NAS Oceana Air Show2018; Part 2

A continuation of my series on the 2018 NAS Oceana Air Show.

F/A-18E Super Hornets of the VFA-105 Gunslingers start off the Air Power Demo at NAS Oceana on 9-22.
Another Super Hornet from the VFA-106 Gladiators follows the Gunslingers on take off.
F-18A+ of the VFC-12 Fighting Omars takes off from NAS Oceana during the Air Power Demo.  VFC-12 is an aggressor squadron which is trained in dissimilar tactics, allowing them to act as credible adversaries in training exercises.
A Super Hornet from the Gunslingers performs a high G turn over NAS Oceana.
a UH-60 based out of Norfolk, VA flies during the Air Power demo, simulating the insertion of a special forces team into the battlefield.
Another Super Hornet from the Gladiators performs a high G turn over NAS Oceana.
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NAS Oceana Air Show 2018; Part 1

in late September, I went down to NAS Oceana for its annual air show, by far one of the best I’ve been to.  This was the first time I’d been to this air show, and it was very cool to see a number of squadrons who were based at Oceana take part in the aerial demonstrations. All in all, a very good air show, and one I hope to see again in the future.

an A-1 Skyraider parked on the ramp at NAS Oceana
A B-52 parked on the ramp at NAS Oceana
A C-17 parked on the ramp at NAS Oceana
An F-18E Super Hornet from the VFA-31 Tomcatters parked on the ramp at NAS Oceana
Tail art on an F-18C Hornet from the VFA-34 Blue Blasters at NAS Oceana.  the Blue Blasters will be transitioning to the F-18E Super Hornet next year, marking the end of F-18C hornets used in the U.S Navy.

Great New England Air Show; Part 7

A continuation of my series on the 2018 Great New England Air show at Westover Air Base.  This is my final post in this series, my next one will detail my trip to the 2018 NAS Oceana Air Show.

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Thunderbird 5 & 6 perform the Calypso pass

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Thunderbird 5 passes the crowd at Westover

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The Thunderbirds ground crew prepare for the arrival of the jets after their aerial demonstration.

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The ground crew assist in the parking of the jets after the aerial demonstration

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Great New England Air Show; Part 6

A continuation of the photographs I took at the 2018 Great New England Air Show at Westover Air Base.

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A T-33 taxis to the ramp after it’s aerial demonstration

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The Thunderbirds take off to begin their aerial demonstration

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Great New England Air Show; Part 5

A continuation of my series detailing the 2018 Great New England Air show at Westover Air Base.

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P-51 Never Miss and Supermarine Spitfire BR601 fly in formation over the flightline at Westover. Both of these aircraft were flown in combat in WWII, with BR601 being flown by two British Air Aces.

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Pacific Prowlers of the Commemorative Air Force fly over Westover.

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Shockwave, a jet powered truck, is started up on the ramp at Westover.

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Great New England Air Show; Part 4

Part continuing my series on the Great New England Air Show.

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A parachutist jumps with the American Flag, currently this is the largest flag being jumped with in the country.

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A KC-135 Stratotanker flies in front of the crowd at Westover

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the KC-135 makes a low gear down pass over the runway.

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the KC-135 parked on the ramp after the demonstration.

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P-51 “Never Miss” on the ramp at Westover.

Great New England Air Show; Part 3

Part 3 continuing my series on the 2018 Great New England Air Show.

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A C-17 Globemaster III prepares to roll out to the runway for its aerial demonstration.

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The C-17 flies over show center during its aerial demonstration.

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The tail of an E-2 Hawkeye, serving with the Fleet Replacement Squadron VAW-120 out of Norfolk, VA.

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The front of the same E-2.

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A F4U Corsair sits on the ramp before its aerial demonstration. This is the same aircraft I saw down at Dover last year, and is part of the Pacific Prowlers being flown by the Commemorative Air Force.

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The F4U during its aerial demonstration.