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WATCH: The Best Of Military Aviation – July 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 – July 2017

A compilation of the best military aviation clips from July 2017. Featuring A-10 Warthog live fire training, F-15 Eagle cockpit footage, aerial refueling of a B-1B Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress, aircraft carrier operations aboard the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz, mass helicopter operations, 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:
Staff Sgt. John Raven – U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs
Cpl. Austin Lewis – 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Combat Camera
Airman 1st Class Phillip M Guadiana-Gomez – 36th Wing Public Affairs
Sgt. Jorge Higuera and Spc. Bradey Pettit – 122nd Public Affairs Operations Center
Lance Cpl. Danielle Mills – 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Combat Camera
Lance Cpl. Jonathon Wiederhold – 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Combat Camera
Sgt. Brad Mincey – 108th Public Affairs Detachment
Senior Airman Joshua DeGuzman – Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Public Affairs
Charles Rosemond – Training Support Activity Europe
Airman 1st Class Alexandra West – 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Airman Shawna Keyes – 4th Fighter Wing, Air Combat Command
Staff Sgt. Tom Conning – 122nd Public Affairs Operations Center
Senior Airman Mychal Fox and William Lewis – 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Tech. Sgt. Jason Van Mourik – 173rd Fighter Wing/Public Affairs
Airman 1st Class Julian Kemper – 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Airman 1st Class Christina Ensley – 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Sgt. Austin Majors – 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Petty Officer 1st Class Jose Hernandez – USS NIMITZ
Staff Sgt. John Raven – U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs
Staff Sgt. Michael Kantack – Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
Airman Audra Young – Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
Lance Cpl. Austin Weck – III Marine Expeditionary Force Combat Camera

Fat Albert Grounded As Part Of C-130T Safety Stand Down, Not Expected To Appear In Oshkosh

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US Navy Blue Angels - C-130 Hercules Fat Albert

Fat Albert is grounded once again. All KC-130T Hercules aircraft, used by the Marine Corps, have been grounded as a precaution after a KC-130 crashed earlier this month in Louisiana, killing 16. This includes Fat Albert, the support aircraft of the US Navy Blue Angels demonstration team that is performing at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh this weekend. Unfortunately she is not expected to fly in to Oshkosh or perform in the show. The team’s F/A-18 Hornets will still perform as planned.

Bert actually remains on the ground in Idaho Falls, ID, where the team performed last weekend. A US Navy C-40 Clipper (737) flew in to Oshkosh to deliver the team’s support staff and some equipment. There is no word on how long the stand down will last, but it indicates that there are concerns stemming from the crash that require further analysis. Fat Albert returned to airshows from a nearly year-long overhaul earlier this month.

EAA initially announced (and later reaffirmed) that all C-130s in the US military were grounded, but this was later proven to be false. Although we updated our posts as more information became available, we apologize for any confusion due to what should have been a reliable source.

Doc’s New Home! Permanent Hangar And Education Facility Announced For Newly Restored B-29 Superfortress

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B-29 Superfortress "Doc" Hangar

The newly restored B-29 Superfortress named “Doc” will be getting a permanent home soon. Doc’s Friends Inc., owner of the rare aircraft, announced plans to build a facility at the Dwight D. Eisenhower airport in Wichita, KS.

The 32,000 square foot facility will include a large hangar for storage and maintenance of the WWII bomber as well as space dedicated to an education center. Illustrations of the new building show large windows to view the aircraft along with a raised viewing balcony inside the hangar.

B-29 Superfortress "Doc" HangarB-29 Superfortress "Doc" Hangar

“We’ve said from the beginning that our vision was to build a permanent home for Doc in Wichita. Doc’s home will be a centerpiece to celebrate not only Wichita’s place in aviation history, but it will be a cornerstone to celebrate the men and women who built, maintained and served in the B-29 to protect our freedom. It will also be a unique place for future generations to connect with the majestic warbird through STEM education and perhaps they, too, will be inspired to a career in a STEM-related field,” says Jeff Turner, board chairman of Doc’s Friends Inc.

B-29 Superfortress "Doc" Hangar

Over $4.5 million has been raised for the construction already, and further donations are being sought to reach the estimated $6.5 million final cost. Actual work on the site should begin in September and last for one year.

