Memorial Announced for Captain Jeff Kuss

Memorial Announced for Captain Jeff Kuss

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Big news out of Smyrna, Tennessee Thursday.  Nearly a year after his death, the town of Smyrna announced that a permanent memorial will be built to honor Captain Jeff Kuss.

During a practice for last year's Great Tennessee Air Show, Captain Jeff Kuss crashed shortly after takeoff. In an effort to save civilians on the ground, Kuss chose not to eject and instead steered his aircraft away from a series of buildings and homes.  

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In honor of Captain Kuss' heroic efforts, the town of Smyrna plans on building a permanent memorial just south of the Smyrna Airport runway. Early renderings show the memorial to include a full size F-18 Hornet with the #6 on the tail.  

If you want to help contribute to the construction of the memorial, you can do so by visiting  http://www.captjeffkussusmcmemorial.com/. 

Blue Angels and Thunderbirds to team up Monday

Blue Angels and Thunderbirds to team up Monday

The United States Navy Blue Angels have announced that they will host the United States Air Force's Thunderbirds this week at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

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The Blue Angels wrapped up an air show at NAS New Orleans yesterday and arrived back in Pensacola last night. The Thunderbirds are coming off a weekend show at Tyndall AFB in Panama City, just east of Pensacola.

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The Thunderbirds are expected to land at NAS Pensacola around 11:00 AM central time Monday morning, and both teams are expected to take to the skies Monday.

This dual training exercise is designed to benefit both teams, each team learning how each other operate and how to better serve as a team. They worked together at the end of the 2016 season as well, with members of the Thunderbirds traveling with the Blue Angels, and members of the Blue Angels traveling with the Thunderbirds for a weekend.

Tuesday, both the Bue Angels and Thunderbirds will perform practice demonstrations above NAS Pensacola, and the public is invited to watch the demonstrations from the National Museum of Naval Aviation.

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Blue Angels to Fly Over Walt Disney World Thursday

Blue Angels to Fly Over Walt Disney World Thursday

The United States Navy Blue Angels will make an appearance over the most magical place on earth Thursday. Thousands of guests will look to sky as six blue and gold F/A-18 Hornets scream by.

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Thursday morning, the Blue Angels' Delta formation will fly over the Magic Kingdom and Main Street U.S.A. The formation is expected to make two passes, one being a flat pass and anther pass including their signature Delta Breakout.

The team last flew over Walt Disney World in 2015. The flyover will take place In conjunction with the team's transit to the 43rd annual Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. The team will headline the show Friday through Sunday.

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2017 F-18 Hornet Tactical Demo Schedule Released

2017 F-18 Hornet Tactical Demo Schedule Released

The United States Navy has released the 2017 schedules for their tactical F/A-18 Hornet demonstration teams. Hornets from both VFA-106, based at NAS Oceana, Virginia, and VFA-122, based at NAS Lemoore, California, will participate in the demonstrations.


VFA-106:

DATES SHOW LOCATION
11-13 MAR TITUSVILLE, FL
18-19 MAR WACO, TX
22-23 APR LOUISVILLE, KY
29-30 APR LAKE CITY, FL
06-07 MAY FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
07-08 MAY LINCOLN, NE
20-21 MAY NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI
20-21 MAY OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
27-28 MAY MIAMI BEACH, FL
27-28 MAY WANTAGH, NY
25-26 JUN HUNTSVILLE, AL
01-02 JUL TRAVERSE CITY, MI
15-16 JUL JOHNSON CITY, NY
12-13 AUG AVOCA, PA
19-20 AUG DETROIT, MI
23 AUG ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
02-04 SEP CLEVELAND, OH
09-10 SEP SACRAMENTO, CA
16-17 SEP VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
23-24 SEP NEW LONDON, CANADA
14-15 OCT ATLANTA, GA
03-05 NOV STUART, FL

VFA-122:

17-18 MAR YUMA, AZ
24-26 MAR LANCASTER, CA
01-02 APR MELBOURNE, FL
08-09 APR COLUMBUS, GA
28-30 APR LAKE CHARLES, LA
13-14 MAY PITTSBURGH, PA
20-21 MAY REDLANDS, CA
27-28 MAY COLUMBIA, MO
10-11 JUN SCOTT AFB, IL
17-18 JUN GAYLORD, MI
24-25 JUN DAYTON, OH
03 JUL DUBUQUE, IA
08-09 JUL GARY, IN
22-23 JUL GREAT FALLS, MT
29-30 JUL FAIRCHILD AFB, WA
11-13 AUG ABBOTSFORD, CANADA
09-10 SEP WENDOVER, UT
16-17 SEP MIDLAND, TX
30-01 OCT GRAND JUNCTION, CO
07-08 OCT MINDEN, NV
21-22 OCT HOUSTON, TX


Will you get a chance to see the Hornet or the Rhino this year?

