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Welcome to our FebruaryMarch issue of The Aviation Magazine. Throughout the winter,
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OpeningspeechesbytheofficersinchargeMapofthe

The Czech Republic hosted the AMPLE STRIKE 2014 tactical exercise between September 315, 2014 The
main base used for this exercise was the No. 22 Helicopter Base at Nm nad Oslavou. The participants
camefrom12differentNATOmemberssupportedbytheNATOHQAIRCOMatRamsteinAB,Germany.In
totalthereweresome1400troopsemployedtogetherwithapproximately30aircraftandhelicopters.Addi
tionallytheCzechArmysupportedtheAMPLESTRIKEexercisewithgroundtroopsandartillery.

ThemaingoaloftheexercisewastotrainpilotsandForwardAirControllers(FAC)forpreparingandcoordi
natingtacticalairoperationstosupportgroundoperations.Thehostcountryoffersaperfectenvironmentin
caseofitsmilitarytraininggroundslikeBoletice,LibavaandBechyneforanambitioustrainingforfutureFor
ward Air Controllers. The whole exercise was based on the actual experience gained by several member
countriesinAfghanistan,IraqandLibya.

ParticipatingintheexercisesincludedfromtheSlovakAirForcetwoMilMi17NATOcodenameHip,two
AeroL39CMandadditionallytwoAeroL39ZAMtoNm.Ofgreatinterest(atleastforthepressandthe
aviationenthusiast)wasaLithuanianL39ZA,whichisrarelyseenoutsideLithuania.EspeciallyastheLithua
nianairsurveillanceis,duetoalackofapotentlocalairforce,mainlycoveredbyotherNATOmembers.Due
tobadweatherconditionsinGermanysixUSArmyBoeingAH64DAPACHELONGBOWattackhelicopterar
rivedadaylaterfromtheirbaseatIllesheim(12thCombatAviationBrigade).TogetherwithCzechAFMilMi
24/35aswellasMilMi17/171ShtheAH64Dformedapowerfulairtogroundforce.Onthefirstdaythe
operationalheadoftheexercise,ColonelMiroslavSvoboda,receivedeveryforeigncrewpersonally.

ForairsurveillanceaswellasforthegroundattackroleinthetrainingareatheCzechAirForceemployed
SAABJAS39GRIPEN,AeroL159ALCAandtheolderL39allcomingfromtheTacticalAirForceBaseCaslav.
TheyweresupportedbyUSAFinformofsixLockheedMartinF16C/DfromtheAvianobased510thFighter
Squadron,31stFighterWing.TheF16sweresenttothePolishAirForcebaseatLask,wheretheyoperated
together with Polish Fighting Falcons. The logistic support was provided by Czech AF CASA C295M from
CaslavAB.

TheNmnadOslavouAirBasewasverybusyduringthewholeexercise.TheUSArmybuiltupahugecon
tainerandtentcampatthewesternsideofthebaseclosetowheretheApacheHelicopterwereparked.In
sidethesecontainersweretheOpsandbriefingrooms.AdditionallytherewasaprovisionalOpsroomforthe
airsurveillanceinstalledbytheCzechAirForce.IncaseofthetrainingfortheForwardAirControllerthere
wasanAAJTSsimulator(AirNationalGuardAdvancedJointTerminalAttackControllerTrain
ingSystem)installed.Theveryfirstprototypeofthissophisticatedsimulatorwasinitially

exerciseareaAJTSlogoAAJTSsimulatorAeroL39insidetheAB

usedduringtheRamsteinRover2013exercise,whichalsotookplaceatNm.Thisparticularsimulator
withits5mwidecupolalooksverymuchlikeaminiIMAXcinema.Initthetraineesarecompletelyinte
gratedinavirtualbattlefieldscenario.Theweatherconditionsduringtheexercisewerefarfrombeingper
fect,stillmostoftheplannedoperationscouldbeexecuted.AccordingtoColonelSvobodatheamountof
nightmissionswerereducedtoaminimum.Stillthenumberofmissionsshowedthehugeintensityofthe
exercise. On some days more than 30 mission scenarios were organized and conducted, theForward Air
Controllerhadtodealwithsome140realandupto40simulatedtargets.Thismeansadailyrateofupto50
missionsforthepilotsandtheiraircraftwheretheyaccumulatedsome60flyinghoursperday!Itwasnot
onlytheaircomponentwhowerequitebusybutalsothegroundforces,forinstanceonSeptember11tha
military convoy came under (simulated) attack. The FAC in charge requested artillery support, which was
donebythemagnificentCzech152mmDANAselfpropelledhowitzer,whichwaslocatedonly7kmsaway
fromthebattlefield.JustafewminutesaftertheartilleryfiresupporttheAeroL159sdroppedtheirord
nanceandwhatwasleftoftheenemywaslateronfinishedbyBoeingAH64APACHEwelldone!

There is no operation without proper maintenance and ground support. As in the real world there were
plentyofthingstodoforeverybodyinvolved,liketheairportfirefighters,who,besidetheirregularjob,had
theirownpartintheexercises.

OnSeptember10th,theForcecommanderofAIRCOMatRamsteimAB,GeneralFrankGorenc,tookpartin
theexercisetogetherwiththeChiefofStaffoftheCzechArmy,GeneralPetrPavelandtheCzechAirForce
CommanderBrigadierGeneralLiborStefanek.TogetherwithColonelSvobodatheyheldapressconference
in the afternoon, where Brig. Gen. Stefanek praised the capabilities of the FACs and especially the good
teamworkofallparticipants.AccordingtoBrig.Gen.Stefanek.Themaingoalmustalwaysbetheperfect
teamcoordinationbetweentheairandthegroundcomponents,thisiswhytheexerciseattachessomuch
importanceinthetrainingWhenGen.GorencwasaskedifitwillbedifficultfortheUSAFinthenearfuture
aftertheretirementoftheFairchildA10THUNDERBOLTIIhesaid:WeAmericansloveourA10,yes,theA
10providedusaswellasouralliesovertheyearswitharemarkableperformance,stillalsothissystemhas
itsdateofexpiry.Meanwhilewehavedevelopedandtestedmoremodernweaponsystemswhichareable
to replace the A10 completely! At the end of his speech Gen. Gorenc thanked his Czech colleagues for
theirsupportwhichmadethisexercisehighlysuccessful.

General Petr Pavel and General Libor Stefanik mentioned the advantages of this exercise for the Czech
ArmedForces.Thehugecomplexityofthismanoeverrequiredahighdegreeofeffectiveness,whichcannot
onlybeusedwithinmilitaryoperationsbutalsoforfuturehumanitarianmissions.

Unfortunatelythefinalceremonyhadtobecancelledduetothebadweathercon
ditions.InsteadasmallfestivitywasorganisedinNmnadOslavouwhichoffi
ciallyendedtheAMPLESTRIKE2014exerciseonSeptember15,2014.

WewouldliketothankalltheliaisonofficersoftheHQAIRCOMatRamsteinAB
aswellasMajorMagdalenaDvorakovafromtheGeneralStaffoftheCzechArmed
Forcesfortheirgreathospitalityandtheirsupportduringtheexercise.

LithuanianL39ZAlefttop
SlovakAF(2)AeroL39CMand(2)AeroL39ZAMleftbottom
CzechAFMilMi24/35righttop
SlovakAFMilMi17rightmid
USArmyofficesduringtheexerciseandtheAH64DAPACHELONGBOWattack
helicopters,filmstrip.

NorthAmericanB25JMitchellOldGlory
WingsOverWineCountry,thePacificCoastAirMuseumsannualairshow,tookplaceSeptember2021,
2014attheCharlesM.SchulzSonomaCountyAirport.Bothitsdate(amonthlaterthanlastyear)andits
location(atthesouthendoftheairport,closertothemuseum)werechangedthisyear.Thehighlightofthe
show was the first appearance here of the MV22 Osprey. Sadly, the continuing effects of the budget se
questrationprocesswerenotedintheabsenceofotherU.S.militaryaircraft.TheflybysbytheU2andT
38sfromnearbyBealeAFB,onceastandardatthisshow,weresorelymissed.TheCanadians,however,did
sendtwoRCAFT6ATexanIItrainerswhichappearedonstaticdisplay.Theshowalsofeaturedanumberof
aerobaticandwarbirdperformances.

The venue this year shifted back to the southern end of the airport, close to the museum grounds. This
madeiteasierforthemuseumto stageessentiallyallofitsaircraftonstaticdisplay.Most oftheaircraft
wereopenedup,makingthecockpitsaccessibletokidsofallages.Crewchiefsandvolunteerswereonhand
to answer questions. A number ofwarbirds were also on static display prior to their flying performances.
MilitaryparticipationwaslimitedtotheMV22andtwoRCAFT6TexanIIs.Theflightlinewasmuchshorter
thanthatinrecentyears,buttherewassufficientspacebetweenthechaletstosetupfoldingchairsandget
agoodviewoftheaction.Bleachersandboxseatswereavailableforanadditionalfee.Thegatesopenedat
0900,butearlybirdshadtheoptionofpurchasingapancakebreakfastwhichallowedaccessanhourearlier.
The breakfast was served in the hangar through which stunt pilot Frank Tallman flew a Beech 18 in the
movieItsaMad,Mad,Mad,MadWorld.Saturdaymorningsweatherwasovercastwithalowceilingand
theentertainmentbeganwiththelocalRCclubflyingsomeoftheiraircraft.Thiswasfollowedbythelocal
SWATteamputtingonsomedemonstrationsoftheircapabilities.Asimulatedhostagerescuesawthepolice
team,accompaniedbyaK9unit,beingairliftedin.Thewholeteam,includingthedog,wasclippedtoarope
suspendedfromaBell407helicopter.

Theflyingdemonstrationsbeganshortlyafternoon,althoughtheovercasthadnotyetlifted.Aflightoffour
NanchangCJ6aircraftperformedanumberofformationflybysincludingamissingmanformation.Thiswas
followedbythewarbirds.Althoughtherewasaniceselectionoftrainers,fightersandabomber,thenum
bersweredownsignificantlyfromlastyearsshow.TheairportbeganduringWorldWarIIasaP38training
base,soitwasnicetosee23SkidoofromthePlanesofFameAirMuseuminattendance.Alsoupfrom
ChinowasanearlywarF4U1Corsair.TheywerejoinedbyatriooflocalMustangs,aYak11
BlyakandtheB25JMitchellOldGlory.

