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The U.S. Air Force is Seventy Years Old

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The RAF Red Arrows lead the USAF Thunderbirds in an Anniversary salute to the U.S. Air Force in the U.K. this year 

The United States Air Force will celebrate the seventieth anniversary of its founding on September 18, 2017. Seventy years of aviation history is hard to imagine, there is no way we could portray all of the individual and/or group efforts that have stood out for these past seven decades... thus we offer a timeline of just a few notable events and actions that have helped make the USAF a highly visible force in both war and peace. These choices in this timeline are arbitrary, and do not focus on any specific area of knowledge or technical merit. Rather, this is just a small snapshot of some events that will form a framework to see some of the aircraft and some service members' accomplishments along the way.  At the end, check out our slide show of Air Force aircraft throughout the years too!

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EAA AirVenture Warbird Photo Scrap Book for 2017

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As usual, there were a truckload of significant features at this year's AirVenture!  A trio of Bell P-63 KingCobras took to the air, a pair of B-29s graced the skies, and a solo Douglas A-20 also flew during the weeklong event.  And, that's just the beginning of it...  bomber week showcased B-25s for a special salute to the Doolittle Raiders this year, a still-awesome B-52 joined forces with a B-1 and B-2 for a bomber formation flight and the list goes on and on. Read more »

The 2017 Narragansett Beach Airshow – an Added Bonus in Rhode Island!

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The 2017 Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show was held during the weekend of May 20-21st - a Saturday and Sunday event.

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A lesser-known preamble to the show is a gem of a presentation at nearby Narragansett Beach, only a twenty minute drive from the Quonset Point air show location.  On the Friday before the air show, a traditional short aerial display has been held, to the delight of the few thousand air show fans who lounge around the beach around the sunset hour. Against colorful clouds and relatively calm seas, many of the weekend's performers make a series of passes, some aerobatic and some not, for about 45 minutes to the delight of show organizers, staff, and the general public. Read more »

NAS Oceana Air Shows – Looking Back

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Naval Air Station Oceana, jut east of the city of Norfolk - in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is the East Coast's Master Jet Base and near the home of the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Ocean-based aircraft carriers. The carrier's Air Wings' fighter and attack aircraft most likely call Oceana home.  The main airfield at the base is known as Apollo Soucek Field, after the Navy pilot (and later Vice Admiral) who attained a world record altitude of more than 43,000 feet in 1930. Read more »