Wind Causes Issues with Red Bull Air Race in Las Vegas

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Red Bull Air RaceThe 7th stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship series didn’t go as planned Sunday, as high winds forced event organizers to cancel Sunday’s flying portion of the race.

Pete McLeod of Canada was the eventual winner, decided on by qualifying times from Saturday. Nigel Lamb of Britain moved into the World Championship lead, finishing 2nd over Germany’s Matthias Dolderer who came in 3rd.

Wing gusts to over 30kts causes issues with the pylons and caused a high number of penalties before event organizers canceled the rest of the flying.

The full results were:

  1. Pete McLeod
  2. Nigel Lamb
  3. Matthias Dolderer
  4. Matt Hall
  5. Hannes Arch
  6. Nicolas Ivanoff
  7. Paul Bonhomme
  8. Martin Sonka
  9. Yoshihide Muroya
  10. Michael Goulian
  11. Kirby Chambliss
  12. Peter Besenyei

The next Red Bull Air Race will be in Austria on the 25th to 26th of October.

Fans who attended the race can get a 50% credit towards next years race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, scheduled to be held October 17-18th, 2015. The following information was posted on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway website.

Those looking to receive a partial credit for Red Bull Air Race Las Vegas, please mail your ticket to the address provided below. You will then be registered for a 50-percent credit for the October 17-18, 2015 Red Bull Air Race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This policy is not applicable to Race Club, Sky Lounge or complimentary guests. Deadline to receive credit is December, 31, 2014. For more information, please email All guests who purchased their ticket through ticketportal should contact

Please include:
Name of original ticket purchaser
Actual Red Bull Air Race Las Vegas tickets

Mail to:
ATTN: Red Bull Air Race Tickets
7000 Las Vegas Blvd. North
Las Vegas, NV 89115

Note: Your ticket had to be scanned on Sunday to be eligible for a credit.

Thunder Over Michigan 2015- “Bombertown USA”

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CLEASMWM_B17_1The theme “Bombertown USA” for the 2015 Thunder Over Michigan airshow has been announced. Scheduled to be held August 29th-30th, 2015, Thunder over Michigan each year puts on a great display of warbirds, military jets and civilian performers. It seems likely with today’s announcement that warbird fans will be delighted with the lineup! The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will also be performing for the third time, their first appearance at the show since 2011 when they celebrated the Centennial of Naval Aviation. The Blue Angels were unable to perform in 2013 due to sequestration.

Thunder Over Michigan has a reputation among fans for being one of the top warbird airshows in the US each year. Check out our “5 Things About” recap of the 2014 airshow here.

For more information on the event or to purchase advanced tickets in November, check out their website at  



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, 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. 

Five Things About: NAS Oceana Airshow 2014

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Shockwave Jet Truck - NAS Oceana Airshow 2014

Five Things is our regular feature to review the airshows that we attend. You already know that the performers were great, so instead of recapping who flew what, we want to jump straight to the most notable moments or stories; things that would remain in your head on the drive home and for a long time afterward.

Airshow: NAS Oceana Airshow
Location: NAS Oceana, VA
Date: 9/20/14-9/21/14

1) Hornets Everywhere
NAS Oceana is synonymous with F-18 Hornets. As the master jet base for the East coast, Oceana is home to 18 Hornet squadrons and over 200 F-18s. Both the F/A-18C Hornet and F/A-18F Super Hornet demonstration teams are part of VFA-106, the main training squadron at the base. In previous years, all of this would guarantee lots of jet noise at the airshow, including a performance by both demonstration teams as well as a unique “fleet airpower demonstration” performed by some of the operational units on base. In the current budget climate though, nothing is guaranteed. The entire airshow was called off last year, and the Hornet demo teams were not able to perform at any shows this year. Everyone wondered what the 2014 airshow would look like without any Hornet participation (aside from the Blue Angels). But then, as we reported, activity around the base seemed to indicate a return of the Hornet demos. As the show neared, this theory was confirmed and it was announced that both demo teams would perform, and that a smaller-scale fleet airpower demo would also take place.

