Patrouille de France Officially Announces Airshow Schedule For 2017 North American Tour

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Patrouille de France
Photo Courtesy of the Patrouille de France

Although we first reported on it in November, the Patrouille de France officially announced their 2017 North American tour today and unveiled all of the stops on their schedule. See below for a full list of their appearances, which is translated and subject to change. The team also released the logo of their tour, which curiously mentions the US but not Canada.

Patrouille de France North American Tour Logo

The Patrouille de France is the French equivalent of the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds, and performs precision formation aerobatics using Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jets. Their aircraft will sport special paint schemes during the 2017 season to commemorate their tour, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I in France. According to their graphic, they will travel with ten Alpha Jets and one A-400M airlifter.

Will you see the Patrouille de France in 2017? Let us know! Post on the AirshowStuff Facebook page or on our forums, and make sure you share pictures after the show!

2017 North American Tour Appearance Schedule – Patrouille de France

March 19th: Arrive Bagotville, QC
March 25th: Statue of Liberty Flyby, New York
March 27th: Washington DC flyby and reception with French Ambassador

April 1st and 2nd: Melbourne Air Show, FL
April 3rd and 4th: Sun-n-Fun Airshow, Lakeland, FL
April 5th and 6th: Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of US entry into WW1, Kansas City, MO
April 7th-9th: Maxwell AFB Airshow, AL
April 10th-12th: Visit w/USN Blue Angels at NAS Pensacola, FL
April 12th: Flyby over Trescal Factory, Dallas, TX
April 12th: Refueling in Santa Fe, NM
April 13th: Grand Canyon, AZ Flyby/photoshoot
April 13th-16th: California Capitol Airshow, Sacramento & Golden Gate Bridge Flyby in San Francisco, CA
April 17th-18th: Visit w/USAF Thunderbirds at Nellis AFB, NV
April 19th: Refueling at Peterson AFB and USAF Academy Flyby, CO
April 19th: Refueling at Scott AFB, IL
April 20th-21st: VIP Event at Langley AFB, VA
April 22nd-23rd: Airshow at Stewart ANG Base, NY
April 28th-29th: NATO Tattoo in Norfolk, VA
April 30th: Wings Over Gatineau Airshow, Gatineau, QC

May 1st: Montreal, QC
May 2nd: Quebec City, QC
May 4th: Departure from Bagotville, QC

Patrouille de France 2017 North American Tour

Enjoy Nearly Six Hours Of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Action With This Mega-Compilation Video!

That’s right, our annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh mega-compilation video is up, and this year it is nearly six hours long! This video combines all of our ground footage from the show into one long masterpiece, sure to please any aviation fan. The videos are in roughly sequential order, so you start out with the chaos of mass aircraft arrivals on the Sunday before the show. As the week progresses you’ll see more arrivals, portions of the airshow, and then mass departures as everyone reluctantly bids Wittman Regional Airport farewell and heads home.

Airshow performances include the US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team, the USAF Heritage Flight, the US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet demonstration, the arrival of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, a Martin Mars water drop, the final Oshkosh appearance of USAF F-4 Phantom IIs, flybys from a USAF U-2 Dragon Lady, F-15 Eagle, and A-10 Warthogs, massive warbird formations and exciting flybys, the Tora! Tora! Tora! Pearl Harbor reenactment, the arrival and departure of a massive C-5M Super Galaxy, the Oshkosh seaplane base on Lake Winnebago, a maximum performance departure of the Cathay-Pacific 747-8 freighter “Hong Kong Trader”, and much more!

Find a comfortable chair and settle in to watch the video above! You can also view each video individually, as well as special on-board videos from the show, using our EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 video playlist. Enjoy!

The Best Of Military Aviation – January 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 January video, which you can watch below or view on Youtube: The Best Of Military Aviation – January 2017

A compilation of the best military aviation clips from January 2017. Featuring F-35 Lightning II night landings, A-29 Super Tucano cockpit footage, Red Flag 17-1, aerial refueling of F-16s, on board footage of the College Football Championship game flyover, 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!

Nalls Aviation (Sea Harrier) 2017 Airshow Schedule Released

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British Sea Harrier - Nalls Aviation

Were you bummed that the US Marine Corps has only four AV-8B Harrier demonstrations planned for 2017? Well, take a look at the list below because Art Nalls and his Nalls Aviation team will be bringing some Harrier action to at least seven airshows in 2017! Some of the shows will also feature the team’s black L-39 Albatros.

Will you see the Sea Harrier in 2017? Let us know! Post on our Facebook page and in our forums, and make sure you share pictures after the show!

