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!

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!

Pilot Killed When Thai Gripen Crashes At Airshow For Children

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Royal Thai Air Force Gripen
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Royal Thai Air Force Squadron Leader Dilokrit Pattavee was killed today when his Saab JAS 35 Gripen impacted the ground following a flyby at Hat Yai in Songkhla Province, Thailand during a Children’s Day celebration. The aircraft appeared to lose control during a maneuver and flew into the ground away from spectators.

The Ministry of Defense is investigating the incident. Both Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-ocha and the RTAF Air Chief Marshal Jom Roongsawang have expressed condolences to the pilot’s family.

The airport was closed following the incident, diverting flights to Krabi airport with outbound flights delayed.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Sqn. Ldr. Dilokrit Pattavee.

The Best Of Military Aviation – December 2016

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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 December video, which you can watch below or view on Youtube: The Best Of Military Aviation – December 2016

A compilation of the best military aviation clips from December 2016. Featuring the Checkered Flag exercises, AV-8B Harrier carrier operations, aerial refueling of F-16s and F-15s, 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!

The Best Of Military Aviation – November 2016

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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 November video, which you can watch below or view on Youtube: The Best Of Military Aviation – November 2016

A compilation of the best military aviation clips from November 2016. Featuring Cope West exercises, F-16 Fighting Falcons, A-10 Warthog day and night aerial refueling, F-35 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!

Stunning 2017 CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team Paint Scheme Unveiled

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Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team - 2017 "Canada 150" Paint Scheme

The special paint scheme for the 2017 CF-18 Hornet demonstration aircraft has been unveiled! The scheme was presented today at the ICAS convention in Las Vegas. The stunning design celebrates the Canada’s 150th anniversary with the national colors, red and white, and several versions of the famed maple leaf symbol. The unveiling follows the announcement of the 2017 CF-18 airshow schedule yesterday.

Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team - 2017 "Canada 150" Paint Scheme

Each year, the dedicated demonstration aircraft gets a special paint scheme for the airshow season. The 2016 aircraft was painted black and yellow in honor of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and in 2015 the aircraft was painted in camouflage to commemorate the Battle of Britain in World War II.

CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team 2015CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team 2014

Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team 2017 Schedule Released

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Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team

Here is the 2017 airshow schedule for the Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team! Will you see the Hornet in 2017? Let us know! Post on the AirshowStuff Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

2017 Appearance Schedule – Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demo Team

April 29-30th: Lake City, FL

May 6-7: McEntire ANGB, SC
May 13-14: Montreal, QC
May 20-21: Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
May 27-28: Windsor, ON

June 3-4: TBD
June 10-11: Dundurn, SK
June 16-17: North Bay, ON
June 24-25: Bagotville, QC
June 28: Barrie, ON
June 30: Gatineau, QC Show moved to April 30

July 1: Ottawa, ON
July 8: TBD
July 9: Yellowknife, NWT
July 15-16: Lethbridge, AB
July 19: Grand Forks, BC
July 22-23: Fort St. John, BC
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: Riviere du Loop, QC
August 26-27: Greenwood, NS
August 30: Brantford, ON

Sept 2-4: Toronto, ON
Sept 9-10: Kingston, ON
Sept 16: Bromont, QC
Sept 17: TBD
Sept 23-24: London, ON
Sept 30-Oct 1: Grand Junction, CO

Oct 7-8: Minden, NV
Oct 14-15: Atlanta, GA

Details Of The F-4 Phantom Phinale – Final Flight And Retirement Ceremony Date Set

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QF-4 Phantom II - Aviation Nation Airshow 2016 - Nellis AFB

We’ve been talking about it nearly all year, and now the details of the F-4 Phantom II’s final flight in US military service are being made public. Holloman AFB, where the remaining F-4s of the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron (Det 1) reside, has announced that they will fly for the last time on December 21st, 2016. Luckily, the ceremony will be open to members of the public who wish to see this legendary fighter roar into the skies one last time.

Details from the announcement:
8 am – La Luz Gate** opens to attendees (attendees will be directed to designated parking areas and then bused to the event)
8 am – Community expo opens to include static aircraft such as the QF-4 and QF-16
10 am – F-4 Phantom II takeoff and final flight (tentative)
11:30 am-12 pm – F-4 Phantom II retirement ceremony
1 pm – Event conclusion

**The La Luz gate is the only gate open for non-DOD cardholders and public access.

We are working on getting details about the actual flying, but previous discussions of the event have included talk of a four-ship formation as well as supersonic passes. It seems likely that other units at the base will be conducting flight operations during the open house, so there may be some bonus action to see.

It’s important to note that attendees must RSVP with the 49th Wing Public Affairs office by calling 575-572-7381 or by emailing 49wg.paoffice@us.af.mil. RSVPs may be accepted through their Facebook page as well. Also, large bags and containers will be prohibited due to security concerns. No word yet on what constitutes a ‘large’ bag, but plan accordingly.

Further updates will be posted to the event Facebook page.

See also:
Mighty F-4 Phantoms To Roar Into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
Just FIVE Public Appearances Remain For USAF F-4 Phantoms, Including Final Flight Event In December
QF-4 Phantoms To Perform Flyover At Sunday’s NASCAR Race in Texas
Phantom Finale: The Last Remaining USAF F-4 Pilot On The End Of A Legend

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