Looking Back at the Wings Over Batavia Air Shows 1996 and 1997

The air shows at the Genesee County Airport in Batavia, New York in 1996 and 1997 contained numerous civilian aerobatic acts, but the warbirds and active military action was still outstanding!. Previously, the yearly event was held on the turf runway of the National Warplane Museum’s home base in Geneseo, and focused on mainly warbirds and then-current military performances.

Many of the active military performers, such as the fighters and the C-141 Starlifter parachute drop jet, had to operate remotely, due to the length of the runway. While the Canadian Hornet was limited to an ultra-low pass during one of the practice days, the VF-143 Pukin’ Dogs Tomcat did a touch-and-go… with none other than famed Tomcat pilot and then – Commander, Fighter Wing Atlantic, Dale “Snort” Snodgrass at the controls.  

Here’s a look back at those two years, through a scrapbook of photos.

 

 

 

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