An Aviation April Fools Day 2015 Recap

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B-36 Peacemaker at AirVenture 2015? - EAA Warbirds of America
B-36 Peacemaker at AirVenture 2015? – EAA Warbirds of America

There were a number of funny April Fools Day posts in the aviation world yesterday. We here at AirshowStuff were happy to contribute our own post about the Blue Angels transitioning to unmanned drones, which proved to be one of our most popular posts ever! In case you missed the others, here are some of the best (fake!) stories we saw circulating:

Michael Goulian to Race Historic 1935 Hughes H-1 Racer in Red Bull Air Race

Reno Air Racing Association to Add Cessna Class

B-36 Peacemaker to be featured during EAA AirVenture

“Rotor Floater” Helicopter Ejection Seats
(Despite the article, helicopter ejection seats do already exist!)

WestJet to introduce new ‘SmartSeat’ boarding technology

Aero News Network has a whole bunch of great spoof posts on their site, including this one:
Sonex Wins Contract With The U.S. Air Force: SubSonex Jets Will Replace Thunderbird’s F-16s

Did you see any good pranks or articles that we missed? Did you fall for any? Let us know in the comments!

FLYOVER ALERT: Super Bowl XLIX

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Super Bowl Flyover

Airshow fans! Tune into NBC Sunday at 6pm to see the USAF Thunderbirds flyover the Super Bowl! Six red, white, and blue F-16 Fighting Falcons from the USAF’s aerial demonstration squadron will flyover around 6pm Eastern time at the end of the National Anthem to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Air Force. The flyover should be televised live on NBC.

Following the Super Bowl flyover, the Thunderbirds will perform 71 demonstrations at 39 locations this season. 2015 is the team’s 62nd season.

The Thunderbirds won’t be the only aerial assets in the air during the Super Bowl. F-16s from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing in Tucson will be enforcing the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in effect over the stadium and Blackhawk helicopters from US Customs and Border Protection will also be on site.

BREAKING: 2015 Offutt AFB Air Show Canceled

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USAF Thunderbirds - Offutt AFB Airshow Canceled

There will be no 2015 airshow at Offutt AFB due to funding issues. Base officials announced the cancelation recently, telling WOWT that the 55th Wing has withdrawn a request to host the event after learning that funding has been approved for runway repairs. The work is in front of hangars which typically house airshow performer’s aircraft, so base officials felt the show and construction could not go on at the same time. The work is expected to last until September or October.

The decision was made in late 2014, but not announced until recently. Base spokesperson Ryan Hansen said that “if not for the unexpected funding, base officials did expect approval to host the air show.”

The 2015 show was expected to include the USAF Thunderbirds. No word on what show, if any, will take Offutts place in their schedule.

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