SAN FRANCISCO FLEET WEEK
2008 MACDILL AIRFEST
MAC DILL AFB SHOW
TICO WARBIRD MUSEUM
WINGS AND WHEELS - TETERBORO, NJ
BLUES ON THE BAY- KANEOHE BAY, HI
ST PETERSBURG AIRFEST-ST. PETE, FL
AVIATION NATION - LAS VEGAS, NV
Airshow Reports and News
2013 TICO WARBIRD AIRSHOW IS FINAL
SHOW FOR THE THUNDERBIRDS
With a blue sky, the Air Force Thunderbirds flew what is likely to be their only high show of the year during the Friday "practice show" in Titusville. Bad weather on Saturday and Sunday limited the team to a low show. The show began with the TICO Belle, a veteran of the D-Day landings, flying to 5,000' to drop the skydivers who would start the show. Mike Gouilan flew circles around the jumpers. Once they were on the ground, the show continued with a mock dogfight between a Fokker tri-wing and a Sopwith Camel. Next came the WW II aircraft featuring B-17 "Chuckie", P-51 "The Rebel" and B-25 "Killer B". Dozens of trainer aircraft followed in a sky full of aircraft. Next came a performance by a Navy A-4 Skyhawk followed by Rick Svetkoff and General Steve Ritchie in the F-104 Starfighter. Matt Younkin thrilled the crowd by performing aerobatics in a twin Beech. The Thunderbirds ended the show by flying in from Patrick AFB. They performed a high show that thrilled the crowd. It is a shame that the team has canceled all other performances for the year, including their home show at Nellis AFB. Click on the photo of the Thunderbirds for more images from the show.
FLEET WEEK SHOW THRILLS CROWDS IN
There are few airshow locations with the beauty of San Francisco Bay. 2008 brought a rare combination of the Blue Angels and the Canadian Snowbird jet teams. When you add in the Patriots in their four L-39s and the Viper West team, you have an outstanding show.
This year's show was held on Columbus Day weekend and many visitors flocked to San Francisco's North Beach area for a parade and some delicious Italian food.
NAS OCEANA AIRSHOW IS FIRST CLASS
We are frequently asked the question, "if you could only attend one airshow, which one would it be?" That's easy. NAS Oceana. Just leave enough time to recover from the full schedule of activities. The weekend begins with a practice show on Friday that is open to military families and the media, then the gates open to the public at 5 pm for a night show. That show ends with a spectacular fireworks display before many people head to the Officer's Club, which is open to the public. On Saturday, there is a day show featuring top military and civilian performers. At night, there is a beach blast with parachute jumps and an F-18 Hornet making some high-speed afterburner passes that light up the sky. After another show on Sunday, you will need a week to recover. Congratulations to Corkie Erie and his staff for a wonderful job again this year.
STARFIGHTER THREE SHIP SHOW DEBUTS
AT MACDILL AIRFEST
From 1959 to 1968, the F-104 Starfighter was on the front line in the cold war, and some hot conflicts over Vietnam. The plane set numerous speed records and remained in service in Europe until a few years ago. Sadly, only a few aircraft remained flying. Rick Svetkoff started his Starfighter team in 1995 and dreamed about having a three ship demonstration. The Saturday show at MacDill marked the first flight of three Starfighters at a U.S. airshow in nearly 40 years. Congratulations are in order for the entire Starfighter team. Visit their website at www.Starfighters.net
You can't find a nicer group of people than the Lake Amphibian Flyer's Club. Each year, the group comes together for a fly-in at a Central Florida location. Owners, pilots and enthusiasts are welcome to attend with club membership. This year, they gathered at Westgate River Ranch near Clermont before heading down to Bartow Municipal Airport for seminars and a buffet lunch. You can visit the group's website at: www.LakeFlyers.com
AVIATION NATION CELEBRATES 60 YEARS
OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE
Aviation Nation at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas is always a great show. It attracts some of the largest crowds of any airshow in the United States. This year was special with performances highlighting aircraft from World War I, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, and the modern era. The Air Force Thunderbirds, based at Nellis, put on a nice performance for the home crowd but the star of the show was Major Max Moga flying the F-22 Raptor doing maneuvers that are impossible on virtually any other fixed wing aircraft.
We look forward to the St. Petersburg Airfest each year because it is lots of fun for the whole family. You can drop the kids off at Camp Victory and watch how they do in a simulated boot camp. There are a lot of hands on exhibits that are fun for children and adults alike. When the flying begins, it is up close and easy to see with Tampa Bay providing a beautiful backdrop. If you missed the show this year, you may want to plan your vacation to St. Petersburg around this show in 2008. Dave Thompson and Rich Castle do a wonderful job each year.
BLUE ANGELS WOW BIG CROWD AT KANEOHE
The Blue Angels made the long trip from San Francisco to Marine Corp Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay with the help of a KC-10 from Travis AFB. A big crowd estimated at 70,000 packed the base each day to watch the Blues, Patty Wagstaff, Jill Long and others. The Marines put on a nice tactical demo with pyro that the crowd loved. Tim Weber gave a wonderful show in his Extra 300 and was nice enough to let Patty Wagstaff use his plane for her show which included her patented inverted ribbon cut. Mahalo to Airshow Director Bob Farrow for putting on a great show.
YANKEE LADY IS A STAR AT WINGS AND
The Yankee Air Force Museum's beautiful B-17G, Yankee Lady, was the star of the Wings and Wheels Show at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on September 15th and 16th. The show is sponsored each year by the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey, which is based in Teterboro. In addition to Yankee Lady, there was a DC-3 and C-54 on display. Teterboro is rich in aviation history. Amelia Earhart practiced at Teterboro before many of her record-setting flights. In the 1930s, it was the busiest airport in the world. It remains busy today, with private and commercial aircraft. Take a look at our video on YouTube, or download it from the link below.