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Looking Back at the Blue Angels 60th Birthday Bash at RNLAF Leeuwarden

Koninklijke Luchtmacht (RNLAF) Leeuwarden Open Dagen 2006

The year was 2006, and the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron as celebrating their 60th Anniversary. As part of their schedule, a short European tour was planned and executed, including a weekend at the RNLAF Leeuwarden, an air force base well northeast of the Netherlands’ largest city of Amsterdam. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to see another European air show, with a twist of Blues too. I chose to attend both the Friday and Saturday air shows, which were slightly different each day.

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Looking Back at the 2006 Edwards AFB Air Show

Late in October of 2006, the High Desert of California reverberated with the roar of jets in afterburner and piston engines growling with all of their might. The 2006 Edwards AFB Air Show went off without a hitch, with brilliant weather for flying and more than forty aircraft arrayed on the static display.

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ClassicWarbirds.net Random Warbirds #4

 

C-47 at Bridgeport Connecticut before the D-Day celebration in 2019.

Here’s number four in our series of random warbird photos, enjoy!

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Looking Back: The F-18 Hornet Pre-Prototypes

 

All photos by Bob Finch

Around the time when Northrop’s YF-17 Cobra lost the U.S. Air Force’s Lightweight Fighter competition in the early 1970s, the U.S. Navy focused on creating a lightweight fighter of its own. Under direction of Congress, the YF-17 and its lightweight fighter technologies became the steppingstone for the F-18 Hornet.

Identified to replace the LTV A-7 Corsair II, the McDonnell A-4 Skyhawk and McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom IIs in service, Northrop partnered with McDonnell Douglas to modify the YF-17 into a carrier-capable multi-mission aircraft. It was during this time that Bob Finch saw prototypes of the F-17 Cobra, acting as F/A-18 Prototypes at both NAS Patuxent River and NAS Oceana, and took these photos.

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