2017 Appearance Schedule – Nalls Aviation Sea Harrier

April 1-2 – Melbourne, FL
April 8-9 – Lakeland, FL
May 6-7 – Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 13-14 – Pittsburgh, PA
June 24-25 – CFB Bagotville, QC
Sept 15-17 – Reading, PA
Oct 14th – Culpeper, VA

A few additional shows are pending – we will announce them once they are finalized.

Join The Conversation On The New AirshowStuff Forums

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Airshow Crowd

Today we are proud to launch the AirshowStuff Forums, an online community for airshow and aviation enthusiasts!

The forums are our answer to fans who want somewhere to post their photos, share some tips for attending their local airshow, or just to chat with other avgeeks. We have established areas to post performer schedules, discuss airshow news, share photography tips, and more. As with any forum, it will be a bit slow to start so we need you to join in the conversation and help get it going. Give it a look, register (for free) and let’s see what you’ve got to say!

2017 Patriots Jet Team Schedule Released

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The Patriots Jet Team
Photo courtesy of the Patriots Jet Team

The Patriots Jet Team has announced their 2017 airshow schedule! The civilian team is based on the West Coast of the United States and performs in up to six L-39 Albatros aircraft.

Will you see the Patriots in 2017? Let us know! Post on our Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

2017 Appearance Schedule – Patriots Jet Team

March 17-18: Yuma, Arizona — “MCAS Yuma Airshow”

May 20: Redlands, California — “Hangar 24 AirFest”

June 25: Sonoma, California — “NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350”

September 9-10: Sacramento, California — “California Capital Airshow”
September 18: Sonoma, California — “Verison IndyCar Series Finale”
September 23-24: San Diego, California — “MCAS Miramar Airshow”

October 7-9: San Francisco, California — “San Francisco Fleet Week”
October 21-22: San Bernardino, California — “SBD Fest”

US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier 2017 Demonstration Schedule Released

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US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier

Here is the 2017 airshow schedule for US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier demonstrations! Will you see one in 2017? Let us know! Post on the AirshowStuff Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

2017 Appearance Schedule – USMC AV-8B Harrier Demonstrations

May 20-21 – North Kingstown, RI
July 3 – Dubuque, IA
August 19-20 – Chicago, IL
September 13-17 – Reno, NV

The schedule originally included the show at Offutt AFB in Nebraska, but that event has been canceled in 2017. The Reno Air Races were later added as the fourth show.

Hat tip to our friends at ICAS for the info!

US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey 2017 Demonstration Schedule Released

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US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey

Here is the 2017 airshow schedule for US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey demonstrations! Will you see one in 2017? Let us know! Post on the AirshowStuff Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

2017 Appearance Schedule – USMC MV-22 Opsrey Demonstrations

April 1-2 – NAS Corpus Christi, TX
May 27-28 – Miami, FL
June 17-18 – Ocean City, MD
Sept 30-Oct 1 – Grand Junction, CO

Hat tip to our friends at ICAS for the info!

A-10 Warthog To Participate In 2017 Heritage Flights

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A-10 Warthog Strafing Run - Hawgsmoke 2016 - Davis-Monthan AFB

Big news for all A-10 Warthog fans! Air Combat Command has announced that the A-10, officially known as the Thunderbolt II, will participate in US Air Force Heritage Flights during the 2017 season. It will not perform any aerobatic demonstrations, but may be able to perform a three pass “mini-demo” at each of the expected 20 show sites. The move will allow the Air Force to reach smaller airshows that cannot support the faster jet aircraft.

This is welcome news for fans of the popular A-10, who are eager to see the legendary “tank buster” aircraft at airshows. Two demonstration teams performed in the aircraft until 2012, when they flew only Heritage Flights. They have not performed since the 2013 sequestration budget cuts, and the Air Force even pushed to retire the entire A-10 fleet from service to meet its budget obligations.

There is hope for the future, however, as the F-16 Fighting Falcon “Viper East” team was also restarted by first performing only Heritage Flights. We could very well see Hogs soaring above in the coming years!

Thunder Over Michigan 2017 To Host North American Airshow Debut Of German A400M Atlas

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Airbus A400M Atlas
Photo courtesy of Airbus

Fans at Thunder Over Michigan will have a special opportunity to see Europe’s newest cargo aircraft this summer. The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) will be bringing an Airbus A400M Atlas in for static display at the show. It will be the first North American airshow appearance for the aircraft, which has been in service since only 2014. The show has hosted a German C-160 Transall, which is being replaced by the A400M, in the past.

Thunder Over Michigan is an annual airshow organized to support the Yankee Air Museum. It is held at Willow Run airport near Detroit, MI, and typically boasts one of the strongest warbird lineups in the country. This year’s show will be held on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4, and will feature the US Navy Blue Angels as the headline act. Warbirds and other performers are still in the works.

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