Doc is one of just two B-29s flying in the world today, the other being the Commemorative Air Force’s “Fifi”. Both aircraft will share the skies together for the first time next week during the 2017 EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, WI.

All photos are from KFDI

Relive EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 With These 20 Amazing Videos

As we continue to count down to EAA AirVenture, we’re going back through some of our videos from previous years and, no surprise, finding some incredible moments. Each year, AirVenture brings together such a diverse mix of aircraft, performers, and fans. There is really no other event like it in the world!

Here are our 20 favorite videos from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015! If you want to skip ahead, just go ahead and check out our EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 playlist that features all 65(!) of our videos from the show.

20. Gusty Crosswind Arrivals and Departures (Monday) – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

19. Valdez STOL Competition (Monday) – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

18. Battle of Britain Tribute – Lancaster, Mosquito, Spitfire – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

17. Helicopters and Autogyros at the Ultralight Field – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

16. Helmet Cam – T-34 Mentor Mass Formation Arrival – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

15. 108-Person Mass Formation Skydive – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

14. Texas Flying Legends Warbirds (B-25, P-40, F4U, P-51, TBM, A6M2) – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

13. USAF F-22 Raptor Mini-Demo and Heritage Flight – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

12. RideAlong! P-51 Mustang Heritage Flight with P-38 and F-22 – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

11. USMC AV-8B Harrier Demo “From the Ditch” – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

10. Mustang Mania! Mass P-51 Mustang Takeoffs, Formation, and Flybys – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

9. Minimum Interval Departures on Runway 27 (Thursday) – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

8. “Tora Tora Tora” Pearl Harbor Reenactment – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

7. Airbus A350 Arrival and Demonstration – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

6. USMC AV-8B Harrier II+ Twilight Demo “From the Taxiway” – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

5. F-100 Super Sabre Twilight Afterburner – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

4. Burt Rutan Tribute – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

3. Military Departures Compilation (F-22s/F-35s/F-4/AV-8Bs/B-52) – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

2. F-35 Lightning II Low Approaches and Arrival – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

1. USAF F-4 Phantom II Twilight Demonstration – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

Warbird Heritage Foundation Suspends Flight Operations, Cancels Appearances Following “Baby Duck” Crash

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Warbird Heritage Foundation's A-4 Skyhawk and P-51 Mustang

Following the tragic crash of their P-51 Mustang “Baby Duck”, in which pilot Vlado Lenoch and passenger Bethany Root were killed, the Warbird Heritage Foundation has announced that they are standing down from flight operations immediately, and canceling all future 2017 airshow appearances for their aircraft. The foundation is based in Waukegan, IL. In addition to Baby Duck, they own an A-4 Skyhawk, F-86 Sabre, T-2 Buckeye, L-39 Albatros, A-1 Skyraider, T-28 Trojan, and more.

This stand down almost certainly means that their aircraft will not be present at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh next week. Their absence would also be a major blow to the Northern Illinois Airshow in Waukegan if they do not resume flights by early September.

Here is the full statement from the WHF Facebook page:

All of us at the Warbird Heritage Foundation are deeply saddened at the death of our close friend and superb fellow pilot, Vlado Lenoch.
Vlado and a passenger passed away yesterday morning while flying in our P-51 Mustang, “Baby Duck”.

The Warbird Heritage Foundation will make no further comment regarding this tragic event until after the FAA, NTSB, and other relevant parties have completed their respective investigations.

Effective immediately, all WHF flight operations will be temporarily suspended until further notice. Also, the Warbird Heritage Foundation is cancelling the airshow appearances of all of our aircraft for the remainder of the 2017 airshow season.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Vlado’s family and friends and to the family and friends of the passenger aboard “Baby Duck”.

Vlado Lenoch And Passenger Killed In Kansas P-51 Mustang Crash

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Vlado Lenoch Leads the United States Air Force Heritage Flight
This photo, taken just two weeks before the crash, shows Vlado and Baby Duck leading a Heritage Flight. At the time, it was a cool photo but now it means so much more.

Nearly everyone in the airshow community lost a friend this weekend. Pilot Vlado Lenoch, along with passenger Bethany Root, was killed when the P-51 Mustang “Baby Duck” crashed near Atchison, Kansas Sunday morning. Vlado had performed at the Amelia Earhart Festival the previous night in Atchison. Bethany was the manager of the airport there, and Vlado was no doubt taking her for a flight before heading home.

