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WATCH: The Best Of Military Aviation – May 2017

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Each month we bring you a compilation of the very best military aviation videos on our Youtube channel. These videos take you inside military operations all over the world for things like exercises, aircraft carrier operations, aerial refueling, and training missions. Please enjoy the February video, which you can watch below or view on Youtube: The Best Of Military Aviation – May 2017

A compilation of the best military aviation clips from May 2017. Featuring Operation Northern Edge mass takeoffs, A-29 Super Tucano cockpit footage, aerial refueling of F-16 Fighting Falcons F-22 Raptors, A-10 Warthogs, and F-18 Hornets, an elephant walk at Moody AFB, and more!

Be sure to check out the other videos in the series as well by checking out the Best of Military Aviation video playlist!

Video credits:
Senior Airman Joshua DeGuzman – Alaskan NORAD Region/Alaskan Command/11th Air Force
Staff Sgt. Benjamin Kimball – Colorado National Guard
Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Litke – Alaskan NORAD Region/Alaskan Command/11th Air Force
Staff Sgt. Esteban Esquivel – 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Damon Moritz – Navy Media Content Services
Lance Cpl. Serine Farahi – II Marine Expeditionary Force
Staff Sgt. John Raven – U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs
Lance Cpl. Mark Lowe – Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Tech. Sgt. Micah Theurich – U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs
Master Sgt. Andrew Moseley – 379th Air Expeditionary Wing
Tech. Sgt. Timothy Gallagher – Moody Air Force Base
Senior Airman Jacob Albers – 1st Combat Camera Squadron

EAA Announces Preliminary Airshow Schedule For AirVenture 2017 In Oshkosh

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EAA AirVenture

EAA has released the preliminary daily airshow schedule for this year’s AirVenture convention in Oshkosh! This schedule doesn’t include all of the military performers and will obviously change a bit in the coming weeks. Join us in Oshkosh on July 24th for the biggest party in aviation, and be sure to share your thoughts in the EAA AirVenture 2017 thread on our forums!

As you’ll see, there is now at least a small twilight show every night of the week. Other highlights include numerous US Air Force Heritage Flights, the Doolittle Raid tribute, both B-29s flying together for the first time (!), and of course the US Navy Blue Angels, making their aerobatic debut at the show!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Day: Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Matt Chapman (Extra 330LX), Rob Holland (MX-2), Bill Stein (Edge 540), Twin Tigers Aerobatic Team, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans), Greg Shelton and Ashley Key (450 Super Stearman/wing walking), John Klatt (Screamin’ Sasquatch), Kyle Franklin (Piper Cub), David Martin (Bücker Jungmeister), Jerry Kerby (Wild Blue), Bob Carlton (Sub Sonex JSX-2), Warbirds of America arrival show, Seaplane fly-overs, Lindbergh 90th anniversary tribute, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University E-Spirit of St. Louis, Piper Cub 80th anniversary, Bob Hoover tribute

Evening (Twilight Flight Fest at the Fun Fly Zone): EAA STOL Invitational Flying, Paradigm Aerobatic Team (dynamic maneuvering), Patriot Parachute Demo Team, 3-D RC flying

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Sean D. Tucker (Oracle Challenger III), Phillip Steinbach (Game Bird 1), Skip Stewart (Prometheus 2), The Thric3 (Matt Chapman, Rob Holand, Bill Stein), Kyle Franklin (Piper Cub), Matt Younkin (Beech 18), Greg Koontz (Legend Cub), Bob Carlton (Sub Sonex JSX-2), Manfred Radius (Salto Sailplane), USAF Heritage Flight, Doolittle Raid tribute, B-29s (Doc and FIFI), Class of ’45 – Jim Tobul & Scott Yoak (Corsair and P-51 Mustang), Warbirds of America show, Homebuilts Review, Stratos VLPJ

Evening (Twilight Flight Fest at the Fun Fly Zone): EAA STOL Invitational Flying, Paradigm Aerobatic Team (dynamic maneuvering), Patriot Parachute Demo Team, 3-D RC flying

