The Other Side of Thunder 2016

By: Category: AirlinesAirports Around the WorldAirshowsEventsSpotting

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The Skies over Detroit’s Willow Run International Airport (KYIP) are devoid once again of high performance fighters – of today and yesterday – once again. Thunder Over Michigan 2016 is in the rear view mirror and in the history books. Thunder 2016 had it all: Mustangs to Migs, Hueys to Hornets, and A10s to Avengers. The highlights were many, from high performance fighters such as the FA-18E/F Super Hornet to the F-22A Raptor, flying maneuvers that are hard to believe possible. The Breitling Jet Team put on a dazzling display of aerial artistry, flying the highly maneuverable L-39 Albatross. If these were not enough, add in the F-100 Super Sabre, Mig-17 Fresco, and the TA-4J Skyhawk, all of which kept the intensity and noise level very high...

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Boeing’s “Founder’s Day” Century Celebration

By: Category: AirlinesEventsMuseums

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On July 15, 2016, the Boeing Company marked its 100th birthday. The aircraft manufacturer’s “Founders Day” event at Boeing Field, Seattle was the high point of a celebration that had been going on all year. Boeing was officially founded on July 15, 1916, a month after the first flight of the Boeing Model 1 single engine bi-plane seaplane known as the B & W. It was designed by William Boeing and U.S. Navy Lt. Conrad Westervelt.

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In part, due to a series of strategic acquisitions of prominent aerospace companies, such as McDonnell Douglas in the 1990s, Boeing has evolved into one of the largest aircraft manufacturers and the second largest defense contractor in the world...

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LIAS, Revisited

By: Category: Airports Around the WorldMilitarySpotting

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During the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, I was beginning to travel across North America in search of larger and more diverse air shows than those in my backyard of New England. This was the time before widespread use of the Internet and electronic media, and it involved searching in the land of land mail and magazines for any tidbit of information about an interesting theme or an exotic visitor from another shore. Plus, I had a network of friends who, via long distance telephone, would pass along news of interest to me, and I would return the favor when I could.

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As I wasn’t connected with any friends or family who lived on military bases and would be able to bring me aboard to watch any Friday practice air shows and to photograph the arriving planes, I usually went in with the public...

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74th Fighter Squadron – “World Famous Flying Tigers”

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“World Famous Flying Tigers”

Moody Air Force Base and Grand Bay Weapons Range, Georgia
18 August 2016

I travelled to Moody AFB on 18 August 2016, for a visit with the 74th Fighter Squadron “Flying Tigers” of the 23rd Wing. Before I describe the incredible day, I need to thank the folks that made it happen. For their hard work, support, hospitality, enduring the high heat and humidity, and ”rolling out the red carpet” for me, I want to extend my most sincere appreciation and thanks to:

Lieutenant Colonel Bryan ”Gump” France, Commander, 74th Fighter Squadron.
Technical Seargent Zachary Wolf, 23rd Wing Public Affairs.
Dean Fligg, and all the folks at the Grand Bay Weapons Range.
Lieutenant Colonel “Ike” Swengros, 74th FS.
Captain “Hook” Knauss, ...

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