TheskiesfinallyclearedandJacquieBkickeditintohighgear,puttingonaveryniceaerobaticdemonstra
tioninherbrightredExtra300.AsshewasfinishingherroutineDanBuchananintrudedintotheairbox,
leadingJacquietobuzzhimafewtimes.Itwasallingoodfun,anditcertainlygetstheaudiencesattention.
Dansoaredthroughthebrightblueskies,hisorangehanggliderandlongstreamersstandingoutbrilliantly
as he put on his demonstration. Next up was a flight of local civilian aircraft: a Stearman, Waco, radial
enginedCessna195andadeHavillandBeaverfloatplane.Thiswasfollowedbyanumberofniceflybysby
theDC3SpiritofBenovia.

The aerobatics resumed with Frank Dr. D Donnelly flying a nice routine in his clippedwing Taylorcraft.
GregWiredColyerprovidedtheonlyjetnoiseoftheday,butimpressedthecrowdwithhisveryenergetic
demonstrationoftheaerobaticcapabilitiesoftheT33ShootingStarAceMaker.TheRedBullhelicopter
wasupnext.ChuckAaronistheonlypilotlicensedinNorthAmericatoperformthemaneuversthatthespe
ciallymodifiedRedBullMBB105iscapableofdoing.

Theintimatesettingof thisairshowallowedthespectatorstoenjoy theshowcloseupand personal.He


definitelyisahardacttofollow,buttheMarinesofVMM166fromMCASMiramarwereuptoit.Thehigh
lightoftheshowwastheinauguralappearanceoftheMV22attheWingsOverWineCountryairshow.The
airframeandcrewattractedalotofattentionwhileonstaticdisplay,butastheenginesspooledupandthe
Osprey taxied out, the crowds surged forward. The Sea Elks put on a full tactical demo, including high
speedflybys,transitioningflightaswellasadisplayofthehoveringcapabilities.Itwastheperfectwayto
endtheshow.

Thankstotheshoworganizers,sponsorsandallofthestaffandvolunteersformakingthissuchanenjoy
ableairshow.

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TheReddingAirshow,smallasitis,hasmanagedtoattractajetteamfor19outofthelast21shows.Butthis
yearsappearancebytheCanadianForcesSnowbirdswasanonagain,offagainschedulingrollercoaster.The
SnowbirdsannouncedinDecember2012thattheywouldbeappearingthisyear,aschedulewhichwasreaf
firmedatICASinDecember2013.However,inJanuaryofthisyear,budgetconstraintsledtothecancellation
ofallUSappearances.TheRCAFCF18DemonstrationTeamwastotaketheplaceoftheSnowbirds.How
ever,inFebruarytheSnowbirdswereonagain.AndthatshowReddingbecameoneofonlyahandfulofUS
airshowstohosttheSnowbirdsandtheonlyUSshowtofeatureboththeSnowbirdsandCF18.

TheairshowtookplaceovertheweekendofSeptember2728atReddingsMunicipalAirport.Inadditionto
theCanadianjets,anumberofwarbirdsandaerobaticperformersfilledtheskiesofNorthernCalifornia.On
the ground were moreaircraft on static display, including another Canadian visitor, the RCAF T6 Texan II,
alongwithvintagemilitaryvehiclesandaclassiccarshow.Rainearlierintheweekhaddepositedsnowon
MtShastaandLassenPeak,providingabeautifulbackdroptothedaysflying.Thegatesopenedat0800leav
ingplentyoftimeforvisitorstopositionthemselvesalongtheflightlineandcheckoutallofthestaticaircraft
andvehicles.Photographershadtheoptionofpurchasingaphotopasswhichallowedentryanhourearlier
thangeneraladmissionandalsoincludedentryintoaphotopavilionlocatedonthefrontline.Forthefirst
time,reservedseatingaswellasareservedseatingareawithcateredfoodanddrinks(FlightDeck)wasavail
able for purchase. Announcer Steve Stavrakakis and Air Boss Willie Turner did a great job throughout the
show,keepingthespectatorsinformedandentertained.Theyhandledbothplannedinterruptions(thearri
valanddeparturesofSkyWestcommercialflights)andunplanneddisruptions(USFSsmokejumpersdepart
ingtofightawildfire)instyle.

The air show began with a parachutist bringing in the flag shortly after noon. John Collver started off the
daysflyinginhisAT6TexanWarDog.JulieClarkfollowedinherT34Mentor,withred,whiteandblue
smoketrailingbehindher.GregColyeruppedthetempo,flyingafastroutineinhisT33ShootingStar.Then
itwastimeforthewarbirds.TheDisabledAmericanVeterans(DAV)AviationOutreachProgram,nowinits
twelfthyear,participatesinairshowsthroughoutthecountry,usingaWorldWarIIeraB25bombertoin
creasepublicawarenessofdisabledveterans.

Old Glory was on static display during the morning at the DAV Flight Team display and now took to the
skies.Itputonanumberofpasses.ItsoonattractedtheattentionoftheCommemorativeAirForcesA6M3
Zero,whichperformedseveralstrafingrunsontheMitchell.SoonenoughtheCAFsF6FHellcatwasair
borneandafteraspiriteddogfightmanagedtodowntheZero.AformationflightbyallthreeofthePa
cificTheaterwarbirdsthrilledthecrowds.SteveHintonlaterflewasolodemonstrationintheP38JLightning
23Skidoo.JacquieWardaputonanamazingdemonstrationinherEXTRA300,showingwhatispossiblein
anaircraftdesignedespeciallyforaerobaticflight.Alleyeswereonherbrightredplaneasshecrisplyand
energeticallywentthroughherroutine.

Thehighlightsoftheshow,andwhatmanyhadtravelledalongdistancetosee,weretheCanadians.Captain
AdamRungestarteditoffintheCF18.Rotatingsosharplyontakeoffthathealmostbangedthecansonthe
runway, Manik kept pushing the envelope throughout his show. His highspeed passes, highg turns and
rolls showed off all aspects of the beautifully decorated airframe. Each years theme inspires a new paint
scheme.TotheStarsFuelledbyLegacycelebratesthe90thanniversaryoftheRCAF.

TheSnowbirdsthentookoffinsectionsofthree,formingupandperformingtheirsystemchecksinthedis
tance.Saturdaysblueskiesandpuffywhitecloudsformedtheperfectbackdropforthebrightlypaintedred
andwhiteTutors.Theninepilotsperformedavarietyofmaneuversinvariouscombinationsofaircraft,al
wayssmoothlytransitioningfromonepatterntothenext. Saturdaysperformancewasinterruptedbythe
launch of a US Forest Service Sherpa carrying smoke jumpers to fight a wildfire, but the action picked up
smoothly as soon as the box was clear again. The crowd clearly enjoyed the performance, cheering wildly
duringmanyofthehighactionmaneuverssuchastheLagBackCross,butalsoenjoyingthegracefulnine
shipformationtransitions.Thisyearmarksthe50thanniversaryoftheTutor,anditjustkeepsgettingbetter
with age. After their performance the pilots came forward to the flightline to answer questions and sign
autographs.

ThankstotheExchangeClubofRedding,theshoworganizers,sponsorsandallofthestaffandvolunteersfor
makingthissuchanenjoyableairshowandtoMichaelBurkeforarrangingthemediaaccess.

TheRCAFCF18DemonstrationTeamandtheSnowbirds.ReddingwastheonlyUS
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AnyonewhohasattendedtheMCASMiramarAirShowinthepastfewyearswillimmediatelyrecognizethe
VoiceofMAGTF,Capt.JohnReeves,announcingtheexciting,fastpacedandexplosiveactionoftheMarine
AirGroundTaskForce.Theairshowstagedatriumphantreturnafterlastyearslastminutecancelation,and
the MAGTF, always an integral part of the show, took center stage this year: Celebrating the Marine Air
GroundTaskForce(MAGTF)wasthethemeforthisyearsthreedayshow,whichtookplaceOctober35.

Thescheduleforeachdaysshowwasroughlythesame.Thegatesopenedtothepublicat0800,theflying
begananhourlaterandcontinuedprettymuchnonstopuntil4PM.OnSaturdaytherewasatwilightshow
whichstartedat5:30PMandconcludedwiththeGreatWallofFireat8:30PM.Thatsmorethantwelve
hoursofactionandmadeforalongday!Especiallywiththesunnyskiesandtripledigittemperatures.Luckily
therewerelotsofplacestositdown:freeopenseatingateachendoftheflightline,numerousboxseats,six
massivesetsofbleachersandavarietyofpublicchaletsprovidingshadeandcateredfoodanddrinks.There
werealsomanyfoodanddrinkvendorsdistributedthroughoutthetarmac,mostoperatedbybasesquad
ronswithproceedsgoingtowardstheirmoraleandwelfarefunds.

Thisyearseventfeaturedtwojetdemonstrationteams,thecivilianPatriotsandtheNavysBlueAngels,tac
tical demonstrations from the AV8B Harrier II, MV22 Osprey and the F35B Lightning II, civilian aerobatic
performers,twoparachuteteams,and,ofcourse,theMarineAirGroundTaskForceassaultdemonstration.
Almostamileofrunwayapronwasfilledwithaircraftonstaticdisplay.Theongoingbudgetsequestration
limitedthemilitarystaticdisplaystolocalMarineCorpsaircraft,butprettymucheveryaircraftintheinven
tory was represented, and Squadrons Row was well populated. The brandnew F35B, however, attracted
thelionsshareofthecrowdsinterest.HopefullytheAirForceandNavy,representedthisyearonlybythe
MQ1PredatorandMQ8BFireScoutUAVs,willreturninforcenextyear.ApairofGermanAirForceTorna
dosandaUSCoastGuardMH60TJayhawkroundedoutthecurrentarmedforcesaircraftonstaticdisplay.
TheFlyingLeathernecksMuseumhadalmostalloftheiraircraftondisplay,givingvisitorsanopportunityto
seeaircraftrepresentingtheMarineCorpslongaviationhistory.Therewerealsomanyprivatewarbirdson
display.Additionally,therewerewelloverahundredexhibitsandboothsfeaturingeverythingfromNavydi
versinaswimtanktoM1Abramstanks.AndeverywherewereMarines,eagertointeractwithvisitorsand
tellthemwhattheydoandwhytheydoit.Indeed,thisopportunitytointeractwiththeMarinesaboardthe
airstationisoneofthehighlightsoftheshowformany.

