2018 US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Demonstration Airshow Schedules Released

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US Navy F-18 Super Hornet Demonstration Team

The 2018 schedule for the US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Demo Teams has been released, but there’s not a whole lot to see. Due to training and other requirements, the demo teams are severely limited in their performances this year. As of the April release, only four shows have been approved with two listed as tentative.

In a statement, Navy TAC Demo said “both VFA-106 and VFA-122 are Fleet Replacement Squadrons (FRS), sometimes referred to by the old Navy term “RAG” or Replacement Air Group. The primary mission of each squadron is to provide the fleet with trained replacement aircrew to support fleet requirements. At this time, each squadron must focus on training newly winged aviators and flight officers on employing the Super Hornet to defend our country. This mission must take priority over flying these remarkable aircraft at air shows.”

While the limited number of shows certainly is disappointing, schedules often change during the year – so for the latest updates please be sure to check our forums! More shows could be added.

2018 Appearance Schedule – US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Demonstration Teams

April 14-15: Sun-N-Fun, Lakeland Regional Airport – Lakeland, FL
April 21-22: Thunder Over Louisville – Louisville, KY

May 5-6: Ford Lauderdale Air Show – Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 26-27: Miami Beach Air and Sea Show – Miami Beach, FL

The following shows are approved for TACDEMO participation; however, actual participation will be determined in May.

June 9-10: Thunder of Niagara, Niagara Falls ARS – Niagara Falls, NY
June 30-July 1: Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show – Battle Creek, MI

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!

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

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

Join The Conversation On The New AirshowStuff Forums

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Airshow Crowd

Today we are proud to launch the AirshowStuff Forums, an online community for airshow and aviation enthusiasts!

The forums are our answer to fans who want somewhere to post their photos, share some tips for attending their local airshow, or just to chat with other avgeeks. We have established areas to post performer schedules, discuss airshow news, share photography tips, and more. As with any forum, it will be a bit slow to start so we need you to join in the conversation and help get it going. Give it a look, register (for free) and let’s see what you’ve got to say!

EAA Webinar Reveals Exciting Details About AirVenture Oshkosh 2016

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

The Experimental Aircraft Association hosted a webinar last night to give some updates on plans for this years EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which is rapidly approaching. Updated daily airshow schedules were released along with some extra details that should excite the many fans who will attend.

Interesting tidbits mentioned during the presentation:

  • The Martin Mars will be performing water drops as part of the show, dropping 7,200 gallons of water to show off its firefighting capabilities.
  • A grass runway will be set up for WWI aircraft, which are being highlighted this year, roughly near the ultralight strip.
  • A US Air Force U-2 spy plane will perform a flyover on Friday.
  • Pearl Harbor reenactment group Tora! Tora! Tora! will perform in the evening show on Wednesday, and a special “Final Countdown” pass will see US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornets fly with the Tora Zeros.
  • The B-29 Superfortress “Fifi” will be in attendance, and hopes are high that the B-29 “Doc” will be able to complete flight testing in time to appear as well.
  • A rare North American P-64 will attend and will fly during the show. Other cool aircraft appearing include an A-20 Havoc, Super Guppy, TWA MD-83, Boeing YL-15, and Airbus eFan.
  • Pilot and actor Harrison Ford will be on hand to introduce a showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Friday night.
  • The Canadian Snowbirds will perform Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They will require a special crowd line similar to when the Thunderbirds appeared in 2014. This will also allow fully aerobatic F-16 demonstrations on those days, and likely the same for the Super Hornet demonstration on Friday and Sunday. The box and show center are shown in the image below, followed by the daily airshow lineups

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 - Canadian Snowbird Show Box

Monday

National Anthem/Flag Jump
Paul Poberezny Tribute/P-64
Canadian Harvards
Matt Chapman
Warbird Arrivals
Bill Stein
Vintage review
Kent Pietsch
Seaplane Showcase
Martin Mars
GoPro Bomb squad
Jerry Kerby
Gene Soucy
David Martin
Paul McCowan
Kevin Coleman
Class of ’45
Greg Shelton and Ashley Key
Kyle Franklin
Rob Holland
International Aerobatic Club
Aeroshell Aerobatic Team
Aeroshell Aerobatic Team - EAA AirVenture OshkoshJeff Boerboon - Screamn Sasquatch - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Tuesday

