Luke AFB Moves Luke Days to March 17-18, Replaces Thunderbirds with Blue Angels

Luke AFB Moves Luke Days to March 17-18, Replaces Thunderbirds with Blue Angels

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- The 56th Fighter Wing has moved Luke Days to March 17-18, 2018 in order to ensure the public a more robust and dynamic experience. The event is free and open to the public.

The upcoming air show marks Luke’s 77th year of operation since its founding in 1941. The show will be headlined, for the first time since 1992, by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels aerial demonstration team.

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The F-35 Lightning II and the F-16 Fighting Falcon will be among the static displays. The schedule of aerial performers and full list of aircraft on static display is being finalized.

Luke welcomed more than 425,000 spectators during the air show weekend in 2016 and expects to host that many Arizonans again.

The 2018 Luke Days were previously scheduled for March 10-11, and were set to host the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, but the team had to cancel due to their recent change in command.

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Thunderbirds Select New Commander

Thunderbirds Select New Commander

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – The commander of Air Combat Command, Gen. Mike Holmes, has officially selected the officer who will lead the United States Air Force Thunderbirds for the 2018 demonstration season.

Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh will become Thunderbird No. 1, the squadron’s commander and lead pilot. As the twofold duty title implies, his responsibilities will include commanding a force of more than 130 enlisted personnel and 11 commissioned officers assigned to the Thunderbirds, along with leading all demonstration flights.

Walsh, a 2002 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., just completed his second season with the team as Thunderbird No. 7, the squadron’s Operations Officer.

“Kevin’s extensive flying experience and rapport within the Thunderbirds makes him a perfect fit to command the team,” said Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander. “I have full faith he will lead the team through a successful 2018 show season.”

Walsh is a graduate of the USAF Weapons School and has logged over 2,600 hours of flight time with more than 500 hours of combat pilot experience.

2018 will mark the Thunderbirds’ 65th season as the Air Force’s premier jet demonstration team, entrusted with the vital mission to recruit, retain and inspire across the nation while representing the outstanding men and women serving in the United States Air Force around the world.

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USMC Releases 2018 Harrier and Osprey Schedules

USMC Releases 2018 Harrier and Osprey Schedules

The United States Marine Corps has released the 2018 schedules for both the AV-8B Harrier and MV-22 Osprey. Both aircraft with make only a select number of appearances in 2018. Are you lucky enough to get to see them next year?

2018 AV-8B Harrier Schedule:

March 10-11 - Luke Days 2018 - Luke AFB, AZ
May 12-13 - Millville Wheels & Wings Air Show - Millville, NJ
June 30-July 1 - Arctic Thunder Open House - JB Elmendorf-Richardson, AK

2018 MV-22 Osprey Schedule:

March 23-25 - Los Angeles County Air Show - Lancaster, CA
June 2-3 - The Great Tennessee Air Show - Smyrna, TN
June 29-July 4 - Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show - Battle Creek, MI
August 25-26 - Kansas City Air Show - Kansas City, MO

RCAF CF-18 Hornet 2018 Schedule Released

RCAF CF-18 Hornet 2018 Schedule Released

The Canadian Forces CF-18 Demo Team has released their 2018 schedule, featuring shows in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom!

2018 Air Show Schedule:

May 5-6 - Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Air Show
May 11-12 - NORAD 60th Anniversary at Peterson AFB
May 19-20 - Hangar 24 Airfest
May 26-27 - Cannon AFB Air Show

June 2-3 - Borden Armed Forces Day and Air Show
June 9-10 - Gimli Air Show
June 13 - North Bay Air Show
June 16-17 - Great Lakes International Air Show
June 23-24 - Heroes Festival Canada

July 7 - RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day
July 13-15 - Royal International Air Tattoo
July 21-22 - Cold Lake Air Show
July 25 - Rocky Mountain House Air Show
July 28-29 - Hometown Heroes Air Show

August 4-5 - Vanderhoof International Air Show
August 11-12 - Abbotsford International Air Show
August 18-19 - Victoriaville Air Show
August 25-26 - Atlantic Canada International Air Show
August 29 - Brantford Community Charity Air Show

September 1-2 - Canadian International Air Show
September 8-9 - Airshow London
September 15 - Aero Gatineau-Ottawa
September 16 - Battle of Britain Commemoration
September 22-23 - California Capital Air Show
September 29-30 - Oregon International Air Show

October 6-7 - Air Show Baltimore
October 13-14 - Spirit of St. Louis Air Show

Now that you know where the CF-18 will be flying in 2018, meet the 2018 CF-18 Demo Pilot and checkout the 2018 theme by clicking on the image below!