Theflyingschedulewasthesameeachday,withthemorningbeingdevotedtocivilianactsandthemilitary
performingintheafternoon.TheBlueAngelsconcludedtheafternoonsflyingeachday.Theeveningshow
alsoincludedamixofcivilianandmilitarydemonstrations.TheAV8BHarrierIItacticaldemo
tookplacejustasthesunwassetting.WellafterdarkLittleBuddylituptheskiesover

MiramarwithanincredibleseriesofafterburnerpassesintheF/A18C.Afireworksdisplaysettothestirring
musicofJohnPhilipSousasetthestagefortheconcludingact:theGreatWallofFire.

ButthehighlightoftheshowwasclearlytheMAGTF.Twoincredibleexplosionsmarkedthebeginningofthe
demonstration,simulatinggroundbombardmentfromoffshorenavalvessels.Theactionisexplainedbythe
dynamicandoverthetopnarrationofCapt.JohnReeves,accompaniedbyaharddrivingrockmusicsound
track. Soon the skies were filled with a multitude of aircraft, both fixedwing (jet and prop) and rotary
(helicopterandtiltrotor).TwoKC130JHerculestankerspassedoverhead,thefirstrefuelingtwopairsofAV
8BsandF/A18Cs,thenexttrailingtwopairsofCH53sandMV22s.TheHornetsandHarriersthenmadesev
eral highspeed strafing and bombing passes, accompanied by loud and showy pyrotechnics. Two UH1Y
HueyssoonappearedwithMarinesfastropingtothegroundtothestrainsofIt'srainingmen!Hallelujah,
it'srainingmenbytheWeatherGirls.AllthewhileSuperCobrasweredartingaboutprovidingcover.

FireworksdisplayMarinesinactionHumveeM1A1Abramstank
TheadvanceteamthenclippedontoaropedanglingfromaHueyandtheeightMarineswereextractedand
flown through the sky. Three Ospreys made a highspeed pass, transitioned to hovering flight, then de
scendedtodelivertheirloadsofinfantry.ThenitwastimefortheaptlynamedHeavyHaulerstobringin
themechanizedequipment.ThreeCH53ESuperStallions,onewithaHumveedanglingbelowit,delivered
theirloads.TheMarinesonthegroundslowlyadvancedtowardsthecrowdline,allthewhileprovidingeach
other cover. From show right soon appeared an armored column led by two M1A1 Abrams tanks and fol
lowedbyseveralLAV25s,HumveesandanMTVR7tontrucktowingahowitzer.TwofinalpassesbytheHor
netsandHarriers,eachaccompaniedbyawalloffire,endedtheassaultdemo.Nowitwastimeforthepass
inreview,whereallofthegroundassetsparadedwithinarmsreachalongthecrowdline,andtheaircraft
flewslowlyoverhead.TheMarineswereheartilycheeredbythecrowdsandthey,inturn,exchangedhigh
fivesandhandshakeswiththespectators.Itistrulyoneofthehighlightsoftheshowandademonstration
seenveryrarelyelsewhere.

AbittersweetmomentformanyinthecrowdwasthefinalflightoftheCH46E,alsoknownasthePhrog.
TheMarineCorpsisabouttobeoutofthePhrogbusinessandthatseemssad;however,itisalsoanexciting
timeaswecompletethetransitiontothemorecapableMV22andpreparetowritethenextchapterinthe
greatlegacyofMarine aviation,saidLt.Col.JohnField, MarineMediumHelicopterSquadron(HMM)364
commandingofficer.Themachinechanges,buttheMarinesarestillgoingtodothesamemission,whether
its46sinVietnamorOspreysinplacestobenamedlater,carryingthatcultureandthatlegacyintothenew
airframe.TheSeaKnightenteredservicewiththeMarinesfiftyyearsagoinVietnamandhasservedinevery
majorengagementsince.AflightoffourCH46Es,theleadshippaintedinthemarkingsitcarriedinVietnam,
concludedtheMAGTF.Itisagoodwayforthesquadrontoretiretheaircraftbyflyingonemorepassforthe
Americanpublictosee,saidCapt.BrettBishop,aPhrogpilotwithHMM364.

(4)CH46ESeaKnights,onewithspecialpaint.

F/A18C
ThisyearalsomarkedafirstforMCASMiramar:theMarinesnewestfighteraircraft,theF35BLightningII,
madeitsinauguralappearanceattheairshow.ThetacticaldemonstrationwasperformedbyLt.Col.Steve
Gillette, commander of VMFA121 Green Knights, the first operational F35B squadron. Flying in from
MCASYuma,heslowedtheLightningII,openedamultitudeofdoors,swivelleditsvectorthrustexhaustand
hovered over the runway. After a number of maneuvers and flybys, Lt.Col. Gillette landed the aircraft. He
latertookoffusingafterburnerandreturnedtoMCASYuma.

FatAlberthadbeengroundedmostofthesummerafterabirdstrikedamageditswingleadingedge:Must
have been a pterodactyl! quipped air show announcer Rob Reider. Its return to service was greeted by
cheersfromthecrowd.TheBlueAngelsputontheirfullhighshowallthreedays,delightingthehugecrowds
whichhadbynowfilledthebleachersandflightlineseatingareas.

Itisestimatedthatahalfmillionvisitorscameaboardtheairstationtoattendtheshow.Butforthoseunable
to attend, the media coverage of this air show is phenomenal, with Marines providing realtime video
streams, uploads to DVIDS and posts to Twitter and Facebook. We would like to sincerely thank Capt.
MelanieSalinas,Director,PublicAffairs,andallthemembersofherteamforafantasticandmemorableex
periencecoveringtheAirShow.Finally,wewouldliketothankalltheMarines,volunteersandperformersat
MCASMiramarformakingthisAirShowsuchasuccess.

FatAlbertat309thAMARG,inTucsonArizona,beingoverhauled.2014TheAviationMagazine

KC130JHerculestankertrailingtwoCH53sandMV22above,UH1YVenomandanAH1SuperCobra,below.

TheBlueAngelsatMCASMiramar.

Itwasfantastictohavethe
BlueAngelsbackintheBayArea!LastyearsFleetWeekcelebrations
were canceled due to cuts
infederalfundingandalthoughthebudgetsequestrationremainsineffect,
and military participation waslimitedtotheNavysBlueAngelsandLeapFrogs,itwasarealpleasureto
seetheairshowreturntoSanFrancisco.Thisyeartheonlythreattoasuccessfulshowwastheweather,and
even when Karl the Fog made an impressive appearance on Saturday, the air boss was able to shuffle the
schedulesufficientlythattheshowwenton.

TheParadeofShipstookplaceonFriday,whichusuallyonlyfeaturestherehearsalflights.TheUSSAmerica
was commissioned on Saturday morning, causing this change of plans. The parade included warships from
theUSandCanadianNaviesaswellasUSCoastGuardvessels,allaccompaniedbyafireshipspoutingfoun
tainsofwater.Theactualpracticeflightswererathersparse.ThePatriots,beingthelocalteam,didntneed
to familiarize themselves with the airspace. And the Blue Angels, aftermaking several flat passes over the
fog,calleditoffandheadedbacktoland.Alsodifferentthisyear,theystagedoutofOaklandAirportinstead
ofSFO.

OnSaturday,theappearanceofthemassiveinflowofmarinelayerfogdisruptedthescheduleofflying,but
theorganizersdidaverygoodjobofshufflingtheactstomakethebestofit.Surprisinglyenough,thismeant
thattheBlueAngelsflewearlierthanscheduledanddidnotendtheshowastheynormallydo.OnSunday
conditionswereperfectforalloftheperformers.Thedaydawnedbright,clearandcoolwithseassocalm
thattheGoldenGateBridgewasreflectedintheBay.TheshowwasopenedbytheUSNavyParachuteDem
onstration Team jumping from a Missouri Air Guard C130. The Leap Frogs performed their usual high
energydisplay,finishingwiththeunfurlingofahugeAmericanflag.TheUSCoastGuardthenputonadisplay
oftheirSearchandRescuecapabilities.AfterdroppingarescueswimmerintotheBay,theMH65Dolphin
helicopterdeparted,thencircledaround,zeroedinonthesmokefromabrightredflareandliftedtheswim
merbackintothehelicopter.Theyrepeatedthedemonstrationforviewersattheeasternend
oftheairshowbox.

TheHorsemenstartedoffthedaysaerobaticflying,puttingonanamazingdisplayofprecisionformationfly
ingintheirthreehighlypolishedP51DMustangs.SteveHintonledEdShipleyandDanFriedkinthrougha
beautifulseriesofgracefulloopsandrolls.SuperDaveMathiesonturneditupanotchwithaspiritedper
formanceintheScheydenMX2.HewasfollowedbyMichaelWiskuswhoflewasimilarlyenergeticroutinein
thebrightredLucasOilbiplane.Thenitwastimeforthefirstofthedaystwojetteams.Thelocallybased
Patriots Jet Team is the largest civilianowned jet demonstration team and includes former Blue Angels,
ThunderbirdsandSnowbirdsamongitssixpilots.Theirfastpaced,precisionmaneuverscontainmanyofthe
sameexcitingelementsasthosemilitaryteams.YoucanreadaboutourflightwiththePatriotsintheDecem
ber2014/January2015issueofTheAviationMagazine.Inadditiontoentertainingviewersatairshows,the
Patriots also encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics through their
new,allvolunteernonprofitorganizationThePatriotsJetTeamFoundation.

