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Airshow Traveler's Air Show Weekly

Volume 5, Issue 1

May 6, 2009

Welcome to Airshow Traveler Magazine's Newsletter, Air Show Weekly, where we take a look at upcoming airshows and showcase current aviation topics.

All air show information listed is accurate as we know it. Still, it is best to check with the individual air show to see if there are any changes. Even then, scheduled aircraft may not appear due to bad weather en route, or because of mechanical breakdown.

In This Issue

Tough Times, Tough Choices

Barksdale AFB Air Show

Branson Air Show

Museum News

Special Events

Looking Ahead

Tough Times, Tough Choices

Airshow Traveler Magazine will no longer be produced in a print version. With the popularity of the Internet and the uncertain economy, printed magazines are becoming an expensive dinosaur and we can no longer afford to lose money. Our magazine will instead become an online magazine, commonly called an ezine, and become part of our new online enterprise, Military Aircraft Historian. This change allows us to broaden our scope, attract more advertisers, and focus more on the aircraft and the people rather than air show coverage only.

By switching to an ezine, we will be able to post air show coverage in a quicker timeframe, not to mention operate at lower operating costs. Our target date for the new website is July 1st.

The weekly newsletter you are reading has been extremely successful and continues to grow. It will continue uninterrupted. Thank you for being a loyal reader and for spreading the word.

Barksdale AFB Air Show, May 9-10

Location: Barksdale AFB, Bossier City, LA

Admission: Free

Gates Open: 9AM


Barksdale AFB is home to five squadrons of B-52 Stratofortress bombers. Three of these are active squadrons under the 2nd Bomb Wing, with one reserve squadron and one training squadron, the 49th TS. A sixth squadron, the 340th, is attached to the 57th Wing at Nellis AFB for weapons training.

I love going to this show. It is truly one of my favorites. This year's version is extra special with two jet teams headlining - the Blue Angels and the Snowbirds. Besides the in-air entertainment, there is also a Sunday afternoon concert by Aaron Tippin. I've met Aaron and his agent, Bobby Roberts, and they are both nice people, very approachable. Aaron loves to fly and has his own aircraft. He can frequently be seen performing at air shows like the one here at Barksdale. Click here to see his website.

Can't make it to the show? No problem. LiveAirShowTV will broadcast the show via the internet beginning at 11AM on Saturday and 10:45AM on Sunday. Log on at to catch the show. Jeff Lee and all the fine folks at LiveAirShowTV do a great job. Special thanks to Sam's Town Hotel & Casino for sponsoring this live internet broadcast.

If you do go to the show and want to see more aircraft, please stop at the 8th Air Force Museum on the base. They have a great collection of aircraft including an XR-71 Blackbird, B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-29 Super Fortress, and an Avro Vulcan bomber. Check out their website here.

I took this photo at Barksdale in 2006. There was supposed to be a B-29 in this shot as well, but the Super Fortress has been down for three years. This special flight honored 70 years of Boeing bombers. The B-52 (60-0054) is from the 11th Bomb Squadron and the warbird is the B-17G Flying Fortress 'Thunderbird' (44-85718 marked as 42-38050, N900RW).

B-17 and B-52

Performers & Static


Blue Angels

E-3 Sentry



E-team Skydivers


Gary Boucher and his Pitts

C-130J Hercules

F-16 Fighting Falcon Demo

A-10 Thunderbolt II

A-10 Thunderbolt II Demo

B-52 Stratofortress

WWII Warbirds: P-51, C-47, Zero

F-15C Eagle

Randy Ball and his Mig-17

A-10 Thunderbolt II

B-52 Stratofortress Demo

F-16 Fighting Falcon

F-15E Strike Eagle Demo

F-15 Eagle

USAF Heritage Flight: P-47, F-16, F-15

EA-6B Prowler

Ed Hamill and his Pitts

T-38 Talon

B-2 Spirit Bomber Flyby (Sat only)

T-37 Tweet

Aaron Tippin Concert (Sun only)

T-6 Texan II

T-1 Jayhawk

C-21 Learjet

CT-142 Bombardier


T-2B Buckeye

PT-17 Stearman

L-2/L-4 Grasshopper

PT-19 Cornell

L-39 Albatross

O-2A Skymaster

AT-6 Texan

O-1/L-19 Birddog

Branson Air Show, May 9-10

Location: Branson Airport, MO

Admission, Adults: $16 in advance, $18 at gate
Admission, Children 6-12: $5 in advance, $6 at gate

Admission, Children 5 and under: Free

Admission, Weekend Pass: $22 in advance, $25 at gate
Gates Open: 8AM

Branson, Missouri has a new airport and this is the first air show at that airport. If this all star lineup is any indication, it will be a great show for years to come. Headlining is the Thunderbirds, but there is a lot more in store for air show fans like two Hornet demos, one from the US and one from Canada. For aerobatic fans, it doesn't get any better than Patty Wagstaff, Ed Hamill, John Mohr, and Rob Holland. And for team aerobatics you'll see the Iron Eagles and team Aeroshell. Announcing the show will be Mr. Air Show himself, Rob Reider.

