2019 USMC AV-8B Harrier Demonstrations Schedule Released

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Here is the 2019 airshow schedule for US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier demonstrations! Will you see one in 2019? Let us know! Post in the AirshowStuff Forums or on the AirshowStuff Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

As is typical for the Marines, this initial list is quite short. A handful of other shows are usually added as the year progresses, and many Marine Corps Air Stations end up hosting demos as well. Schedules often change during the year – for the latest updates please be sure to check our forums!

2019 Appearance Schedule – USMC AV-8B Harrier Demonstrations

May 25-26: Westmoreland County Airshow – Latrobe, PA
June 29-30: National Cherry Festival Airshow – Traverse City, MI
July 4: Tacoma Freedom Fair – Tacoma, WA

2018 USMC AV-8B Harrier Demonstrations Schedule Released

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USMC AV-8B Harrier II

Here is the 2018 airshow schedule for US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier demonstrations! Will you see one in 2018? Let us know! Post in the AirshowStuff Forums or on the AirshowStuff Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

2018 Appearance Schedule – USMC AV-8B Harrier Demonstrations
March 10-11: Luke Days 2018 – Luke AFB, AZ
May 4-6: Central Texas Airshow – Temple, TX
June 29-July 1: Evansville Freedom Festival – Evansville, IN
June 30-July 1: Arctic Thunder Open House – JB Elmendorf-Richardson, AK

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!

Photo Albums Uploaded: Cleveland National Airshow and Battle Creek Airshow 2015

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New photo albums have gone up in our photo gallery! Check out a preview of each below and then be sure to follow the links to view the full albums.

Cleveland National Airshow 2015 – Ryan Sundheimer

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Cleveland National Airshow 2015 – Ryan Sundheimer

Battle Creek Airshow 2015 – Patrick Barron

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Battle Creek Airshow 2015 – Patrick Barron

2016 USMC Harrier and Osprey Demo Schedules Released

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USMC AV-8B Harrier Demonstration

The 2016 USMC Harrier and MV-22 Osprey schedules have been released. The Harrier will perform at four airshows with two in the central US and one in the southwest US. Although the Harrier dates only list one date of a weekend, it seems safe to assume the date represents the entire weekend of the show.

USMC Harrier 2016 Demonstration Schedule
March 12th – Thunder and Lightning Over Tucson, Tucson, AZ
June 17th – Rockford Airfest, Rockford, IL
July 23rd – South Dakota ANG 70th Airshow, Sioux Falls, SD
September 10th – Westfield International Airshow, Westfield, MA*

*This airshow has been announced as canceled for 2016. We expect the schedule to be updated with a different show taking its place.

USMC MV-22 Osprey Demo Team

The USMC MV-22 Osprey will also perform at four airshows during the 2016 season.

USMC MV-22 Osprey 2016 Demonstration Schedule
July 8-10 – Gary Air and Water Show, Gary, IN
July 22-24th – Oregon International Airshow, Hillsboro, OR
August 17th – Thunder over the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ
September 17-18th – Heart of TX Airshow, Waco, TX

Behind The Scenes At EAA AirVenture With DTG Pyrotechnics

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USMC AV-8B Harrier II Twilight Demonstration - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

Some air shows around the country feature a night show in their lineup. We all go for the afterburners and lit-up aircraft streaking across the dark sky, but what show would be complete without a fireworks closer? Those beautiful works of fiery aerial artistry make for a nightly spectacle worth waiting for (and some awesome photo opportunities too!). For this year’s EAA AirVenture, the cool crew of DTG Pyrotechnics were in charge of the firework shows throughout the event and they invited us out with them for a peek at how they pull off their dazzling displays.

For the Saturday night show, I met up with the team at their staging area on the east side of the airport. Inside the hangar, the team was busy making final preparations for the show ahead. There the leader of this cool outfit, Dion Diehl, huddled everyone together to go over last minute checks and planning. Afterwards, Jason Strazishar gave me a tour of the multiple semis in their convoy, and what an impressive sight it was. Each truck towed a flatbed rigged with dozens of batteries all containing carefully placed and organized mortars, cakes, and other aerials.

