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The "2017 Joint Base Andrews Air Show - Breaking Barriers for 70 Years - Featuring the Thunderbirds and the Golden Knights" - was held on Saturday and Sunday, September 16 - 17, 2017. Andrews had a fabulous Air Show this year. As has been the case for the last few years, the air show parking for the public was at the FedEx Field parking lots, about 10 miles to the north off of the I-495 Beltway. The public was bussed to the north end of the static ramp off of Exit 9 on Route 337 and into the North Gate to the ramp. Years ago the public could drive on base and park on the South Ramp, but since 9-11 and for security reasons, no spectator cars were allowed on base for the Air Show. Surprisingly, and even with all the budget cutbacks and the Congressionally mandated "Sequester" still in effect, Andrews was able to muster 98 airplanes both on the Static Ramp and the Hot Ramp this year. Let's just round it off and call it an even 100 on the ramp for "Andrews-2017"! And, considering NAS Oceana, only three hours south of DC, was also having their big air show in Virginia Beach on exactly the same weekend, still over 150,000 people showed up at Andrews for each of the Show Days! But before we go chasing airplanes, it might be nice to take a quick look at this very important Air Base that hosts not only the President of the United States but also Heads of State and just about every important government official in DC needing to go someplace.

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Edwards AFB Air Shows of the Early 1990s

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During the early 1990s, the main focus of the U.S. Air Force was still centered on countering the U.S.S.R., although that union was beginning to unravel.  The first Gulf War was just around the corner, and most of the Air Force's tactical arsenal was still painted in the camouflage  colors that would be the most effective in Europe (occasionally referred to as the "Lizard",  "Euro 1" or "European 1" color scheme). Read more »

Warbirds at the 2018 “Vegas Strong” Nellis Air and Space Expo

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This year, being the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force, and with the recent tragic shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip, Nellis Air Force Base painted up two aircraft in very special paint jobs in honor of both for their annual Air and Space Expo.


A static F-15 had one side painted in commemoration of the USAF 70th anniversary, while the other side was in honor of those that had fallen in the mass shooting on October 1st.

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Grumman TBM Avenger operated by the Commemorative Air Force

"Chambers Field", the Naval Air Station facility located within Naval Station Norfolk (NAVSTANOR), celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the flying component of the base with a fairly big but somewhat "secret" air show on Saturday, July 15th, 2017. It was a part of the overall celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the massive Naval Base in Norfolk known as "Naval Station Norfolk". The single-day air show was one of a number of both public and private events celebrating 100 years of naval service that the Naval Station has provided since its founding in 1917. Later, on October 21st, the Base opened up a full-deck carrier - the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) - and a number of surface ships for public viewing; kind of like a "Mini-Airshow" on the Flight Deck and Hanger Bay of the new Carrier, called "Fleet-Fest 2017". However, as great as the Air Show was with almost 30 airplanes on the ramps, it was kind of a "private" air show. There was no Blue Angels, and it was not really publicized much in the Virginia Beach - Hampton Roads area. The public had access only between 11AM and 4PM and only about 5,000 people showed up. But if you like Navy planes, it was certainly the place to be for a great static and flying show. I'd say it was a top notch "Secret Air Show" for sure. Stand by for some cool Navy air show details later...

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