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Part 2 of 3, you can see part 1 here
With the Pitts taxiing in to park I left to check out the two newest planes in the Air Force’s arsenal the F-35 Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor Both were roped off and surrounded by guards, sadly the F-22 didn’t fly this year as it did a few years ago when I was unable to go. Both are very sleek machines to say the least, but finding a good angle was tough with the cluttered and boring background, crowds, ropes, and limited area around the planes. Getting in tight was about the only thing to do. Sure wish they had flown…
F-22 Raptor F-35 Lightning IIF-35 Lightning IIF-22 and F-35 tail ends are all angles!The F-35’s Electro-optical target system (EOTS) Look at the size of that afterburner!The F-22’s Nozzle petals wide open
Make sure to click through to see much much more with lots of Flight Demos and two of my favorite planes in a Heritage flight.
After the short break the Red Bull Air Force Jump Team dropped in their wingsuits with Red Bull’s Kirby Chambliss in his Zivko Edge 540
My daughter caught me taking pictures, she’s got a good eye, she framed the heart up nicely.
Then Came the Boom!
Four F-16’s from Hill flew a simulated airbase attack
Mark Peterson followed with his L-39 Albatross Jet Trainer
Following Mark Peterson we were back to an F-16 for a short flight demo before meeting up with the P-51 for the Heritage Flight.
Perfect examples of lightweight, fast, agile and flexible fighters with excellent visibility for the pilots these airplanes are what made the USAF a power to reckon with. Ask any pilot that has flown either or both of these planes and they always describe them as “strapping the plane onto you” as opposed to strapping into other planes.
That’s it for this part of the Airshow, the next installment will be all about the Thunderbirds! So come back soon.