Canadian Forces Snowbirds 2018 Schedule Released

Canadian Forces Snowbirds 2018 Schedule Released

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds have announced their 2018 schedule, which will features performances in both the United States and Canada!

2018 Air Show Schedule:

May 5-6 - MCAS Cherry Point Air Show
May 12-13 - Pikes Peak Regional Air Show
May 19-20 - Anderson Regional Air Show
May 23 - Open
May 26-27 - Jones Beach Air Show
May 30 - Air Show Cape Breton

June 2-3 - Borden Armed Forces Day
June 9-10 - Thunder Over Niagara Air Show
June 13 - Open
June 16-17 - Great Lakes International Air Show
June 20 - Open
June 23-24 - Heroes Festival Canada
June 27 - Sur I'air de Chambly

July 1 - Canada Day Celebrations
July 7-8 - Manitoba Air Show
July 11 - Flin Flon Rotary Air Show
July 14-15 - Country Thunder Saskatchewan
July 15 - 15 Wing Fellowship Highway to Heroes
July 18 - Snowbirds Over Camrose
July 21-22 - Cold Lake Air Sho
July 25 - Rocky Mountain House Air Show
July 28-29 - Hometown Heroes Air Show

August 1 - Open
August 4-5 - Vanderhoof International Air Show
August 8 - Open
August 10-12 - Abbotsford International Air Show
August 22 - Thunder Over the Boardwalk
August 25-26 - Atlantic International Air Show
August 29 - Brantford Charity Air Show

September 1-3 - Canadian International Air Show
September 4 - Captain VandenBos School Tribute
September 8-9 - Spectacle aerien de Mont-Joli
September 15 - AERO Gatineau-Ottawa
September 16 - Battle of Britain Commemoration
September 19 - CF Snowbirds in Fort Erie
September 22-23 - NAS Oceana Air Show
September 29-30 - Oregon International Air Show

October 6-7 - Open
October 13-14 - Fort Worth Alliance Air Show
October 19 - Home Closer

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2018 RCAF CF-18 Demo Team Pilot and Theme Announced

2018 RCAF CF-18 Demo Team Pilot and Theme Announced

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Captain Stefan Porteous as the pilot for the 2018 CF-18 Demonstration Team.

Captain Porteous will wow audiences across North America and in the United Kingdom during the 2018 air show season, flying his specially painted CF-18 Hornet commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

"I am extremely honoured to have been selected as Canada’s 2018 National CF-18 Demonstration Team pilot,” said Captain Porteous. “I am very much looking forward to commemorating 60 years of NORAD at air shows throughout the summer while having the opportunity to be part of a highly dedicated team that will work together to put on thrilling performances aimed at demonstrating the professionalism and skill of the men and women of the RCAF. I look forward to meeting as many people as possible over the course of the coming demonstration season.”

2018 Theme

The RCAF selects a theme for each year for its CF-18 air demonstration team and 2018 will feature the 60th Anniversary of NORAD.

Throughout the year, NORAD will hold several events aimed at highlighting the importance of honouring the past, guarding the present, and protecting the future.

NORAD is a combined, bi-national military command established by an agreement in 1958 between Canada and the United States to monitor and defend North America. NORAD is supported in Canada by the Canadian NORAD Region (CANR), headquartered in Winnipeg, Man., and the Canadian Air Defence Sector (CADS) at 22 Wing North Bay, Ontario.  CANR maintains CF-18 aircraft on standby at 3 Wing and 4 Wing  along with CC-130T Hercules air-to-air refuellers operating from Winnipeg, in support of the NORAD mission.

"As the Commander of the Canadian NORAD Region, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the important NORAD mission and our important bi-national partnership through the 2018 National CF-18 Demonstration program,” said Major-General Christian Drouin, the commander of 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region. “The men and women of NORAD work diligently to keep watch over our countries and to protect the air sovereignty of North America. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, no matter what - we have the watch."

About Captain Stefan Porteous

Captain Porteous was born and raised in Comox, British Columbia – the home of the RCAF’s 19 Wing. Surrounded by aircraft from a young age, he was inspired to become a fighter pilot at age 11 after a family friend got him interested in military aviation. Upon turning 12, he joined 386 “Komox” Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, and went on to earn his glider pilot license in 2004, followed by his private pilot license in 2005.

Captain Porteous joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 2008 as a member of the RCAF. He continued to work in support of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets during his summers and, upon graduating from university, was posted to 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, for on-the-job training. He began his RCAF flight training in the summer of 2010 at 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School in Portage-la-Prairie, Manitoba, and completed training in 2011 at 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In 2012, he was selected to fly jets and received his pilot wings in 2013 on the CT-155 Hawk aircraft.

