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RIAT will be Red Arrows’ last UK show of 2019, MoD confirm

FAIRFORD | The Royal International Air Tattoo will be the last European event to host the Red Arrows before they head on tour to North America.

Defence Minister Mark Lancaster announced today that the Red Arrows will perform at the Gloucestershire show on the 19th-21st July. They will then leave for America at the end of the month after a short period of maintenance and leave for team members.

The tour, called Western Hawk ’19, will see the world-famous team fly at venues across the United States and Canada in August and September this year to promote trade and cooperation with the UK.

No schedule has yet been announced for the tour, although a former Canadian military demonstration pilot said online that the team are all but confirmed for the Canadian International Air Show in Toronto. Red 1 Sqn. Ldr. Martin Pert recently said on Twitter that fans can expect to see the team’s 2019 schedule in early February, but it is not clear whether this referred to the American tour, or just to the team’s European season.

Mr Lancaster MP confirmed that the Typhoon Solo Display and other RAF display teams will remain in the UK for the rest of the airshow season. Their air display participation will be “carefully prioritised to deliverr maximum impact”, he said.

Blue Angels suffer landing mishap during training

EL CENTRO | An F/A-18 Hornet of the Blue Angels landed with its main gear partially retracted after a training flight today.

The pilot, who has not been named, was unable to extend the jet’s main landing gear and was forced to make an emergency landing. He was not injured in the incident.

The Blue Angels are currently operating from El Centro while they train intensively for the 2019 airshow season, which starts in March.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Lethbridge Airshow postponed after death of board member

LETHBRIDGE | The Lethbridge Airshow in Alberta, Canada, will be postponed until August 2020, it was announced today.

According to local news website Chat News Today, the decision was taken for a number of reasons, including the passing of board member and long-time volunteer Brent Botfield.

The organising team also said postponing the event would give them more time to secure support from the US and Canadian militaries. As it stood, none of the main US or Canadian military demonstration teams were due to perform at the show.

The show, which was scheduled for the 19th-20th July, will instead be held on the August Heritage Day long weekend. It will celebrate 75 years since the end of WWII.

GEICO Skytypers post 2019 schedule

NEW YORK | One of America’s most famous civilian aerobatic teams have posted their 2019 schedule on their website.

The GEICO Skytypers, who fly six SNJ-2s, are currently scheduled to perform at 15 shows in the USA.

Their schedule is as follows:

Dates Event
Apr 6-7 Sun ‘n Fun, Lakeland, FL, USA
Apr 27-28 MCAS Beaufort Airshow, NC, USA
May 4-5 Fort Lauderdale Airshow, FL, USA
May 11-12 JB Andrews Airshow & Open House, Camp Springs, MD, USA
May 25-26 Bethpage Airshow, Jones Beach, NY, USA
Jun 8-9 Great Tennessee Airshow, Smyrna, TN, USA
Jun 22-23 Dayton Airshow, OH, USA
Aug 21* Thunder Over the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, USA
Aug 24-25 New York Airshow, Newburgh, NY, USA
Aug 31-Sep 2 Cleveland National Airshow, OH, USA
Sep 21-22 NAS Oceana Airshow, Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Oct 12-13 Atlanta Airshow, Hampton, GA, USA
Oct 26-27* Jacksonville Sea & Sky Spectacular, FL, USA
Nov 2-3 Florida International Airshow, Punta Gorda, FL, USA
Nov 8-9 Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow, Pensacola, FL, USA

*These are the official show dates. The GEICO Skytypers’ website shows slightly different dates on their schedule.

Initial performer list released for AirVenture 2019

OSHKOSH | The initial performer list for this year’s AirVenture has been released, with solo aerobatic pilots making up the bulk of the acts so far.

In addition to the already-announced USAF Heritage Flight, acts will include Aeroshell, the The Shetterly Squadron, the Red Bull Air Force, the Rocky Mountain Renegades, Redline Airshows and the Class of ’45.

Among the solo aerobatic pilots listed are Rob Holland, Michael Goulian, Skip Stewart, Patty Wagstaff, Kirby Chambliss and others. Retired solo aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker is also listed; he will be bringing his new Oracle formation team to the show.

More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The afternoon air shows are scheduled to kick off at 14:30 daily, while the night shows will take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 20:00. The show will be held on the 22nd-28th July.

The full performer list is as follows:

  • AeroShell Aerobatic Team
  • Vicky Benzing
  • Jeff Boerboon
  • Bob Carlton
  • Kirby Chambliss
  • Matt Chapman
  • Kevin Coleman
  • Class of ’45 (Yoak/Tobul)
  • Kyle Fowler
  • Kyle Franklin
  • Michael Goulian
  • Nate Hammond
  • Rob Holland
  • Jerry Kerby
  • David Martin
  • Jessy Panzer
  • Jim Peitz
  • Red Bull Air Force
  • Red Bull Helicopter
  • Redline Air Shows
  • Rocky Mountain Renegades
  • The Shetterly Squadron
  • Gene Soucy
  • Bill Stein
  • Skip Stewart
  • Sean D. Tucker
  • U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight (F-16C and F-22A)
  • Patty Wagstaff
  • Matt Younkin

Traverse City replaces Rhode Island on Thunderbirds’ schedule

TRAVERSE CITY | The Thunderbirds will be winging their way to the National Cherry Festival this June, filling an open date in their 2019 schedule.

