USMC AV-8B Harrier II and MV-22 Osprey Schedule Announced

MV-22 OspreyThe United States Marine Corps (USMC) has released the AV-8B Harrier II and MV-22 Osprey schedules for this year’s airshow season. If you’re a fan of VTOL hardware, get excited because here are the dates and places where you catch them in action!

MV-22 Osprey
Mar 21 – Melbourne Air and Space Show- Melbourne, FL
Mar 28 – Tuscaloosa Regional Airshow – Tuscaloosa, AL
Apr 18 – NAS Corpus Christi South Texas Shoot-Out – Corpus Christi, TX
May 23 – Memorial Day Weekend Salute to Veterans Celebration – Columbia, MO
Jul 3 – Radio Dubuque/Dubuque Jaycees Air Show and Fireworks – Dubuque, IA
Aug 22 – Wings Over Camarillo – Camarillo, CA
Oct 3 – Wings Over Northern America – Rome, GA

AV-8B Harrier
Mar 21 – Los Angeles County Air Show – Lancaster, CA
Apr 18 – Thunder Over Louisville – Louisville, KY
May 2 – Dyess Big Country Airfest – Abilene, TX
Jul 18 – Thunder of Niagara Military Airshow – Niagara Falls, NY
Jul 25 – Fargo Air Show – Fargo, ND
Jul 31 – Seafair – Boeing Air Show – Seattle, WA
Aug 29 – New York City Airshow Coney Island – Brooklyn, NY
Sep 5 – Cleveland National Airshow – Cleveland, OH

Alternate Shows:
Jul 17 – Oregon International Airshow – Hillsboro, OR
Sept 19 – Owensboro Airshow – Owensboro, KY

FLYOVER ALERT: Super Bowl XLIX

Super Bowl FlyoverAirshow fans! Tune into NBC Sunday at 6pm to see the USAF Thunderbirds flyover the Super Bowl! Six red, white, and blue F-16 Fighting Falcons from the USAF’s aerial demonstration squadron will flyover around 6pm Eastern time at the end of the National Anthem to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Air Force. The flyover should be televised live on NBC.

Following the Super Bowl flyover, the Thunderbirds will perform 71 demonstrations at 39 locations this season. 2015 is the team’s 62nd season.

The Thunderbirds won’t be the only aerial assets in the air during the Super Bowl. F-16s from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing in Tucson will be enforcing the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in effect over the stadium and Blackhawk helicopters from US Customs and Border Protection will also be on site.

US Navy Leap Frogs Announce 2015 Airshow Schedule

US Navy Leap Frogs
Here is the 2015/2016 airshow schedule for the United States Navy Leap Frogs parachute team! Will you see them in 2015? Let us know! Post on our Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

February 15-17 – Military Capabilities Demonstration, New Orleans, LA
March 14-15 – El Centro Air Show, El Centro, CA
April 6 –  Phillies Home Open, Philadelphia, PA
April 9 – Padres Home Open, San Diego, CA
April 11 – Angels Home Open, Anaheim, CA
April 25 – SEAL Invitational, Coronado, CA
May 1-3 – Shreveport Navy Week, Shreveport, LA
May 8  – NAPS Graduation, Newport, RI
May 29-31 – Rhode Island Navy Week, Providence, RI
June 4-6 – Summer X-Games, Austin,TX
June 19-21 – Summer Seminar, Annapolis, MD
July 3-5 – Boston Recruiting Tour, Boston, MA
July 17-19 – Cheyenne Navy Week, Cheyenne, NY
July 24-26 – Fargo Navy Week, Fargo, ND
July 31-August 1 – Milwaukee Air & Water Show, Milwaukee, WI
August 14-16 – Chicago Air & Water Show, Chicago, IL
August 18-23
– Kansas City Navy Week, Kansas City, MO
August 28-30 – New York Air Show, New York, NY
September 11-13 – Salt Lake City Navy Week, Salt Lake City, UT
September 25-27 – Oklahoma City Navy Week, Oklahoma City, OK
October 10-11 – San Francisco Navy Week, San Francisco, CA
October 16-17 – Kaneohe Bay Air Show, Honolulu, HI
October 30-November 1 – Atlanta Navy Week, Atlanta, GA
November 6-7 – SEAL Muster, Ft. Pierce, FL

Recent Photo Gallery Uploads: Cleveland, Rockford, AirVenture, and Waukegan

Recently we have uploaded several 2014 airshow albums to the AirshowStuff photo gallery. Check them out at the links below!

Rockford AirFest 2014 (Dave)
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Rockford AirFest 2014

Cleveland National Airshow 2014 (Ryan)
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Cleveland National Airshow 2014

EAA AirVenture 2014 (Ricky)
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EAA AirVenture 2014

Wings Over Waukegan 2014 (Ryan)
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Wings Over Waukegan 2014

Fan Submissions: Theme Week 7 – Heritage/Legacy Flights

Thanks again for submitting your photos for last week’s theme week! We posted some of our favorite Heritage/Legacy Flight photos throughout the week, and asked our fans to share some of their own shots to be featured right here on our blog. Check out just a sampling of the over 100 submissions in the slideshow below!

