SOLO TURK performing a min radius turn at RIAT 2016


July 24, 2016 -

One of the stars of RIAT 2016 was the F-35A Lightning II. This variant is on strength with the USAF and based at Luke AFB, Arizona. Although it did not perform a demo routine, it did take part in the USAF Heritage Flight flying with the F-22A Raptor and on Sunday Miss Helen P-51 Mustang.

July 23, 2016 -

The first of several updates from RIAT 2016 starts today. First up is SOLO TURK, the F-16C demo from the Turkish Air Force.

June 27, 2016 -

A throw back update covering the 2012 RIAT. Jan Westendorp was at this terrific show and has more than 90 photos covering the largest military airshow in the world..

June 17, 2016 -

Leeuwarden AB was host to the 2016 Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days. An impressive lineup that was highlighted by a pair of RNLAF F-35A Lighnting II's. Thanks again to Jan Westendorp for capturing the action from this great show.

April 29, 2016 -

The SNOWBIRDS have just completed their annual Spring Training at 19 Wing Comox this week. They are now preparing for the 2016 airshow season where they will perform at 38 different locations between May and October. The team kicks off the season in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 7 and 8th.

April 21, 2016 -

The 2016 CF-18 Hornet demo page is now up! This years theme is "Training for Victory." The paint scheme celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, during World War 2 airbases across Canada were used to train thousands of pilots and aircrew from several Allied Nations prior to deploying to fight in the war.

October 18, 2015 -

Photos from the 2015 MCAS Miramar Airshow now up! My dad was at one day of the airshow weekend and captured some great shots of the Marines in action including the F-35B Lightning II demo. More than 60 photos in total!

August 29, 2015 -

First page of photos from the 2015 Comox Airshow now posted. Over 60 photos with more to follow soon!

August 24, 2015 -

The first page from the 2015 Abbotsford Airshow is now posted. This show marked the debut of the USAF F-22 Raptor demo. Along with the CF_18 Hornet, USN F-18E/F Super Hornet demos. The Snowbirds and the Breitling Jet Team from Europe, it was an entertaining show that was well attended by airshow fans....and to top it all off, the DH98 Mosquito was back in the air, this time flying formation with a Spitfire and Mustang in the Merlin Flight. Over 60 photos now up for viewing with page 2 to follow soon!

May 1, 2015 -

The annual Spring Training in Comox concluded this week. The Snowbirds and CF-18 Demo Team are now preparing to hit the airshow circuit. Here are over 50 photos of the Snowbirds shot during their three weeks of practice.

April 30, 2015 -

More photos of the spectacular Battle of Britain 2015 CF-18 Demo jet - including an epic air to air shoot with the RCAF Snowbirds! A special thanks to the CF-18 Demo Team, the Snowbirds and 442 Squadron for their support during the past three weeks.

October 10, 2014 -

A new documentary is now in production, covering the MK35 Mosquito, the only flying example in Canada and second in the world. The doc will cover the early stages of restoration in 2009 to it's first flight and first public appearance at the 2014 Abbotsford Airshow. This BluRay will be a must for any aviation enthusiast. Click the link above to get more info

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