CaptainPorteous’s many years of training culminated when he graduated from 410 Tactical Fighter (Operational Training) Squadron in Cold Lake, qualifying to fly the CF-18 Hornet in 2014 and finally realizing his dream of becoming a fighter pilot in the RCAF.

Today, Captain Porteous is a skilled RCAF pilot with combat experience, and he has trained across Canada and the United States. He is currently with 433 Tactical Fighter Squadron at 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec.

Captain Porteous attended Comox Valley Elementary School, Aspen Park Middle School and graduated from Highland Secondary School in 2006. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in 2010 from the University of Victoria, majoring in history and classics.

In April, he will take to the skies over Comox,  where the CF-18 Demo Team will conduct its annual training before launching the 2018 air show season.

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USAF A-10 Warthog Demo Team 2018 Schedule Released

USAF A-10 Warthog Demo Team 2018 Schedule Released

The United States Air Force Air Combat Command has released the 2018 schedule for the A-10 Warthog demonstration team. Where will you see the Thunderbolt in 2018?

2018 Air Show Schedule:

March 10-11 - Luke Days - Luke AFB, AZ

April 7-8 - Heart of Texas Air Show - Waco, TX
April 14-15 - Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show - Tuscaloosa, AL
April 21 - Thunder Over Louisville - Louisville, KY

May 5-6 - Planes of Fame Air Show - Chino, CA
May 12-13 - MacDill AFB Air Fest - MacDill AFB, FL
May 19-20 - Anderson Regional Air Show - Anderson, SC
May 26-28 - Salute to Veterans Celebration - Columbia, MO

June 2-3 - Gunfighter Skies - Mountain Home AFB, ID
June 16-17 - Wings Over Northern Michigan - Gaylord, MI
June 23-24 - Binghamton Air Show - Binghamton, NY
June 30-July 4 - Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show - Battle Creek, MI

July 3 - Dubuque Jaycees Radio Dubuque Air Show - Dubuque, IA
July 20-22 - Lethbridge International Air Show - Lethbridge, AB
July 28-29 - Tri-City Water Follies - Kennewick, WA

August 10-12 - Abbotsford International Air Show - Abbotsford, BC
August 25-26 - CAF High Sky Wing Air Show - Midland, TX

September 22-23 - Osan Air Power Days - Osan AB, South Korea
September 29-30 - Oregon International Air Show - Hillsboro, OR

October 6-7 - Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show - Baltimore, MD
October 13-14 - Wings Over North Georgia - Rome, GA

 

USAF F-22 Raptor Demo Team 2018 Schedule Released

USAF F-22 Raptor Demo Team 2018 Schedule Released

The United States Air Force Air Combat Command has released the F-22 Raptor Demo Team's 2018 air show schedule! Where will you see the mighty Raptor next year?

2018 Air Show Schedule:
 

March 17 - MCAS Yuma Air Show
March 24-25 - Los Angeles County Air Show
March 24 - Riverside Air Show

April 3-8 - FIDAE 2018
April 28-29 - Beale AFB Air Show

May 5-6 - JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Open House
May 12-13 - MacDill AFB Air Fest
May 19-20 - Airpower Over Hampton Roads
May 26-27 - Jones Beach Air Show

June 9-10 - Thunder Over Niagara
June 23-24 - Dayton Air Show
June 30-July 1 - Arctic Thunder Open House

July 21-22 - Cold Lake Air Show

August 10-12 - Defenders of Freedom Air Show
August 18-19 - Terre Haute Air Show

September 8 - 187th Fighter Wing Open House
September 22-23 - NAS Oceana Air Show
September 29-30 - MCAS Miramar Air Show

October 13-14 - Atlanta Air Show
October 13-14 - Wings Over North Georgia
October 21-22 - Hammond Northshore Regional Air Show

November 1-3 - NAS Pensacola Air Show
November 10-11 - Aviation Nation

2018 F-16 Viper Demo Team Schedule Released

2018 F-16 Viper Demo Team Schedule Released

The Air Combat Command has released the 2018 schedule for the F-16 Viper Demo Team. Where will you see the Viper in 2018?

