A Three Mile Explosion! Tora Bomb Squad Smashes Own World Record For Longest Wall Of Fire

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Tora Bomb Squad

The Tora Bomb Squad, led by Gordon Webb, and Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma announced they have set the world record for the world’s longest wall of fire on March 18, 2017 at the MCAS Yuma airshow. The record was officially certified for 4,890.9 meters, or roughly 16,046.5 feet. That is equivalent to 3.04 miles!

This isn’t the first time that MCAS Yuma and the Tora Bomb Squad have partnered to set the world record. In fact, they beat themselves for this world record. In 2009, they set the world record for the longest wall of fire with an explosion that measured 3,102.35 meters, or roughly 10,178.3 ft. That equates to just under 2 miles.

From the Tora Tora Tora Airshows Facebook page:

HUGE NEWS!!! As you may know, in 2009, we set a Guinness World Record for the world’s longest wall of fire. This year in March, with the help of MCAS Yuma, we attempted to break our own record. Today we got confirmation. MCAS Yuma and The Tora Bomb Squad broke their own record. The new record officially is now 16,046.5 feet!! That’s 3.04 statute miles!!

Congratulations Tora and MCAS Yuma on setting this world record!

Written for AirshowStuff by Bretten Bailey

RCAF Announces 2018 CF-18 Hornet Demo Team Pilot And Theme

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RCAF CF-18 Hornet Demo Pilot Captain Stefan "Porcelain" Porteous
Photo courtesy of the RCAF

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has announced the CF-18 Hornet demonstration pilot for the 2018 airshow season, as well as the theme for the 2018 team.

Captain Stefan “Porcelain” Porteous will be the demonstration pilot for the 2018 season. He is from Comox, British Columbia and earned his private pilot license in 2005 after first learning to fly gliders with the Royal Air Cadets. He joined the RCAF in 2008 and qualified to fly the CF-18 Hornet in 2014. Capt. Porteous is currently part of 433 Tactical Fighter Squadron at 3 Wing in Bagotville, Quebec.

The theme he will be flying for in 2018 is the 60th anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). NORAD is the military command charged with defending North American airspace. It was jointly established in 1958 by Canada and the United States and continues to maintain a 24/7 watch to protect both countries.

Assuming tradition holds, the aircraft assigned to the demonstration team will be given a special paint scheme (designed by Jim Belliveau) celebrating this theme. The 2017 demo jet, flown by Capt. Matthew “Glib” Kutryk, featured a stunning red and white paint scheme celebrating Canada 150, the 150th anniversary of the country’s confederation.

Previous demo paint schemes have ranged from special tails to designs covering the entire aircraft. During a live video interview, Capt. Porteous reported that the 2018 scheme will be a full aircraft design with midnight blue as the primary color. More details on the 2018 paint scheme will be released at a later date!

Take a look at the 2018 CF-18 Hornet demonstration schedule to see if the team will be performing near you!

Quotes from the press release:

“I am extremely honoured to have been selected as Canada’s 2018 National CF-18 Demonstration Team pilot. I am very much looking forward to commemorating 60 years of NORAD at air shows throughout the summer while having the opportunity to be part of a highly dedicated team that will work together to put on thrilling performances aimed at demonstrating the professionalism and skill of the men and women of the RCAF. I look forward to meeting as many people as possible over the course of the coming demonstration season.”

– Capt. Porteous, 2018 CF-18 demonstration pilot

“As the Commander of the Canadian NORAD Region, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the important NORAD mission and our important bi-national partnership through the 2018 National CF-18 Demonstration program. The men and women of NORAD work diligently to keep watch over our countries and to protect the air sovereignty of North America. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, no matter what – we have the watch.”

– Major-General Christian Drouin, the commander of 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region

CONFIRMED: A-10 Warthog Aerobatic Demonstrations Returning In 2018!

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A-10 Thunderbolt II

Get ready Warthog fans! The wait is over. A-10 Warthog single-ship demonstrations will return to the skies at airshows across the nation in 2018.

In a statement released by Air Combat Command this week, we learned an A-10 demonstration team will be based at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ. They will perform at approximately 14 airshows during the 2018 show season. This follows a Twitter post by the current A-10 Heritage Flight team, which we reported on last week, that hinted at a coming announcement. There is no word on what will happen to the current East Coast A-10 Heritage Flight Team, based at Moody AFB in GA.

