F-35 Lightning II Approved For Extra Flybys During 2018 Airshow Performances

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USAF F-35 Lightning II

You’ll see a little bit more of the F-35 Lightning II this airshow season! We took a peek in the 2018 Air Combat Command support manual, and noticed that the F-35 Heritage Flight team is approved for a three-pass “mini-demo” at its performances this year!

NOTE: The F-35 profile will include three non-aerobatic solo passes, most likely before the first HF formation pass, for consistency between HF performances.

This is a bit of a let down for those who followed the rumors that the US Air Force’s F-35 would be upgraded to a full aerobatic demonstration after Lockheed Martin debuted an aerobatic profile at the Paris Airshow last year. However, it shows that the program is getting closer to a full-up demo.

In the mean time, we can look forward to an extra few passes from the jet at each airshow performance. There are no specifics on what the three flybys will be, but such mini-demos in the past have consisted of a photo pass, a high speed pass, and a slow speed/high alpha pass. The F-4 Phantoms flew this profile back when they were a part of the Heritage Flight, and both the A-10 Thunderbolt II and F-16 Fighting Falcon teams did the same prior to being reinstated to full aerobatic status. This year marks the A-10s first year back to an aerobatic profile.

The F-35 was added to the Heritage Flight program in 2016, and it has been limited to HF performances in the two seasons since. The aircraft typically takes off and immediately joins the formation, offering a solo flyby or two after the formation breaks apart. Most recently the F-35 has been performing a high speed pass and a pitch to land following the Heritage Flight. Along with the mini-demo, we could be looking at five solo flybys by the F-35.

USAF Single-Ship Demo Team (F-22/F-16/A-10) 2018 Airshow Schedules Updated

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US Air Force Heritage Flight - F-35 Lightning II, A-10 Warthog, P-51 Mustangs

Air Combat Command, which oversees the US Air Force single-ship demonstration teams, updated the 2018 airshow schedules for the F-22 Raptor, A-10 Warthog, and F-16 Fighting Falcon teams today. Several shows were removed after announcing cancellations, but several new appearances were added as well! Take a look at each schedule below and see if they’ll be performing near you in 2018.

2018 USAF F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team Schedule
2018 USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team Airshow Schedule
2018 USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team Schedule
2018 USAF F-35 Heritage Flight Team Schedule

Rare USAF Heritage Flight Formation To Perform Super Bowl LII Flyover

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P-51 Mustang and A-10 Warthogs - USAF Heritage Flight

Keep your eyes to the sky (or more likely, your TV screen) before the kickoff of Super Bowl LII on February 4th – there will be a special US Air Force Heritage Flight flyover for the national anthem! The formation will feature the World War II-era P-51 Mustang “Sierra Sue II” leading two A-10 Warthogs and an F-16 Fighting Falcon.

It’s interesting that any flyover is planned, because the game is being played inside the fully enclosed U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Nevertheless, there will hopefully be sufficient coverage for everyone outside of the stadium to enjoy the flight. The game, between the Patriots and the Eagles, is scheduled to start at 6:30 pm eastern time and will be broadcast on NBC.

Sierra Sue II is a combat veteran P-51 that is owned by the Wings of the North museum, located just outside of Minneapolis in Eden Prairie. Heritage Flight-approved pilot Steve Hinton will be at the controls during the flyover.

USAF F-35 Lightning II Heritage Flight Team 2018 Airshow Schedule Released

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USAF F-35 Lightning II Heritage Flight Team

Here is the 2018 airshow schedule for the US Air Force F-35 Lightning II Heritage Flight Team! Will you see them 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!

Schedules often change during the year – for the latest updates please be sure to check our forums!

2018 Appearance Schedule – US Air Force F-35 Lightning II Heritage Flight Team

March 17-18: Luke Air Force Base, AZ
March 23-24: NAS Kingsville, TX

April 3-8: FIDAE – Santiago, Chile (Static only)
April 25-29: ILA Berlin – Berlin, Germany (Static only)

May 25-27: Miami, FL

June 9-10: North Kingston, RI
June 15-17: Ocean City, MD

July 13-15: Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) – RAF Fairford, United Kingdom (HF profile fly by/static)

August 10-12: Offutt Air Force Base, NE
August 17-19: Chicago, IL
August 31-September 2: CIAS – Toronto, Ontario

September 21-23: California Capitol Airshow – Sacramento, CA

October 1-6: USAF Academy Football Game / CORONA

USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team 2018 Airshow Schedule Released

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USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team

Here is the 2018 airshow schedule for the US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team! This is the first year for an aerobatic A-10 demonstration since sequestration. Will you see them 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!

Schedules often change during the year – for the latest updates please be sure to check our forums!

All demos unless stated otherwise include a USAF Heritage Flight.

2018 Appearance Schedule – US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team

March 10-11: Luke Days – Luke AFB, AZ

April 7-8: Heart of Texas Airshow – Waco, TX
April 14-15: Tuscaloosa Regional Airshow – Tuscaloosa, AL
April 21: Thunder Over Louisville, Louisville, KY

May 5-6: Planes of Fame Airshow – Chino, CA
May 12-13: MacDill Airfest – MacDill AFB, FL
May 19-20 – Anderson Regional Airshow – Anderson, SC
May 26-28: Salute to Veterans Celebration – Columbia, MO

June 16-17: Wings Over Northern Michigan – Gaylord, MI
June 23-24: Binghamton Airshow: Binghamton, NY
June 30-July 4: Battle Creek Field of Flight Airshow – Battle Creek, MI

July 3: Dubuque Jaycees Radio Dubuque Airshow – Dubuque, IA (HF Only)
July 28-29: Tri-City Water Follies/HAPO Over The River – Kennewick, WA

August 3-5: Seafair – Seattle, WA
August 10-12: Abbotsford International Airshow – Abbotsford, BC
August 25-26: Fly Ottumwa – Ottumwa, IA

September 15-16: CAF High Sky Wing AIRSHO – Midland, TX
September 22-23: Osan Air Power Days – Osan AB, South Korea (Demo Only)*
September 29-30: Oregon International Airshow – Hillsboro, OR

October 6-7: Maryland Fleet Week and Airshow – Baltimore, MD
October 13-14: Wings Over North Georgia – Rome, GA
October 27: Hangar 24 AirFest – Lake Havasu City, AZ

November 3-4: SBD Fest – San Bernadino, CA

*Pending final approval

USAF F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team 2018 Airshow Schedule Released

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USAF F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team

Here is the 2018 airshow schedule for the US Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team! Will you see them 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!