2018 Air Show Schedule:

February 10-11 - Laredo, Texas
February 28-March 4 - USAF Heritage Conference

April 21-22 - Vero Beach, Florida
April 28-29 - Wings Over Myrtle Beach

May 12-13 - Dress AFB, Texas
May 19-20 - Redlands, California
May 26-27 - Miami, Florida

June 2-3 - Smyrna, Tennessee
June 16-17 - Eau Claire, Wisconsin
June 23-24 - Davenport, Iowa
June 30-July 1 - Evansville, Indiana

July 21-22 - Biloxi, Mississippi
July 25-26 - St. Joseph, Missouri

September 1-2 - Cleveland National Air Show
September 8-9 - London, Ontario
September 15-16 - Reno, Nevada

October 13-14 - Chesterfield, Missouri
October 20-21 - Wings Over Houston
October 27-28 - Jacksonville Sea and Sky Spectacular

Thunderbirds Announce 2019 Air Show Schedule

Thunderbirds Announce 2019 Air Show Schedule

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds have announced their 2019 air show schedule in addition to their upcoming 2018 air show schedule, which was released this time last year! Where will you see the Thunderbirds over the next two years?

2018 Air Show Schedule:

February 18 - Daytona 500 Fly Over

March 10-11 - Open
March 17-18 - Melbourne Air & Space Show
March 24-25 - Open

April 7-8 - March Field Air & Space Expo
April 14-15 - Sun-N-Fun Fly-In & Expo
April 21-22 - Wings Over Columbus
April 28 - JB Charleston Air Expo

May 5-6 - Fort Lauderdale Air Show
May 12-13 - Laughlin AFB Open House
May 19-20 - AirPower Over Hampton Roads
May 23 - USAF Academy Graduation Fly Over
May 26-27 - Cannon AFB Air Show

June 2-3 - Gunfighter Skies 2018 Air Show
June 9-10 - Thunder Over Niagara
June 16-17 - Ocean City Air Show
June 23-24 - The Utah Air Show
June 30-July 1 - Arctic Thunder Air Show

July 7-8 - Duluth Air and Aviation Expo
July 14-15 - The Great New England Air Show
July 21-22 - Milwaukee Air & Water Show
July 25 - Cheyenne Frontier Days Air Show
July 28-29 - Westmoreland County Air Show

August 4 - Minot AFB Air Show
August 18-19 - Chicago Air & Water Show
August 22 - Thunder Over the Boardwalk
August 25-26 - Thunder Over Michigan Air Show

September 1-3 - Canadian International Air Show
September 8-9 - McConnell AFB Open House
September 15-16 - New York Air Show
September 22-23 - California Capital Air Show
September 29-30 - California International Air Show

October 6-7 - Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show
October 13-14 - Fort Worth Alliance Air Show
October 20-21 - Breitling Huntington Beach Air Show
October 27-28 - Thunder Over the Rock

November 3-4 - Wings Over Homestead
November 10-11 - Aviation Nation Open House

2019 Air Show Schedule:

March 23-24 - Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona
March 30-31 - Gulf Coast Salute Air Show

April 6-7 - Heart of Texas Air Show
April 13-14 - Salute to the Military Air Show
April 27-28 - Wings Over Wayne Open House

May 4-5 - Wings Over Myrtle Beach
May 11-12 - JB Andrews Air Show
May 18 - Kirkland AFB Air Show
May 22 - USAFA Graduation Fly Over
May 25-26 - Jones Beach Air Show

June 1-2 - Defenders of Freedom Air Show
June 15-16 - Minnesota Air Spectacular
June 22-23 - Dayton Air Show
June 29-30 - Rhode Island Air Show

July 6-7 - Fort Wayne Air Show
July 13-14 - Open
July 20-21 - Fargo Air Show
July 24 - Cheyenne Frontier Days
July 27-28 - Milwaukee Air and Water Show

August 10-11 - Abbotsford International Air Show
August 17-18 - Sioux Falls Air Show
August 21 - Atlantic City Air Show
August 24-25 - Rochester International Air Show
August 31 - September 2 - Cleveland National Air Show

September 7-8 - Grissom Air Reserve Base Air Show
September 14-15 - National Championship Air Races
September 21-22 - Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show
September 28-29 - Robins AFB Air Show

October 5-6 - Puerto Rico International Air Show
October 12-13 - Atlanta Air Show
October 19-20 - Wings Over Houston Air Show
October 26-27 - Sheppard AFB Air Show

November 2-3 - Florida International Air Show
November 9-10 - Aviation Nation

Blue Angels Announce 2019 Air Show Schedule

Blue Angels Announce 2019 Air Show Schedule

The Blue Angels have released their 2019 schedule in addition to their 2018 schedule, which was released this time last year. Where will you see the Blue Angels over the next two years?

