WATCH: Lightning Strikes Oshkosh! F-35 Lightning II Arrival And Flybys

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Lightning Strikes Twice!

Check out this awesome video from AirshowStuff.com where two USAF F-35A Lightning II aircraft perform multiple low approaches during the first-ever EAA AirVenture display of the F-35! You’ll get to see the two Lightnings fly by multiple times. And where there’s lightning, there’s always thunder! You’ll almost *feel* the thunder of the engines as these two unique aircraft fly past. Watch as the vapor comes off the wingtips as they pull around for another pass and examine the angles and lines of this awesome fifth-generation USAF fighter. And finally, you’ll get a close-up look at them as they land and taxi past you, all in HD!

The F-35 Lightning II is designed to perform multiple missions, from strike and attack missions to air defense. The F-35A is the Air Force’s version, and this was the first time that the F-35s were brought out for display at the massive EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh. While plagued with various issues and cost overruns throughout its development, there’s no denying that the F-35 is an exciting aircraft to see ripping up the skies over and over again, so turn up the sound, put the video on full screen mode, and enjoy watching lightning striking twice!

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-Justin Miner

F-35 Lightning II Afterburner FlybyF-35 Lightning II Head On

The Best Of Military Aviation – December 2016

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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 December video, which you can watch below or view on Youtube: The Best Of Military Aviation – December 2016

A compilation of the best military aviation clips from December 2016. Featuring the Checkered Flag exercises, AV-8B Harrier carrier operations, aerial refueling of F-16s and F-15s, 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!

New Photo Album – Cleveland National Airshow 2016

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Cleveland National Airshow 2016 - E-2 Hawkeye and A-10 Warthog

A new album is now available in our photo gallery! Check it out here: Cleveland National Airshow 2016 – Ryan Sundheimer

The 2016 Cleveland National Airshow, featured the US Navy Blue Angels, USAF F-22 Raptor, USAF F-35 Lightning II, Redline Airshows, the Shockwave jet truck, vintage warbirds, and more.

The Best Of Military Aviation – November 2016

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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 November video, which you can watch below or view on Youtube: The Best Of Military Aviation – November 2016

A compilation of the best military aviation clips from November 2016. Featuring Cope West exercises, F-16 Fighting Falcons, A-10 Warthog day and night aerial refueling, F-35 carrier 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!

New Photo Album – Abbotsford International Airshow 2016

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Breitling Jet Team - Abbotsford International Airshow 2016

A new album is now available in our photo gallery! Check it out here: Abbotsford International Airshow 2016 – Anthony Richards

The 2016 Abbotsford International Airshow featured the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, Breitling Jet Team, the first Canadian appearance of the F-35 Lightning II, the CF-18 Hornet demonstration, and more.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 Photo Albums Uploaded: Over 400 Photos And 50 Videos!

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Hey AirshowStuff fans, all of our full photo albums from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 have been updated with over 400 amazing photos to browse through! Check out some sample images below, and click the links to view the complete albums!

EAA AirVenture 2015 – Ryan Sundheimer

View full photo album: EAA AirVenture 2015 – Ryan Sundheimer

EAA AirVenture 2015 – Patrick Barron

View full photo album: EAA AirVenture 2015 – Patrick Barron

EAA AirVenture 2015 – Anthony Richards

View full photo album: EAA AirVenture 2015 – Anthony Richards

EAA AirVenture 2015 – David Jacobson

View full photo album: EAA AirVenture 2015 – David Jacobson

Also, be sure to check out our EAA AirVenture 2015 playlist on our Youtube channel, featuring more than 50 videos from throughout the week!

F-35 Lightning II To Race At Reno; Biplane Class Expected To Provide Tough Competition

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USAF F-35A Lightning II

The Biplane Class will have a tough new kid on the block to compete with at this year’s Reno Air Races. The United States Air Force has arranged special permission for one of its new F-35 Lightning II fighters to enter the race in an effort to shed the jet’s reputation as unmaneuverable, slow, and a colossal waste of money. The jet was originally intended to race in the headlining Unlimited Class, but after several practice runs it became clear that it would simply not be competitive. Race organizers felt it would be unsafe to force the Unlimited pilots to overtake the $113 million stealth fighter at such a high rate of speed, and approved the appearance only on the condition that the F-35 would compete with aircraft of a similar speed. The Biplane Class typically features similar lap times, so that is where the jet will compete.

