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Hanscom AFB’s 1989 and 1991 Air Shows

42nd Bomb Wing KC-135R based at Loring AFB, Maine. The base is now closed Air Force Base due to the BRAC. 

The two year period between 1989 and 1991 saw a pair of air shows at Massachusetts’ Hanscom AFB, to the west of Boston found in the suburb of Bedford. Twenty years has seen a huge turnover of military aircraft in the United States… look at what was displayed in the years on either side of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

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The Perfect “10” of an Aircraft

Forty years and one day after it made its maiden flight, the Air Force has finally flown its first KC-10 west to the boneyard. 

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‘Bert’s Last JATO Launch, NAS Pensacola 2009 Home Coming Air Show

When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the New Orleans area in 2005, it set in motion a grand finale event in 2009. When the storm hit NAS New Orleans, as the story goes, a large part of a cache of JATO bottles (standing for Jet Assisted Take Off – sometimes known for what they actually are – RATO or Rocket Assisted Take Off) was damaged by water. These were used on C-130 Hercules transports for added thrust for difficult takeoffs. Sometimes, they were used in “hot and high” situations, other times, they were needed to “unstick” LC-130s operating in polar/ice conditions. Additionally, the Blue Angels Marine C-130, affectionately known as Fat Albert, used these bottles, which were manufactured around the time of the Vietnam War, for their Blue Angels air shows.

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2009 Abbotsford, British Columbia air show formation – front to rear: P-51C, F7F, P-51D, Yak-11.

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