Though there is no Heritage Flight scheduled, there is a Navy Legacy Flight with our favorite Navy plane of all time, the F9F Bearcat, teaming up with a US Navy Hornet. For more jet noise there is also an A-10 demo. And for quiet time, very quiet times, there's Manfred Radius and his sailplane.

Gene Soucy and wingwalker Teresa Stokes are sure to amaze the crowd like this performance at the 2006 Langley AFB air show. Gene is also expected to solo in his Grumman G-164A AgCat (1004, N7699). Photo by Horace Sagnor.

Gene Soucy and Teresa Stokes



USAF Thunderbirds

F/A-18 Hornet

US Army Golden Knights

C-17A Globemaster III

A-10 Thunderbolt II Demo

C-130J Super Hercules

Ed Hamill and his Pitts

Hawker Sea Fury

F/A-18 Hornet Demo

B-17G Flying Fortress 'Yankee Lady'

CF-18 Canadian Hornet Demo

B-25 Mitchell 'Panchito'

Howard Pardue and his F9F Bearcat

P-51D Mustang 'Quicksilver'

US Navy Legacy Flight: F/A-18, F9F

P-47 Thunderbolt

John Klatt and his Staudacher S-300

AC-47 Spooky Gunship

Aeroshell Aerobatic Team

1936 Lockheed Electra Jr.

Patty Wagstaff and her Extra 300

F-15 Eagle

Manfred Radius and his Glider

C-47 Skytrain

John Mohr and his Stearman

PT-17 Stearman

Rob Holland and his MX-2

PT-19 Cornell

Stewart Dawson and his Sea Fury

Piper HE-1

Kyle Franklin and his Waco

L-19 Birddog

Matt Younkin and his Twin Beach

T-38 Talon

Iron Eagles

T-6A Texan II

Steve and Suzanne Oliver

C-45 Expeditor 'Arctic Annie'

Gene Soucy and Wingwalker Teresa Stokes

T-1A Jayhawk

Greg Koontz and his Super Decathlon

KC-135R Stratotanker

Rich's Incredible Pyro (I didn't forget this time, Betty)

T-38 Talon

Virtual Army Experience

L-39 Albatross

B-2 Spirit Flyby (Sat only)

LT-6 Mosquito

Museum News

Note: Clicking on the Museum Name will take you to their website.

March 31-May 6: Berlin Airlift Exhibit

The museum will host a traveling exhibit honoring the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. When a blockade of Berlin was imposed by the Soviet Union from June 1948 to May 1949, the US and Great Britain began an airdrop of much needed food and supplies to the city's residents. US aircraft included the C-47 and C-54. The two countries managed to fly 278,228 missions delivering 326,406 tons of food and supplies. Though the blockade ended in May, flights continued through September 1949.

June 7: Fly-In Pancake Breakfast

Wow, pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, juice other beverages for $6 adults and $3 for kids 6-10. If only I were closer to Geneseo. Hey it's a six-hour drive. Any way, it's June 7 from 7-11AM. For more information click on the link above, or by phone at (585) 243-2100, or send them an email at

Special Events

The National Museum of the United States Air Force has announced their dates for their annual Dawn Patrol Rendezvous. What started out to be a bi-annual one day affair has turned into a three day annual event. This year's dates are September 25-27. As Event Coordinator David C. Thomas puts it, "...we honor the memory of our WWI troops with the same spirit and patriotism that these early aviators displayed in defense of our countries." For more information click on the link above.

Osprey Publishing to Host D-Day Veteran Ed Shames

Osprey has published a new book titled, Tonight We Die As Men. It's a story of one of the forgotten battalions on D-Day, the 3rd Batallion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (3/506 PIR). To promote their new book, they will have a booth at WWII Weekend in Reading, PA, June 5-7, with Ed Shames in attendance. Shames was a staff sergeant for the 3/506 during D-DAY and then received a commission to 2nd Lieutenant. Mr. Shames is a veteran of the 3/506 and wrote the forward to the book.

Looking Ahead

Next Week:

May 16-17: MCAS Beaufort, SC
May 16-17: Andrews AFB, MD

May 16-17: MCAS Cherry Point, NC

May 16-17: Warbirds over the Beach, Virginia Beach, VA

Blue Angels:

May 9-10: Barksdale AFB, LA

May 16-17: MCAS Beaufort, SC

May 23-24: NAS Patuxent River, MD

May 30-31: Janesville, WI


May 9-10: Branson, MO

May 15-17: Andrews AFB, MD

May 23-24: Jones Beach, NY

May 30-31: Ellsworth AFB, SD


May 9-10: Barksdale AFB, LA

May 16-17: MCAS Cherry Point, NC

May 23-24: Jones Beach, NY

May 27: Kingston, ON, Canada

May 30-31: Rochester, NY

Thank You

Thank you for reading the latest issue of our newsletter.

God Bless Us Everyone,

Wayne Matusiak, Publisher
Airshow Traveler Magazine

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