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Les Neistat’s Look at Pitch Black 2016

By: Category: AirshowsEventsMilitaryMilitary Exercise

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Exercise Pitch Black 2016 is a three week bi-annual multi-national large force employment exercise which was conducted from RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal from 29 July to 19 August 2016. Exercise Pitch Black is to Australia, what Red Flag is to the USA. Major exercises such as Pitch Black are essential in ensuring that the Air Force remains ready to respond to threats whenever the RAAF is required by the Australian Government.

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36th Annual ‘Wings Over Camarillo’ Air Show

By: Category: AirshowsAirtankersEventsHelicoptersMilitaryMuseumsPlanes of Fame Air MuseumWarbird

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The 36th annual ‘Wings Over Camarillo’ air show was held August 20th and 21st at the Camarillo Airport in Southern California. Once known as Oxnard Air Force Base, it is now home to the Experimental Aircraft Association(EAA), the Ventura County 99’s, the Ventura County Sheriff Department, and the Commemorative Air Force’s Southern California Wing . The airport also houses several general aviation businesses such as Orbitz Helicopters.

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The show’s Grand Marshall this year was none other than Mr. Bob Eubanks, who helped open the show along with Ron Fleishman. Together they kept the crowd informed and entertained, sharing stories of Bob’s illustrious career in between aerial acts.

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In keeping with their annual tradition, the show kicks off with an outstanding pancake breakfast made by the Ve...

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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”

By: Category: Base VisitsMilitary

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74th Fighter Squadron A-10C Warthogs
“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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