Do you have some photos you’d like to share? This week’s theme is Jet Vehicles! If you would like to contribute to our next theme week, go to our Facebook page, like the page, and upload your photos to our wall!

Air Race 1 World Cup To End At Reno

Formula 1 Air RaceAir racing fans will want to make sure they’re in Reno in late September as the city plays host to the Air Race 1 World Cup! Reno, NV will play host to the final event of the 2015 Air Race 1 World Cup, a thrilling race of 8 aircraft in a 10 lap battle at 450kph where the first plane to cross the finish line wins! This will be the first international title in Formula 1 Air Racing’s 70 year history.

Mike Major, CEO of RARA, said: “The Reno Air Races has long been a cornerstone of the sport of air racing, but we are not resting on our laurels and many new innovations are planned. So the timing is perfect for us to harness the growth of air racing globally through this partnership with the exciting new international series, the Air Race 1 World Cup, to introduce true air racing to many new audiences.”

Pilots competing in the 2015 Air Race 1 World Cup will be announced in March. Other venues on the schedule include Monastir, Tunisia in early June and Lleida, Spain in late June. The races at Reno are scheduled for Sunday, September 20th.

The Air Race 1 World Cup is sanctioned as the top international title in the sport of formula one air racing by the three official associations based in USA, UK and France. Each event will be covered extensively by global media and the television program will be available in almost 100 countries. The series hopes to expand to more cities in 2016.

Photo from Air Race 1 Website

FLYOVER ALERT! Pro Bowl and Super Bowl!

F-35 Flyover Luke Darin Russell/Lockheed MartinFootball fans and airshow fans will both want to tune in over the next two weekends to catch some great games and great flyovers! Luke AFB, located in Glendale, AZ announced Tuesday that four F-35s from the 61st Fighter Squadron will perform the flyover for the Pro Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium, scheduled to be shown on ESPN this Sunday, January 25th. This will be the first ever public flyover by the F-35.

In addition to the flyover, a joint honor guard from Luke AFB will present the colors and servicemembers from across Arizona will be at the stadium.

One week later on February 1st, make sure to tune into NBC as the USAF Thunderbirds flyover Super Bowl XLIX during the pregame activities!

Photo by Darin Russell/Lockheed Martin

Hornets in Green Bay! Packers/Cowboys Flyover 1/11/15

F-18 Hornets preparing for the flyover in Green Bay

Back in December, we brought you some coverage of four F-22 Raptors that visited Green Bay, WI to perform the flyover for the Green Bay Packers. On the weekend of January 11th, Green Bay’s Austin Straubel International Airport hosted more military jets, this time a pair of F-18 Hornets from VFA-131 “Wildcats” at NAS Oceana. Like the Raptors, the Hornets were in town to perform a flyover for the Packers as they hosted a playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys. In the week before the game, Green Bay’s WBAY profiled one of the pilots, a Green Bay native and Packers fan who previously lived one mile from Lambeau Field. What a homecoming!

Check out our photos and videos of the Hornets with an extra bonus at the bottom:

The airport was busy with game traffic as the Hornet pilots got readyOne of the Hornets fires up its engines before the flyover
A VFA-131 F-18 Hornet takes off for the flyover at Lambeau Field

As a special bonus, we went for a flight around the area after the Hornets landed. Ordinarily airspace near stadiums is restricted during games, but since Lambeau Field is so close to an approach path to the airport landing aircraft can get fairly close to it even during the game. This is a view similar to what the pilots would have had as they approached for the flyover!

Lambeau Field during the Packers/Cowboys Playoff game

Fan Submissions: Theme Week 6 – Aerobatics

Thank you for submitting your fantastic photos for last week’s theme week! We posted some of our favorite aerobatics photos throughout the week, and asked our fans to share some of their own aerobatics shots to be featured right here on our blog. Check out just a sampling of the over 100 submissions in the slideshow below!

Do you have some photos you’d like to share? This week’s theme is Heritage/Legacy Flights! If you would like to contribute to our next theme week, go to our Facebook page, like the page, and upload your photos to our wall!

BREAKING: 2015 Offutt AFB Air Show Canceled

USAF Thunderbirds - Offutt AFB Airshow Canceled

There will be no 2015 airshow at Offutt AFB due to funding issues. Base officials announced the cancelation recently, telling WOWT that the 55th Wing has withdrawn a request to host the event after learning that funding has been approved for runway repairs. The work is in front of hangars which typically house airshow performer’s aircraft, so base officials felt the show and construction could not go on at the same time. The work is expected to last until September or October.

The decision was made in late 2014, but not announced until recently. Base spokesperson Ryan Hansen said that “if not for the unexpected funding, base officials did expect approval to host the air show.”

The 2015 show was expected to include the USAF Thunderbirds. No word on what show, if any, will take Offutts place in their schedule.