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The Great State of Maine Air Show 2017

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Over a late summer weekend, the one just before America’s Labor Day holiday, the Great State of Maine Airshow attracted tens of thousands of vacationers and residents. Held at the expansive Brunswick Executive Airport, the venue offered a varied and exciting event filled with sights and sounds not heard at the facility since it was an active Naval Air Station almost a decade earlier. The airport has no obstructions around it for air show viewing, and MidCoast Maine is a great place for a vacation, so it’s a great weekend treat to attend the show, fill up on lobster and wild blueberry pie, and take in the picturesque coastal scenery too. Read more »

2017 Thunder Over Michigan!

 

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  You never know what you will see or hear in the skies around Detroit’s Willow Run International Airport located in Ypsilanti MI. Willow Run has a little of everything from locally based USA Jet or Kalitta freighters to the more exotic Aeronaves De Mexico DC9’s. If you want to go one step further in the exotic department try the Boeing 737-4Y0 that belongs to the United States Department of Justice. You will find business jets such as the Johnson Controls Gulfstream GV-SP N80AD and Bombardier Challenger 300 N60AD. Eastern Michigan University Cessna 172SP Skyhawks will fly practice approaches several times a day. Read more »

2017’s Wings Over Camarillo Warbirds…

 

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  Every August, a wonderful air show takes place at the Camarillo Airport in Camarillo, California. With beautiful blue skies, moderate temperatures, a nice cool sea breeze, and sunlight that stays behind you the entire show, this air show draws tens of thousands of aviation fans from around the world. Camarillo Airport is home to many tenants including the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, EAA Chapter 723, and the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). The CAF, with their wide assortment of flyable World War II aircraft, have the unique ability to showcase these warbirds that America’s greatest generation flew to victory seven decades ago. Read more »

Thunder Over Dover 2017

IMG_9998   Dover Delaware, 45 minutes south of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, on US Route 13, is noted for two events that get huge crowds: The first is the "Dover International Speedway", the "Monster Mile", the famous NASCAR one mile oval track, built in 1969, seating 95,500 racing fans and noted for at least seven NASCAR Cup 400 and 200 races during the year. However. there was another event this year about five miles down the road that beat out the NASCAR track with another "Monster Mile", with a two-day event that drew at least 150,000 people each day - the "Dover Air Force Base Air Show"! Again, Huge Crowds! The 2017 "Thunder Over Dover Open House", held on Saturday and Sunday, August 26th and 27th, returned United States Air Power to the Delaware Shore for the first time since 2009. And they certainly made up for lost time at Dover this year with lots of heavy metal haulers, an array of fast mover fighters and a whole bunch of unusual warbirds. 2017 was a special year because it marked the 300th Anniversary of the City of Dover and the 70th Anniversary of the US Air Force. The big attraction this year was the US Air Force "Thunderbirds"; Give them the "Blues" or the "T-Birds" and they will come, all 150,000 of them each day. The show also offered the the US Air Force Academy Parachute Team "Wings of Blue", the US Army Special Operations Command Parachute Team "The Black Daggers", over 70 aircraft both on the Static and Hot Ramps and over 20 flying demonstrations including such unusual demos as the B-2A Stealth Bomber 3-pass fly-over by the "Spirit of California" from the 509th Bomb Wing out of Whiteman AFB, MO, Art Nall's Sea Harrier AV-8B demo, the twin-tail 1946 De Havilland RAF Vampire Jet demo, the CAF "Prowlers of the Pacific" warbirds ACM demo and many other flying acts, and, of course, a few of those wonderful "Noisemakers" - the great little Pitts aerobatic stunt planes. Read more »