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Now, there’s a certain way to execute a stellar fireworks display. At the base of it all, each firework consists of a shell, or an aerial item that is fired into the sky. However, not all fireworks are designed the same; certain types produce certain effects. For example, a mortar is a paper or plastic tube containing a shell with a long fuse. The shell has a lift charge on the bottom that helps propel it into the air. Cakes are an item that has a single fuse which is used to light several tubes in sequence. The set piece is a ground item consisting of many colored lances that is used to draw a picture.

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Regardless of the type, each item needs a source of ignition for their fuses before they can be launched into the sky. Enter the “squib”, or electric match. The 1-in long, 1/4-in wide device consists of a small nickel-chromium wire with a pyrogen coating. An electrical current causes the nickel-chromium wire to heat up, igniting the pyrogen and starting the fuse. Each squib is hooked up to a very thin and very long wire that runs to a hub that is then connected to the control terminal. It is there that the real magic is worked.

DTG Fireworks - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

Dion had spent dozens of hours coding the show to flow exactly how he wanted it. From his program, he could set certain shots to launch together and independently with incredible precision. This also allows for each shell to be monitored for connection to the control terminal to ensure all are ready to go and no wires or connections are cut. Each squib carries an ID that can be controlled and organized within DTG’s performance timeline. So imagine, if you will, the amount of shells one can fit to a single battery aboard a large flatbed trailer and multiply that a few times. That’s a lot to setup and organize in coding alone. But when it’s all said and done, and done properly, the display is truly a spectacle to behold.

With a final look-over and check by the team, the convoy was ready to roll out. There was a gap in the AirVenture performance schedule to allow the team to set up for the night show. The team moved out and began setting up their trailers in the grass on either side of taxiway A2 along runway 18-36. They shared the field with the Tora! Tora! Tora! pyro team who were in charge of the wall of fire that would conclude the night show. At show center on A2 was the trailer carrying the set piece. Once everything was in place, the team began to quickly run the thousands of feet of wire between each trailer together, and prepared to run it all across the runway to the control terminal once the flying had concluded.

USMC AV-8B Harrier II Twilight Demonstration - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 F-100 Super Sabre Air Force Warbird Jet AirVenture Oshkosh
USAF F-4 Phantom II Twilight Demonstration - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015F-100 Super Sabre Twilight Performance - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

Once the flying resumed, it was again time to wait. Luckily, it is not hard to wait when you have the best seat in the house for twilight demonstrations of the USMC AV-8B Harrier, F-100 Super Sabre, and USAF F-4 Phantom II along with the various night time aerobatic performances. But after the sun had set and the last aircraft was safely on the ground, it was back to work with only a little time to get it ready.

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It was a rush to get everything organized, people in place, the terminal connected, and to start the show. Though, when it kicked off, it kicked off with a bang. Particularly with a series of what are referred to as “pants-fillers,” or explosives that are meant to create a loud, attention-getting bang. And for those not prepared for their detonation, well, the name implies the result. When things started up, I booked it from the trailer on A2 down the taxiway to the semis and caught the show from the other side as best I could. There’s something to be said for the factor of proximity and its affect on the entertainment of the show. Being further back for Wednesday night’s show allowed me to capture nearly the whole arc of the aerial display, while being closer in made photos far more challenging but sent the enjoyment factor through the roof.

DTG Fireworks - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 DTG Fireworks - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

When the wall of fire finale went off, I packed up my equipment and went back out onto the taxiway. There were small fires where pyrotechnics and once been that were being tended to, debris of every kind littered along the whole length of the taxiway, and plenty of smiles after another successful show. While my work had ended for the night, the crew of DTG still had plenty left to do as far as cleaning and packing up.