You may remember due to budget restrictions and sequestration, single ship demos were restricted after the 2011 season. Heritage Flights were performed in 2012 and 2017, but no aerobatic demonstrations were allowed.

Here is the text of the announcement shared by ICAS and ACC:

The United States Air Force A-10 demonstration team will once again display the capabilities of the Thunderbolt II at approximately 14 shows throughout the 2018 air show season.

The A-10 demonstration team last flew in 2011. Since then, when it has participated in air shows, the A-10 has been either a static display aircraft or flown exclusively with the Air Force Heritage Flight program (in 2012 and 2017). In 2018, the Warthog will fly a full aerobatic demonstration and also perform in Heritage Flight demonstrations.

Specifically designed for close air support, the A-10’s combination of high and low speed maneuverability has made it a popular air show demonstration aircraft for many years. Beginning next year, the A-10 demo team – based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona – will be flown by Captain Cody Wilton.

Are you excited to see the return of Warthog demos? What shows do you think may get an A-10 demonstration in 2018?

Visit our forums to discuss this exciting news!

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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2017 US Navy F-18 Hornet And Super Hornet Demo Team Schedules Released

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US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet Demonstration Team

The United States Navy has released the 2017 schedule for the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet demonstration teams! Their schedule does not specify which airshows are getting which type of aircraft, but we will update this post with that information when we get it.

Will you see the Hornet/Super Hornet in 2017? Let us know! Post on our Facebook page and in our forums, and make sure you share pictures after the show!

2017 Appearance Schedule – US Navy F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet Demonstration Teams

VFA-106 “Gladiators”:

March 11-13 – Titusville, FL (F/A-18C Hornet)
March 18-19 – Waco, TX

April 22-23 – Louisville, KY
April 29-30 – Lake City, FL

May 6-7 – Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 7-8 – Lincoln, NE
May 20-21 – North Kingstown, RI
May 20-21 – Oklahoma City, OK
May 27-28 – Miami Beach, FL
May 27-28 – Wantagh, NY Canceled on 3/24/17

June 25-26 – Huntsville, AL

July 1-2 – Traverse City, MI (F/A-18F Super Hornet)
July 15-16 – Johnson City, NY

August 12-13 – Scranton, PA
August 12-13 – Barnes ANGB/Westfield, MA
August 19-20 – Selfridge ANGB/Chesterfield Township, MI
August 23 – Atlantic City, NJ

September 2-4 – Cleveland, OH (F/A-18F Super Hornet)
September 9-10 – Sacramento, CA
September 16-17 – Virginia Beach, VA (F/A-18C Hornet and F/A-18F Super Hornet)
September 23-24 – London, ON (F/A-18F Super Hornet)

October 14-15 – Atlanta, GA

November 3-5 – Stuart, FL

VFA-122 “Flying Eagles”:

March 17-18 – Yuma, AZ
March 24-26 – Lancaster, CA

April 1-2 – Melbourne, FL
April 8-9 – Columbus, GA
April 28-30 – Lake Charles, LA

May 6-7 – McEntire ANGB, SC
May 13-14 – Pittsburgh, PA
May 20-21 – Redlands, CA
May 27-28 – Columbia, MO

June 10-11 – Scott AFB, IL
June 17-18 – Gaylord, MI
June 24-25 – Dayton, OH

July 3 – Dubuque, IA
July 8-9 – Gary, IN
July 22-23 – Great Falls, MT
July 29-30 – Fairchild AFB, WA

August 11-13 – Abbotsford, BC

September 9-10 – Wendover, UT
September 16-17 – Midland, TX
September 30-October 1 – Grand Junction, CO

October 7-8 – Minden, NV
October 21-22 – Houston, TX

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.

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Blue Angels and Snowbirds Fly Together In Rare Joint Photo Shoot

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US Navy Blue Angels and Canadian Forces Snowbirds In Formation

Most airshows compete fiercely just to secure one jet team appearance, and it’s a very rare event for one show to land two teams! This weekends airshow in Evansville, IN is one such rare occasion. The teams in attendance, the US Navy Blue Angels and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, decided to take full advantage of the special opportunity; they jumped into their jets and took to the skies for a majestic 15 plane joint photo shoot.

The Blue Angels, flying six F-18 Hornets, and the Snowbirds, flying nine CT-114 Tutors, flew in a loose formation around the skies of Evansville. The Blue Angels teased the flight yesterday morning on their Facebook page, and we got our first indications of what was happening from some fans on Twitter. Today, the Blues released these official photos from the flight:

Both the Snowbirds and Blue Angels will be flying at this weekends Evansville ShrinersFest & Air Show.