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Patty Wagstaff (Extra 300LX), The Thric3 (Matt Chapman, Rob Holand, Bill Stein), Twin Tigers Aerobatic Team, Jim Peitz (Beech Bonanza), Vicky Benzing (Stearman), Gene Soucy and Teresa Stokes (Grumman Showcat wing walking), John Klatt (Screamin’ Sasquatch), Kyle Franklin (Piper Cub), USAF Heritage Flight, Warbirds of America show, Vintage Review, RotorWay 50th anniversary, Lindbergh 90th anniversary tribute, Christen Eagle anniversary (Matt Chapman)

Night Air Show: Doolittle Raid tribute, Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Paradigm Aerobatic Team, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans), Gene Soucy (Firecat[KH1] ), Redline Airshows, Greg Shelton and Ashley Key (450 Super Stearman/wing walking), Matt Younkin (Beech 18), Bob Carlton (Super Salto), Fireworks and Wall of Fire sponsored by GE Aviation

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Sean D. Tucker (Oracle Challenger III), Mike Goulian (Extra 330SC), Kirby Chambliss (Edge 540 and Red Bull Air Force), Bill Stein (Edge 540), Redline Airshows, Jim Peitz (Beech Bonanza), John Klatt (Screamin’ Sasquatch), David Martin (Bücker Jungmeister), USAF Heritage Flight, Warbirds of America show, Dassault (Falcon 8X), Blue Angels (site orientation flights)

Evening (Twilight Flight Fest at the Fun Fly Zone): EAA STOL Invitational Flying, Paradigm Aerobatic Team (dynamic maneuvering), Patriot Parachute Demo Team and Red Bull Air Force, 3-D RC flying

Friday, July 28, 2017

10am-11am: Blue Angels (site orientation flights with TFR in effect)

Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Kirby Chambliss (Edge 540 and Red Bull Air Force), Patty Wagstaff (Extra 300LX), Skip Stewart (Prometheus 2), The Thric3 (Matt Chapman, Rob Holand, Bill Stein), Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans), Matt Younkin (Beech 18), Blue Angels and Fat Albert, Warbirds of America show, B-29s (Doc and FIFI), USAF Heritage Flight

Evening (Twilight Flight Fest at the Fun Fly Zone): EAA STOL Invitational Flying, Paradigm Aerobatic Team (dynamic maneuvering), Patriot Parachute Demo Team and Red Bull Air Force, 3-D RC flying

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Sean D. Tucker (Oracle Challenger III), Mike Goulian (Extra 330SC), Rob Holland (MX-2), Jim Peitz (Beech Bonanza), Vicky Benzing (Stearman), Gene Soucy (Grumman Showcat), Warbirds of America show, USAF Heritage Flight, B-29s (Doc and FIFI), Blue Angels and Fat Albert

Night Air Show: Red Bull Wingsuits, Paradigm Aerobatic Team, USAF Heritage Flight, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans), Gene Soucy (Firecat[KH2] ), Redline Airshows, Greg Shelton and Ashley Key (450 Super Stearman/wing walking n), Matt Younkin (Beech 18), Bob Carlton (Super Salto), Fat Albert, Fireworks and Wall of Fire

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Mike Goulian (Extra 330SC), Kirby Chambliss (Edge 540), Patty Wagstaff (Extra 300LX), Skip Stewart (Prometheus 2), Matt Chapman (Extra 330LX), Redline Airshows, Greg Shelton and Ashley Key (450 Super Stearman/wing walking), Kyle Franklin (Piper Cub), Maj. Joshua Boudreaux (Wild Blue), Scott Yoak (P-51 Mustang), International Aerobatic Club competition demo (Cameron Jaxheimer), USAF Heritage Flight, Blue Angels (non-aerobatic demo) and Fat Albert

Canadian Forces Snowbirds Set To Resume 2017 Airshow Appearances Following Stand Down

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Canadian Forces Snowbirds

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are set to resume their 2017 airshow schedule this weekend! They are returning from a self-imposed safety stand down that was announced on May 15th and led them to cancel six airshow appearances through June 4th. Their first show back will be in Dundurn, Saskatchewan this coming weekend.