Atlanta Motor Speedway to Host Inaugural Atlanta Air Show

Atlanta Motor Speedway to Host Inaugural Atlanta Air Show

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Officials from Atlanta Motor Speedway and B. Lilley Productions announced today the track will host the inaugural Atlanta Air Show, October 14-15. It will be the first air show in history to be held at a motor speedway.

“This is a first in the air show industry and in the racing industry,” said Bryan Lilley, President of B. Lilley Productions, which also organizes air shows in New York, Ocean City, Md., Melbourne, Fla. and Fort Lauderdale. “We have finally found a ‘stadium’ large enough to host an air show and look forward to working with the incredible team of professionals at Atlanta Motor Speedway to bring this new event to fruition.”

The performer lineup for the inaugural event will include a variety of military and civilian flight team demonstrations including military jets, aerobatic planes, helicopters, parachute team jumps and more. The lineup will be announced in the coming months and will include four hours of flight demonstrations each day.

“The Atlanta Air Show is a fantastic new event for Atlanta Motor Speedway that will offer fans a unique variety of aerial entertainment not often seen at facilities like ours. We look forward to working with B. Lilley Productions to produce a quality show that attracts people from all across our region,” said Ed Clark, President of Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Sponsorship opportunities and corporate hospitality suites are available for the Atlanta Air Show. Flight Line Club VIP, Preferred Seating and Grandstand Seating tickets are on sale now at special intro pricing. Attendees can save 50 percent off the day-of-event price when they purchase by March 20 at midnight.

More information will be available online at AirShowAtlanta.com and fans can also follow the event Facebook page to stay updated on performer announcements and the latest info.

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2017 A-10 Warthog Heritage Flight Schedule Released

2017 A-10 Warthog Heritage Flight Schedule Released

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Air Combat Command has released the 2017 A-10 Warthog Heritage Flight schedule. The Warthog will only participate in Heritage Flights, and will not conduct any solo demonstrations.

March 25-26: Lancaster, CA

April 7-9: Lakeland, FL
April 22: Louisville, KY

May 6-7: Manassas, VA
May 20-22: Seymour-Johnson AFB, NC

June 17-18: Ocean City, MD
June 24-25: Detroit, MI

July 3: Dubuque, IA
July 24-30: Oshkosh, WI

August 18-20: Chicago, IL

September 9-10: Sacramento, CA
September 13-16: Reno, NV
September 23-24: Colorado Springs, CO
September 29-October 1: Salinas, CA

October 7-8: San Francisco, CA
October 14-15: Boise, ID
October 21-22: Houston, TX
October 28-29: Moody AFB, GA

November 4-5: NAS Jacksonville, FL
November 11-12: Nellis AFB, NV


Where you see the Warthog in its much awaited return to the air show circuit?

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2017 F-35 Heritage Flight Schedule Released

2017 F-35 Heritage Flight Schedule Released

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Air Combat Command has announced the 2017 F-35 Heritage Flight schedule. The F-35 will participate in Heritage Flights only and will not perform solo demonstrations.


April 1-2: Melbourne, FL
April 22: Louisville, KY

May 6-7: Chino, CA
May 20-22: Tinker AFB, OK

June 3-4: Duluth, MN
June 24-25: Dayton, OH

July 22-23: Idaho Falls, ID
July 24-30: Oshkosh, WI

August 11-13: Abbotsford, Canada

September 9-10: New Windsor, NY
September 23-24: London, ON
September 30-October 1: Huntington Beach, CA

October 13-15: Punta Gorda, FL

November 4-5: JBSA Lackland, TX


Will you get to see the Lightning this year? 

