Kyle Franklin Flies It Like He Stole It, Collects Bill Barber Award At EAA AirVenture 2017

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Kyle Franklin Awarded Bill Barber Award for Showmanship

Second generation airshow pilot Kyle Franklin was awarded the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship during an annual ceremony on Tuesday evening of EAA AirVenture 2017 in Oshkosh, WI.

The Bill Barber Award for Showmanship began in 1986, and is awarded to air show performers or teams that have demonstrated great skill and showmanship. World Airshow News magazine and the friends and family of the late Bill Barber present the award annually.

Kyle is now in his 20th year of performing in airshows. He got his start in the industry by wingwalking on his late father’s Waco biplane at age 17 – the youngest ever. He’s also known for being the first jet biplane wingwalker, creating his popular pirate-themed act “Pirated Skies,” and performing the motorcycle to airplane transfer act.

Today, Franklin flies his popular “Dracula” biplane performances and Super Cub comedy act at airshows across the nation. He performed his “stolen” Cub act twice during the week at AirVenture, and took one of our cameras along for a harrowing ride on Tuesday. Thanks to Chris Desmond for the help with the footage!

We also filmed Kyle’s act from the ground, where you can really see how much skill he has as he throws the aircraft all over the sky (and sometimes the ground) while remaining in complete control.

While accepting the award, Kyle remembered those who he grew up with in the airshow industry, including his parents and his late wife Amanda Franklin, and thanked them for their help in getting him to where he is today.

Kyle joins his father, Jimmy Franklin who was awarded with the award in 1989. Kyle and Jimmy are the second father and son to receive the Bill Barber Award. Bobby Younkin (2004) and his son Matt (2012) were the first.

Congrats Kyle!

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

A compilation of the best military aviation clips from July 2017. Featuring A-10 Warthog live fire training, F-15 Eagle cockpit footage, aerial refueling of a B-1B Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress, aircraft carrier operations aboard the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz, mass helicopter 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!

Video credits:
Staff Sgt. John Raven – U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs
Cpl. Austin Lewis – 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Combat Camera
Airman 1st Class Phillip M Guadiana-Gomez – 36th Wing Public Affairs
Sgt. Jorge Higuera and Spc. Bradey Pettit – 122nd Public Affairs Operations Center
Lance Cpl. Danielle Mills – 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Combat Camera
Lance Cpl. Jonathon Wiederhold – 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Combat Camera
Sgt. Brad Mincey – 108th Public Affairs Detachment
Senior Airman Joshua DeGuzman – Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Public Affairs
Charles Rosemond – Training Support Activity Europe
Airman 1st Class Alexandra West – 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Airman Shawna Keyes – 4th Fighter Wing, Air Combat Command
Staff Sgt. Tom Conning – 122nd Public Affairs Operations Center
Senior Airman Mychal Fox and William Lewis – 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Tech. Sgt. Jason Van Mourik – 173rd Fighter Wing/Public Affairs
Airman 1st Class Julian Kemper – 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Airman 1st Class Christina Ensley – 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Sgt. Austin Majors – 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Petty Officer 1st Class Jose Hernandez – USS NIMITZ
Staff Sgt. John Raven – U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs
Staff Sgt. Michael Kantack – Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
Airman Audra Young – Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
Lance Cpl. Austin Weck – III Marine Expeditionary Force Combat Camera

Blue Angels Rock Oshkosh, Discuss Super Hornet Transition Plans

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Blue Angels Fly at Oshkosh for the First Time

Oshkosh always has an award winning lineup and many highlights through the week. This year – the show was home to another first.

For the first time ever, the United States Navy Blue Angels flew a full demonstration in the skies over Oshkosh.

The team arrived Wednesday afternoon during the afternoon airshow, announcing their presence with a perfectly-timed (of course) flyby at the end of the national anthem. Only five jets arrived initially, with #3 arriving several hours later and #7 coming in separately after that.

On Thursday, the diamond pilots performed their circle and arrival maneuvers, where they pick out landmarks to use as they fly. They were supposed to do this during the daily airshow, but the aircraft had a small mishap while taxiing out in the interest of safety they canceled. They were able to reschedule for 8pm, after the airport is normally closed. Two jets took off and completed the necessary maneuvers just in time. Fans who stayed noted the rare chance to see the Blues jets with afterburner glow and lights on. The solo pilots performed their circle and arrival flight on Friday morning.

