Taking place on the weekend of November 10-11, the Stuart Air Show presents a program jam-packed with excitement. Military acts include USAF Glider Demonstration, US Navy’s F18 Demonstration Team, A-10 and P-51 Heritage Flight, Navy Legacy Flight and the Navy Leap Frogs. Static displays include the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone, Sikorsky S-61 and Sikorsky UH-60 tactical transport helicopters, as well as A-10 Thunderbolt II, AS-350 Light Enforcement Helicopter, Boeing AH-64 Apache, and C-17 Globemaster III to mention just a few. For more information visit www.stuartairshow.com
Dates: 10-11 November 2012
Venue: Witham Field
Country: United States
The Prairie Aviation Museum, located in Bloomington, Illinois, aims to educate, entertain and inspire visitors with its meticulously preserved collection of aircraft, artifacts and memorabilia relating to aviation. It is here that visitors can explore more than a century of flight – from the earliest times that man took to the skies, through the developments that have brought us to high-tech aviation as we know it today. The story of flight is a fascinating one, and the Prairie Aviation Museum aims to keep that story alive for the benefit of current and future generations.
Featuring permanent and rotating exhibits, the Prairie Aviation Museum also has a mini-theater and historical aircraft and vehicles displayed outdoors. The museums Carrier Display documents developments in Naval air power, including that of aircraft carriers, following the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan in 1941. The Charles Lindbergh Display details events related to this legendary pioneer of flight who crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 33.5 hours in 1927. Other displays include the Illinois Astronauts Gallery, Link Trainer Display and Rosie the Riveter – the iconic image dedicated to women working in defense plants during WWII.
Many of the military aircraft at the museum are on loan for public display, with the proviso that these aircraft be accurately restored to their original state. This rather daunting task requires intensive research into the history of each aircraft, followed by hours of painstaking restoration work. With the assistance of outside resources, most of this work is done by volunteers, as they diligently restore aircraft in compliance with requirements set out by the United States Air Force and Navy Museums. The work does not stop once the aircraft are restored and approved for display, as maintaining the aircraft is an ongoing process. To this end, member volunteers and visitors are encouraged to adopt an aircraft, and then make it a group project to keep it in mint condition.
With nine aircraft at the museum, and plans to add to the collection, there is always a call for new volunteers at the Prairie Aviation Museum. Aircraft on display are: A-4 Skyhawk; A-7 Corsair II; AH-IJ SeaCobra; F-4N Phantom; F-14D Tomcar; F-100 Super Sabre; T-33 Shooting Star; T-38 Talon; and UH-1H Huey. Volunteers of all ages offer their skills, experience, time and effort to help preserve aviation history at the museum. Some of the work carried out by volunteers include administration, public speaking, advertising, mechanics, maintenance, pilots, engineers, security, restoration, wood working, art, transportation, writing, tour guide, photography, video, radio, public relations, history and research.
By means of flight simulators, visitors to the Prairie Aviation Museum will have the opportunity to get behind the controls of an aircraft in an immersive virtual environment to experience the wonders of flight, without a pilot’s license. Certainly a visit to the Prairie Aviation Museum is an outing that the whole family can enjoy and will no doubt engender new respect for the pioneers of flight, and the developments that have taken place over the years.
The most recent test flight of the Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base resulted in a new goal being reached in the process of developing the aircraft for use in 2013. The futuristic, somewhat UFO-shaped drone effectively retracted its landing gear, flying in cruise configuration, a new achievement for the engineers. This landmark test flight aided the engineers in validating the precision navigation software and hardware that will be used when the Northrop Grumman X-47B is required to land on the deck of a Navy aircraft carrier.
The Northrop Grumman X-47B is part of the United States Navy Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration (UCAS-D) program. The program was put in place to create unmanned aircraft that are suitable for carriers, developing technologies for Launch, Recovery and Carrier Controlled Airspace procedures, as well as Autonomous Aerial Refueling. Roll out of the vehicle was on 16 December 2008 at Air Force Plant 42, located in California. Since then various tests have taken place in developing the X-47B for the Navy. Sea trials are planned for 2013, following three years of testing at Edwards Air Force Base and Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The demonstration aircraft has the same mass and size as the planned operational vehicle and will be used to display launches and recoveries from carriers, along with inflight refueling.