2015 USAF F-22 Raptor Demonstration Schedule Released

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F-22 Raptor

The much-anticipated schedule for the United States Air Force’s F-22 Raptor demo was just released by Air Combat Command. Check your calendars and put in your time-off requests now, because here is where you can find the Raptor flying this year:

Mar 21-22 – Melbourne, FL
Mar 28-29 – Tuscaloosa, AL
Apr 11-12 – Tyndall AFB, FL
Apr 18-19 – NAS Corpus Christi, TX
May 2-3 – Chino, CA
May 16-17 – Westover ARB, MA
Jun 5-7 – Rockford, IL
Jun 13-14 – Ocean City, MD
Jul 4-5 – Battle Creek, MI
Jul 22-26 – Oshkosh, WI (Heritage Flight Only)
Jul 25-26 – Milwaukee, WI
Aug 1-2 – Seattle, WA
Aug 8-9 – Abbotsford, BC Canada
Aug 29-30 – Brooklyn, NY
Sept 2 – Atlantic City, NJ
Sept 5-6 – Brunswick, ME
Sept 12-13 – Ft Worth, TX
Sept 19 – JB Andrews, MD (Air Force Birthday & WWII Anniversary)
Sept 26-27 – Salinas, CA
Oct 3-4 – Rome, GA
Oct 20-25 – Seoul, Korea

RCAF Announces Pilot and Theme for 2015 CF-18 Demo Team

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CF-18 Hornet

In a press release last Friday, the Royal Canadian Air Force announced that Captain Denis “Cheech” Beaulieu will be the CF-18 Demonstration pilot for the 2015 season. A native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Capt. Beaulieu joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2006 with the goal of becoming a fighter pilot. In 2011, he completed CF-18 training and was assigned to the 425th Tactical Fighter Squadron in Bagotville, Quebec. Capt Beaulieu has participated in multiple training missions and exercises across Canada, the USA, and South America during his time in the RCAF. With over 1,100 flying hours in high performance aircraft and 780 hours in the CF-18 Hornet, Capt. Beaulieu is certainly well qualified to represent the RCAF across North America!

In a statement, Capt. Beaulieu said that he is “really looking forward to taking the CF-18 all over Canada and the United States. This job gives me the opportunity to celebrate aviation with audiences all over, while flying the Hornet in a way that few pilots get to fly. Best of all, I get to do this all with a team of highly talented professionals who work together to put on a great show.”

2015 also marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and the CF-18 Hornet Demo Team will commemorate this moment with a special paint scheme. The paint scheme was designed by veteran Design Director Jim Beliveau of the 4th Wing Cold Lake, Alberta. The jet paint scheme will be revealed in early 2015.

Training for the 2015 airshow season begins in late April at Comox, BC, prior to this years airshow season. Check out where “Cheech” will be flying with the CF-18 Hornet Demo 2015 schedule.

[Updated x2] Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demo 2015 Schedule Released

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CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team

Here is the 2015 airshow schedule for the Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet demonstration team! Will you see them in 2015? Let us know! Post on our Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

{Updated 5/19/15 to add Eau Claire}
{Updated 4/14/15 to remove Wasaga Beach}
{Updated 4/2/15 to remove Waterloo}

May 2-3 Chino, CA
May 9-10 Dallas, GA
May 16-17 Chicopee, MA
May 23-24 Rochester, NY
May 30-31 Quonset Point, RI

June 6-7 TBA
June 13-14 Rimouski, QC
June 20-21 Bagotville, QC
June 24 Goderich, ON
June 27-28 Waterloo, ON
June 30 Gatineau, QC

July 1 Ottawa, ON
July 4-5 Eau Claire, WI
July 11-12 Saskatoon, SK
July 15 Prince Albert, SK
July 18-19 Airdrie, AB
July 22 Rocky Mtn House
July 24-25 Lethbridge, AB

August 1-2 Quesnel, AB
August 7-9 Abbotsford, BC
August 15 Comox, BC
August 22-23 Atlantic Canadian International Airshow
August 29-30 Drummondville, QC

September 2 Brantford, ON
September 5-6 Toronto, ON
September 12-13 Waukegan, IL
September 20 Ottawa, ON
September 26-27 Salinas, CA