The team’s regular training period was hampered by bad weather which limited their practice time. After some reported difficulties during at least one airshow performance, it was determined that they would return home for several weeks to focus on perfecting their skills and routines. It seems that they feel confident in their training now, and are ready to hit the road again to airshows all over Canada and the United States. We can’t wait to see them!

Member Of US Navy Leap Frogs Killed After Parachute Malfunction At New York Fleet Week

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US Navy Leap Frog Remington Peters
US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Bram

UPDATE 5/29/17: The fallen Leap Frog has been identified as Special Warfare Operator First Class Remington Peters. He was 27 years old.

US Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team

ORIGINAL POST: A member of the US Navy “Leap Frogs” parachute team has died after an incident near New York City just after noon today. The team was performing as part of Fleet Week New York, and was jumping into Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. During the jump, one team member’s parachute malfunctioned and he fell into the water after cutting away from it. It is unclear at what altitude this occurred and if he attempted to open his reserve canopy.

The jumper was immediately retrieved from the water and taken to a nearby hospital, but was pronounced dead at 1:10pm. The name of the jumper is being withheld so that next of kin can be notified, but we will update this post when it is released.

Our thoughts go out to all of the Leap Frogs as they mourn their teammate.

Smyrna, Tennessee Announces Memorial For Fallen Blue Angel Capt. Jeff Kuss

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Blue Angel Captain Jeff Kuss Memorial - Smyrna, TN
Photo courtesy of the town of Smyrna

The mayor of Smyrna, Tennessee announced plans today for a memorial to Blue Angels pilot Capt. Jeff “Kooch” Kuss, who was killed in a crash while preparing for the Great Tennessee Airshow in the city last June. The memorial will feature a retired F/A-18 Hornet in Blue Angel colors, on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum in the Blue Angels’ home town of Pensacola, Florida.

Captain Jeff Kuss - Blue Angel 6

Kuss was a Captain in the US Marine Corps, and flew as Blue Angel #7 in 2015 and Blue Angel #6 in 2016. The team was flying a practice performance in Smyrna last June when Kuss attempted to perform a Split-S on takeoff. A Navy investigation into the crash found that he entered the maneuver too low and too fast, and impacted the ground near the airport. He left behind a wife and two kids. The report led to a mandatory rest period for the team every two months.

Mayor Mary Esther Reed outlined the memorial plans at a press conference that was streamed live online. She described Kuss as an American hero and explained that citizens wanted to see him honored. The city featured many impromptu tributes to him in the hours and days following the crash. Around half of the expected $1 million cost of the memorial has been raised already, but help is need to complete the project. You can donate to the memorial by visiting www.CaptJeffKussUSMCMemorial.com

UPDATED: Canadian Snowbirds Announce Safety Stand Down, Cancel Six Upcoming Airshow Appearances

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Canadian Forces Snowbirds

Updated 5/16/17:
The Snowbirds have confirmed that these cancellations are due to a safety stand down for additional training time. In addition to the three shows in the original post below, another three have now been announced as canceled by the team.

The May 27-28th Airshow YQG in Windsor, Ontario has been called off following the cancellation there. It was to be the first one in Windsor in several years and the first under a new group.

The May 31st show in Whiteman, Missouri (Note: This is NOT the Wings Over Whiteman show in June, which is unaffected) is also canceled, as is the June 3-4 show in Duluth, Minnesota. That show still has the Blue Angels and will no doubt continue.

Although the news is disappointing, it is obviously the right call. Safety must come first. We hope the team has a successful training period and we look forward to seeing their amazing performances soon!

The Snowbirds released this statement on their Facebook page:

We have decided to undertake additional practice and training from our home base at 15 Wing Moose Jaw before returning to our 2017 scheduled air performance season.

While we have had several well-executed shows and practices early in the season, our Team Lead has determined that additional training is required.

“A reduced training period hampered by poor weather which continued into the show season, resulted in numerous cancelled practices. As a result, more training is required before the Snowbirds resume the 2017 schedule.”, said Major Patrick Gobeil, Snowbirds Team Lead.

