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!

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!

US Navy Blue Angels To Headline EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 With Full Aerobatic Performances

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US Navy Blue Angels

The famous US Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team will headline EAA AirVenture for the first time this July. Although the show was previously listed on the preliminary 2017 schedule released last year, it was confirmed earlier this week when the updated 2017 Blue Angel schedule was announced.

The team has sent jets to AirVenture in the past, but it has never performed a full demonstration due to airspace limitations. In 2014, the show made special arrangements for a full-sized aerobatic box and hosted the US Air Force Thunderbirds. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds performed their full routine in 2016.

In order to establish the sterile aerobatic box, the crowd line is temporarily relocated further from the runway. Unfortunately this leaves numerous aircraft and structures in front of the crowd to block the view, and can create a dangerous stampede when the crowd is released to rush forward.

The event runs from Monday, July 24th through Sunday, July 30th at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI. The team is only scheduled to perform on the final Saturday and Sunday, but typically runs through a full routine as practice on the Thursday and Friday before a show. Any aerobatic practice would require the modified crowd line.

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

USAF Thunderbirds 2017/2018 Airshow Schedule Released

US Air Force Thunderbirds

Here is the 2017/2018 airshow schedule for the United States Air Force Thunderbirds! Will you see them in 2017? Let us know! Post on the AirshowStuff Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

2017 Appearance Schedule – USAF Thunderbirds
Updated 2/18/17 – Latest updates in bold.

February 5: Houston, Texas – Super Bowl LI Flyover
February 26: Daytona Beach, Florida – Daytona 500 Flyover

March 11-12: Titusville, Florida – “TICO Warbird Air Show”
March 18-19: Waco, Texas – “Heart of Texas Air Show”
March 25-26: Lancaster, California – “Los Angeles Air Show”

April 1-2: Melbourne, Florida – “Melbourne Air & Space Show”
April 8: Maxwell AFB, Alabama – “Maxwell AFB Gathering of Eagles”
April 22-23: Tyndall AFB, Florida – “Gulf Coast Salute”
April 29-30: Lake Charles, Louisiana – “Chennault International Air Show”

May 6-7: Travis AFB, California – “Travis AFB Open House”
May 13-14: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – “Wings Over Pittsburgh”
May 20-21: Tinker AFB, Oklahoma – “Star Spangled Salute Air Show”
May 24: USAF Academy, Colorado
May 27-28: Wantagh, New York – “Bethpage New York Air Show”

June 3-4: Rockford, Illinois – “Rockford Air Show” (Canceled – date now open)
June 10-11: Scott AFB, Illinois – “Scott AFB Air Show & Open House”
June 17-18: Youngstown ANG, Ohio – “Thunder Over the Valley Air Show”
June 24-25: Dayton, Ohio – “Vectren Dayton Air Show”

July 1-2: Traverse City, Michigan – “National Cherry Festival Airshow”
July 8-9: Gary, Indiana – “Gary Air Show”
July 14-16: RAF Fairford, UK – “Royal International Air Tattoo”
July 22-23: Great Falls, Montana – “Flight Over the Falls”
July 26: Cheyenne, Wyoming – “Frontier Days Air Show”
July 29-30: Fairchild AFB, Washington – “Inland Northwest Skyfest”

August 12-13: Westfield ANGB, Massachusetts – “Westfield Air Show”
August 19-20: Selfridge ANGB, Michigan – “Selfridge ANGB Air Show/Open House”
August 23: Atlantic City, New Jersey – “Thunder Over the Boardwalk”
August 26-27: Dover AFB, Deleware – “Dover AFB Open House/Air Show”

September 2-4: Cleveland, Ohio – “Cleveland National Air Show”
September 9-10: Altus AFB, Oklahoma – “Altus AFB Air Show”
September 16-17: JB Andrews, Maryland – “JB Andrews Air Show”
September 23-24: Colorado Springs, Colorado – “Pikes Peak Regional Airshow”
September 30-Oct 1: Grand Junction, Colorado – “Grand Junction Air Show”

October 7-8: Minden, Nevada – “Minden-Tahoe Air Show”
October 14-15: Boise, Idaho – “Gowen Thunder Airshow”
October 21-22: Houston, Texas – “Wings Over Houston Air Show”
October 28-29: Moody AFB, Georgia – “Moody AFB Community Appreciation Day”

November 4-5: JB Lackland-Kelly, Texas – “JB Lackland-Kelly AFB”
November 11-12: Nellis AFB, Nevada – “Aviation Nation Open House”

2018 Appearance Schedule – USAF Thunderbirds

February 25: Daytona Beach, Florida – Daytona 500 Flyover

March 10-11: Open
March 17-18: Melbourne, Florida – “Melbourne Air & Space Show”
March 24-25: Dobbins ARB, Georgia – “Dobbins Air Reserve Base”

April 7-8: March ARB, California – “March Field Airfest”
April 14-15: Lakeland, Florida – “Sun-N-Fun Fly-In Expo”
April 21-22: Columbus AFB, Mississippi – “Wings over Columbus”
April 28: JB Charleston, South Carolina – “Joint Base Charleston Air Show”