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F-22 Raptor Demo Team Releases 2017 Schedule

F-22 Raptor Demo Team Releases 2017 Schedule

Air Combat Command has released the 2017 schedule for the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team:


March 24-26: Brunswick, GA

April 22-23: Tyndall AFB, FL

May 6-7: McEntire JNGB, SC
May 13-14: Pittsburgh, PA
May 20-21: Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
May 27-28: Miami, FL

June 17-18: Ocean City, MD
June 24-25: Bagotville, QC

July 1-4: Battle Creek, MI
July 1: Goshen, IN
July 14-16: RAF Fairford, UK
July 29-30: Kennewick, WA

August 4-5: Seattle, WA
August 12-13: Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, PA
August 18-20: Chicago, IL

September 2-4: Toronto, ON
September 13-14: Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, D.C.
September 16-17: Joint Base Andrews, MD
September 16: Wright Patterson AFB, OH
September 22-24: Hillsboro, OR
September 29-October 1: Salinas, CA

October 17-22: Seoul, Korea

November 4-5: NAS Jacksonville, FL
November 11-12: Nellis AFB, NV


Where will you see the mighty Raptor this year?

F-16 Viper Demo Team Releases 2017 Schedule

F-16 Viper Demo Team Releases 2017 Schedule

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The Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demo Team has officially released their 2017 show schedule:


April 1-2: NAS Corpus Christi, TX
April 7-9: Lakeland, FL
April 22-23: NAS JRB New Orleans, LA
April 29-30: MCAS Beaufort, SC

May 6-7: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 13-14: Millington, TN
May 20-21: North Kingstown, RI

June 10-11: Whiteman AFB, MO
June 17-18: Gaylord, MI
June 24-25: Latrobe, PA

July 10-16: Rio Negro, Colombia

August 11-13: Abbottsford, Canada
August 26-27: Brunswick, ME

September 9-10: New Windsor, NY
September 15-17: NAS Oceana, VA
September 23-24: Owensboro, KY
September 30-October 1: Huntington Beach, CA

October 7-8: San Francisco, CA
October 14-15: Hampton, GA
October 28-29: Fort Worth, TX

November 3-5: Stuart, FL


Where will you see the team in 2017?

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Largest Assembly of P-51 Mustangs to Fly in Over a Decade at SUN 'n FUN

Largest Assembly of P-51 Mustangs to Fly in Over a Decade at SUN 'n FUN

 (February 16, 2017 Lakeland, FL) Located at the Kissimmee-Gateway airport just outside Orlando, FL, Stallion 51 has long been noted as the nation’s premiere provider of transition training in the famous WWII-era fighter, the North American P-51 Mustang. A unique facility, Stallion 51’s expert staff teach owners and pilots of these historic war machines to operate them safely and efficiently in the modern age. Since Stallion 51 came into being they have attended the annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, bringing their stable of Mustangs to the Warbird Flight line with Mr. Mustang himself, Lee Lauderback flying his signature Solo Mustang Demo routine in the air show. This year, Stallion 51 is celebrating their 30th Anniversary, and they have invited their many Mustang friends to SUN ‘n FUN to help celebrate and commemorate the occasion.

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On Wednesday, April 5, 2017th Stallion 51’s invited guests will arrive impressive formation for what is promising to be the largest assembly of P-51 Mustangs in over a decade.

 “It’s been over a decade since the world has seen this many P-51 Mustangs in one place at one time,” said Greg Gibson, Air Operations Director for SUN ‘n FUN. “We have the honor of not only hosting them, but helping our friends at Stallion 51 celebrate their 30th anniversary.”

Not since the famous Gathering of Mustangs and Legends in 2007 in Dayton, Ohio has there been such a showing of the famous Warbird, and with over 7 acres of pristine apron space at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport appropriately named “The Warbird Ramp”, the week-long SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In is the perfect venue for bringing this elite group together. Over 30 are expected, and the excitement over the arrival is building.

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Gibson’s enthusiasm for the occasion is readily evident. “It’s a historic event, celebrating one of the most significant aircraft in history. To see them all together is overwhelming, but we have a real treat on Thursday for our SUN ‘n FUN guests: all of them will fly in the airshow at once!”

The flight demonstration will take place on Thursday, April 6th during the daily airshow, which begins around 2PM. This will coincide with the first appearance of the US Navy Blue Angels, scheduled to fly later that same day.