2018 Air Show Schedule:

March 10: El Centro, CA
March 17-18: Luke AFB, AZ
March 24-25: Nas Kingsville, TX

April 7-8: Waco, TX
April 14-15: Tuscaloosa, AL
April 21-22: Vero Beach, FL
April 28-29: Myrtle Beach, SC

May 5-6: MCAS Cherry Point, NC
May 12-13: Tampa, FL
May 23-25: Annapolis, MD
May 26-27: Jones Beach, NY

June 2-3: Patuxent River, MD
June 9-10: North Kingstown, RI
June 16-17: Eau Claire, WI
June 23-24: Dayton, OH
June 30-July 1: Traverse City, MI

July 14-15: Pensacola Beach, FL
July 21-22: Biloxi, MS
July 28-29: Fargo, ND

Aug 4-5: Seattle, WA
Aug 11-12: Abbotsford, BC
Aug 18-19: Terre Haute, IN
Aug 25-26: St Joseph, MO

Sept 1-3: Cleveland, OH
Sept 8-9: Owensboro, KY
Sept 22-23: NAS Oceana, VA
Sept 29-30: San Diego, CA

Oct 6-7: San Francisco, CA
Oct 13-14: Minden-Tahoe, NV
Oct 20-21: Houston, TX
Oct 27-28: NAS Jacksonville, FL

Nov 2-3: NAS Pensacola, FL

2019 Air Show Schedule:

March 16 - NAF El Centro Air Show
March 23-24 - California International Air Show
March 30-31 - NAS Key West Southern Most Air Spectacular

April 6-7 - Sun-N-Fun Fly-In & Expo
April 13-14 - Wings Over South Texas Air Show
April 27-28 - MCAS Beaufort Air Show

May 4-5 - Fort Lauderdale Air Show
May 11-12 - Open
May 18-19 - Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival
May 22 - U.S. Naval Academy Air Show
May 24 - U.S. Naval Academy Graduation Flyover
May 25-26 - Wilkes-Barre Scranton Air Show

June 1-2 - Star Spangled Salute Air Show
June 8-9 - Great Tennessee Air Show
June 15-16 - Ocean City Air Show
June 29-30 - Quad City Air Show

July 6-7 - KC Downtown Air Show
July 13 - Pensacola Beach Air Show
July 20-21 - Duluth Air Show and Aviation Expo
July 27-28 - Grand Junction Air Show

August 17-18 - Chicago Air & Water Show
August 24-25 - New York Air Show
August 31-September 1 - Open

September 7-8 - Spirit of St. Louis Air Show
September 21-22 - NAS Lemoore Air Show
September 28-29 - MCAS Miramar Air Show

October 5-6 - California Capital Air Show
October 12-13 - San Francisco Fleet Week
October 19-20 - Forth Worth Alliance Air Show
October 26-27 - Thunder Over South Georgia

November 2-3 - Jacksonville Sea and Sky Spectacular
November 9-10 - Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

Lt. Col. Jason Heard Relieved of Duties as Thunderbirds Commander

Lt. Col. Jason Heard Relieved of Duties as Thunderbirds Commander

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The United States Air Force has announced that they have relieved Lt. Col. Jason Heard of duties as commander of their flight demonstration squadron. 

Lt. Col. Jason Heard took over as Commander of the Thunderbirds at the beginning of 2017, and led the team through a highly successful 2017 show season consisting of 72 demonstrations at 39 show sites. However, the 2017 season did consist of a mishap in Dayton, Ohio in which Thunderbird 8 overturned during landing in dangerous weather conditions.

Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing commander, states that she "lost confidence in his leadership and risk management style," and that "concerns arose that his approach to leading the team was resulting in increased risk within the demonstration which eroded team dynamic."

Furthermore, Leavitt stated "This was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but one that is ultimately in the best interests of the Thunderbirds team." Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, who served as the team's operation officer in 2016 and 2017, has temporarily assumed leadership until a new commander is selected. 

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Wings Over North Georgia Marks Homecoming for Blue Angels

Wings Over North Georgia Marks Homecoming for Blue Angels

ROME, GA – Rome will serve as the homecoming site for several of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels pilots and crewmembers.  The Wings Over North Georgia Air Show will take place on Oct. 21-22 at the Russell Regional Airport.

The event offers Atlanta and Chattanooga area residents a final chance to see the world famous gold-and-blue jets perform one last time before they close out a rigorous show season.  The military flight demonstration team appeared at more than 35 different cities across the United States during its 2017 schedule.  With only four events remaining in the season, record-breaking crowds are anticipated for the two-day air show in Rome.

For a select group of Blue Angels pilots and crewmembers, the Rome air show will be in familiar surroundings, allowing them to perform for family and friends.  Sandy Springs High School graduate and Atlanta native Cmdr. Frank Weisser will perform in the No. 5 Lead Solo position for the team while North Cobb High School graduate and Kennesaw native Lt. Tyler Davies flies the No. 6 Opposing Solo aircraft.  Both are looking forward to performing close to their hometowns in northwest Georgia.  