Schedules often change during the year – for the latest updates please be sure to check our forums!

All shows unless listed otherwise include a USAF Heritage Flight.

2018 Appearance Schedule – US Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team
March 17: MCAS Yuma Airshow – Yuma, AZ
March 24-25: Los Angeles County Airshow – Lancaster, CA
March 24: Riverside Airshow – Riverside, CA (HF Only)

April 3-8: FIDAE 2018 – Santiago, Chile (Demo Only)
April 21-22: Wings Over Columbus – Columbus AFB, MS
April 28: Beale Air Show – Beale AFB, CA

May 5: Manassas Airshow – Manassas, VA (HF Only)
May 5-6: JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Open House – Trenton, NJ
May 12-13: MacDill Air Fest – MacDill AFB
May 19-20: Airpower Over Hampton Roads – JB Langley-Eustis, Hampton, VA
May 26-27: Jones Beach Air Show – Wantagh, NY

June 2-3: Mountain Home AFB, ID
June 9-10: Thunder Over Niagara – Niagara Falls, NY
June 23-24: Dayton Air Show – Dayton, OH
June 30-July 1: Arctic Thunder Open House – JB Elmendorf-Richardson, AK

July 21-22: Cold Lake Air Show – Cold Lake, Alberta

August 10-12: Defenders of Freedom – Offutt, NE
August 18-19: Terre Haute Air Show – Terre Haute, IN

September 8: 187th Fighter Wing Open House – Montgomery, AL
September 16: VAANG Family Day – JB Langley-Eustis, VA (Demo Only)
September 22-23: NAS Oceana Air Show – Virginia Beach, VA
September 29-30: MCAS Miramar Air Show – Miramar, CA

October 13-14: Atlanta Air Show – Hampton, GA
October 13-14: Wings over North Georgia – Rome, GA
October 20-21: Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow – Hammond, LA
October 27: 1 FW Family Day – JB Langley-Eustis, VA (Demo Only)

November 1-3: NAS Pensacola Airshow – Pensacola, FL

USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon Demo Team 2018 Airshow Schedule Released

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USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team

Here is the 2018 airshow schedule for the US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team! Will you see them 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!

Schedules often change during the year – for the latest updates please be sure to check our forums!

2018 Appearance Schedule – US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team

February 11: WBCA Stars and Stripes Airshow -Laredo, TX
Feb 28-March 4: Heritage Flight Conference

April 7-9: Space Coast Warbird AirShow 2018 – Titusville, FL
April 12-15: Sun ‘n Fun – Lakeland, FL
April 21-22: Vero Beach Airshow – Vero Beach, FL
April 28: 2018 Air & Space Expo – Charleston, SC (HF Only)
April 28-29: Wings Over Myrtle Beach – Myrtle Beach, SC

May 5-6: Holloman AFB Open House & Air Show – Holloman AFB, NM
May 12-13: Dyess Big Country Airfest – Dyess AFB, TX
May 19-20: Hangar 24 Airfest – Redlands, CA
May 26-27: Miami Beach Air and Sea Show – Miami, FL

June 16-17: Chippewa Valley Airshow – Eau Claire, WI
June 30-July 1: Evansville ShrinersFest Airshow – Evansville, IN

July 21-22: Biloxi Gulf Coast Airshow – Biloxi, MS
July 24-29: EAA Airventure Oshkosh – Oshkosh, WI (HF Only)

August 25-26: Sound of Speed Airshow – St. Joseph, MO

September 1-3: Cleveland National Airshow – Cleveland, OH
September 7-9: Airshow London – London, ON
September 14-17: National Championship Air Races – Reno, NV

October 13-14: Spirit of St. Louis Airshow – Chesterfield, MO
October 20-21: Wings Over Houston Airshow – Houston, TX
October 27-28: NAS Jacksonville Airshow – NAS Jacksonville, FL

November 3-4: Stuart Air Show – Stuart, FL

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!

Full A-10 Warthog Demonstrations To Return In 2018?

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A-10 Thunderbolt II "Warthog" Demonstration

A-10 Warthog fans have a big reason to be excited today as the A-10 West team teased the return of full A-10 single-ship demonstrations next year!

The US Air Force used to have two A-10 demonstration teams, but the sequestration cuts forced the units to stand down to USAF Heritage Flights only in 2012 and to cease performances in 2013. They got a bit of a restart this year with both East and West teams reforming to participate in Heritage Flights, but no full demonstrations. It was rumored that this was a stepping stone to full demos, a notion that seems to have been confirmed today.

The A-10 gap has also been filled this year by some normal units showing off the Hawg in field attack demos, including a two ship attack demo at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.

There is also discussion about the F-35 Lightning II team, currently limited to Heritage Flights, transitioning to full aerobatic demonstrations next year following Lockheed Martin’s company demo in Paris this summer.

Expect both developments to be confirmed at the ICAS convention in December if not before!

Make sure to visit our forums to discuss this exciting news as it unfolds!

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