In 1987, Stallion 51 Corp. established itself as a unique aviation business that specializes in rare expensive vintage aircraft built on the dream and passion of the Lauderback brothers. Lee, Peter, Richard and John are the cornerstone of the Mustang world; restoring, operating and marketing the rarest of the breed. Thousands of people have shared the cockpit with founder and president, Lee Lauderback and his crew through the years, learning about the magic of the Merlin and the mystique behind the Mustang. At SUN ‘n FUN 2017, visitors will get to see the results of their passion as the thunder of Mustangs roar overhead in a spectacular display not to be missed.

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The Thunderbirds will not be alone Sunday in Houston

The Thunderbirds will not be alone Sunday in Houston

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds won't be the only F-16's in the Houston area on Super Bowl Sunday.

A group of F-16's from the 138th Fighter Wing out of Tulsa, Oklahoma will stand at the ready Sunday along with UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, Cessna C-550 Citation jets and two Airbus AS350 helicopters.

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Together, they will support the North American Aerospace Defense Command along with customs and border patrol to protect the 30-mile restricted airspace surrounding NRG Stadium, host of Super Bowl LI. In effect starting at 4:00 Sunday, the unrestricted airspace is off limits to all air traffic except law enforcement aircraft, air ambulances, military aircraft, and select airliners. 

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When an unrestricted aircraft goes within the 30-mile border set by the FAA, they will be contacted by air traffic control before being intercepted by a Black Hawk helicopter, or worse, an F-16 Fighting Falcon. KC-135 Stratotankers will also be airborne Sunday night in order to keep the F-16's airborne the entire night. The waiver runs up to midnight on Sunday.

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Thunderbirds Ready for Big Game

Thunderbirds Ready for Big Game

Friday afternoon, the United States Air Force Thunderbirds touched down at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas for Super Bowl LI.

Saturday, the team began making final preparations ahead of Sunday's big game, which included media flights and a practice flyover.

The Thunderbirds perform a practice flyover above NRG Stadium Saturday. Photo: Phil Lipof

The Thunderbirds perform a practice flyover above NRG Stadium Saturday.

Photo: Phil Lipof

The rehearsal flyover is crucial to the team's success on Sunday, and successfully planning a specific TOT, or time over target, requires extensive planning and coordination. 

Once the Thunderbirds' signature Delta formation takes off Sunday afternoon from Ellington Field and begins flying toward the stadium, they can only speed up or slow down their arrival by 10 seconds.

Thunderbird 8, the team's advance pilot and narrator, will be inside of NRG Stadium Sunday to coordinate the flyover. He says that for each stanza of the national anthem, the team has a time and distance for where the six F-16's should be. 

On Saturday, the Delta took to the skies and practiced flying over NRG Stadium. Thunderbird 8 had intentions of multiple practice flyovers preparing for all possible circumstances, but low clouds kept the team from performing more than one flyover.

The Thunderbirds perform a practice flyover above NRG Stadium Saturday. Photo: Phil Lipof

The Thunderbirds perform a practice flyover above NRG Stadium Saturday.

Photo: Phil Lipof

Sunday afternoon, the Thunderbirds will takeoff 30 minutes before the national anthem and will make large, left-hand turns 25 to 35 miles south of the stadium. From there, it will take the team less than five minutes to get to the 50-yard line. 

Following the flyover, the pilots will touch down at Ellington Field and make their way to the stadium, where they will be recognized during the game.

The Thunderbirds take off Saturday for a practice flyover above NRG Stadium. Photo: Roger Daltry

The Thunderbirds take off Saturday for a practice flyover above NRG Stadium.

Photo: Roger Daltry

The Thunderbirds take off Saturday for a practice flyover above NRG Stadium. Photo: Roger Daltry

The Thunderbirds take off Saturday for a practice flyover above NRG Stadium.

Photo: Roger Daltry

Thunderbirds Head to Houston for Super Bowl LI

Thunderbirds Head to Houston for Super Bowl LI

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds are set to leave Nellis AFB Friday as they head to Houston, Texas for Super Bowl LI. The team is scheduled to open up Sunday night's big game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots with a flyover in their signature Delta formation. Based out of Ellington Field for the weekend, the Thunderbirds will speak with media and conduct various media flights Friday and Saturday before taking to the skies on Sunday afternoon. 

