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THE BARNES AIR SHOW 2017: The History of Barnes Airport and the 104th Fighter Wing


Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport was home to the 2017 "Westfield International Air Show", a flying extravaganza sponsored by the 104th Fighter Wing and held in central Massachusetts on August 11th and 12th this year that included over 72 airplanes and 6 hours of "Sierra Hotel" flying for 100,000 plane crazy people! Outwardly Barnes looks like a small airport, but Barnes Airport near Springfield has an amazing history: Read more »

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!


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


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 »