Snowbird Pilot Safe After Jet Crashes Near Atlanta Air Show

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Photo by Brandon Wynn/Hover-Slam Photography A pilot with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds team was forced to eject from his aircraft before it crashed earlier today. Capt. Kevin Domon-Grenier, Snowbird #5, is reportedly doing fine after parachuting to safety. The CT-114 Tutor aircraft impacted a field, leaving no injuries or damage on the ground. Photo courtesy… Read more

WWII-Inspired Paint Scheme For A-10 Demo Jet Unveiled – Why It’s A Mustang Instead Of A Thunderbolt

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The A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team has unveiled the special paint scheme that we reported on earlier this month! A video posted by the team shows part of the painting process and the finished aircraft taking to the skies. Several photos of the jet were also shared on Air Force social media pages. The “Hun… Read more

Exclusive Photos Of The A-10 Demo Team’s WWII-Inspired Warthog Paint Scheme

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Photo Courtesy Scott Frink Earlier, we told you about the special paint scheme the A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team will be displaying next year. The design is inspired by a WWII P-51 Mustang. The only glimpse of the partially completed A-10 came through a short teaser video shared around social media and showed a large… Read more

A-10 Warthog Demos Are About To Look Even Cooler

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The A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team’s aircraft will be sporting a new look in the near future! After rumors earlier this year, several mentions have begun appearing online indicating that an A-10 is currently in the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron (EMS) paint shop at Davis-Monthan AFB getting a special color scheme to be flown on… Read more

US Navy Looks To Start Up F-35C Lightning II Demonstrations In 2020

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Quick on the heels of yesterday’s disappointing announcement that the Navy’s Super Hornet Demonstration Team is cancelling all remaining performances this year (Update – the demos may still be happening!) comes some much happier news! The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) posted that the Navy has tentatively received approval for aerobatic F-35C Lightning II… Read more

All 2019 US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Demonstrations Cancelled

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Update 6/27/19 – The Navy Times is reporting that the Facebook post announcing the cancellations was made prematurely, and that the Navy is still debating whether to choose that course of action. The original Facebook post has been taken down until a final decision is made. There may be hope for 2019 demos after all!… Read more

New “Fat Albert” C-130 Expected To Join Blue Angels In 2020

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The US Navy has taken the next step toward getting “Fat Albert Airlines” flying again. The Naval Air Systems Command awarded a $29.7 million contract to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence this month for a C-130J Hercules aircraft. The C-130 will head to the Blue Angels to serve as their transport. The team retired… Read more

“Fat Albert” C-130 Retires From Blue Angel Duties

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The current “Fat Albert” has flown her last show. Of course, “Fat Albert” is the name given to the C-130 Hercules transport assigned to the famous US Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron. Their current C-130T aircraft (BuNo 164763) has had numerous issues in recent years and saw extended periods of down time for maintenance… Read more

The US Navy Seems To Be Expanding Legacy Flights In 2019! What About Super Hornet Demos?

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Last year was a rough one for the Navy’s single-ship demonstration presence at airshows. While F/A-18C Hornet and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet demonstration teams used to visit dozens of shows each year, they performed at just seven events (the six listed and their home show at NAS Oceana) in 2018. This dramatic decrease comes from a… Read more

Civilian F-5 To Join Heritage Flight Program, Pyro Approved For F-22 And F-35 Demos

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An easy to overlook update from Air Combat Command has yielded some exciting developments with the Air Force’s single-ship demonstration and Heritage Flight programs! The update in question is the publishing of the 2019 version of the Demo Team Support Manual; a long document which spells out all of the requirements that airshows must meet… Read more