In addition to the two demonstration pilots, the team includes several other Georgia natives.  Maj. Mark Montgomery from Cartersville is one of three Fat Albert pilots, responsible for transporting equipment and personnel to each show site. Airframes crewmembers Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class (AM2) Demaude Prescott and Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class (AM1) Daniel Yater hail from Atlanta and Dacula, respectively; crew chiefs Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class (AO2) Aldriick Kittles and Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class (AM2) Michael McDuffie call Waynesboro and Blackshear their hometowns; and Aviation Machinists Mate 1st Class (AD1) Shane Miller of the Power Plants crew will be near his hometown of Woodbine.  

The Blue Angels will demonstrate the power and maneuverability of its F-18 fighter aircraft flying in tight formations and close passes, but a favorite part for many of the team members is visiting local area schools.  Pilots and crewmembers conduct appearances at area schools to talk with students about careers in aviation and pursuing their dreams.  A number of the Blue Angels team members will participate in school visits during the days prior to the air show. 

In addition to the Blue Angels performance, the C-17 Globemaster III Demo Team will demonstrate the awesome power of the giant cargo aircraft.  Weighing in at more than 300,000 pounds, the 174-foot long plane with a 169.8-foot wingspan will amaze spectators as the giant aircraft uses a departure climb angle of 35 degrees to reach an altitude of 1,500 feet prior to approaching the end of the runway.

Also at the WONG air show, seven-time world aerobatic champion Rob Holland and Sharpsburg, GA, resident Buck Roetman will perform rarely seen maneuvers in their solo aircraft performances.  And for vintage warbird fans, the lineup also includes demonstrations by Scott Yoak’s P-51 Mustang and Jim Tobul’s F4U Corsair.  Following their solo flights, the two aircraft will join up for the "Class of '45."  For a full list of performers and air show activities, visit www.wingsovernorthgeorgia.com  

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Advance ticket purchases are recommended as reserved seating is selling out fast.  Tickets for the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show can be purchased online at www.WingsOverNorthGeorgia.com.  There are options for on-site reserved airport parking, family four-packs of tickets, box seating, patio seating, and a limited number of chalet tickets.  

Airport and remote parking lots will open at 7:30 a.m. with the gates opening to guests at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Opening ceremonies will kick-off each day at 11:15 a.m. and will be followed by the first flying performances at noon.  For the latest air show updates, follow the show on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WingsOverNorthGeorgia/. Additionally, download our mobile app, and follow us on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for live coverage of the 2017 Wings Over North Georgia Air Show!

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A-10 to Perform Single-Ship Demos in 2018

A-10 to Perform Single-Ship Demos in 2018

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – The United States Air Force A-10 demonstration team will once again display the capabilities of the Thunderbolt II at approximately 14 shows throughout the 2018 airshow season. 

The A-10 demonstration team last flew in 2011. The A-10 flew exclusively with the Air Force Heritage Flight program in 2012 and 2017.

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Specifically designed for close air support, the Thunderbolt II’s combination of high and low speed maneuverability, long loiter time, and accurate weapons delivery has proven an important asset in Air Force operations throughout history.  

The single-ship aerial demonstration team is sponsored by Air Combat Command and assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. The team pilot is Capt. Cody Wilton. The team’s schedule is currently being built so stay tuned to our website and social media feeds for the latest updates!

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USAF to help kickoff 2017 NFL season

USAF to help kickoff 2017 NFL season

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds have had a busy weekend. They performed a high show over Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma Saturday afternoon, and then quickly turned the jets for a transit to Joint Base Andrews in Washington D.C.

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Good news for football fans and Air show fans alike! The Thunderbirds will takeoff from Joint Base Andrews within the next hour and will circle over Washington D.C. Before flying over FedEx Field to kickoff the NFL's week one game between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles. The team's time over target is around 1:00 PM eastern time. 

The last time the Thunderbirds flew over an NFL game was back on February 5th when they team flyover NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas for Super Bowl LI. Following Sunday's flyover, the team will enjoy a week in Washington D.C. Before performing September 16-17 at Joint Base Andrews for the 2017 JB Andrews Air Show! 

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Additionally, a B-2 Spirit Bomber will fly over Soldier Field in Chicago to help kickoff the week one matchup between the Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons! Time over target in Chicago is also around 1:00 PM eastern time! 

Make sure to tune into FOX at 1:00 PM and check out our social feeds for coverage of the flyovers!