May 5-6: Fort Lauderdale, Florida – “Fort Lauderdale Air Show”
May 12-13: Laughlin AFB, Texas – “Laughlin AFB Open House
May 19-20: Langley AFB, Virginia – “Airpower Over Hampton Roads”
May 26-27: Cannon AFB, New Mexico – “Cannon AFB Air Show Air Commandos on the High Plains”
May 31: USAF Academy, Colorado

June 2-3: Mountain Home AFB, Idaho – “Gunfighter Skies”
June 9-10: Niagara Falls, New York – “Thunder Over Niagara Military Air Show”
June 16-17: Ocean City, Maryland – “OC Air Show”
June 23-24: Hill AFB, Utah – “Warriors Over the Wasatch”
June 30-1 July: JB Elmendorf, Alaska – “Arctic Thunder Open House”

July 7-8: Duluth, Minnesota – “Duluth Air Show”
July 14-15: Westover ARB, Massachusetts – “Great New England Air Show and Open House”
July 21-22: Milwaukee, Wisconsin – “Milwaukee Air & Water Show”
July 25: Cheyenne, Wyoming – “Frontier Days Air Show”
July 28-29: Latrobe, Pennsylvania – “Westmoreland County Air Show”

August 4: Minot AFB, North Dakota – “Minot AFB”
August 18-19: Chicago, Illinois – “60th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show”
August 22: Atlantic City, New Jersey – “Thunder Over the Boardwalk”
August 25-26: Ypsilanti, Michigan – “Thunder Over Michigan Air Show”

September 1-3: Toronto, Canada – “Canadian International Air Show”
September 8-9: McConnell AFB, Kansas – “McConnell Open House”
September 12: Reno, Nevada – “National Championship Air Races”
September 15-16: Mather, California – “California Capital Air Show”
September 22-23: New Windsor, New York – “New York Air Show”
September 29-30: Salinas, California – “California International Airshow”

October 6-7: Baltimore, Maryland – “Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore”
October 13-14: Fort Worth, Texas – “Fort Worth Alliance Air Show”
October 20-21: Huntington Beach, California – “Huntington Beach”
October 27-28: Little Rock AFB, Arkansas – “Little Rock AFB”

November 3-4: Homestead ARB, Florida – “Wings Over Homestead ARB”
November 10-11: Nellis AFB, Nevada – “Aviation Nation Open House”

US Navy Blue Angels 2017/2018 Airshow Schedules Released

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US Navy Blue Angels

Here is the 2017/2018 airshow schedule for the United States Navy Blue Angels! Will you see them in 2017? Let us know! Post on the AirshowStuff Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

2017 Appearance Schedule – US Navy Blue Angels

March 11: El Centro, CA
March 18-19: China Lake, CA
March 25-26: Brunswick, GA

April 1-2: NAS Corpus Christi, TX
April 8-9: Lakeland, FL
April 22-23: NAS New Orleans, LA
April 29-30: MCAS Beaufort, SC

May 6-7: Barksdale AFB, LA
May 13-14: Millington, TN
May 20-21: Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
May 24-26: Annapolis, MD
May 27-28: Millville, NJ

June 3-4: Duluth, MN
June 17-18: Ocean City, MD
June 24-25: Latrobe, PA

July 1-3: OPEN
July 8: Pensacola Beach, FL
July 15-16: Milwaukee, WI
July 22-23: Idaho Falls, ID
July 29-30: Oshkosh, WI

August 5-6: Seattle, WA
August 19-20: Chicago, IL
August 26-27: Brunswick, ME

September 2-3: Ypsilanti, MI
September 9-10: Lincoln, AL
September 16-17: NAS Oceana, VA
September 23-24: MCAS Miramar CA
September 30-Oct. 1: Huntington Beach, CA

October 7-8: San Francisco, CA
October 21-22: Rome, GA
October 28-29: Fort Worth, TX

November 4-5: NAS Jacksonville, FL
November 11-12: NAS Pensacola, FL

Preliminary 2018 Appearance Schedule – US Navy Blue Angels

March 10: El Centro, CA
March 17-18: Tuscon, AZ
March 24-25: NAS Kingsville, TX

April 7-8: Waco, TX
April 14-15: Tuscaloosa, AL
April 21-22: Vero Beach, FL
April 28-29: Homestead, FL

May 5-6: MCAS Cherry Point, NC
May 12-13: Tampa, FL
May 23-25: Annapolis, MD
May 26-27: Wantagh (Jones Beach), NY

June 2-3: Patuxent River, MD
June 9-10: North Kingstown, RI
June 16-17: Eau Claire, WI
June 23-24: Dayton, OH
June 30-July 1: Traverse City, MI

July 14-15: Pensacola Beach, FL
July 21-22: Biloxi, MS
July 28-29: Fargo, ND

Aug 4-5: Seattle, WA
Aug 11-12: Abbotsford, BC
Aug 18-19: Terre Haute, IN
Aug 25-26: St Joseph, MO