With a nice farewell, a lonely stroll across the runway back to the crowd line, and a moment of silent sentiment shared with a solitary F-4, I concluded my AirVenture experience and my time with DTG Pyrotechnics. The DTG team are a proficient and professional team with plenty of skill and chum to share. I look forward to crossing paths with them again and hope to see their dazzling displays again at future AirVentures.

P-38 Lightning and Fireworks - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

Thank you to Jason Strazishar for contacting us with this grand opportunity, and to Dion and the rest of the DTG crew allowing me to come experience how a professional pyrotechnic show is done. You can connect with the DTG team by liking their Facebook page.

Fan Submissions: Theme Week 18 – Harriers

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Thank you to all of our fans for submitting to our Harrier theme week! We hope you enjoyed our postings from one of the airshow circuit’s loudest aircraft! We posted some of our favorite Harrier photos throughout the week, and asked you to share some of your own shots to be featured right here on our blog. Check out just a sampling of the submissions in the slideshow below!

Do you have some photos you’d like to share? This week’s theme is Biplanes! Got a great shot of a Stearman? Maybe a Sopwith Camel even? If you would like to contribute to our next theme week, go to our Facebook page, like the page, and upload your photos to our wall!

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EAA AirVenture 2015: Exciting Announcements

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USMC AV-8B Harrier

EAA has made some exciting announcements recently regarding featured aircraft and performers at AirVenture 2015. Of course AirVenture is always packed with special things, but here are some of the biggest unveils of late.

USMC Harrier Demo

AirVenture will be getting some additional jet noise thanks to the inclusion of the US Marine Corps’ AV-8B Harrier demonstration. The vertical takeoff and landing jump jet will perform at just nine total events in 2015, so it is a rare treat and a change from 2014, when the Marines brought a CV-22 Osprey to perform in Oshkosh.

PB4Y-2 Privateer

Maybe the most exciting news, given its rarity, is that the world’s only flying PB4Y-2 Privateer, a naval patrol variant of the B-24 Liberator, will be appearing at AirVenture in 2015. The aircraft was supposed to make the trip from Arizona to Oshkosh last year, but engine trouble canceled the trip. However, 2014 did feature the B-24 Liberator “Diamond Lil”, one of only two flying B-24s left.

Avro Lancaster - Canadian Warplane Heritage MuseumB-25 Mitchell "Hot Gen" - Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

Avro Lancaster and B-25 Mitchell

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario has announced that their Avro Lancaster and B-25 Mitchell will be appearing at AirVenture this year. The Lancaster is the only one flying in North America, and one of only two in the world. The other is based in the UK. This is the Lancaster’s third appearance at AirVenture, following previous visits in 2006 and 2009.

The F-22 Raptor Returns

The USAF’s F-22 Raptor demo team will return to Oshkosh, but will be prevented from putting on a full display due to the limited aerobatic box. You may remember that several changes, such as pushing the crowd line back, had to be made last year in order for the USAF Thunderbirds to perform. The Raptor will instead perform a Heritage Flight with at least one warbird at AirVenture, although you can probably expect a ‘mini-demo’ of several non-aerobatic passes. It will be based in Milwaukee and fly its full demonstration routine for the Milwaukee Air and Water Show there. The appearance in Oshkosh will be a homecoming for Raptor demo pilot Captain John “Taboo” Cummings, who is a native of nearby Appleton, WI.

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B-29 Superfortress “Fifi”

No stranger to AirVenture in the last few years, but a special guest nonetheless, the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress “Fifi” will return to the show in 2015. Making this especially tantalizing is the possible appearance of what would be the second flying Superfortress, “Doc”. “Doc” is currently completing a lengthy restoration in Kansas and may be flying by the time AirVenture rolls around. Needless to say, getting the would-be only two flying B-29s in the world together would truly be amazing.

As you can see, there are a lot of special reasons to attend AirVenture in 2015!