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Blue Angels Announce 2018 Pilots and Officers

Blue Angels Announce 2018 Pilots and Officers

PENSACOLA, Florida — U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced officers selected for the 2018 air show season, July 8.

 The squadron selected two F/A-18 demonstration pilots, a C-130 demonstration pilot, maintenance officer, and public affairs officer to join a previously selected commanding officer on the 2018 team.

Each officer was recommended for selection by Chief of Naval Air Training Rear Adm. James Bynum, and ultimately approved by Chief of Naval Air Forces Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, for final selection to the 2018 Blue Angels team. 

Many highly qualified Navy and Marine Corps officers submit applications to join the Blue Angels each year.

 "I am incredibly impressed by the quality, professionalism, and talent of the Sailors and Marines who apply for this team," said Cmdr. Ryan Bernacchi, commanding officer and flight leader of the Blue Angels. "We’re going to field a superb team next year and I am excited to see them continue the legacy of representing the pride and professionalism of the Navy and Marine Corps."

 The Blue Angels select "finalists" to interview at the team's home base of Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, during the week of the Pensacola Beach Air Show each year. The team makes selections at the conclusion of that week.

The newly selected 2018 officers include:

 

F/A-18 Demonstration Pilots:

 Marine Maj. Jeffrey Mullins, 30, of Memphis, Tennessee, is an F/A-18 Hornet pilot currently assigned to Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 31. He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2006.

Navy Lt. Andre Webb, 31, of Lawton, Oklahoma, is an F/A-18 Hornet pilot currently assigned to the “Golden Eagles” of Training Squadron (VT) 22. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2008.

 

C-130 Demonstration Pilots:

Marine Capt. Beau Mabery, 28, of Lompoc, California, is a C-130 Hercules pilot currently assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011.

 

Maintenance Officer: 

Navy Lt. Garrett Hopkins, 38, of Charlotte, North Carolina, is a maintenance officer currently assigned to Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Detachment (SFWPD) Fallon. He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2009.

 

Public Affairs Officer:

Navy Lt. David Gardner, 36, of Warrensburg, Missouri, is a public affairs officer currently assigned to the USS Makin Island (LHD 8). He graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2003.

 

Pre-selected to join the 2018 team was:

 

Commanding Officer, Flight Leader: 

Navy Cmdr. Eric Doyle, 43, of League City, Texas.

 

Expected to return for the 2018 season are:

 

F/A-18 Demonstration Pilots:

Navy Lt. Damon Kroes, 35, of Fremont, California.

Navy Lt. Nate Scott, 32, of Danville, California.

Navy Lt. Tyler Davies, 35, of Kennesaw, Georgia.

Navy Lt. Brandon Hempler, 33, of Wamego, Kansas.

 

C-130 Demonstration Pilots:

Marine Maj. Mark Montgomery, 37, of Cartersville, Georgia.

Marine Maj. Kyle Maschner, 34, of Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

Executive Officer:

Navy Cmdr. Matt Kaslik, 44, of The Woodlands, Texas.

 

Events Coordinator:

Navy Lt. Dave Steppe, 32, of Birmingham, Alabama.

 

Flight Surgeon:

Navy Lt. Juan Guerra, 32, of Ocala, Florida.

 

Supply Officer:

Navy Lt. Bryan Pace, 33, of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

Administration Officer: 

Navy Lt. j.g. Timothy Hawkins, 38, of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

 

The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach.

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Pensacola Beach Week Includes More Than Just Precision Flying

Pensacola Beach Week Includes More Than Just Precision Flying

The United States Navy Blue Angels kicked off Pensacola Beach Week this morning with Breakfast with the Blues. The team can be seen in the skies above their hometown throughout the remainder of the week. 

However, Pensacola Beach Week includes more than just precision flying. Each year during Beach Week, the Blue Angels invite a select group of finalists to join the team at their home base in Pensacola. 

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There, the finalists endure an intensive interview process, and they get their first opportunity to see how the team operates on a daily basis. Each year, the Blue Angels generally select three tactical fighter pilots from both the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps. Additionally, they select one C-130 pilot, and two support officers.

Commander Eric Doyle was announced earlier this year as the new Commanding Officer for the 2018 season. He will take over the role of Commander Ryan Bernacchi. A new Public Affairs Officer will be amongst those to join the team this November.

Lt. Joe Hontz, 2017 Public Affairs Officer, poses with 2018 Public Affairs Officer finalists.  

Lt. Joe Hontz, 2017 Public Affairs Officer, poses with 2018 Public Affairs Officer finalists.  

The 2018 selected officers are expected to be announced towards the end of the week, and we'll let you know as soon as that happens.  