Vlado was an airshow and warbird icon, and one of the most prolific pilots here in the Midwest. He flew many types, but was most closely associated with P-51 Mustangs; especially “Moonbeam McSwine”, which he owned for many years. After selling Moonbeam he instead became synonymous with Baby Duck and frequently flew it all across the Midwest. He was also an Aerobatic Competency Evaluator (ACE) for other pilots and one of the few civilian pilots in the US Air Force Heritage Flight program.

Vlado Lenoch and his P-51 Mustang "Moonbeam McSwine"Vlado Lenoch and his P-51 Mustang "Moonbeam McSwine"

His biography on the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation website gives only a glimpse of his amazing experience:

Vlado Lenoch of Burr Ridge, Illinois is married with three children. His love of aviation began in 1970 when, at age 17, he learned to fly at Chicago’s Midway Airport. He earned an aeronautical engineering degree from Purdue and a Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following college, he was employed at the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company in Seattle as a 747 instructor. From that point, he was employed at two major airlines flying the Boeing 727 and Douglas DC-9 aircraft. Currently, he flies a corporate Citation jet for a private company in Illinois.

Lenoch is a licensed Airline Transport pilot with flight instructor ratings in single and multi-engine aircraft, instruments and gliders. He holds authorization for the B-727, Cessna 525, F-86, A-1, A-37, L-39, T-33, P-40, P-47, P-51, F6F, F4U and T-28 aircraft. Vlado has over 11,000 hours of flight time and has built his own aircraft, a Pitts S-1T biplane, which he competes in at the highest level.

A member since 1997, the year in which the Heritage Flight program was founded, Vlado is one of the most seasoned pilots. He has been a director in the FAST Fighter Formation program since 1990 and an ICAS and EAA Warbird Aerobatic Competency Evaluator since 1995. Vlado is a lifetime member in the Commemorative Air Force, Soaring Society of America and Experimental Aircraft Association. Vlado’s great uncle, Cvitan Galic (of Czech ancestry), was a 39-victory Luftwaffe Fighter Ace in the Me-109 in World War II.

Vlado Lenoch and the P-51 Mustang "Baby Duck"

Vlado was also famous for his laid back and friendly attitude. Everyone was his friend, and he was always willing to help us pesky photographers out. We worked with him on many occasions through the years, setting up on board cameras and taking photos of the cockpit. Two of us were standing on Baby Duck’s wing doing just that only two weeks ago – we took a smiling selfie that is almost haunting now. We were starting to look at that footage today, before the news broke. All of us here at AirshowStuff, and so many more like us, will miss Vlado terribly. Our condolences further go out to his family as well as the family of his passenger.

Volumes could be written about Vlado’s kind heart and piloting skill, but we think the best tribute is to simply watch the master pilot work at what he loved. Enjoy the video below, remember the smiles he brought to everyone’s face, and keep ’em flying. Please share your own photos, videos, and memories of Vlado in our forums – we want to see them all as we attempt to process this tremendous loss.

Exciting New Details And Developments For EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017

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B-1B Lancer Twilight Flyover

EAA had their annual AirVenture webinar today, where they preview the main attractions and airshow performers at the convention in Oshkosh. In addition to the well-known highlights like the US Navy Blue Angels, USAF F-35 Lightning II and A-10 Thunderbolt II Heritage Flight teams, the Apollo astronaut reunion, Blue Origin’s rocket display, and the bomber parade, we learned about several major military/warbird developments that are planned for the show.

The webinar is summarized in more detail on our forums, and we invite you to add your own thoughts there as well!

F-35 Lightning II and P-51 Mustang Heritage FlightB-25 Mitchell Bombing Run

Here are some of our favorite mentions on the webinar:

  • B-1B Lancer bomber to fly in Monday and perform in the Wednesday twilight airshow
  • Different F-35/A-10/P-51 Heritage Flight formations each day
  • Airbus A400M from the Royal Air Force arriving and departing on Wednesday
  • MASSIVE pyro (96 bombs!) to open the Doolittle Raid reenactment – six bombs per B-25 Mitchell flying
  • Two A-10s will perform a field attack demo with pyro
  • Numerous military aircraft throughout the week, including F-22 Raptors, AH-64 Apaches, and F-16 Fighting Falcons
  • Potential surprise national anthem flybys on Tuesday and Wednesday – very mysterious right now
  • Blue Angel survey flights are being split between Thursday (diamond) and Friday (solos/Fat Albert)
  • Notable warbirds include the F-86A Sabre, Boeing YL-15, C-123 Provider, A-20 Havoc, P-63 King Cobra, SBD Dauntless, P-47 Thunderbolts, Spitfire Mk. IX, and possible B-24 Liberator

Again, there are a lot more details in our EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 thread than we can share here, so please head there to read up and join the discussion! What do you think the surprise flybys might be?