Sept 1-3: Cleveland, OH
Sept 15-16: Owensboro, KY
Sept 22-23: NAS Oceana, VA
Sept 29-30: San Diego, CA

Oct 6-7: San Francisco, CA
Oct 13-14: Phoenix Speedway, Avondale, AZ
Oct 20-21: Houston, TX
Oct 27-28: NAS Jacksonville ,FL

Nov 2-3: NAS Pensacola, FL

Canadian Forces Snowbirds 2017 Airshow Schedule Released

Canadian Forces Snowbirds

Here is the 2017 airshow schedule for the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds! Will you see them 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 Snowbirds

Updated 2/19/17 – Added several shows, removed Rocky Mountain House, BC

April 30: Gatineau, QC

May 3: Winston-Salem, NC, USA
May 6-7: Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
May 13-14: Montreal, QC
May 17: Rochester, NY, USA
May 20-21: North Kingstown, RI, USA
May 24: Fort Erie, ON
May 27-28: Windsor, ON
May 31: Whiteman, MO, USA

June 3-4: Duluth, MN, USA
June 10-11: Dundurn, SK
June 14: Gaylord, MI, USA
June 16-17: North Bay, ON
June 21: Walkerton, ON
June 24-25: Bagotville, QC
June 28: Barrie, ON

July 1: Parliament Hill, Ottawa, ON**
July 12: Shoal Lake, MB
July 15-16: Lethbridge, AB
July 19: Grand Forks, BC
July 22-23: Fort St. John, BC
July 26: TBA
July 29-30: Springbank, AB

August 5-6: Quesnel, BC
August 9: Penticton, BC
August 12-13: Abbotsford, BC
August 16: Whiterock, BC
August 19-20: Edmonton, AB
August 26-27: Greenwood, NS
August 30: Brantford, ON

September 2-4: Toronto, ON
September 5: Whitby, ON
September 9-10: Kingston, ON
September 16: Bromont, QC
September 17: Ottawa, ON – Battle of Britain Commemoration **
September 20: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
September 23-24: London, ON
September 24: Toronto, ON – Invictus Games **
September 30-Oct 1: Huntington Beach, CA, USA

October 7-8: San Francisco, CA, USA
October 14-15: Boise, ID, USA

*non-aerobatic display
**fly-past

Patrouille de France To Perform In The United States In 2017

Patrouille de France in the United States
The Patrouille de France, France’s aerobatic jet team and equivalent to the US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds, will perform in the United States in early 2017. Plans are currently in place for only one or two shows, though we certainly hope more are added.

As of now, the only confirmed show for the team will be the Melbourne Air and Space Show, April 1-2nd 2017 at the Melbourne International Airport in Florida. We have heard rumors of a planned show in the central United States, but as of the writing of this post, AirshowStuff has not confirmed that rumor.

The team performs with eight Alpha Jets, a light attack and advanced trainer aircraft co-manufactured by Dassault Aviation of France and Dornier Flugzeugwerke of Germany. Their display involves both formation and solo maneuvers. Based at Salon Air Force Base in France, the team utilizes red, white and blue smoke in their 30 minute show.

The last time the team performed publicly in the United States was 1986, when they flew over New York City and then performed at Coney Island. In 2009, the team performed a flyover of the Yorktown Battlefield Monument in Yorktown, VA to commemorate the Battle of Yorktown anniversary. They also performed at an airshow in Quebec, Canada during that tour, but did not stop at any US airshows.

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

Bob Hoover Remembered With Celebration Of Life Ceremony, Triple Flyover

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R. A. "Bob" Hoover
Source: AOPA

Aviation lost one of its greats one month ago, when R.A. “Bob” Hoover passed away at the age of 94. Bob was without a doubt one of the most legendary pilots to have graced the skies. His exploits in World War II would have been enough for most pilots, but his real fame was gained following the war when he flew as a test pilot and airshow demonstration pilot. He was also an incredible human being who was renowned for his story-telling, energy, and kindness.

True to his form, the aviation community came together a few weeks after his death to celebrate his life, which a star-studded event at Van Nuys airport. Numerous speakers, many aviation legends themselves, took to the stage to share their stories of Bob and his accomplishments. The event eventually moved outside, where a military honor guard fired a gun salute and played taps as three formation of aircraft roared overhead. The first formation was led by a T-39 Sabreliner, one of the many aircraft types that will forever be linked to Hoover. It was joined by two F-16s from the US Air Force Thunderbirds and a CT-114 Tutor from the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. The second formation saw an F-22 Raptor lead a pair of F-86 Sabres, a type that Bob test flew during his career. The final formation had four warbirds; a P-40 Warhawk, an F6F Hellcat, a Spitfire, and perhaps Bob’s most famous airplane, his P-51 Mustang “Ole Yeller”. In a fitting tribute, “Ole Yeller” performed the missing man pull out of the formation as the last notes of taps faded away.

Fortunately, Bob was the subject of many documentaries and interviews during his time with us, and generations to come will have many recordings to hear his wisdom through. Although Bob is gone, he will continue to touch the lives of aviators for a long, long time.

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