National Anthem/Flag Jump
Warbirds of America
Sean D. Tucker
Electric Aircraft
GoPro Bomb Squad
Debby Rihn-Harvey
Homebuilt Review
Greg Shelton and Ashley Key
Jeff Boerboon
Matt Younkin
Skip Stewart
Greg Koontz
Bob Carlton
Manfred Radius
USAF Heritage Flight (F-16/P-51)

Wednesday (Day Show)

National Anthem/Flag Jump
Warbirds of America
Vintage Review
Kent Pietsch
Vicky Benzing
Patty Wagstaff
Gene Soucy and Teresa Stokes
Snowbirds Arrival
Canadian Harvards
Kent Pietsch
Martin Mars
Kirby Chambliss
Geico Skytypers
Jim Pietz
GoPro Bomb Squad
Michael Goulian
Kent Pietsch
Texas Flying Legends
USAF Heritage Flight (F-16/P-51)
Kirby Chambliss - EAA AirVenture OshkoshTexas Flying Legends - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Wednesday (Evening Show)

“The Pearl” Interstate Cadet
Tora! Tora! Tora!
P-64
Final Countdown Pass
Paradigm Parabatic Team
Aeroshell Aerobatic Team
Randy Ball – MiG-17
Redline Airshows
GoPro Bomb Squad
Bob Carlton
Matt Younkin
Gene Soucy
Fireworks
Wall of Fire

Thursday

Two Millionth Young Eagle
National Anthem/Flag Jump
Warbirds of America (Jet Day)
Centennial of USCG Aviation
Sean D. Tucker
Sammy Mason
Jim Pietz
Bill Stein
Van’s RVs
Jerry Kirby
West Coast Ravens
Redline Airshows
International Aerobatic Club
Rob Holland
Kirby Chambliss
Geico Skytypers
Skip Stewart
Texas Flying Legends
F/A-18F Super Hornet
Skip Stewart - EAA AirVenture OshkoshMatt Younkin - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Friday

National Anthem/Flag Jump
Warbirds of America
Matt Chapman
Aeroshell Aerobatic Team
Jeff Boerboon
Kirby Chambliss
David Martin
Philipp Steinbach
Martin Mars
Michael Goulian
F/A-18F Super Hornet
F-16 Fighting Falcon
USAF Heritage Flight (F-16/P-51)
Canadian Snowbirds

Saturday (Day)

National Anthem/Flag Jump
Warbirds of America
Geico Skytypers
Vicky Benzing
Michael Goulian
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Jim Pietz
Kyle Franklin
Sean D. Tucker
F-16 Fighting Falcon
USAF Heritage Flight (F-16/P-51)
Canadian Snowbirds
Canadian Forces SnowbirdsB-29 Superfortress "Fifi" - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Saturday (Evening)

F/A-18F Super Hornet
Martin Mars
Paradigm Parabatic Team
Team Aerostar
Aeroshell Aerobatic Team
US Customs and Border Patrol
Manfred Radius
Bob Carlton
Redline Airshows
Patriot Parachute Team
Steve Oliver
Gene Soucy
Fireworks
Wall of Fire

Sunday

National Anthem/Flag Jump
Departures
Debbie Rihn-Harvey
US Customers and Border PAtrol
Greg Shelton and Ashley Key
Matt Chapman
F/A-18F Super Hornet
Redline Airshows
Sammy Mason
Jeff Boerboon
Bill Stein
Team Aerostar
Patty Wagstaff
Scott Yoak
Patriot Parachute Team
F-16 Fighting Falcon
USAF Heritage Flight (F-16/P-51)
Canadian Snowbirds

Hat tip to Nathan Truninger for providing us the info.

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