Avalon Airshow Rumored to Feature F-22 Demo

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F-22 Avalon AirshowAustralian Aviation, Australia’s largest selling and most authoritative aviation magazine is reporting that show organizers with the Avalon Airshow say the event will host the F-22 Raptor Demo in 2015. The Avalon Airshow is scheduled to be held Feb 27th through March 1st, 2015. The theme will pay tribute to Anzac and the heroes of military aviation.

The F-22 Raptor Demo Team has performed at Avalon in the past, most recently in 2013. The team, based at Langley AFB in Hampton, VA shows off the capabilities of the USAF’s most advanced fighter jet, the F-22 Raptor, in a tactical demonstration. Capt. John “Taboo” Cummings is the 2015 F-22 Demo Pilot.

The F-22 Raptor Demo Team schedule should be released by ACC in early 2015.

Raptors in Green Bay: the Packers Veteran’s Day Flyover

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F-22 Raptors in Green Bay

On November 14, 2014, four F-22 Raptors from Langley Air Force Base flew into Austin Straubel International Airport for the flyover of the Green Bay Packers versus the Philadelphia Eagles that following Sunday. With the restrictions on military flyovers being somewhat lifted, military aircraft have been flying over stadiums more frequently in the past few weeks. On the Sunday afternoon, approximately two hours before kickoff, business jets from around the country were flying into Green Bay carrying VIPs anxious to watch the football game. The ramp was full of parked King Airs and Gulfstreams, but four imposing F-22s sat front and center in a coned off section of ramp.

F-22 Raptors in Green Bay

While arriving guests checked in at the front desk of the FBO, the two flyover Raptor pilots geared up on a couch in the lounge. Ground crew also walked in and out, grabbed gear from a pile of rucksacks in the corner of the room. Many visiting pilots stopped to chat about the jets. About an hour before kickoff, the pilots and crew gathered at their jets. The famous Green Bay weather was brisk, with a strong wind making it feel even colder. One of the jets howled to life quickly, but the other coughed and sputtered and refused to get going. Luckily the pilot was able to slide into one of the other jets and start it up.

F-22 Raptors in Green Bay
F-22 Raptors in Green BayF-22 Raptors in Green Bay
Once they warmed up, they taxied out, gave the onlookers a wave, and proceeded to the runway. With a deafening full afterburner takeoff, they were airborne very quickly. Feeling the power of an F-22 Raptor taking off is an absolute treat.

F-22 Raptors in Green Bay

F-22 Raptors in Green BayF-22 Raptors in Green Bay
The stadium is only a few miles from the airport, and while we were able to see fireworks for the national anthem we didn’t see the jets go over. Low overcast may have prevented the flyover from happening, but they soon returned with a break to land over the airport and landed. The pilots got out, gave each other a high five, returned to the lobby, and grabbed a ride to the stadium. After all, even the pilots want to see the Packers!

F-22 Raptors in Green Bay

2014 MCAS Miramar Air Show – A Beginning and an End

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Excitement is building for the MCAS Miramar Air Show this weekend near San Diego, and two items have come to light as to why this year’s show will be extra special.

Photo Courtesy US Marine Corps
Photo Courtesy US Marine Corps

F-35B JSF Demonstration
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, also named the Lightning II, will perform at the show today, Saturday, and Sunday. This will be the Miramar debut of the Marine Corps version of the US military’s latest aircraft. The Marine version, designated F-35B, is the only of the three F-35 models able to take off and land vertically. The F-35A will be delivered to the US Air Force and the larger F-35C will see service with the US Navy. The demonstration will be performed by VMFA-121, based at MCAS Yuma in Arizona.

USMC CH-46 Sea Knight Helicopter

CH-46 Sea Knight’s Curtain Call
As the F-35 makes its first few performances, the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter will be performing its last. As detailed on AirWingMedia.com, this weekend’s show will be the final air show performance for this workhorse chopper. The CH-46 is being phased out and replaced by the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft after more than 50 years of service.

With so much history taking place this weekend, be sure your camera batteries are charged if you’re heading to the show. You won’t want to miss it! As always, we love to see fan shots posted to our Facebook page as well!

USAF to Resume Flyovers at Special Events

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military flyoversThe United States Air Force announced today that they will resume flyovers at select major sporting events in October.

Back in March 2013, Sequestration grounded all flyovers and airshow demonstrations. In September of last year, airshow performances by the USAF Thunderbirds and F-22 Raptor were approved for 2014, but the Air Force outreach budget was cut about 45% overall. This limited any flyovers. In the past, over 1,000 events nationwide had flyovers.

Chief of Civic Engagement for Air Force public affairs says: “The Air Force does not yet have fiscal 2015 guidance from the Defense Department for its flyovers, so the service must abide by fiscal 2014 guidance that requires the service to request an exception from the Defense Department for flyovers.” 

Judging by this statement, it seems that while some flyovers will resume, there won’t be many of them and it’s not back to the old days. However, it’s nice to see flyovers resume to some degree!

The following events will have a flyover from the USAF:

  • Oct. 3 Major League Baseball playoff game between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants
  • Oct. 4 Air Force Academy game against the Naval Academy
  • Oct. 11 NASCAR Bank of America 500 in Charlotte,NC
  • Oct. 18 Air Force Academy game against New Mexico

Information from the Air Force Times contributed to this blog post. 

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