UnitedAirlinessentawidebodyBoeingpassengerjeteachdaytoperformanumberofflybys:a757onFri
day,a747onSaturdayandaTriple7onSunday.AlthoughnoneofthemaneuverswereasspectacularasTex
JohnstonslegendarybarrelrolloftheDash80overLakeWashingtoninSeattlealmostsixtyyearsago,itwas
neverthelessimpressivetoseetheselargejetsflylowovertheBay,especiallyduringtheirslowdirtypasses
withgearandflapsfullyextended.SeanDTuckeronceagainamazedthecrowdwithhishighoctane,jaw
droppingaerobaticroutineatFleetWeek.Theonlythingmissingfromhisastoundingrepertoirewasthetri
pleribboncut.TheOracleChallengerIIIbiplanestoodoutbrightlyintheclearblueskiesandevenatadis
tancehissmokesystemallowedspectatorstofollowhiseverymove.Well,almost:hissnaprollscamesofast
andfuriousitiseasytolosecount.Andhedisappearedintohisownsmokeduringtheextendedtailslides
anddoublehammerheadturns.HeendedhisshowwithahoveringtributetotheAV8BHarrierfollowedby
alowphotopassseeminglyjustinchesoverthewaves.

FatAlbert,withitsallMarinecrew,wasawelcomesight.ThebrightlypaintedC130performeditsusual
steep climb and descent to open and close its demonstration, with a number of remarkable passes in be
tween.Therewasenoughmoistureintheairthattheproptipsleftspiralsofvaporbehindthemasthelarge
transportclaweditswayskyward.ThefinallowpassoverAlcatrazIslanddirectlytowardsthecityswater
frontbroughtgaspsfromthecrowds.

TheBlueAngelsclosedtheshow,puttingontheirhighshowunderbrightblueskies.Theyhadbeenbuzzing
theareaforseveraldaystoorientthemselvesandidentifytimingandlocationlandmarks.Thecrowdswere
neverthelessthrilledbytheteamsdramaticentranceintotheaerobaticboxflyinginlowover theGolden
GateBridge.TheirfullhighshowonSundaywasasighttosee.Itisachallengetophotographthelowpasses
inbetweenthemastsofthemanyboatscrowdingthebay,butitisworthittosee#5ssneakpassjustfeet
overthewater.AngelIslandprovidedtheperfectbackgroundtomakevisibletheSchlierenlinesformedby
theshockconesasLt.Cmdr.DavidTickleapproachedMach1.Similarly,AlcatrazIslandformedaniceback
drop to the manyexciting solo crosses. Although the ground portion of the Blue Angels performance was
missing from this show, the teamcame out to Pier 39 on Saturday night to meet their many fans, answer
questionsandsignautographs.

TheairboxislocatedoverSanFranciscoBay,justnorthofthecityswaterfront.Assuch,thereisnoground
portionoftheairshow,andnoaircraftonstaticdisplay.MarinaGreendoes,however,havetheusualfood
booths,vendorsandkidszones,aswellaspavilionswithchairs,shadeandcateredfoodforthosewillingto
payforthecomfortandconvenience.Butprettymuchanyplaceintheareaprovidesabeautifulvenuefrom
whichtowatchtheshow.FromFishermansWharf,pastCrissyField,tostandingontheGoldenGateBridge
itself, the sun is behind you, making photography a joy. From Angel Island, Alcatraz or out on the water
aboardtheJeremiahOBrienyouhavebeautifulviewsofthecityskylineasabackdrop.There
arenobadseats!

ParadeoftheshipsbytheGoldenGateBridge,USNavyLeapFrogsUSAFC130

SuperDaveMathiesonUnitedAirlinesBoeing757200P51DMustangsofTheHorsemen

ThesecondpartofthemultinationalexerciseJOINTWARRIORtookplacebetween6and17October,2014
onthebeautifulScottishcoastline.Intotal53aircraft,22warshipsandsubmarinesandmorethan3.500
menandwomenwereinvolvedintheJW142(theofficialacronymincommonuse).

ForthosewhoarenotfamiliarwithJW,JointWarriorisaUKtriServicemultinationalexercisethatinvolves
numerous warships, aircraft, marines and troops. Joint Warrior provides a complex environment in which
UK,NATOandalliedunitscangothroughtrainingtogetherintacticsandskillsforuseinacombinedjoint
taskforce.Theexerciserunsthrougharangeofscenarios,includingcrisisandconflictsituations,thatcould
berealisticallyencounteredinoperationsdisputedterritory,terroristactivity,piracyandmore.Thismas
sive multinational exercise delivers specialist maritime training, bringing together the theatres of air, sur
face,underwaterandamphibiousforces.

The planning for this massive exercise was done by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS) with
theirheadquarterinNorthwood.SquadronLeaderDuncanLaisny,responsiblefortheplanningandtheco
ordinationoftheairopsmadeitclearbysaying:thisexercise,withitsvariousrealisticscenarios,givesus
thechancetocentralizeandstrengthentheexpertisesoftheparticulararmedforces.

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TyphoonfromSQN.1RAFLossiemouth

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TyphoonFGR4from29.SQNConingsby

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RAFLossiemouthactedasthemainbaseforfastjetoperations.AsRAFLeucharscloseditsgatestheyear
beforeNo.1andNo.6SqnrelocatedtheirEUROFIGTHERTYPHOONFGR.Mk4toLossiemouth,whichmade
itthesoleactive(flying)RAFbaseinScotland.Theinitialplansawawiderangeofaircraftfromdifferentair
forces,suchastheCanadianLockheedCP140AURORA,USNavyLockheedP3CORIONaswellasoneofthe
brandnewBoeingP8POSEIDON,GermanPANAVIATORNADOIDS,SwedishSAABJAS39GRIPEN,Belgian
LockheedMartinF16MLUandtheBoeingF/A18CfromtheUSMarineCorps.Astheamountofpartici
pantsexceededbyfarthecapabilityofRAFLossiemouth,thesurveillanceandRECCEaircrafthadberelo
catedtootherairbases.DuetotheactualpoliticalsituationinSyriaandIraqtheBelgianAirComponentas
wellastheUSMarineCorpshadtocanceltheirattendanceonshortnotice.Stilltherewasalotofrushat
Lossiemouthduringtheseelevendaysofoperation.Atleastthreesortieswereflownatanaverageperday,
alwaysdependentontheweatherconditions.

ThestationcommanderofRAFLossiemouth,GroupCaptainMarkChappel,ADC,RAF,welcomedtherepre
sentativesfrommediaonthepressdayandintroducedsquadronleadersandliaisonofficersof
the different units to the journalists. Being asked how the Swedes got along with the Scottish
weather,Lt.Col.AdamNelson(Flygvapnet)saidwithasmileonhisfacethetoughpeople

SwedishAFJAS39DGripenGermanAFTornadoIDSRAFC130C5

GermanTornadoTakLwG51"Immelmann"

BAE146CC2,RAFNortholtSwedishAFSaabTp100(C340B)

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fromtheNorthhavetheirownbadweather,but,honestly,inScotlanditisworse!SquadronleaderKai
PetersfromtheGermanTaktischesLuftwaffengeschwader51Immelmann(TaktLwG51I)stateditis
notabigproblemformeandmycrews,astheweatherinNorthernGermanyisverysimilar.TheNo.XV
(Reserve)Squadroncommander,WingCommanderJonNixonmentionedhowimportantitisforthemto
work closely together with German Tornado units and share their experiences. These exercises enable us
notonlytomasterthechallengesofthedailyflyingroutinebutalsotokeepthevenerableTornadosairwor
thyforalongperiod.Intheseexercisesonecanclearlyseethepotentialofthisweaponsystem.

Themembersofthemediagotagoodchancetowatchthefinalpreparationsfortakeoffonthelastchance
positionsoftheairbasefromaverycloserange.SeveralBritishTORNADOSGr.Mk.4aswellastheirGer
manequivalent(IDS=Interdiction/Strike)andSwedishJAS39GRIPENcouldbeseen.Additionallytherewas
achancetowatchthedailyoperationroutinesoftheNo.6Squadron(EurofighterTYPHOONFGR.Mk4).All
aircraft were placed in an exact line, which reflected their professionalism. The entire ground crew did a
verygoodjob,whichwasclearlyseenintheappearanceoftheaircraftaswellasthehangar.

Besidethebusyflightoperationswithintheexercisethe
normal (daily) flight operation had also to be handled
smoothlybytheflightopsandtheaircontroller.Several
BAe Hawk T.Mk 1a from different units (RAF as well as
RN) came in to land to be refuelled. A lone SAAB Tp
100C(militaryvariantoftheSAAB340)cameinaswell
without interfering with any of the activities on the
ground or in the air. The QRA (Quick Reaction Alert),
which RAF Lossiemouth is responsible for (to cover the
Northern part of the United Kingdom), was also main
tainedbytheRAFscrew,whichshowstheprofessional
ismofthemenandwomenincharge.

We would like to thank the British Ministry of Defense


for inviting us to the JOINT WARRIOR 20142 exercise.
OurspecialthanksgoestoFlyingOfficerMartinWalker
andFlightLieutenantChesterMyersfortheirgreatsup
portandhospitalityandofcourseWingCommanderJon
Nixon from No XV (R) Sqn as well as Flight Lieutenant
Bruce McComor from No. 6 Squadron for their assis
tanceandhelpduringourvisit.

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RAFTyphoonGermanAFTornadoIDSRAFTyphoon

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SwedishAFJAS39Gripensparked

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RAFSeaKingHAR3SAR
totheright
ApairofBAEHawkT1A,
below

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A7retirementceremonyatAraxosAirBase:theendofalegend

OnOctober17th,2014aneraendedintheSouthernpartofEurope.TheHellenicAirForceretireditsLing
TemcoVought(LTV)A7CORSAIRafter39yearsinoperationalservice.TheHAFwasthelastoperatorofthis
groundattackaircraft.TheA7sfinaldeployment(outsideGreece)tookplaceattheRoyalInternationalAir
Tattoo2014atRAFFairford,wheretheretirementceremonywasofficiallyannouncedbythecrew.Allkind
ofenthusiasts,planespottersbutalsoaviationjournalistswouldgetalastchancetosaygoodbyetotheLast
CorsairsoftheUniverse,astheA7swereunofficiallycalledwithintheHellenicAirForce.Ofcoursewetook
thechancetotakepartinthisevent.