Noticeably absent from the show was the Blue Angels’ famous blue and gold C-130 Hercules, Fat Albert. In the wake of the crash of a USMC C-130T that killed 16 servicemembers, the USMC ordered a safety stand down of all C-130Ts, including Fat Albert. Bert was not only unable to perform, she never even made it to Oshkosh. Instead, the team relied on a Navy C-40 Clipper, the military version of the Boeing 737-700C, to bring in their maintenance crew and some equipment.

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The Blue Angels also participated in a popular Theater in the Woods event on Friday, July 28th. During this appearance, they spoke about being on the team and took questions from the audience. A couple of the questions were particularly interesting; when asked about female Blue Angel pilots in the future, Blue Angel #1 revealed that there have been no female F/A-18 applicants for the past two recruitment cycles. The team has never had a female fly as a Hornet demonstration pilot.

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The transition to the Super Hornet was also discussed. Currently, the team is in their 30th year of flying the Boeing F/A-18 Legacy Hornet. Despite internet rumors of a switch to the Super Hornet in September of this year or at the beginning of the 2018 season, the team plans to continue flying their Hornets for now. In fact, they are currently inducting three “new” Hornets into the squadron.

The target date for transitioning to the Super Hornet is not until 2019, and it was quickly pointed out that it could slip beyond that. There are several Super Hornets already set aside for the team, but they will need to be modified and tested before the pilots can begin training. One step in the right direction was mentioned; apparently a couple (now previous) Blue Angel pilots have already flown the current flight demonstration profile in the Super Hornet simulator and the results seemed positive. Hang in there Rhino fans!

Didn’t get a chance to see the Blue Angels at Oshkosh in person? No worries! We’ve got you covered with a video of their entire Friday performance!

WATCH: Two B-29 Superfortresses Flying Together For The First Time In Decades!

Double Trouble!

What’s better than a flyover from a B-29 Superfortress? The obvious answer is flyovers from TWO B-29 Superfortresses! AirVenture 2017 was an exciting week for many reasons, but this just may be the best reason of all. For the first time since 1960, there were two airworthy B-29 Superfortresses sharing the skies, and the AirshowStuff.com crew was there to capture this historic moment.

Although “Fifi” has ruled the airshow circuit as the only flyable B-29 for years, “Doc” became airworthy in 2016 and completed test flights in 2017. Attention immediately turned to the first time these aircraft would meet each other, and there was little doubt it’d be in Oshkosh. The two ultra-rare warbirds flew together several times during the week, ultimately flying in close formation together along with numerous other historical and modern bombers for an absolutely astonishing joint flyby!

Be sure to subscribe to the AirshowStuffVideos channel on YouTube for more great videos.

-Justin Miner

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WATCH: B-1B Lancer Oshkosh Arrival And Flybys

The Bone Enters With Authority!

With the focus on bombers at this year’s AirVenture, the Rockwell B-1B Lancer was a hit with airshow spectators. Nicknamed the “Bone”, the B-1B is an awesome sight to see as it rolls inbound toward you. In this video, the AirshowStuff.com crew gives you that sight, along with many other views of this sleek swing-wing bomber as it arrives at Oshkosh for the week. Using the callsign “Hawk 8-3”, the Dyess Air Force Base-based Lancer performs several flybys, giving the crowd a great view of the wings, both swept-back and fully extended. The thunderous roar of the engines and the powerful sight of the Bone make this a great video to watch!

Be sure to subscribe to the AirshowStuffVideos channel on YouTube for more great videos.

-Justin Miner

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WATCH: A-10 Warthogs Attack The Oshkosh Airport At Dusk!

Hawg Attack!

The twilight airshows at AirVenture are one of those “not to be missed” events. There’s just something about that time in the evening when the sun has gone down, but it’s still light enough out that makes for some spectacular scenes. It’s a favorite among airshow enthusiasts, and just in case you weren’t able to make it, or if you want to see it again, the AirshowStuff.com crew is bringing you a replay of the Saturday evening A-10 Warthog Demo. You get to see two A-10s from the 122nd Fighter Squadron of the Indiana Air National Guard, known as the Blacksnakes, do what Hawgs do best, and that’s bomb and strafe things! Assisted with pyro by the famous Tora Bomb Squad, this demo is an awesome sight!

Be sure to subscribe to the AirshowStuffVideos channel on YouTube for more great videos.

-Justin Miner

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