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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 »

Owls Head Transportation Museum’s “Rally” Warbirds



Here’s a riddle: How many tires would there be in one place in Maine, if you gathered a half dozen aircraft and eighty vintage cars, motorcycles and trucks for an air and auto show? So far, so good? OK, now double the aircraft total, and triple the automobile total because you have to add the entire contents of a world-class transportation museum’s collections, since the event was held at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. The Museum’s Wings and Wheels “Rally” was held at the western end of the Knox County Regional Airport on the weekend of August 5th and 6th, 2017 - featuring this amazing number of airplanes and autos both indoors and out. By the way, some of you might have guessed around a thousand wheels, but did you remember to add in the tailwheels and the spare tires too? Read more »

Oshkosh Warbird Scrapbook 2017!

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Here are just some of the aircraft that graced the skies overhead Oshkosh Wisconsin during the 2017 EAA AirVenture. Heavy on the warbirds! OK... not all of these are traditional warbirds, but you get our drift... Read more »

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 »