AnicesurprisewasannouncedbytheHAF,whichofferedallaccreditedmediaandaviationspottersavery
special access to the A7s home base (Araxos AB) the day before the official retirement ceremony took
place.EverybodygotachancetoseetheA7CORSAIRforanadditionaldayandwasabletowatchaddition
allythenormaldailyroutineonthisHAFoperationalbase.Thiswasparticularlyofinterestfor
thehugeamountofaviationenthusiasts,aviationspottersandforthosewhoarecollecting

theserialnumbers.Everybodycouldtake
plentyofphotosfromthelongrowofde
commissioned A7 and the still opera
tionalaircraftaswell.

Inthemorningaswellasintheafternoon
thepilotsandthegroundcrewsprepared
themselves for the fly out ceremony on
theverynextday.Onecouldseetheten
sion and the impression on the faces of
the pilots and the ground crew. Maybe
noteverybodyhasalreadyrealised,thatit
will be the very end of the A7 Corsairs
career.Nomatterwhat,onthisparticular
day there was plenty of flying and the
photographershadmorethanoneoppor
tunity to take great shots from the A7
during the start up procedures of each
aircraft, on the taxiway and on the last
chanceposition.Alsomanyoftheground
crew members took their chance to take
a last picture from the A7, their com
rades and, of course, of themselves with
theirpocketcams.Onecrewmemberwas
evendressedasabuccaneer,muchtothe
delightofthespectators,whocouldtake
averyspecialshotfromthisscene.Beside
alltherehearsalsandthepreparationfor
the flyout event the Lockheed Martin F
16 from the No. 335 Sqn. did their daily
job,thegreatZEUSDemoteamdidsome
rehearsalsaswellastheT6DemoTeam
Daedalus.Thisdaybecameunforgettable
foreverybodyinvolvedandfinally,onewaspleasedtoseeaveryrareEmbraerERJ135.

OnthenextdaythebasewasopenforthegeneralpublictogetachancetoseethevenerableA7forthelast
timeintheair.Inoneofthehangars,whichwassolemnlydecorated,oneA7wasplacedintothecorner,
coveredfromthecuriouseyesofthepublicbyabluefabric.WhentheGreekMinisterofDefence,Dimitris
Avramopoulos, arrived in his limousine and inspected the guard of honour, the festivities could officially
start.BesidetheMinisterofDefence,therewereplentyofhighrankingmilitaryaswellasciviliandignitaries
present;theChiefofStaffoftheHellenicAirForce,LieutenantGeneralEvangelosTournas,theCommander
inChiefoftheHellenicArmedForces,GeneralMikhailKostarakos,ViceAdmiralEvangelosApostolakis,the
DeputyMinisterofDefenceIoannisLampropoulos,amongothers.LieutenantGeneral(ret.)AntoniosIorda
nouhonouredallthosewhoservedwiththeA7since1975.Inhisspeechhesaid,thattheA7madeabig
contributiontotheNationalsecurityforalmost40years.ThenthebluefabricwastakenofffromtheA7in
thecornerandeverybodycouldseeabrandnewlyappliedbeautifulcolourscheme(greysilver)withallfive
squadronemblemsonthetail.

The Minister of Defence, Dimitris Avramopoulos said in his speech, that


this is a very special day in the history of the Hellenic Air Force. Like the
previous speaker he thanked all crews and technicians who worked and
served with the Corsair for their outstanding job. He mentioned that the
decommissioningoftheA7isnotonlyafarewellfortheHellenicAirForce
butalsoforallaviationenthusiastofwhichmanyhadcometoGreecetojoin
the celebrations. He also honoured the 13 causalities who gave their life
whileflyingtheA7.Duringhisspeechatwoshipformationmadethefinal
flyby.

AccordingtotheHAFsChiefofStaff,LieutenantGeneralEvangelosTournas,
the retirement of the A7 will leave no gap, but will be succeeded by the
muchmoremodernLockheedMartinF16Block52+,whichcurrentlyrepre
sentsthemostadvancedversionoftheF16series.

Attheendoftheceremonyeverybodymovedtowardsthecrowdlinejustto
watch a unique formation consisting of one TA7C Corsair, a Mirage 2000
5EG,aMcDonnellDouglasF4EPhantomIIaswellasaLockheedMartinF16
Block52+.TheA7lefttheformationinasteepclimbandmadethenthefi
nallandingofthistype.TheflyingdisplaysoftheZEUSTeam(F16Demo)
andtheDaedalusTeam(T6TexanII)completedthefarewellceremony.Af
ter a total of 440.000 flying hours the Greek LTV A7 Corsairs service life
cametoitsend!

OurthanksgotoallmenandwomenoftheHellenicAirForceforaperfect
organization, especially to Col. Alexandros Marinos and the whole ground
crewwhomadeourvisitsosuccessful.VeryspecialthanksgoestoMag.El
friede NikolakopoulouPirzl, from the Austrian Embassy in Greece, for her
generoussupport.

LINGTEMCOVOUGHTA7CORSAIR(History)

In1963theUSNavyannouncedarequestforproposalforareplacementof
thealreadyoutdatedDouglasA4SKYHAWK.Asacostsavingmeasurement
it was agreed that the new carrier based ground attack aircraft shall be
basedonanalreadyexistingtype.TheparticipatingcompanieswereGrum
man,LingTemcoVought(LTV),McDonnellDouglasandNorthAmerican.In
November 1963 the company LTV was presented as the winner. This com
pany persuaded the Navy officials as the new carrier born attack aircraft
shallbebasedonthehighlysuccessfulLTVF8Crusader.Onlyafewmonths
later (March 1964) a contract was signed for three prototypes, four pre
productionaircraftandthefirstbatchof(35)serialproductionaircraft.The
newaircraftwasdesignedwithashortbutmorebulkyfuselageandwould
receivethenameA7CorsairIIinhonorofthelegendaryF4UCorsairfrom
WWII.

Thefirstprototype(serial#152580)haditsmaidenflightonSeptember27,1965inDallas,Texas.Besidethe
USNavy,USAirForceandsomeunitsoftheAirNationalGuard,theA7wasoperatedbytheAirForcesofThai
land, Portugal and last but not least Greece (the Hellenic Air Force was the only foreign operator who pur
chasedbrandnewaircraft,ThailandaswellasPortugalreceivedsecondhandmachinesfromtheUSNavy).

OnJune20,1974theGreekGovernmentsignedacontractforthepurchaseof(60)A7H.TheHmodelwasa
modified A7E adapted to the HAFs requirements. Some of these modifications were relatedto the landing
gearothersforthefuelsystem.IncaseoftheavionicstheHModelwasidenticalwiththeEModel,inclusively
theHUD,whichwasusedforthefirsttimeinamilitaryaircraft.Theairrefuelingprobesystemwasdispensed.
TheveryfirstA7HhaditsmaidenflightonMay,5th1975(serial#159662).Onlythreemonthslaterthefirst
two A7H (some sources claim three aircraft) landed on Adravida AB, home of the 115th Combat Wing at
Souda.TheferryflightswereexecutedbytheUSNavypersonnelandSkywaysCompanyaciviliancontractor.
Thedeliveryoftheotheraircraftwasdelayedduetoconstructionworkontheairbasesrunway,thisiswhythe
restoftheotheraircraftlandedfinallyon28thNovember1975andwerewelcomedinaceremonybythefor
merHellenicAirForceChiefofStaff,theAmericanAmbassadorandUSNavyrepresentatives.InJanuary1980
anothercontractwassignedtopurchasefiveTA7Hdoubleseaters.Thisparticularaircraftwasverysimilarto
theUSNavyversion(TA7C)butwasequippedwiththeupgradedTF41A2engine.Themaidenflightofthe
firstaircrafttookplaceon4thMarch1980(serial#161218),ontheferryflightstoGreece(July,11,1980and
October28,1980)byGreekpilots.

Intheearly1990safurther(50)surplusA7Eand(18)TA7EwerepurchasedtoreplacetheLockheedF104
StarfighterwithintheHellenicAirForce.ManyoftheseCorsairssawactiveserviceinconflictsfromVietnam,
Libya,LebanontothefirstIraqwar.TheseaircraftwerecompletelyoverhauledbeforebeingsoldtotheHAF.
ThefirstaircraftofthisbatchlandedinGreeceonApril,3,1993,alltogether(36)A7sflewin,therestwere
deliveredinseacontainersandafterarrivalwereassembledbytheHellenicAircraftIndustry.

UnitsoperatingtheA7:
No.340BombSquadron,115CombatWing,AdravidaAB,Souda.Thisunitstartedthepilottrainingandthe
trainingforthegroundcrewsattheendof1975.OnJanuary30,2001thisunitwasdisbandedandthere
mainingaircraftweretransferredtothe345BombSquadron.
No345BombSquadron,115CombatWing,AdravidaAB,Souda.Commissionedin1976,decommissioned
in2002.
No347BombSquadron,110CombatWing,LarissaAB.Commissionedin1977,decommissionedin1992
No335BombSquadron,AraxosAB.Commissionedin1992,decommissionedin2008.
No336BombSquadron,AraxosAB.Commissionedin1993.theNo336Sqn.wasthelargestandfinalop
eratorofA7swithintheHAF.In2002(98)aircraftwerelistedunderitsroster.

Filmstrip #1&2 L to R: Lieutenant General (HAF) Evangelos Tournas, Chief, Hellenic Air Force General Staff, Minister of National Defence
(former, as of Oct. 31) Dimitrios Avramopoulos, General (Army) Mikhail Kostarakos Chief, Hellenic National Defence General Staff, #3 Col
(HAF) Petros Hatziris #4 Col (HAF) Panagiotis Farfaras

Flypastof(3)TA7CsaboveandanTA7Ctakingoffforthelasttime,below.

Auniqueformationconsistingofoneofeach:TA7C,Mirage20005EG,F4EPhantomIIandLockheedMartin
F16Block52+,above.TheF16ZEUSDemoTeam,below.

T6TexanIIDemoTeamDaedalus,above.EmbraerERJ135,middle.ThefinalrestingplaceoftheA7s,bottom.