The team had been due to perform at the Rhode Island Airshow on the weekend of the 29th-30th June. However, the event was cancelled in November because too many troops will be on deployment next June for the base to be able to hold an airshow. The popular event will return in 2020.

The National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, MI, comprises a diverse selection of events designed to attract tourists to visit the blooming cherry blossoms in the area. This includes an airshow over Grand Traverse Bay.

The show will also feature flying displays by the USAF F-22A Raptor and USMC AV-8 Harrier.

New F-35A Demo Team filmed training for the first time

LUKE AFB | The USAF’s new F-35A Lightning II Demo Team have been recorded flying an extraordinary pedal turn maneuver as they train for their first airshow season.

It will be the first time the USAF has performed a fully-aerobatic F-35 display, after several years of flying Heritage Flight displays and the occasional mini-demonstration. The only fully-aerobatic F-35 display so far was performed by Lockheed Martin test pilot Billie Flynn at the Paris Airshow 2017.

However, it was announced in December that the USAF F-35A Heritage Flight team would transition to a full demonstration team for the 2019 season, with Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson at the controls.

The latest videos, which are the first to show the jet practicing its display, were uploaded to Instagram by user Patriot Ops. It shows a remarkable sequence of moves, including a high-alpha pass and high-G turn.

Most notably, one video shows the F-35 pitch up into half of a square loop before descending out of the maneuver in what appears to be a pedal turn – a dramatic spin-like manoeuvre that shows the jet’s rudder priority and excellent turn rate at low speed.

The F-35A Demo Team will make their airshow debut at the Melbourne Air & Space Show, FL, on the 30th-31st March this year. They will perform at 13 shows in the USA this year and one in Canada.

Arsenal of Democracy Flyover announced for 2020

WASHINGTON | A huge flyover of nearly 100 vintage warbirds will thunder over Washington DC to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The event, scheduled for the 8th May 2020, will comprise 24 individual formations, each representing a major battle from the conflict. This will include aircraft from the Battle of Britain through to those which featured in the attack on Pearl Harbor. The flypast will conclude with a missing man formation.

Aircraft expected to participate include the P-40 Warhawk, P-39 Aircobra, P-38 Lightning, P-51 Mustang, P-47 Thunderbold, F4U Corsair, B-25 Mitchell, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-29 Stratofortress, C-47 Dakota, Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane and many others.

Many of the participating aircraft will appear on static display at Culpeper and and Manassas airports on the days preceding and following the flyover.

In 2015, more than two-dozen planes participated in a similar flypast to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the conflict.

Randy Ball’s FIGHTERJETS post updated 2019 schedule

Randy Ball’s Fighterjets fleet will be out in force at North American airshows this year, although his MiG-17F looks set to be the most active aircraft by far.

So far, the MiG-17F will perform at all scheduled shows, with the T-37 performing at one. There are no events listed for the MiG-17PF or T-33.

The aircraft will perform mainly in the USA, with one show in Canada.

Dates Event Participating aircraft Show type
Apr 6-7 Heart of Texas Airshow, Waco, TX, USA MiG-17F Day
Apr 13-14 Wings Over South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX, USA MiG-17F Day
Apr 27-28 Wings Over Wayne, Seymour Johnson, NC, USA MiG-17F Day, night
May 3-5 Go Wheels Up! Texas, San Marcos, TX, USA MiG-17F Day
May 3-5 Central Texas Airshow, Temple, TX, USA MiG-17F Night
May 10-12 Chennault International Airshow, Lake Charles, LA, USA MiG-17F Night
May 17-19 Barksdale Defenders of Liberty Airshow, LA, USA MiG-17F Day, night
Jun 1-2 Star-Spangled Salute, Tinker, OK, USA MiG-17F Day
Jun 15-16 Wings Over Whiteman, MO, USA MiG-17F Day, night
Jul 6 Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake, Gun Barrel City, TX, USA MiG-17F Day
Jul 13-14 Toledo Airshow, OH, USA MiG-17F Day
Sep 13-15 Airshow London, ON, Canada MiG-17F Day
Oct 26-27 Sheppard AFB Airshow, TX, USA MiG-17F, T-37 Day

Tora! Tora! Tora! release initial 2019 schedule

The Peal Harbor re-enactment team Tora! Tora! Tora! have posted a preliminary 2019 schedule on their webite. The shedule includes only full aerial dislpays, not events attended only by the bomb squad.

Dates Event
Mar 8-9 Yuma Airshow, AZ, USA
Mar 16-17 Tora! Tora! Tora! pracrice sessions
Apr 27-28 Wings Over Wayne, Seymour-Johnson, NC, USA
May 18-19 Barksdale Defenders of Liberty Airshow, LA, USA
May 25-26 Westmoreland County Airshow, Latrobe, PA, USA
Jul 13-14 Toledo Airshow, OH, USA
Aug 24-25 Pocono Racewat Festival of Flight, Long Pond, PA, USA
Oct 19-20 Wing Over Houston, TX, USA
Oct 26-27 CAF Wings Over Dallas, TX, USA