We have cancelled our participation in some upcoming air shows, and intend to return to the air show circuit once we have the consistency required for our dynamic nine-aircraft aerobatic performance.

The Snowbirds thank the air show organizers for their understanding and all our fans for their continued encouraging messages.

Original Post:
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds canceled three upcoming airshow appearances today.

The team was set to perform at in Rochester, New York on Wednesday evening, the 17th. They were the only flying performer, and the entire event has now been canceled. It is common for the Snowbirds to perform such mini-airshows during the middle of the week as they transit between larger weekend shows.

Also canceled is the team’s appearance at the 2017 Rhode Island Airshow in North Kingstown, RI. That event is scheduled for this coming weekend (the 20th and 21st) and as of now the rest of the show is still on as planned. The Snowbirds were the headlining act.

Just before publishing this post, we found out that the team has also canceled a May 24th appearance at Fort Erie.

We have heard reports that this is part of an internal safety stand down by the team, but we have not been able to confirm that. They performed in Memphis, TN this past weekend and did have an unusual incident where one jet broke from formation. All nine jets landed safely shortly thereafter. We have reached out to the Snowbirds for comment and will update this post if we hear back.

As always, we hope you will share your information and comments on our forums!

Atlantic Trident 2017 Exercise Combines Eurofighters, Rafales, And Raptors To Strengthen Ties Between Allies

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French Air Force Rafale - Atlantic Trident 2017

After entering World War I on the 6th of April 1917, the United States’ participation in Europe led down a path of air power that resulted in our current day United States Air Force. On 5 May 1918, the American Expeditionary Force in Europe activated the 1st Pursuit Group at Gencoult, France. Commanded by Major Bert M. Atkinson, this unit was the first American group-level fighter organization and is now known as the 1st Fighter Wing, the Air Force’s oldest Wing. The 1st Pursuit Group consisted of five Aero Squadrons: 27th, 94th, 95th, 147th, and 185th. Of these five, the 27th and the 94th remain part of the wing to this day, and ensure air dominance with their F-22 Raptors.

During combat throughout Europe, the pilots of the 1st Pursuit Group conducted over 1,400 aerial engagements and accumulated 202 confirmed aerial victories. The 27th Aero Squadron’s 2nd Lieutenant Frank Luke Jr. achieved 18 aerial victories before he was shot down and killed while engaging the enemy on the ground on 29 September 1918. For his actions, Luke received the Air Force’s first ever Medal of Honor. The 94th Fighter Squadron’s Captain Eddie Rickenbacker achieved 26 aerial victories, more than any other American pilot in WWI. While on patrol on 25 September 1918, Rickenbacker engaged seven enemy planes on his own, destroying two, and was later awarded the Medal of Honor for his gallantry against the enemy. On 10 November 1918, the day before the war ended, Major Maxwell Kirby of the 94th Aero Squadron recorded the last aerial victory of WWI. Throughout the war, the 1st Pursuit Group remained constantly engaged with the enemy in the skies over the battlefields and earned eight campaign credits.

Royal Air Force Typhoon - Atlantic Trident 2017USAF F-22 Raptor - Atlantic Trident 2017

It was during WWI that the Air Forces of the three countries participating in Atlantic Trident 2017, namely the US, France, and Great Britain, began building a relationship that has lasted 100 years. The 27th Aero Squadron’s origins are tied closely to the Royal Flying Corps of the British Army. The 27th received its advanced aerial training from British instructors in Canada before deploying to Europe. In addition, the commander of the squadron when they entered the war was Major Harold E. Hartney, a former Royal Flying Corps veteran who had already flown in combat and been shot down by Baron Manfred von Richthofen. The British cultural influence and training helped make the 27th one of the most lethal American squadrons during the war with 56 confirmed aerial victories.

Atlantic Trident 2017 is not only a multi-national training exercise but a celebration of the alliance the UK, France, and United States maintain. The 2017 exercise includes French Rafales, Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s from the UK, as well as home-based F-22 Raptors, F-35As from Eglin AFB in Florida, and F-15E Strike Eagles from Mountain Home AFB in Idaho. The Strike Eagles got the opportunity to team up with Langley T-38 Talons to serve as the bad guys, or “red air”.