OnOctober11th,SofiaVrazhdebnaInternationalAirport,Bulgaria,hostedforthefirsttimein20yearsamili
tary air show, organized by the Bulgarian Air Force to celebrate the 102nd anniversary of the Air Force.
Whosefoundationdatesbackto1912,whenonOctober16thanAlbatrossF2biplaneflewareconnaissance
missionoverAdrianople,thefirstmilitarymissioncarriedoutbyBulgarianAirForce.

Theairshowwascalled"ThisIsUs"andduringtwohoursofdisplaystheAirForcedemonstrateditscapabili
ties,showingbothintheairandonthegroundalmostalltypesofaircraftcurrentlyonactiveduty.

Static display was located in the north area of the airport, where the public could come into contact with
militarypersonnelandequipments:radarandantiaircraftmissilesystems,fighterssuchasMiG21,MiG29,
theoneshowingthe25thyearofservicemarks,andSu25,PC9MandL39ZAtrainers,A109E,AW139and
"Cougar"helicopters,andallthetransportaircraftbasedonthisairport,An30,C27J,PC12M,An2,theonly
onestillkeptinflyingconditionduetoitsgoodcharacteristicsasaparatrooperslaunchplatform,L410UVPE
andAn26,whichwasreplacedbythenewC27Jsthreeyearsago.

The flying display was opened by paratroopers launched from a C27J. The first flypast was performed by
helicopters,from24thAirBaseKrumovo,inwedgeformationledbyaMi17flankedbytwoCougarsandtwo
Bell206s,followedbyaMi17showingfirefightingmanouverwithwaterreleasethrough"BambiTank"sys
tem.Bell206ssplitfrommainformationandexhibitedaperfectlysynchronizedshow.WhileaMi17pro
videdaircoverageovertheairport,twoCougarsdemonstratedtheirtasks:searchandrescue,tacticalspecial
forcelandingwith"fastrope"technique,evacuationofwoundedusingthestretcherandfinalextractionof
troops. In the coming months Air Force will receive two new Bell 206s as well as two new
AS532ALs.

TwoAleniaC27JSpartansarrivedinalowaltitudetightformation.JustbasedonSofiaAirport,theyshowed
twohighspeedoppositecrosses,hardbanksandhighG'snumbermanoeuvres.Withanamazingdisplaythey
provedthemanageabilityandtheagilityofthenewtransportevenatlowaltitudesusefultoavoidenemy
antiaircraftdefencesinoperationalmissions.

FlightschoolwasrepresentedbyinstructorscomingfromDolnaMitropoliaAirBase.Theyflewcomplexaero
batics,firstthesoloperformanceofaPC9MandthenapairofL39ZAthatexhibitedbothinpairandinsolo.
Thejettrainer,retiredfromserviceafewyearsago,hasbeenreintroducedintotheairforce'sflyingschool
attheendof2013.ReturnedbackintoserviceattheendofMarchattheGrafIgnatievoAirBaseafterone
year of inactivity, MiG21bis opened the part of the show dedicated to fastjets. Two fighters provided air
coverageovertheairfieldshowingbasiccombatmanoeuvresfillingtheairwiththesoundofafterburners.

TwoSu25s simulatedgroundtargetattackon thefieldwithaseriesoftacticalmanoeuvres,highGturns,


deepdivesandlowpasses,bothinpairandinsolo,givingademonstrationofthegoodagilityoftheRussian
attackfighter.Su25saretemporarilybasedatGrafIgnatievoasBezmerAirBaseisunderreconstructionin
ordertoextendtherunway,realizewidertaxiwaysandcreateanewrampinordertomeetNATOstandards.

FinalpartoftheairshowsawtwoMiG29schasingeachotherinaspectacularsimulateddogfightatlowal
titudeandfinallytheamazingMiG29solodemoperformedbytheCommanderoftheAirForceMaj.Gen.
RumenRadevwhoexhibitedtheFulcruminanaggressiveacrobaticprogramme.Afterastunningtakeoff
withahardleftbank,hemadeaseriesoflowpassesandspectacularmanoeuvressuchasthe"Cobra"andan
incredibletouchandgofollowedbyabarrelroll.TheshowwasclosedwithafighterformationoftwoMiG
21bis',twoMiG29s,andtwoSu25s.onceontheground,theaircraftwereparkedinfrontofthepublicso
peoplecouldseethepilots.

About50,000peopleattendedthisairshowthatwasanexcellentshowcasefortheBulgarianAirForce,a
goodwaytoattractyoungpeopleto
the military world and to receive
publicsupportforitsrenovationpro
gramme that required to buy 810
new multirole fighters in the near
future.

We wish to thank the


p r e s s
o f f i c e s
staff and Ognyan
Stefanov for the organization and
thesupportduringtheevent.

ApairofL39ZAsaboveandapairofC27Jsbelow.

C27JandaMiG29

OneSu25escortedbytwoMiG29sandanotherSu25by
twoMiG21bisabove,andMiG21bisatfullthrottle,making
wonderfulnoisebelow.

PilatusPC9trainerSukhoiSu25FrogfootMilMi17HipAntonovAn2Colt

Firstlinefromlefttoright:Col.DimitarIvanovCommanderofBuAF16thTransportAirGroup,Major
GeneralRumenRadevCommanderofBulgarianAirForce,BrigadierGeneralAnatoliyKrastevDeputy
CommanderofBuAF,andbehindthemaresometheaircrewsparticipatedintheairshow.

ThePimaAir&SpaceMuseumisoneofthebestmuseumsforaviationenthusiasttovisit,notonlyintheUSA
butonplanetEarth.

Whilethismaysoundabitoverstated,therealityisthatthisisaverycorrectdescriptionofthemuseum.It
isthelargestprivatelyfundedaviationandaerospacemuseumintheworldandthethirdlargestaviationmu
seumintheU.S.,spreadoutover80acres.EstablishedonMay8,1976,themuseumdisplaysmorethan300
aircraft consisting in majority of American made ones, as one would expect, but there are a few surprises
suchas;AvroAEW.2Shackleton,EnglishElectricLightningF53,MiG29A,PanaviaIDSTornadoandtheFairey
AEWMK.3Gannet.SurprisinglytherearenoF16FightingFalconsoraB1Bondisplay,whichistoobadand
unfortunate considering that there are dozens of them just next door at the Boneyard, in various stages.
TherearefourhangershousingmanyrestoredaircraftsuchastheSR71ABlackbird,theB24JLiberator(ex
IndianAirForce)andaSpaceGallery.ThereisanadditionalMuseumwithinthegroundsthe390thMemorial
Museum,anindependentmilitarymuseumdisplayingaB17GFlyingFortress,andtheArizonaAviationHall
ofFame.Manyoftheaircraftaredisplayedoutsidegivingthevisitorsarareopportunitytobeupcloseand
personalandtheabilitytotakephotographsinthenaturalandverybrightlightundertheArizonaskies.

FrombeneaththeConvairB36JPeacemaker,lefttorightAvroAEW.2Shackleton,BoeingEC135JStratotanker,
andtheBoeingEB47EStratojet.

Ivevisitedthemuseumseveraltimesoverthepastdecade,andfounditalwaysfascinating.Whiletheair
craftondisplayoutdoorshavenotchangedmuchovertheyears,interestingtoseesomeofthemundernew
paint,andtoseewhichonesarewaitingforafreshcoatofpaintintherestorationyard.Speakingofpaint
therearesixaircraftondisplayusedascanvasbycontemporaryartists,(partofaprojectconceivedin2010
bygalleryownerEricFirestone,andorganizedwithcuratorCarloMcCormick)threeofthem,aBeechC.18S
Expeditor 'Naughty Angels' (ex RCAF) Lockheed VC140B Jetstar 'Spy Tiger' and Lockheed VC140B Jetstar
'BacktoSupersonica'areprominentlydisplayedonthemuseumgroundsalongValenciaRoadnearthemu
seums entrance. The other three are located in back, they are all ex US Navy C117Ds: 'Time Flies By',
'WarningShot'and'PhoenixinMetal'.

OnecanspendalotoftimeatthePimaAir&SpaceMuseumtoseeeverythingproperly,itisbesttoplanfor
atwodaytripandoneofthatcouldbeabustourtotheBoneyardasthe309thAMARGisknown,tosee
thousandsofaircraftinvariousstagesfromstoragetoparts.

Foradditionalinformationandforadmissionpricingpleasevisittheirwebsiteathttp://www.pimaair.org/

TheDouglasB18BBolowasbasedontheDouglasDC2.TheseaircraftservedintheCaribbeanandAtlantic
huntingforGermansubmarinesthrough1943,above.EnglishElectricLightningF.53,belowandtotheright.
TheMk.53variantistheexportversionoftheF.6versionoftheLightning.ItwasusedbybothSaudiArabia
from1967to1986andbyKuwaitfrom1968to1977.

TheB17Ginsidethe390thMemorial
Museum,astandaloneWWIImilitary
museumlocatedonthegrounds.

LockheedJetstarVC140BacktoSupersonicacontemporaryart,oneofseveralonthegrounds,above.

Mil MI24D Hind attack


helicopter in East German
markingscirca1990.

LockheedJetstarVC140SpyTigerabove.

FaireyAEWMK.3Gannetfromanyangleisoneuglyaircraftnodoubtaboutit!

TWAcirca1950,LockheedL049ConstellationandRyanTemcoD16TwinNavion,above.

PanaviaIDSTornado

For helicopter aficionados


there are plenty to see,
such as the CH74A Sky
crane.

AviationNationcamebackwithabang!Canceledlastyearduetofundingcuts,thisyearsOpenHouseat
NellisAFBwaseagerlyanticipated.Thetwodayshowofferedvisitorstheopportunitytonotonlywatcha
worldclassairshow,butalsotakeinacresofaircraftonstaticdisplay,andperhapsmoreimportantly,toin
teract with the many Airmen on base. With the budget sequestration still in effect and Air Combat Com
mandssupportfortheTacticalDemonstrationTeamslimitedtotheF22Raptor,itwasoneofthefewair
showsintheUSwhereonecouldexperiencetherawpowerofmoderncombatjetsinaction,andtheonlyair
showwherebothfifthgenerationfightersflewinformation.Italsohadwarbirdsandcivilianaerobaticacts,
providingsomethingofinteresttojustabouteveryairshowenthusiast.

