aircraft from the Cold War through to the latest technology of today? Side by side late on the first day of Aviation Nation 2016 we have a 1960’s era design in the USAF McDonnell Douglas QF-4 Phantom II manned aerial target sitting alongside 1990’s technology in the form of US… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: Fighter Aircraft Progression from the 1960’s to Today

Aviation Nation 2016: USAF Thunderbirds

Nellis Air Force Base is home to the mighty USAF Thunderbirds demonstration team and they rounded off the flying displays each day of Aviation Nation 2016 (November 12th and 13th) in stunning fashion. The red, white and blue, six ship General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon (originally 5 x F-16C and 1 x F-16B two-seater but they swapped out the B for… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: USAF Thunderbirds

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

Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part III

A key component of Aviation Nation 2016 was the Nellis Capabilities Demonstration with Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground Demonstrations featuring a fantastic array of Nellis Air Force Base aircraft. The base suddenly came under air attack from “Red Forces” General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcons of the 64th Aggressor Squadron (painted up in livery you would expect to see on combat aircraft of… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part III

Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part II

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

Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part I

Aviation Nation 2016 celebrated “75 Years of Airpower” at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The base was established in 1941 and has remained in continuous use ever since. Nellis is the premiere USAF combat training base and home to the USAF Warfare Centre. It is famous for the Red and Green Flag combat training exercises… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part I