French Air Force Rafale - Atlantic Trident 2017Patrouille de France - Atlantic Trident 2017

To help commemorate this anniversary, the base hosted a media day and small airshow during the exercise. The morning consisted of a USAF F-22 Raptor demonstration followed by a French Air Force Rafale demonstration. The Patrouille de France finished it up with their aerobatic performance. Following the demonstrations, we were given the chance to interview the crews from the demonstrations and then visit the alert hangars for a static display that included all the exercise aircraft. The day finished up with a mass launch of 24 aircraft for the only planned sortie of the day; quite a lot of military metal in the skies over eastern Virginia!

We would like to extend our gratitude to Jeff Hood, Maj. Whitlatch and everyone at the 633d Air Base Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis for going above and beyond to make this day happen.

Photos courtesy of guest contributor Andy Backowski.

USAF F-15E Strike Eagle - Atlantic Trident 2017USAF F-35A Lightning II - Atlantic Trident 2017

Gary South Shore Airshow Canceled For 2017

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US Air Force Thunderbirds

The 2017 Gary airshow has been canceled by the city after failing to attract a major corporate sponsor. The event has faced similar trouble in recent years, and has been canceled several times since 2000. The headlining USAF Thunderbirds needed a go/no go decision by Monday the 15th, so Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson pulled the plug on Friday afternoon. The July 8-9 weekend will now be open on the team’s 2017 airshow schedule for another airshow to arrange an appearance.

Patrouille de France Wrap Up 2017 North American Tour, Join Snowbirds For 19-Ship Photo Flight

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Canadian Forces Snowbirds and Patrouille de France

The Patrouille de France finished off their 2017 North American tour with a bang last week, when they joined the Canadian Force Snowbirds for a joint formation flight. The massive group of 19 aircraft passed over Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the nation’s capital, before overflying Montreal in Quebec.

Canadian Forces Snowbirds and Patrouille de France - Aero 150Canadian Forces Snowbirds and Patrouille de France

The teams performed for one another the weekend prior, at the Aero 150 airshow in Gatineau. The French worked their way home following the flyovers, hopping across the North Atlantic. They are now back in France and will participate in the European airshow season.

Canadian Forces Snowbirds and Patrouille de France

The Patrouille were also able to fly with both the US Air Force Thunderbirds and US Navy Blue Angels during their tour, as well as performing at several airshows and enjoying photo flights over major US landmarks.

All photos courtesy of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and Patrouille de France

WATCH: The Best Of Military Aviation – April 2017

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Each month we bring you a compilation of the very best military aviation videos on our Youtube channel. These videos take you inside military operations all over the world for things like exercises, aircraft carrier operations, aerial refueling, and training missions. Please enjoy the February video, which you can watch below or view on Youtube: The Best Of Military Aviation – April 2017

A compilation of the best military aviation clips from April 2017. Featuring USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier operations, UH-1Y Venom close air support training, aerial refueling of F-22 Raptors, Rafales, F-18 Hornets, and F-35 Lightning IIs, an elephant walk at Kadena AFB, and more!

Be sure to check out the other videos in the series as well by checking out the Best of Military Aviation video playlist!

Video credits:
Senior Airman Joshua Hoskins – U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs
Lance Cpl. Benjamin Drake – MAWTS-1 Combat Camera
Tech. Sgt. Eric Craft – Hurlburt Field
Sgt. Daniel Kujanpaa – MAWTS-1 Combat Camera
Cpl. Timothy Valero – 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit
Chief Petty Officer Jennifer Roy – USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)
Airman 1st Class Michael Jones – 18th Wing Public Affairs
Staff Sgt. Emerson Nuñez – 1st Combat Camera Squadron
Staff Sgt. Joshua Rosales – 8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Senior Airman Christine Groening – 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Tech. Sgt. Roidan Carlson – Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa
Staff Sgt. John Raven – U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs

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