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However, weather does threaten the team's scheduled flyover and may potentially prevent NRG Stadium's retractable roof from being open for the flyover. As of now, there's a 40% chance of rain Sunday in Houston. NFL officials will make a decision Saturday as to whether or not the roof will be open Sunday night so that the Thunderbirds can set the tone for the noise level expected in the stadium come kickoff.

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We will be LIVE from Super Bowl LI and will broadcast the flyover on Periscope as long as the weather allows. Stay tuned on our website and social media for the lastest Super Bowl updates!

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Blue Angels Head West

Blue Angels Head West

The New Year has come and the holidays are gone, which springs a monumental time for both incoming and returning Blue Angels pilots.  

Each January, the United States Navy Blue Angels pack their bags and head West to the Southern California desert known as the Imperial Valley. Naval Air Facility El Centro, California becomes the team's home away from home for nearly a three-month span.  

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Wednesday morning, the 2017 team loads up their stuff and heads to El Centro to begin their annual Winter Training ahead of the 2017 season opener March 11. A crucial part to the cross-country trip every year is the team's famed C-130 Hercules, known as Fat Albert.

Fat Albert is responsible for carrying all of the team's equipment and personnel necessary to complete each and every flight demonstration. In addition, Fat Albert is the team's moving toolbox, carrying enough spare parts to keep each F-18 Hornet airworthy throughout a given show season.

Currently, Fat Albert remains in Depot level maintenance that began towards the end of last season. A Marine Corps Reserve C-130, nicknamed Ernie, will fill in and carry the team and all necessary equipment to the desert.

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Once the team arrives in El Centro, they'll begin the process of completing the necessary 120 training flights prior to their season opener. The team will fly two times a day, six days a week for ten weeks. During this time, the incoming pilots will work with returning pilots to develop the skill and precision required to fly in tight formation. The Imperial Valley provides optimal flying conditions for the team day in and day out that can't be found anywhere else.

As the team begins Winter Training and progresses towards their season opener in March, stay tuned to our website and social media as well as that of the team for the latest updates. 

 

United States Air Force Thunderbirds to Perform Overseas

United States Air Force Thunderbirds to Perform Overseas

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Plans to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the US Air Force at next summer's Air Tattoo were given a huge boost this week following the announcement that one of the world's most popular display teams will make a rare trip across the Atlantic to take part.

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds' performance at the Air Tattoo, which takes place on July 14-16, will be the team's only UK appearance next year and will be part of the airshow's official tribute to mark the US Air Force's 70th anniversary. As well as seeing a range of operational and historic US Air Force aircraft in the air and on the ground, Air Tattoo visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the key role the air arm plays in a range of international coalitions and partnerships.

Formed in 1953, the team is renowned as much for its choreographed pre-flight ground routine - performed with pinpoint accuracy - as it is for its stunning aerial displays.

Flying six F-16 Fighting Falcons, elite pilots from the US Air Force will perform a mix of formation flying and solo routines that highlight the maximum capabilities of the USAF's frontline, multi-role fighter jet. The team, which is based at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, has only appeared at the Air Tattoo once before - in 2007. The last time the team performed overseas was back in 2011.

Air Tattoo Chief Executive Andy Armstrong said the announcement of the Thunderbirds' participation demonstrated the incredibly strong bond that exists with the US Air Force.

He said: "The history - and success - of the Air Tattoo is inextricably linked to the US Air Force, on whose base the event takes place each year. I am pleased that we'll have the opportunity next summer to mark their 70th anniversary."

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Canadian Forces Snowbirds Release 2017 Schedule

Canadian Forces Snowbirds Release 2017 Schedule

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds have released their 2017 show schedule in which they will perform at various destinations spanning the United States and Canada.