Bill Leff - NAS Oceana Airshow 2014_MG_3194a_WM

Sure enough, spectators at the airshow heard the roar of a Hornet many times during the weekend. The F/A-18C performed early in the show, followed a little bit later by the airpower demo. Although the six-Hornet airpower lineup was significantly smaller than previous years, which saw 12 or more aircraft of many types performing, everyone was happy just to have one. Unfortunately the airpower demo was decidedly hampered by the bad weather, and the VFC-12 aggressor Hornet was unable to perform its intended vertical dogfight sequence. Still, several VFA-32 Super Hornets put on a unique show including simulated bombing and strafing runs, a short simulated dogfight, “buddy” air to air refueling, and a formation flyby with a sneak pass.

US Navy Blue Angels - NAS Oceana Airshow 2014US Navy Blue Angels - NAS Oceana Airshow 2014

2) Special Color Schemes
Hornets not only dominated the skies over NAS Oceana, they dominated the static display ramp as well. As the home base for so many squadrons, Oceana has many special “CAG” paint schemes. One running complaint from previous airshows is that the units never put any effort into displaying these special and colorful schemes. This year the show finally listened to the fans and no fewer than 10 specially painted Hornets were placed on the static ramp in a large triangle formation. It was certainly an imposing sight and one that is not seen anywhere else. Fingers crossed that this is done for every future show as well!

F-18 CAG Hornets - NAS Oceana Airshow 2014L-39 Albatros - NAS Oceana Airshow 2014

3) Shockwave, Front and Center
The Shockwave jet truck and other jet-powered ground vehicles are always crowd favorites, but NAS Oceana offered a particularly good chance to get up close to this flame throwing beast. The fence line at the show is located on the ramp so as to allow room to taxi directly in front of the crowd. The performers use this to parade down the line after their flights, but Shockwave took full advantage and started up right in fron of the crowd. Instead of doing the usual flamethrowing and afterburner pops on the runway, Shockwave driver Chris Darnell did them just feet from the front row and left no doubt about how Shockwave got its name.

4) Blue Angels Knock It Off
After an absolutely perfect Friday, the weather on Saturday and Sunday was less than ideal. Both saw mostly low clouds and a bit of rain, though by Sunday afternoon the weather cleared for a Blue Angels high show. Saturday was not so fortunate; the Blues were unable to complete even a full flat show before landing. Just a few passes into the demo, an isolated rain shower moved in over the field. The team kept flying as some in the crowd headed for cover. About a third of the way through the demo, the team called a knock it off due to the lack of visibility. It was almost comical to listen to the radio as they diamond and solos tried to make contact. One of the solos had been over the nearby oceana turning around between maneuvers before losing sight of the field, and he was basically trapped in a pocket of better weather. The diamond and other solo had found a hole in the rain on the other side of the base, and only as the rain moved out were they able to join for a break to land. The many fans who had stuck out the wet weather to watch the team were rightfully crushed. Of course, as the jets taxied to parking the sun broke out and the visibility lifted.

NAS Oceana Airshow 2014F/A-18C Hornet - NAS Oceana Airshow 2014

5) Beach Blast
One of the unique aspects of the NAS Oceana airshow is the Saturday night Beach Blast. This is an event designed to bring the airshow to the city’s crown-jewel beachfront for a short period. Unlike the traditional on-base Friday night airshow, the Beach Blast was included in this years festivites. As the sun set, the Blue Angels were introduced on the stage in a city park along the beach. Soon after, a Super Hornet from the base flew by with afterburners fully engaged. In the dim evening light they glowed like a torch – an awesome sight to behold. This year the crowd was treated to several max-afterburner passes before several jumpers from nearby Skydive Suffolk decended to the park under canopy. What a night on the beach!

– Ryan Sundheimer

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