Thunderbirds Annouce 2018 Officer Selections

Thunderbirds Annouce 2018 Officer Selections

June 30, 2017 – NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The commander of Air Combat Command, Gen. Mike Holmes, has officially selected the officers who will be joining the United States Air Force Thunderbirds for the 2018 demonstration season.

Capt. William Graeff, 88th Fighter Training Squadron, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, has been selected as Thunderbird No. 2, the team’s left wing pilot. He will fly as close as 3 feet from the No. 1 jet during flight formations, demonstrating the teamwork and precision of America’s Air Force. Graeff will replace Maj. Ryan Bodenheimer.

Capt. Stephen Del Bagno, 58th Fighter Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida has been selected as Thunderbird No. 4, the team’s slot pilot. Like Graeff, Del Bagno will also fly in close formation with the other demonstration pilots, just aft of the No. 1 aircraft and between the two wingmen. Del Bagno will be the first F-35 pilot to serve on the team and will replace Maj. Nick Krajicek.

Capt. Matthew Kimmel, 79th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, has been chosen as Thunderbird No. 6, the team’s opposing solo pilot. The solo pilots perform maneuvers that showcase the maximum capabilities of the F-16 aircraft. Maj. Whit Collins, the current opposing solo pilot, will transition to the lead solo position in 2018, replacing Maj. Alex Turner.

Maj. Eric Gorney, 613th Air Operations Center, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, will serve as Thunderbird No. 7, the team’s operations officer. His duties will include air space coordination, ground communication with the pilots in the air and safety observation. Gorney will replace Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh.

Capt. Lauren Venturini, 704th Munitions Support Squadron, Ghedi Air Base, Italy, has been selected as Thunderbird No. 10, the team’s executive officer. Her responsibilities will include leading an executive support staff responsible for Thunderbirds budget, training and force support actions for the commander. Venturini will replace Capt. Angelina Urbina.

Capt. Kassandra Mangosing, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, will serve as Thunderbird No. 11, the squadron’s maintenance officer. She will be responsible for the operational capability of 11 F-16 fighter jets and the management of more than 90 Airmen in various aircraft maintenance specialties. Mangosing will replace Maj. Warren Smith.

Maj. Raymond Geoffroy, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, has been chosen as Thunderbird No. 12, the squadron’s public affairs officer. He will assume the team’s extensive media relations, community relations and public relations programs. Geoffroy will replace Capt. Sara Harper.

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“The entire field of officer applicants this year was phenomenal,” Lt. Col. Jason Heard said. “The seven officers selected for the Team will no doubt bring the level of pride, precision and professionalism to uphold the tradition of excellence of our Team.”

The 12 officer positions on the team are two-year tours of duty. By design, the position openings are staggered, allowing the squadron to maintain continuity of experience and leadership. In 2018, Thunderbird Nos. 1, 3, 6, 8, and 9 will be replaced.

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Thunderbird F-16 Flips During Landing in Dayton

Thunderbird F-16 Flips During Landing in Dayton

Reports are coming in that a United States Air Force F-16 has crashed while landing at the Dayton Air Show in Ohio. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base first responders have responded to the crash.

After touching down, a gust of wind supposedly flipped the F-16 on its tail. First responders have gotten a thumbs up from an occupant inside the jet. The ejection seat is still armed, and the area has been secured. Heavy rain was coming down during the time of the accident, and the emergency aircraft are unable to get airborne.  

UPDATE: One pilot has been pulled from the aircraft, but one is still stuck inside. The front ejection seat has been disarmed.

UPDATE: Both the pilot and Thunderbirds maintainer were safely pulled from the aircraft and taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries. The Thunderbirds have cancelled Saturday's performance at the Dayton Air Show and the team is still undecided on whether or not they'll perform Sunday. The Dayton Air Show will go on as scheduled. 

We'll keep you updated as the information comes in. Follow us on social media for the latest updates. 

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U.S. Navy Leap Frog Killed During Fleet Week Accident

U.S. Navy Leap Frog Killed During Fleet Week Accident

A United States Navy Leap Frog parachutist was rushed to the hospital after an apparent parachute malfunction Sunday afternoon. 

The United States Coast Guard rushed into action just after noon on Sunday when a member of the United States Navy Leap Frogs landed in the Hudson River after supposedly detaching from his parachute.

In the video below, the Leap Frog's parachute can be seen falling from the sky before coming to rest in a parking lot.  

The parachutist was rushed to Jersey Medical Center, where they were later pronounced dead. The victim's name is being withheld while next of kin are notified.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, as well as friends, family, and the entire Navy Seals community.

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