Northrop Grumman’s X-47B has a wingspan of 62.1 ft, length of 38.2 ft and height of 10.4ft, along with an empty weight of 14,000 lb. The cruise speed is 0.45 mach, with a subsonic maximum speed. The maximum unrefueled range of the aircraft is in excess of 2,000 miles. There are two weapon bays, although it carries no weapons.
Following the successful test flight of the X-47B, Janis Pamiljans, who serves as the vice president of the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration program for Northrop Grumman, was quoted as saying that the flight provided the team with a look at the X-47B air system’s aerodynamic cruise performance, and all went according to plan. The air system is ready to move on to the following phase of flight testing.
Aviation enthusiasts can look forward to an exciting schedule for the Wings Over Houston Airshow in 2011. Featured performers will include the Canadian Snowbirds, F-16 Fighting Falcon, USAF Heritage Flight, US Coast Guard HH-65C Dauphine Helicopter Demo, Navy Legacy Flight, US Navy F/A-18C Hornet Demo Team, Heavy Metal Jet Team, Chuck Aaron, Kirby Chambliss, The Horsemen F-86’s, Red Bull Air Force Parachute Team and much more. There will also be a number of static displays of both civilian and military aircraft. You also won’t want to miss the Autograph Tent and exciting Airplane Rides.
Dates: 15 to 16 October 2011
Venue: Ellington Airport
Country: United States of America
The San Francisco Fleet Week boasts a full schedule of events. Highlights of the show include the Blue Angels, the Canadian Snowbirds the Parade of Shops, Navy in Space Exhibit, ship tours, the 140th Annual Italian Heritage Parade, Disaster Preparedness Exhibits, and the 2nd Annual Fleet Week Band Challenge. The mission of the 2011 event is to focus on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response, at the same time as honoring members of the Naval Services.
Dates: 6 to 9 October 2011
State: San Francisco
Country: United States of America
The USS Intrepid was nicknamed The Fighting “I” and was commissioned into military action in 1942, during World War II. She was used as an aircraft carrier and was instrumental in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. After a short decommission, she underwent a modernization process and rejoined the United States Navy as an attack carrier in the 1950s. Intrepid also fulfilled a role as an antisubmarine carrier and participated in the Vietnam War. She also assisted the space industry by being the recovery ship for the Gemini and Mercury missions. Even though she was instrumental in various missions, she also spent a lot of time in the dry docks for repairs. She was officially decommissioned in 1974.
Intrepid was brought back into duty in 1982, not as the war machine she was originally but as a museum that is now known as the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. As one of the most prolific war ships in the history of the United States, it is only fitting that she would become the vessel that would educate the public and visitors on the history of war. She also stands as a monument to all the soldiers who worked aboard her, as well as every soldier who fought in the same wars she did. Almost a million visitors walk aboard the Intrepid each year, and there are exhibits for both young and old to enjoy, also providing interactive exhibits and educational programs for school groups. The A-6 Cockpit Simulator is one of the most popular attractions in the museum, as well as the Fleet Week celebrations that are hosted by the museum to honor all military personnel.
The Hangar Deck is the heart of the Intrepid. It is the major indoor exhibit of the museum, as it takes visitors on an in-depth tour of the ship that has so much historical value. The Flight Deck goes hand in hand with the Hangar Deck, as it not only allows visitors to experience the adventure of discovering the bridges and islands of ship, but has a massive display of aircraft. Visitors are also allowed to explore the restoration tent where these historical aircraft are kept in pristine condition, and a concord is amongst the collection. The Exploreum Hall is an extension of these first two decks as it focuses on the history of the Intrepid, as well as zones made especially for children where space, life on the seas and in the air is highlighted. For those who have always dreamed of exploring a submarine, the Growler Museum will give them that opportunity, as well as a look at a missile command centre that was once a top secret facility. The Gallery Deck hosts the Pilot Ready Room, information on marine berthing and a variety of combat information. After exploring this massive ship, visitors to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum are invited to get a bite to eat at the mess deck or at the Au Bon Pain Café.