This could easily be seen as another black mark on the program’s record, but the Air Force and the aircraft’s manufacturer are quick to point out that air race performance of the current F-35 fleet is limited by the installed software package. Program representatives say that a $45 million dollar air-racing software upgrade designed for this year’s event is currently in testing and should be ready some time in 2037. Nevertheless, the F-35 is expected to compete for a top ten finish amongst the biplanes. “It’s great for the class,” race pilot Chet Whabnoski told AirshowStuff, “because it will draw a lot of attention to the underappreciated biplanes. At the same time, the top pilots in the class don’t really have to worry about losing. It’s a win for everyone! Except the F-35 of course.”

2016 F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Schedule Released

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USAF F-35 Lightning II

As we’ve reported previously, 2016 is an exciting time for F-35 fans because the aircraft will be introduced to the public as part of the USAF Heritage Flight program this year. At select show sites, an F-35 Lightning II will join in formation with the F-22, F-16, and/or one or more warbirds to honor the Air Force’s heritage. The 2016 airshows that will feature this incredible sight are listed below, as released by the US Air Force. Other variants of the jet will also make airshow appearances, including in the UK. No matter what your stance is on this polarizing fighter, in our opinion it’s always great to have new additions to the Heritage Flight!

Will you see the F-35 in 2016? Let us know! Post on our Facebook page page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

Also check out the 2016 USAF F-22 Demonstration Team schedule and 2016 USAF F-16 Demonstration Team schedule!

2016 Appearance Schedule

March
11-13 Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ (Static)

April
2-3 – Luke AFB, AZ (HF)
9-10 – Lakeland, FL (Static)
22-24 – Langley AFB, VA (HF)

May
7-8 – Ft Lauderdale, FL (HF)
28-29 – Jones Beach, NY (HF)

June
18-19 – Ocean City, MD (HF)
25-26 – Hill AFB, UT (HF and Static)

July
8-17 – RIAT/Farnborough, United Kingdom (HF and Static)

August
19-21 – Chicago, IL (HF)

September
3-5 – Cleveland, OH (HF)
14-18 – Reno, NV (Static)

October
14 – Air Force Memorial, DC (HF)
14-16 – Baltimore, MD (HF)
15-16 – Fort Worth, TX (Static)
22-23 – Houston, TX (Static)

November
12-13 – Nellis AFB, NV (HF)

F-35 Lightning IIs To Appear At Two UK Airshows In 2016

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USAF F-35 Lightning II - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

Airshow fans in the UK will have a chance to see the F-35 Lightning II this summer! The US Marine Corps announced on Monday that it is planning to send two F-35s to the Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough airshows. The US Air Force also is rumored to be sending jets, though nothing has been announced yet. The visit will be not only for public outreach, but also as a test of long-range deployability and interoperability between the different countries.

The UK is a member of the multi-national F-35 partnership and currently has four aircraft operating in the US as part of their initial training. F-35s were scheduled to appear at RIAT in 2014, but a safety stand down resulting from an engine fire caused the appearance to be canceled. The massive Joint Strike Fighter program has been under incredible scrutiny in recent years, so the services are eager to get the jet out in front of the public for some positive PR, especially with the programs smaller international partners where support for program participation has come into question. USMC F-35s have performed mini-demonstrations at US shows already, and the USAF sent two of their jets to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last summer. They have also announced that a USAF F-35 will perform in Heritage Flights at select US shows in 2016.

F-35 to participate in 2016 Heritage Flights

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F-35 Lightning II and F-16 Fighting Falcon
Photo: ACC Aerial Events
Good news airshows fans! The USAF’s newest tactical fighter, the F-35 Lightning, will participate in USAF Heritage Flights during the 2016 airshow season! Air Combat Command Aerial Events announced the news earlier this week.

Does this mean we could see a P-38 Lightning flying alongside a USAF F-35 Lightning II? Only time will tell but something tells me some airshow organizer will try to put it together!

ACC has not yet announced if the F-35 will perform any additional flybys at airshows where one participates in the Heritage Flight. You may remember the F-22 performed a “mini-demo” during its first years in the Heritage Flight.

In addition, the USAF will also continue to support the F-22 Raptor and F-16 Viper as part of the USAF Heritage Flight Program. The program is designed to represent the past and present of military aviation by pairing up front line fighters and vintage fighter aircraft. P-51 Mustangs, F-86 Sabres, P-47s, P-40s, and A-1 Skyraiders all participate in the flights.

Look for part of the 2016 USAF Heritage Flight and single ship demo team schedule to be released in February.

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