WATCH: The Best Of Military Aviation – June 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 – June 2017

A compilation of the best military aviation clips from June 2017. Featuring Red Flag Alaska takeoffs, T-38 Talon cockpit footage, aerial refueling of a B-1B Lancer, B-52 Stratofortress, Rafales, F-16 Fighting Falcons, F-22 Raptors, and F-18 Hornets, USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier operations, 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:
Staff Sgt. John Raven – U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs
Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego – Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
Tech. Sgt. Micah Theurich – U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs
Tech. Sgt. Sarah Loicano – Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa
Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Logico – USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)
Airman 1st Class Tybee Hurst – 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Lance Cpl. Jaycee Martell – 2D Marine Division Combat Camera
Staff Sgt. Esteban Esquivel – 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Charles Rosemond – Training Support Activity Europe
Staff Sgt. Stephen Ellis – 86th Airlift Wing
Staff Sgt. John Raven – U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs
Sgt. Kowshon Ye – 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Combat Camera
Senior Airman Joshua DeGuzman – Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Public Affairs
Senior Airman Joshua Altice, Airman 1st Class Heidi Goodsell, Airman 1st Class Caitlin Gorsi and Airman 1st Class Caroline Parks – 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Senior Airman Nicolas Myers – 633rd Air Base Wing

Airshow Legend Sean D. Tucker To Retire From Solo Aerobatics In 2018

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Sean D. Tucker - Oracle Challenger III

An airshow legend is preparing to move into a new era in his career. Pilot Sean D. Tucker told the Dayton Daily News that he plans to retire from solo aerobatics after the 2018 airshow season. His famous red biplane, the Oracle Challenger III, will go to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum for permanent display. Sean has flown more than 26,000 hours over four decades of airshow appearances, and practices his hardcore aerobatic routine up to three times a day.

Sean D. Tucker - Oracle Challenger IIISean D. Tucker - Oracle Challenger III

Sean is far from done, however. He is looking to form a formation aerobatic team for future airshow performances. A team performance would be less physically demanding than his rigorous solo routine, an important factor for a 65-year-old pilot. He has previously flown team performances, most recently as part of “The Collaborators” alongside his son Eric Tucker, Bill Stein, and Ben Freelove.

In addition to his airshow flying, Sean is the chairman of EAA’s Young Eagles program that takes kids for airplane rides. He has been named one of the 25 living legends of aviation and won numerous other awards. We are excited to see what he comes up with!

P-51B Mustang “Berlin Express” Will Return To The UK This July

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P-51B Mustang "Berlin Express" - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

Exciting news for airshow fans in Europe! The beautifully restored P-51B Mustang “Berlin Express” will be flown across the Atlantic this summer in order to perform at the 2017 Flying Legends airshow in Duxford on July 8th and 9th. “Berlin Express” was restored by the staff at Pacific Fighters in Idaho Falls, ID and returned to flight in November of 2014. She is based on the skeleton of P-51B 43-24837, which flew from the UK during the war. We caught her at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh in 2015, where she was a notable guest of the event.

From the Flying Legends performer page:
The restored fighter is based around the remains of P-51B 43-24837. This Mustang flew with the 9th Air Force’s 363rd Fighter Group out of RAF Staplehurst in Kent, England. It crashed in Beckley after the pilot was forced to bail out during a training exercise on June 10th, 1944. Sporting a “Malcolm Hood” canopy and wearing the markings for “Berlin Express”, Comanche Fighters newest Mustang is dressed exactly like the 357th Fighter Group Mustang which the legendary American ace Bill Overstreet flew under the Eiffel tower while successfully shooting down a Messerschmitt Me-109 in 1944.

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