During World War I, the need for additional airplane stations was growing, leading to the construction of the aerodrome at Duxford. This station was used to train men for service in the RFC aircrew, and in 1917 the first group of Royal Flying Corps airmen was dispatched to the Duxford station. The Royal Air Force was established in 1918, with the merger of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, and in the same year, the doors to the Duxford flying school were opened. All this activity left Duxford with a rich aviation history and the ideal location for the Imperial War Museum Duxford.
After Duxford was used as a disbandment base for squadrons when the war came to an end, it continued as a flying school in 1920. Fighter squadrons were established in the following years, with Duxford becoming a fighter station, a role it fulfilled for thirty seven years. In 1969, the Ministry of Defence offered alternative plans for the airfield, such as a prison and sports centre, but none of these plans were ever carried through. It just so happened that the Imperial War Museum was looking for the ideal location to house their museum, where repairs and renovations could be done, and that would large enough to house their exhibits. So, in 1977, with the assistance and collaboration of various entities, the aerodrome was purchased and renovated and became the official home of the Imperial War Museum Duxford. As expected, the museum has an exhibit detailing the history of Duxford, and amongst its more than thirty military aircraft on display, visitors can look forward to exhibits such as Air and Sea, the Battle of Britain, Conservation in Action, 1940 Operations Rooms, American Air Museum and Land Warfare.
The Imperial War Museum Duxford also has a variety of interactive exhibits to enjoy, offering fun and education to both the older and younger generations. During the year, the museum hosts numerous air shows to raise funds, as it is a charitable organization, and any donations made by visitors are used to maintain and restore the exhibits within the museum. Visiting the Imperial War Museum Duxford is a fascinating and memorable experience, bringing the past to life and documenting the heritage of aviation in Duxford and of Great Britain.
On 30 and 31 October 2010, the air space over Cocoa Beach will be filled with breathtaking aerial performances, heart stopping demonstrations and unforgettable stunts. The headlining event of the show, will be a performance by the US Air Force Thunderbirds, and a variety of aircraft, including the USN F-18 Hornet, USAF F -15 Strike Eage and C-17 Globemaster III, will be put through their paces over the beachfront. Other performers include the U.S. Navy Seals Leap Frogs, Viper Airshows, Rob Holland, John Black, 101st Screaming Eagles and the 920th Rescue Wing, that are based at the local Patrick Air Force Base.
To find out more about the 2010 Cocoa Beach Air Show, its performances, schedule and activities, visit the website at http://www.cocoabeachairshow.com/.
Date: 30 – 31 October 2010
Venue: Cocoa Beach
City: Cocoa Beach, Florida
Country: United States of America
The historic city of Fort Worth will come alive with aerial performances and static displays at the 2010 Alliance Air Show. The show will be held on 30 and 31 October 2010, and will offer an amazing line up of performers such as the US Navy Blue Angels, the US Army Golden Knights, US Air Force F-22 Raptor, The Horsemen, Greg Poe Airshows, Team Oracle and more. On the ground, visitors will be able to enjoy the Kid Zone, World War II artifacts displays, Jeeps , simulators, exhibition booths and the Freedom Plaza, to name but a few.
For more information in regard to this trilling event, its attractions and performers, visit the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show website at www.allianceairshow.com.
Date: 30 – 31 October 2010
Venue: Fort Worth Airport
City: Fort Worth
Country: United States of America
The Elmendorf Air Force Base will be the host of the Arctic Thunder 2010 air show, and will take place from the 31st of July to the 8th of August 2010. Performers such as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron, will be participating in this years’ event, so spectators can look forward to a host of spectacular aerial demonstrations and fast paced performances.
Date: 31 July – 8 August 2010
Venue: Elmendorf Air Force Base