2017 Schedule:

May 6-7: Fort Lauderdale, FL

May 13-14: Montreal, QC

May 17: TBD

May 20-21: North Kingstown, RI

May 24: TBD

May 27-28: Windsor, ON

May 31:   TBD

June 3-4: Duluth, MN

June 10-11: Dundurn, SK

June 14: TBD

June 16-17: North Bay, ON

June 21: TBD

June 24-25: Bagotville, QC

June 28: Barrie, ON

June 30: Gatineau, QC

July 1: Parliament Hill, Ottawa, ON (fly-past)

July 12: TBD

July 15-16: Lethbridge, AB

July 19: Grand Forks, BC

July 22-23: Fort St. John, BC

July 26: TBD

July 29-30: Springbank, AB

August 2:  Rocky Mountain House, BC

August 5-6: Quesnel, BC

August 9: Penticton, BC

August 11-13: Abbotsford, BC

August 16: Whiterock, BC

August 19-20: Edmonton, AB

August 26-27: Greenwood, NS

August 30: Brantford, ON

September 2-4: Toronto, ON

September 9-10: Kingston, ON

September 16: Bromont, QC

September 20: Niagra-on-the-Lake, ON

September 23-24: London, ON

September 30-October 1: Huntington Beach, CA

October 7-8: San Francisco, CA

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Release 2017 & 2018 Schedules

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Release 2017 & 2018 Schedules

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Earlier today at the annual International Council of Air Shows Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Blue Angels announced their updated 2017 schedule as well as their 2018 itinerary. 

2017 Air Show Schedule:

March 11: El Centro, CA
March 18-19: China Lake, CA
March 24-26: Brunswick, GA

April 1-2: NAS Corpus Christi, TX
April 8-9: Lakeland, FL
April 22-23: NAS New Orleans, LA
April 29-30: MCAS Beaufort, SC

May 6-7: Barksdale AFB, LA
May 13-14: Millington, TN
May 20-21: Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
May 24-26: Annapolis, MD
May 27-28: Millville, NJ

June 3-4: Duluth, MN
June 17-18: Ocean City, MD
June 24-25: Latrobe, PA

July 1-3: Offutt AFB, NE
July 8: Pensacola Beach, FL
July 15-16: Milwaukee, WI
July 22-23: Idaho Falls, ID
July 29-30: Oshkosh, WI

August 5-6: Seattle, WA
August 19-20: Chicago, IL
August 26-27: Brunswick, ME

September 2-3: Ypsilanti, MI
September 9-10: Lincoln, AL
September 16-17: NAS Oceana, VA
September 23-24: MCAS Miramar, CA
September 30-October 1: Huntington Beach, CA

October 7-8: San Francisco, CA
October 21-22: Rome, GA
October 28-29: Fort Worth, TX

November 4-5: NAS Jacksonville, FL
November 11-12: NAS Pensacola, FL

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 2018 Air Sh ow Schedule:

March 10: El Centro, CA
March 17-18: Tuscon, 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: Homestead, FL

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 1-2: 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: TBD
Oct 20-21: Houston, TX
Oct 27-28: NAS Jacksonville, FL

Nov 2-3: NAS Pensacola, FL

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U.S. Navy Blue Angels to Headline 2017 Wings over Golden Isles Air Show

U.S. Navy Blue Angels to Headline 2017 Wings over Golden Isles Air Show

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 Las Vegas, NV (December 6, 2016) – The US Navy Blue Angels jet demonstration squadron along with recording artists .38 Special will headline the rescheduled Wings Over the Golden Isles airshow activities at the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport on March 24-26, 2017.  The official announcement for the Blue Angels appearance in Brunswick, GA was unveiled earlier today during the International Council of Air Shows’ (ICAS) convention taking place this week in Las Vegas. 

 "After months of hard work to prepare for the originally scheduled event in October, news of an approaching hurricane quickly halted efforts to bring the first air show in nearly 20 years to the Golden Isles community.  Hosting the Blue Angels for the rescheduled air show in 2017 is the best medicine available for all the disappointed fans that looked forward to the show that we were forced to cancel.,” said John Cowman, JLC AirShow Management President.  "Very few shows throughout the country and internationally receive this great honor.  We are proud to be selected to host the world’s premiere military jet team in 2017.  Bringing this patriotic opportunity of sharing the USN Blue Angels and music headliners .38 Special with the people of Glynn County and the Golden Isles has exceeded our expectations."

The Blue Angels will perform in their six-signature gold and blue F-18 Hornets known for their hard-charging demonstration of precision formation flying while pushing their aircraft to their limit.  The Blue Angels have traveled throughout the world performing before millions of spectators.  The team’s flight demonstration is amazing and their involvement in local communities is inspiring.

