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Getting In Gear for the 2017 New York Air Show

 

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For the third consecutive year, the skies over New Windsor, New York will be ablaze with color and sound as the New York Air Show puts aloft a varied group of aerial performers. The past two years have put this fledgling air show on the national map, featuring U. S. military, civilian and local talent.

The 2017 show, to be held during the July 1st and 2nd weekend, features the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, the Air Force’s F-16 Viper demo, and a host of other performers. One of the local performers is based at the Stewart International Airport, where the show will be held. The New York Air National Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing will fly a demonstration of their big C-17 transports.

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2017 LA County Air Show

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One show that definitely stands out each year is the LA County Airshow at Fox Field in Lancaster, California. With such a rich history of aviation testing and pioneers in the Antelope Valley, the setting couldn't be better. In only it's fourth year, the show’s popularity continues to grow and had a record attendance of 40,000 show goers on the weekend of March 25th and 26th. The headliners, the United States Air Force Demonstration Team, The Thunderbirds wowed the crowd with their breathtaking formation and individual maneuvers. Read more »

Boeing’s First KC-135 Served In Many Non-Tanker Roles

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Story by Ken Kula with Nicole Cloutier The first Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker was delivered to the U.S. Air Force at Boeing’s Renton, Washington plant in January, 1956. Carrying a serial of 55-3118, the first production KC-135A was named the “City of Renton”, and christened with a bottle of local river water. Interestingly, the first jet-powered aerial tanker was delivered at the same time as the final KC-97 propeller-driven tanker was delivered from the same factory. Read more »

Remembering LZ 129, the Hindenburg – and the Importance of Naval Air Station Lakehurst

lz5 On May 6, 2017, I attended the memorial service the eightieth anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster at the spot where the Hindenburg crashed at Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey. The weather was much like it was that fateful night eighty years ago, overcast, a cool breeze and light rain. For more than 30 years on May 6th, the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society (NHLS) has marked this solemn occasion at the very spot where the Hindenburg’s Gondola came to rest. Read more »