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Les Neistat Reviews the 2016 Illawara Air Show

13467633_10153738851008106_1726596585_o[1] Well, what can I say, as to being very cautious planning my trip to this year's 2016 Wings Over Illawara Airshow in Albion Park NSW Australia? With forcasts of being rained out again, after last year's cancellation due to extreme rain conditions - which caused flooding of the Illawara Regional Airport and deemed necessary for safety reasons.  Well, after slight rain conditions I am glad I made the decission to attend, as the weather cleared on both days and it turned out to be a fabulous airshow, as I’m sure roughly 20,000 other attendees would agree. Wings Over Illawara 2016 featured the largest collection of military and civil aircraft ever assembled for Wings Over Illawara,together with Australia’s best air show aerobatic pilots and aircraft. The show was held over 2 days, Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st of May with Friday 29th April being practice day for participants and Media. Most of the warbirds have either served in Australia’s armed forces or represent types that have helped defend Australia in the service of her allies. Read more »

2016 Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show

Quonset_AAM_C-47_0244 When the featured performer of the 2016 Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air show cancelled their appearance, a few people commented on social media sites that they were going to skip the annual event at Quonset State Airport. The USAF Thunderbirds' stand down, after a non-fatal crash in Colorado a little over a week prior to the Quonset event, led to a perceived gap in the flying program. Too bad for those who chose to skip it, for the air show was still the top-notch event that spectators have come to expect. Read more »

Nashua, NH Offers A Cozy Fit For “FIFI”, CAF

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Nashua is the second most populated city in the state of New Hampshire, and within an hour’s drive from the larger cities of Manchester and Boston, Massachusetts. Boire Field, Nashua’s municipal airport, is categorized by the FAA as a general aviation reliever airport, and averages about a thousand flight operations each week. Aircraft based at Nashua include corporate jets, helicopters, and hundreds of general aviation planes that operate from a paved, 6000 foot long by 100 foot wide runway. Read more »

Bill Sarama’s Quonset Point Weekend

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Well, I had a little fun this last weekend. I went up to what is officially called the "Rhode Island National Guard Air Show 2016", held at the Quonset Point State Airport on beautiful Narragansett Bay. Located about 8 miles north of Newport, Rhode Island, it's the home of raspberry pants, raspberry drinks and raspberry salsa fish dinners - and a few fancy sailboats. But not at this air show. The scene here is strictly airplanes and cheeseburgers to go with red metal bottles of Bud, the main show sponsor. Until about 1973, this airport was Naval Air Station Quonset Point, one of the largest air stations on the east coast. It supported aircraft carrier operations and was, until its closing, home base to at least two Fast Attack Aircraft Carriers that docked at the long Carrier Pier. That structure still exists near the end of the main Runway 16/34. To the southwest, on the other side of Point Judith, was Auxiliary Landing Field Charlestown with its three runways that supported Carrier Qual Ops for NAS Quonset Point. Now it is a State Park, with some of the old runways still in place - a great place to do aviation archeology exploring. Read more »