In addition to the Blue Angels and .38 Special, there will be a host of world-class aerobatic & warbird performers.  Other 2017 Wings Over the Golden Isles airshow performers and artists will be unveiled later in December.  Tickets purchased for the October 2016 event will be honored for the rescheduled show on March 24-26, 2017.  Advance tickets, sponsor and exhibitor information is available at http://wingsovergoldenisles.com.  Fans can register online or follow the air show’s Facebook page to receive updates for the 2017 event.

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Michael Goulian Set to Make Wings Over North Georgia Debut

Michael Goulian Set to Make Wings Over North Georgia Debut

The fifth annual Wings over North Georgia Air Show is set to kick off in just a few days at Richard B. Russell Field in Rome, Georgia. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds are set to make their second appearance at the rising show, and they'll be joined by one of the industry's top aerobatic superstars.

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Michael Goulian, born into an aviation family, grew up around airplanes, and soloed on his 16th birthday. One year later, Mike began aerobatic training, and at the age of 22, he became the youngest to ever win a U.S. National Aeronatic Championship.

Michael is one of only two Americans to compete in the prestigious Red Bull Air Race Championships. In 2016, he has balanced a full Air Show and Air race schedule, flying all across the globe in eight Red Bull Air Races and 11 air shows. Michael wraps up his 2016 season this weekend in Rome, Georgia, just days after performing in Huntington Beach, California before transiting his Extra 330SC from one side of the country to the other.

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The Goodyear Aviation Extra 330SC is matched by no other aircraft in the world. Custom built to Michael's specifications, it's lighter, faster, and more maneuverable than any other aircraft of its type. It has a top speed of 260 mph and stalls at an impressive 60 mph. It rolls at 380 degrees per second and can handle plus or minus 10 G's. For a chance to see Michael Goulian and the Extra 330SC, make sure to come out to this weekend's Wings Over North Georgia Air Show. 

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Wings Over North Georgia Set to Soar This Weekend

Wings Over North Georgia Set to Soar This Weekend

ROME, GA – The legendary United States Air Force Thunderbirds and country music icon Travis Tritt headline JLC AirShow Management's 5th annual Wings Over North Georgia Air Show at Rome’s Russell Regional Airport October 29th and 30th.

The Thunderbirds, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, is an elite Air Combat Command unit of eight pilots, including six demonstration pilots, and more than 100 support personnel.  The Thunderbirds are world-renown for their breathtaking mix of formation flying and solo routines. The famous four-jet diamond formation highlights the training and precision of Air Force pilots, while the lead and opposing solo aircraft showcase the extreme capabilities of the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon. This nimble, multi-role fighter has proven time and again to be one of the world’s best combat aircraft. The only modifications needed to outfit the fighter for air demonstrations are a smoke system and a custom paint job in Thunderbird red, white and blue.

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The Thunderbirds fly an incredibly demanding schedule of 80 air demonstrations a year. During each 75-minute performance the pilots execute up to 40 precision high-speed maneuvers. America’s “Ambassadors in Blue” have thrilled more than 280 million people in all 50 states and 57 foreign countries.

In addition to the Thunderbirds three-time National Aerobatic Champion Patty Wagstaff and former US Unlimited Aerobatic Champ Mike Goulian lead a list of elite aerobatic performers.  Both Wagstaff and Goulian rank among the world’s top airshow pilots, with reputations for pushing the envelope of aerobatic performance before millions of people each year. Both pilots agree that their approach to flying is best described as passionate and aggressive. 

The non-stop air show action also features performances by the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornets Tactical Demonstration Team and the Sky Soldiers Cobra Demonstration Team, an elite group of former military aviators and their fleet of AH-1F Cobra Attack choppers.  The U.S. Special Operations Command Para-Commandos skydiving team free falls for approximately 2 miles at speeds in excess of 120 mph before gently touching down at precisely on target.  Buck Roetman, the “Mayor of the Airshow Industry,” pilots his Christen Eagle through a dizzying array of maneuvers while Kent Pietsch's Interstate Cadet aircraft provides some aerobatic comedy and a few heart stopping moments as he attempts a pinpoint landing atop a moving vehicle on the flight line. The roster also includes Lucas Oil’s Parachute Team and the high-octane aerobatics of Mike Wiskus, Bill Braack's powerful Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car, Scott Yoak's Quicksilver P-51D Mustang and Jim Tobul’s F4U Corsair. All are scheduled to perform Saturday and Sunday.

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