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Quonset Point 2017 – And A Whole Lot More!

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Quonset Point had an air show on May 20th and 21st in Rhode Island right on Narragansett Bay, and just a short drive from Newport. Some people will say it only had seven airplanes. That's actually true if you count the military statics - two Eagles; two Blackhawks; a Texan II, an Apache and a classic Orion. But if you count everything - Hot Ramp; Cold Ramp; EAA Ramp; Dirt Ramp and military planes that were not allowed on any ramp (for some crazy reason) - there was a total of sixty-five air show airplanes. And that's not even counting the Quonset Air Museum airplanes that are normally rolled out to the static ramp but are now in storage, sealed in white shrink-wrap preservative pending resolution of the Museum status after it closed last summer. The air show had a total of sixty-five airplanes - not bad considering the Canadian Snowbirds bugged out at the last minute after Quonset Point and the Rhode Island National Guard printed up all those fancy Air Show programs with the Snowbirds on the front cover. Read more »

Getting In Gear for the 2017 New York Air Show

 

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For the third consecutive year, the skies over New Windsor, New York will be ablaze with color and sound as the New York Air Show puts aloft a varied group of aerial performers. The past two years have put this fledgling air show on the national map, featuring U. S. military, civilian and local talent.

The 2017 show, to be held during the July 1st and 2nd weekend, features the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, the Air Force’s F-16 Viper demo, and a host of other performers. One of the local performers is based at the Stewart International Airport, where the show will be held. The New York Air National Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing will fly a demonstration of their big C-17 transports.

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2017 LA County Air Show

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One show that definitely stands out each year is the LA County Airshow at Fox Field in Lancaster, California. With such a rich history of aviation testing and pioneers in the Antelope Valley, the setting couldn't be better. In only it's fourth year, the show’s popularity continues to grow and had a record attendance of 40,000 show goers on the weekend of March 25th and 26th. The headliners, the United States Air Force Demonstration Team, The Thunderbirds wowed the crowd with their breathtaking formation and individual maneuvers. Read more »

Boeing’s First KC-135 Served In Many Non-Tanker Roles

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Story by Ken Kula with Nicole Cloutier The first Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker was delivered to the U.S. Air Force at Boeing’s Renton, Washington plant in January, 1956. Carrying a serial of 55-3118, the first production KC-135A was named the “City of Renton”, and christened with a bottle of local river water. Interestingly, the first jet-powered aerial tanker was delivered at the same time as the final KC-97 propeller-driven tanker was delivered from the same factory. Read more »