Road Work Forces Deke Slayton Airfest (La Crosse, WI) To Postpone Airshow Until 2017

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The airshow cancellations just keep on coming. The latest show to cancel their 2015 effort is the Deke Slayton Airfest in La Crosse, WI, which was scheduled for the weekend of August 8-9. Organizers announced yesterday (just hours after the Wings Over Wasaga cancellation) that the show will not be happening this year due to… Read more

Thunder Over Louisville Aerobatic Restrictions May Be Permanent

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More information has come out regarding the recent announcement that the Thunder Over Louisville airshow will be operating under severely restricted rules for aerobatic performances this year, and it does not sound good for airshow fans. The problem, which we covered last week, is that the FAA has denied the proposed 12,000 foot-long aerobatic box… Read more

CF-18 Hornet Demo Team Unveils Amazing Battle of Britain Paint Scheme For 2015

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Every year, the Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet demonstration aircraft features a new and unique paint scheme with a special meaning behind it. The colorful and symbolic designs are an immensely pleasant departure from the typical shades of gray, and airshow fans look forward to the new scheme being unveiled before each season. This year the… Read more

[UPDATED] Thunder Over Louisville Announces Lineup – USAF Thunderbirds and Super Hornet No Longer Performing

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UPDATE [2:47pm]: We are hearing reports that more restrictions have been imposed on the performers than previously announced. Rumor has it that acts such as the T-33 Shooting Star (“Ace Maker”) and F-86 Sabre will also be restricted to non-aerobatic maneuvers. We will update further as we learn more. ORIGINAL POST: Thunder Over Louisville announced… Read more

FW-190 Suffers Landing Mishap in New Zealand – No Injuries Reported

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No one was injured when a Focke Wulf FW-190 had a landing incident in New Zealand today. Pilot Frank Parker was landing the German WWII fighter on a grass runway when one of the wheel brakes failed and the aircraft was thrown into a violent ground loop. The flight was in preparation for the Classic… Read more

Canadian Forces Snowbirds Add Four New Dates to 2015 Schedule

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Recently the Snowbirds have announced four additions to their 2015 schedule. We already reported on the cancellation of the show in Waterloo, ON and subsequent announcement that the Snowbirds will be performing in Evansville, IN that weekend instead. In addition to that change, the team has added performances in Winston-Salem, NC on May 13th, Saint-Isidore,… Read more

US Navy: Blue Angels Will Transition To Unmanned Aircraft Next Year

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In a surprise announcement today, the US Navy announced that the Blue Angels will transition from their current F-18 Hornets to unmanned F-47 aircraft for their next airshow season. The team will still fly a full ‘delta’ aerobatic routine, including tight formations, using six of the cutting edge drones. The only difference is that the… Read more

Vectren Shrinersfest (Evansville, IN) Adds Canadian Snowbirds to Lineup

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The Vectren Shrinersfest made a huge announcement for Midwestern airshow fans this morning; the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will now be appearing in addition to the previously scheduled Blue Angels. Shrinersfest will take the place of the Waterloo Airshow, which canceled earlier this month, on the Snowbirds’ schedule. Shrinersfest faced some challenges itself this year; in… Read more

B-52 Stratofortress to Attend EAA AirVenture 2015

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The Experimental Aircraft Association announced today that for the first time ever, a USAF B-52 Stratofortress bomber will be on static display throughout the week long AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh this July. In the announcement, EAA pointed out that although B-52s have performed flybys during past AirVentures, none has ever landed to be put on… Read more