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.
The Dayton area is rich in aviation history so it's no wonder that its air show is one of the best in the country. This year's edition is no exception with the Thunderbirds headlining. And returning this year is the Brazilian Air Force aerobatic team, dubbed the Smoke Squadron. I saw them perform at the 2007 Dayton show and they are worth the price of admission.
If those two acts are not enough for you, how about the king and queen of aerobatics - Sean Tucker and Patty Wagstaff. For you military fighter jet fans there's the A-10 Thunderbolt II, aka the 'Warhog', and the F/A-18F Super Hornet demo.
And this year has a special added attraction with the likes of Dale 'Snort' Snodgrass flying the P-51D Mustang 'Glamorous Gal'. Bob Baranaskas must be smiling down knowing that one of his Warbirds Over Long Island aircraft finally made it to Dayton. Snort will also be teaming up with the A-10 in the USAF Heritage Flight.
Another F/A-18 demo is expected at Dayton this year as it was in 2007 when I took this photo of Paul 'Bobo' Felini flying an F/A-18C Hornet (164230). Aircraft is from VFA-106, the Gladiators, based at NAS Oceana, VA. This year a Super Hornet demo is expected.
Brazilian Smoke Squadron
C-17 Globemaster III
A-10 Thunderbolt II Demo
F/A-18F Super Hornet Demo
T-38 (2) Talon
B-2 Spirit Flyby (Sat only)
T-34C (2) Mentor
B-52H Flyby (Sat only)
AH-64D Apache Demo
RC-135 Rivet Joint
Dale Snodgrass and Warbirds Over Long Island's P-51D Mustang 'Glamorous Gal'
Minot AFB is home to the 5th Bomb Wing flying the B-52H Stratofortress. It is one of only two bases flying the B-52 with the other being Barksdale AFB, LA. The only active squadron at Minot is the 23rd BS, but sometime this year the 69th BS will be reactivated and stationed here. It was deactivated in 1991 at Loring AFB, ME. Loring has been closed since 1994.
The 91st Missile Wing of the USAF Space Command is also located at Minot. There are three Minuteman missile launch sites in North Dakota that come under the auspices of the 91st. To support the missile sites, the 91st has a squadron of UH-1N Twin Hueys.
Expect to see some B-52H (60-0047) bombers from the 23rd BS, the Barons, in the air and on the ground. Photo taken by Horace Sagnor at the 2006 Hill AFB show.
US Army Golden Knights
F-16 Fighting Falcon Demo
John Mohr and his Stearman
Jim Pietz and his Extra 300
Warren Pietsch and his Taylorcraft
Kent Pietsch and his Cadet
USAF Heritage Flight: P-38, F-16
B-52H Stratofortress Flyby
B-1B Lancer Flyby
B-25 Mitchell Flyby
U-2 Dragon Lady Flyby
Peace River Air Show, Jul 18
Location: Peace River Airport, AB, Canada
Admission, Adults: $16 in advance, $20 at gate
Admission, Ages 6-12 and Seniors: $8 in advance, $10 at gate
This year marks the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Canada. Aviation began in Nova Scotia when an AEA (Aerial Experimental Association) Silver Dart was flown off the ice of Baddeck Bay. The AEA was formed under the guidance of Alexander Graham Bell and was based in Hammondsport, NY. Only one Silver Dart was produced, but a replica was produced to mark the 50th anniversary of powered flight in Canada in 1959. This replica is on display at the Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa. Air shows all over Canada are celebrating the centennial anniversary.
Photo below shows one of the Silver Dart designers, John McCurdy, piloting the Silver Dart at Baddeck Bay in 1909. The Canadian military saw no military applications for aviation and was not impressed with the Silver Dart's flight. My, how times change.
July 18:Auction, Raffle, and Taste of Local Cuisine The evening opens at 6:30 p.m. with hundreds of items in a silent auction and a one-hour open bar. The live auction begins at 8:00 p.m. and a Taste of Local Cuisine starts at 7:00 p.m. featuring signature food items from 30 local area restaurants and caterers.
Raffle tickets are $75 which includes Auction admission for 2 people and a chance to win a new car or truck or $20,000. Second Place is a $2000 cash prize and the Third Place winner receives $500. Several $100 cash prize drawings will also be held throughout the evening.
We are going to have some great items this year," said Auction Chairman Steven Davison. "We'll have things like vacation trips, furniture, sports equipment, lawn and garden items, artwork, appliances, house wares and fur coats. The Auction is one of the major events each year which helps the Museum sustain its outstanding exhibits and education programs."
A large volunteer Auction committee includes Raffle Ticket Chairmen Rick Drury and Co-Chairpersons retired Colonel Brian Grady, Shirley O'Neill, Linda Shingler and Tim Dupree. Auction tickets are available for purchase on the Museum web site at www.museumofaviation.org or by calling the Museum of Aviation Foundation at (478) 923-6600.
The Convair B-36J Peacemaker dubbed 'The City of Fort Worth' (52-2827) is now on display. When we last visited Pima County in 2006, this aircraft was in pieces. It's nice to see it up on wheels and restored. The aircraft is the last B-36 produced at Convair's Fort Worth facility and the last operational B-36 for the Air Force. It retired from the 95th Bomb Wing at Biggs AFB, TX, on February 12, 1959.
The photo is courtesy of Andrew Boehly for the Pima Air & Space Museum. We also thank Elaine Nathanson for keeping us up to date on this event.
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.
Jul 25-26: Over the River Air Show, Kennewick, WA
Jul 25-26: Sioux Falls Air Show, SD
Jul 25-26: Alberta International Air Show, Lethbridge, AB, Canada
Jul 18-19: Ypsilanti, MI
Jul 25-26: Sioux Falls, SD
Aug 1-2: Seattle Sea Fair, WA
Aug 8-9: Salinas Air Show, CA
Jul 18-19: Dayton, OH
Jul 22: Cheyenne, WY
Jul 25-26: Milwaukee, WI
Aug 8-9: Youngstown ARB, OH
Jul 18: Peace River, AB, Canada
Jul 19: Fort St. John, BC, Canada
Jul 22: Airdrie, AB, Canada
Jul 25: Lethbridge, AB, Canada
Jul 29: Prince George, BC, Canada
Thank you for reading the latest issue of our newsletter.
God Bless Us Everyone,
Wayne Matusiak, Publisher Airshow Traveler Magazine
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