AccesstotheairshowisviabusshuttlefromtheparkinglotsoftheLasVegasMotorSpeedway.Italways
paystogetthereearly,sinceairshowenthusiasts,especiallyphotographers,startliningupmuchearlierthan
thescheduledopeningtime.Thisyearthegateswerescheduledtoopenanhourlaterthaninpreviousyears,
althoughtheflyingscheduleremainedthesame.This,combinedwiththemuchlargercrowds,contributedto
longdelaysgettingonbaseSaturdaymorning.FortunatelythiswasremediedonSundaywhenthebusesbe
ganrunningaround0900.Securitycheckswereconductedattheparkinglotsoonceyoudisembarkedatthe
flightlineyouwerefreetoproceeddirectlytostakeoutalocationalongtheflightline.Newthisyearwerethe
boxseatingarrangements:forafeeyoucouldarrangereservedseatinginoneofthemanyareassetupat
showleftorevenseatingwithcatereddininginachalet.Thenitwasofftoviewthemanyaircraftandvehi
clesonstaticdisplayandtalkwiththemanyAirmeninattendancebeforetheflyingstarted.

Theairshowbeganat11:00withthesingingofthenationalanthem.Withimpeccabletimingaformation
flightoftheAirForcestwonewestfighterjetsflewoverfrombehindthecrowdjustasthesingerfinished.It
wasthefirstpublicdisplayoftheF35AatNellisandthefirsttimetheLightningIIandF22Raptorhadflown
informationatanairshow.Whatasight!Althoughthissingleflyoverwastheextentoftheflyingdemon
stration for the F35A it was clearly the darling of this years Open House. Spectators ran forward to the
fences oohing and aahing as Maj. Brad Matherne, 59th Test and Evaluation Squadron F35 test director,
landedandtaxiedby.VisitorsalsocrowdedseveraldeeparoundtheLightningIIonstaticdisplay,peppering
the pilots and ground crew with an endless stream of questions. Taken offguard by the unannounced fly
over,manyphotographersintheaudiencemadesurenottomissthephotoonSundaymorning.ChuckCole
manstartedoffthedaysflyinginhisEXTRA300andputonahighoctanedemonstrationofprecisionaero
baticsthatwokeupthecrowdandpreparedthemforthenonstopactionahead.

LasVegasArmyAirfield,theprecursorto
NellisAFB,wasactivatedjusttwoweeks
after Pearl Harbor Day. Its primary mis
sion was bomber gunnery training. The
Legacy Bombers act honored that his
tory, with the B25J Mitchell Executive
Sweet, a C45 in the role of an AT11
Kansan, and an AT6 Texan all perform
ing as bombinggunnery trainers. This
quicklymorphedintoaWorldWarIIae
rial engagement reenactment as an
A6MZeroattackedthebombers,onlyto
beattackeditselfbyanF6FHellcat,F4U
Corsair and P51 Mustangs. Afterwards,
CraigBruteTeftflewaveryniceaero
CaptJohnCummings,pilotandMsgtJasonKraemeroftheF22DemoTeam batic demonstration in his CJ6
Nanchangwhichthenseguednicelyinto
the Korean War aerial warfare demonstration. This featured jet dogfights between a MiG15, F86 Sabres,
andabrandnewT33whichwasnicelypaintedinKoreanWarmarkings.Thegroundattackmissionwasun
dertaken by a P51 Mustang, F4U Corsair and F8F Bearcat, all controlled by an AT6 Texan as FAC. Chris
ZippoFaheyandGregWiredColyerfinishedoffwithsomereallyniceandtightformationflightsinthe
MiG15andT33,respectively.GregthenputonasoloaerobaticdemonstrationinAceMakerII.Later,the
HorsemenputonanamazingaerobaticformationdemonstrationintheirF86Sabrejets,althoughonlySteve
HintonandDanFriedkinperformed.Continuingtheaerobaticjettheme,PaulStrickland,formerThunderbird
andcurrentPatriotspilot,putonanicedemonstrationintheBitcoinL39.StickyputtheAlbatrosthrough
itspaces,includingaverydynamictouchandgolandingatshowcenter.

Asimpressiveasthemorningsactswere,onecouldhaveseensuchwarbirdsoraerobaticdemonstrationsat
manyoftheseasonsairshows.WhatmakestheAviationNationairshowuniqueweretheensuingdemon

strationsoffighterandattackcapabilities.Theydemonstratethetacticsandtechniquesthataredeveloped
andtaughtattheUSAFWarfareCenter,basedrighthereatNellisAFB.Firstoffwasademonstrationofair
toaircombatthatstartedwhenapairofF16FightingFalconsfromthe64thAggressorSquadronbounced
theairfield.ApairofF15CEaglefightersimmediatelyscrambled,takingoffinfullafterburner.Thefourair
craftdueleditoutinthesky,jinkingandweavingthroughthebrightNovemberskies,theattackersdesper
atelyattemptingtoevadetheirpursuers,allfourfighterspoppingflaresascountermeasuresagainstheat
seekingmissiles.Itwasararedisplayofthedogfightingcapabilitieshonedtoperfectionduringendlesstrain
ingmissionsandtaughttoUSandalliedpilotsduringtheRedFlagexercisesheldatNellisseveraltimeseach
year.(Forareviewoftheseexercises,seeourcoverageofRedFlag141,142and143.)

NextwasaveryimpressivedemonstrationofgroundattackcapabilitiescarriedoutbyapairofA10Thun
derboltIIsandF15EStrikeEagles.Preparingtoattacktheairfield,theytoodeployedflaresduringtheirin
boundflightsbeforeengaginginsimulatedbombingruns.Thepyrotechnicsaccompanyingtheirpasseswere
remarkable, the percussive explosions providing incredible simulations of the military ordnance being de
ployed.TrainingforsuchgroundattackmissionstakesplaceregularlyduringGreenFlagexercisesattheNa
tionalTrainingCenteratFortIrwinwithaircraftstagingoutofNellis.AGreenFlagexercisewasactuallyin
progressduringtheweekend,sotheaudiencewastreatedtotakeoffsandlandingsofseveralB1BLancer
bombersduringSundaysshow.Kudostotheorganizersforarrangingthisairshowextra!

Afterthecloseairsupportdemonstration,HH60Ghelicoptersofthe66thRescueSquadron,accompaniedby
pararescuemenassignedtothe58thRescueSquadron,swoopedintodemonstrateacombatsearchandres
cuemission.AsonePaveHawkprovidedcover,theothercameinlow,slowedtoahoveranddroppedaline
totheground.Apararescuerfastropeddown,attendedtothewoundedAirman,thenbothwerewinched
backaboardthewaitinghelicopter.Itsoundssimpleenough,butthefluidexecutionofsuchacomplexand
importantlifesavingmissiononlyresultsfromcountlesshoursoftrainingandpractice.

AlthoughtheF35ALightningIIonlyperformedasingleflyoverinitsNellisairshowdebut,CaptJohnCum
mingsputonanamazingdemonstrationoftheF22sflightcapabilities,flyingacombatreadyRaptorfrom
the Nellisbased 53rd Test and Evaluation Group. Taboo really wowed the crowd with maneuvers that
seemedtodefythelawsofphysics,andengagedinsuchhighgturnsthathewasabletopullvaporoutof
thehighdesertatmosphere.Displayingtheweaponsbayinanowyouseeitnowyoudontbankingpassis
alwaysathrillfortheaudience,butthetailslideelicitsthemostgaspsofdisbelief.Afterfinishinghisroutine
hejoinedupwithSteveHintonandDanFriedkinintheirF86SabrejetsforanalljetHeritageFlight.

ThefinalactoftheshowwastheThunderbirds,performingintheirlastshowoftheseasonattheirhome
base.Wewereprivilegedtowatchthemperformatoverhalfadozenshowsthisyearandtheirfinalshow
wasoneoftheirbest.ThebeautifulblueskiesandthewonderfulbackdropofSunriseMountainmadefor
someamazingphotographicopportunities.WewishthebesttoLt.Col.GregMoseley,newlypromotedLt.
Col. Caroline Jensen, Maj. Blaine Jones, Maj. Michael Fisher and Maj. Michael Carletti, all of whom will be
leavingtheteamafteranextendedthreeyearterm.

Over175,000visitorsattendedthetwodayOpenHouse,atestamenttotheinterestofthepublicinthemis
sionofthebaseandthepentupdemandcausedbylastyearsairshowcancelation.Thiscausedsomeissues
withtransportationonSaturday,butshoworganizersreactedbystartingthebusesanhourearlieronSun
day.Thereweresufficientfoodboothsandbathroomfacilitiesdistributedthroughouttheairshowgrounds
thatlineswerenotanissue,andpriceswerereasonable.Freewaterwasavailablefrommilitarywatertrail
ers.Newthisyearwerethepremiumseatingareasandchaletsforthegeneralpublic.Severalbleacherswere
providedatshowcenteraswellasasectionreservedforhandicappedvisitors.Theviewingareaiswestof
thedouble03/21runways,meaningthattheafternoonsunisoveryourrightshoulder.Showright,withthe
bestlighting,isalsoclosesttothehotramp.Sincemuchoftheairtoairdemonstrationtakesplaceatthe
northendofthebaseitsagoodideatoattendbothdaysandsampletheactionfromvariousvantagepoints.
Itsalsogoodpracticeincaseweatherorothercircumstancescauseachangeintheflyingschedule(suchas
theB1launchesandrecoveriesonSundayonly.)Taxiingtakesplacequiteclosetotheaudience,withaircraft
utilizingbothnearandfarrunwaysfortakeoffsandlandings.Azoomlensisthereforethebest
choiceunlessshootingwithmultiplecameras.

TheNellisAFBOpenHousewasafantasticwaytoendthe2014airshowseason!Unfortunately,scheduling
conflictshaveruledoutashowin2015.Nevertheless,welookforwardtovisitingagainsoon:lookforour
coverageofRedFlag151earlynextyear.

Wewouldliketothankthe99thAirBaseWingPublicAffairsOfficeforalloftheirhardwork,inparticular
MasterSgt.DavidMiller,StaffSgt.SiutaIkaandA1CThomasSpanglerwhosededicationandpersistencegot
usourphotosandinterviews.

