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The Jones Beach Air Show, officially known as the “Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park 2019”, was held on Saturday and Sunday, May 26th and 27th, 2019, at — Jones Beach! But there was another air show going on at Republic Airport (FRG) in East Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, about 8 miles northwest of Jones Beach, where most of the air show performers were staging out of for the short hop to the Beach. I stayed at Republic and was rewarded by being able to get really close to most of the air show planes staging out of FRG. Plus I didn’t have to bake on the Beach in the 90 degree heat that day.

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History Was Re-Created by the D-Day Squadron’s European Round Trip


The Now epic trans-Atlantic double crossing by the D-Day Squadron … the planes and the men and women that accomplished the feat, is now “in the books”. Per the organization, here’s the D-Day Squadron’s “Normandy by the Numbers”, which gives a bit of perspective to the historic effort to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France in 1944. Not only was this a seaborne assault, but also was a huge aerial effort just hours prior to the naval action began. Here’s the huge logistical effort that it took for fifteen aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and return. Then, take time to remember that it took hundreds of aircraft to employ the paratroopers on that fateful night in 1944!

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Rare Event Nowadays: Two Royal Australian Air Force F-111 Paired


On Saturday 18th May 2019 a unique opportunity to view and photograph two F-111s together since their retirement from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 2010 was organised by both the RAAF and South Australian Aviation Museum. The aircraft were RF-111C serial number A8-134 and F-111C serial number A8-132. Aircraft A8-134 previously operated with RAAF 1 & 6 Squadrons at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland and aircraft A8-132 was previously operated by Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) RAAF at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia. Photographers and enthusiasts were allowed approximately half hour to view and photograph both aircraft together.

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh’s Warbird News, Part 1


Here’s a first look at some of the great aircraft and events that took place at the EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh 2019. This year, among the many aviation-related celebrations during the convention, the 50th year of the EAA’s Convention in Oshkosh Wisconsin was feted.

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