ChrisZippoFaheyintheMiG15andGregWiredColyerintheT33AceMakerIIaboverespectively.

A10intheairtogrounddemoabove,andSteveHintonandDanFriedkinintheirF86Sabrejets

A6MZero,aboveattackingaC45,below.

B1B,aboveandtheHH60Ghelicoptersofthe66thRescue
SquadronperformingCSARDemo,below.

F86ESabresandF22ARaptor

TheBestof2014AirShowawardwasnoteasyfortheyear2014!But,wemanagedtocomeupwiththebest
forbothcivilianandmilitaryairshows.

TheBESToverall:
CivilianwinnerwasWingsOverHoustonAirShow,heldinthefirstweekofNovember.
MilitaryairshowwasMCASMiramarAirShow,heldinthefirstweekofOctober.

RIAT2014inclosesecond,whichisactuallyahybrid:neithertrueciviliannormilitary.Noteweonlyratedair
shows,notflyins,orexhibitions.

Wecompiledourlistfromalltheairshowswehadattendedworldwideandwhilemanywereexcellentin
theirownright,theywerenotthewinners.Ifyouhavedoubtsaboutourdecisions,justreadourreviews.Itis
notjustaboutthesizeofanairshow,ifonlysizewouldmatterOshkoshwouldqualify,althoughitisnottruly
anairshoweither,butamixtureofflyin,airshow,conventionandetc.ButwedonotattendOshkoshfor
severalreasons,oneistheirpublicationpolicy!ApartfromthatRIATwhichisthelargestonewhennot
countinghomebuilds,andsmallcivilianCessnasandalike,hadmoreaircraftthananyoneelsebothflying
andondisplay,andofcoursetherewasthebiannualFarnboroughwhichadvertisesitselfasthelargestone,
whichisagainonlypartiallycorrectasitisnotjustanairshow,butmostlyanexpositionformanufacturers
todisplaytheirproductsforcustomerswithamuchsmallerdisplayairshowfortheairshowenthusiast.

HonourablementionsgotoMeetingatCazaux,heldattheFrenchAirBase120,nearBordeaux,France,for
excellenthospitalityandagreatvarietyoftopofthelineperformersandtheMaltaInternationalAirShow,
whichforasmallairshowwithlimitedresourcesdidanoverallexcellentjob.

Congratulationstoallthewinners!

Wedonotwanttobeaccusedofbiasofanykind,inourrecommendationforaviationphotography,hence
weshowcomparablegearfromseveralbrandsinthesamepricerange.Forgreatimagesapartfromhaving
the right equipment, (some work better than others) oneneeds to have a sense of visualization of what
theywanttheendresulttolooklike.Tobeagoodphotographeronemustconcentrateonwhattheyare
doing,knowhowtousetheirequipment,andhaveasteadyhand(atripodormonopodworkstoodepend
ingonthesituation).

isoneofthelatestfullframecamerasofferedbyNikon.

24.3MPfullframeCMOSsensorcombinedwiththeEXPEED4
imageprocessorofferingacontinuousshootingupto6.5fps,
that is a faster frame rate than any nonprofessional full
frame Nikon DSLR since the D700. A first for the Nikon full
frametofeatureatiltingLCDscreen;a3.21,229kdotLCD.
Its91kpixelRGBmeteringsensorworksinconjunctionwith
animprovedversionofthe51pointAFsystemfoundinthe
D810 and D4s. Perfect for accurately tracking moving sub
jects,suchasaircraft.BuiltinWiFiisamuchwelcomedfea
ture in the D750. It is also a powerful tool for videography
withcaptureratesatupto60fps,in1080p,andfeatureszebrastripesandautoISOinmanualmode.This
cameraisrealwinner,evenifoneconsidersthelimitedbufferspaceitoffers.Whileitisnotexactlyinexpen
siveat$2549.95Cdnor$2299.95US,(bodyonly)itiscloseto$1000lessthanthe36MPD810!

MarkIIIisthelatestandmuchimprovedversionofthefull
frameEOS5DseriesofferedbyCanon.

22.3MPCMOSfullframesensor,6fps,1080pvideoat24,
25or30fpsand720pat60or50fps.Ithas63zoneme
teringsensor,dualslotsforCFandSDcards.Thenewsen
sor,coupledwithCanon'slatestDIGIC5+processor,offers
astandardISOrangeof10025,600that'sexpandableto
50102,800.Theshutterisratedto150,000cyclesandhas
beenrefinedforquieteroperation.Viewfindercoverageis
a full 100%, and the 1040k dot, 3:2 aspect ratio 3.2" LCD
screenhasimprovedantireflectionproperties.61pointfocussystemfromthe1DXtheprofessionalCanon
body.Thelistpriceis$3499.99Cdnor$3099.00USfromyourCanondealersnearestyou.

The ultimate relatively compact medium to


supertelephoto zoom lens for any Nikon
DSLRfromFX(fullframe)toDX(cropsensor).
TheAFSNIKKOR80400mmf/4.55.6GEDVR
hasthebroadestfocallengthrangeinNikons
supertelephotozoomlineup,itreducesthe
numberoflensesyouneedtocarryintothe
field; and expands your handheld shooting
capabilities, thanks to Nikons Vibration Re
duction (VR) technology. Create spectacular
photos and HD videos in nearly any light,
from nearly any distance. When used with a
DXsizedsensorithasthefieldofviewof120
600mm,whichmakesitanideallensforaviationphotography.Whileitisacompactlenswhencomparedto
theNikkor200400mmF4,itisaheavyone,althoughnotasheavyastheaforementionedlens.Thislensis
soldat$2949.95Cdnor$2699.95US,atyournearestNikondealer.

The new 100400mm F4.55.6 II USM super


telephoto zoom lens features Canon Lseries
weather resistance and rugged magnesium
housing. Fully compatible with all EOS cam
eras, this new lens features were completely
redesignedandnowusesarotationtypezoom
ringvstheolderpushpulldesign,fastandac
curate autofocusing in various shooting situa
tions.Whenusedwithacropsensoredcamera
such as the EOS 70D the field of view yields
160640mm, an excellent reach for aviation
photography.Listis$2,199.00US
WhiletherearemanyothermanufacturerswhomakequalityDSLRcameras,suchasSonyandPentax,the
onesmentionedhererepresentthelateststateoftheartwithfeaturestricklingdownfromtheirprofes
sionalcameras.Theotherbrandsalsolackinthewidevarietyoflenses,andmoreimportantlyarenotsup
portedbyindependentlensmanufacturerssuchasTamronandSigmawiththeexceptionofSony,assome
lensesareavailableinSonymountfromtheaforementioned.
Inournextissue,wewillbelistinglongreachzoomlensesfrombothTamronandSigma,andwillcontinue
withaseriesofmoreaffordableconsumerDSLRsandMirrorlesscamerasfromadditionalbrands.
Thebottomlineistogetdecentimagesyoudonothavetopayanarmandaleg,itjustdependsontheskill
ofthephotographerandontheopportunity.

Allimagesonpages88&89atMiamiInternationalAirport(MIA)2014GustavoCoroju

AerolineasArgentinasAirbusA330200

Toptobottom:
AmericanAirlinesBoeing777223/ER
SunCountryAirlinesBoeing7378Q8
CaribbeanAirlinesBoeing737800

AtlasAirInc.Boeing747LCFDreamlifter,anextensivelymodifiedBoeing747400

AtlasAirInc.Boeing747400Freighter

ChinaAirlinesCargoBoeing747400Freighter

EurocopterAS350B3atMIA2014GustavoCoroju
ArospatialeBACConcordeondisplayCharlesdeGaulleAirport(CDG)Paris2014PeterMoose

RAFKC2Voyager(A330243MRTT)atMaltaInternationalAirport(MLA)2014ChristopherMifsud

AeroMexicoBoeing737NGatMIA2014GustavoCoroju

TurkishAirlinesBoeing7378F2atMLA2014ChristopherMifsud

HermesAviationBoeing7374K5atMLA2014ChristopherMifsud

GreyhoundC2A,VRC30ProvidersatNASNorthIsland,SanDiego,CA.

Allimagesonpages92,932014PeterThivessen

F35BLightningII,VMFA121GreenKnightsatMCASYuma,AZ.

GrummanE2Hawkeye,atNASNorthIsland,SanDiego,CA.

F/A18BMarineFighterAttackTrainingSquadron101(VMFAT101)atMCASMiramar,CA.
BeechcraftT6BTexanIITAW4atNASNorthIsland,SanDiego,CA.

DallasWittgenfeld(LRP41)akaAmericanFlagRiderparachutesintotheParkerBoothMemorialGolf
TournamentheldatPelicanPayGolfCourse,DaytonaBeachFlorida,onDecember6,2014.

IvehadthepleasuretomeetDallas,LRP41backin2009atairshow.HeandIhititoffrightaway.To
me,LRP41isaanAmericanHero,whohasreceivedaPurpleHeartforhisserviceinVietnam.

During the Vietnam Conflict, Dallas volunteered while several of his friends were seeking ways and
meansnotto,includingdodgingthedraftandmovingtoCanada.Hewantedhighadventure,morethan
justDecatur,Indiana(hishometown)couldpossiblyprovide.FromSeptember10,1968toJuly1,1972he
servedintheIndiana151stInfantryAirborneRangersinVietnam,thenthe75thInfantryAirborneRang
ers,andfinallywiththe46thSpecialForceswherehetrainedtheCIAfundedRoyalThailandArmyVolun
teerForcemercenaries"PatrollingAerialReconnaissanceUnit"(P.A.R.U.)AstheirGreenBeretColonel
Commander's"SpecialLiaisonN.C.O."hecertainlygotmuchmoreexcitementthanhedanticipated.Dal
laswaswoundedincombattwicebeforehewas21yearsold.

For the past four decades has performed as a professional skydiver in 20 states with over a thousand
jumps,350balloonflights.Letsfastforwardtotoday:andhestillperformsasaparachutisthislatest
onewascapturedbyArnetteK.Sherman,withhercamera,andshownhere.

ForavailabilityandbookingarrangementscontactDallasviaemail:PurpleHeartParachut
ist@gmail.comorbyphone:(386)4794843.

WorldChampionparachutistNancyLaRivier

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