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The Polish Air Force F-16C Tiger Demo Team prepares to taxi prior to its performance during RIAT 2016.


WHAT'S NEW!

September 22, 2016 -

The Royal Netherlands Air Force AH-64D Apache demo page now posted.

September 14, 2016 -

The Polish Air Force F-16 Tiger Demo Team debut at RIAT 2016. Their smartly painted tiger stripe Viper fitted with Conformal Fuel Tanks, put on a spirited display during the weekend shows. More than 30 photos now posted.

September 8, 2016 -

The Freece Tricolori of the Italian Air Force brought their thrilling show back to RIAT in 2016. Using coloured smoke in their large formations and a solo performance that is possibly one of the best and unique of any of the demonstration teams of the world, they impressed the thousands of RIAT faithful. This was the last year the team will be flying the Aermacchi MB-339A and will transition to the Aermacchi M-345.

August 28, 2016 -

The Royal Navy was represented by the Black Cats. Flying a pair of HMA.2 Wildcats, the team performs tight formation and head on passes that give the illusion of them missing each other by inches. The team comes from 825 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Yeovilton.

August 29, 2016 -

Boeing demonstrated their F-18F Super Hornet at RIAT this year. The Boeing test pilot flies a different demo compared to the US Navy demo, one major difference is Boeing flies with a mixed loadout of air to air weapons including AIM-9X and AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles.

August 28, 2016 -

The Swedish Air Force small and nimble JAS-39C Gripen was a popular display at RIAT 2016. Over 40 photos of this SAAB figher now posted.

August 27, 2016 -

RIAT 2016 hosted the Hellenic Air Force and their F-16 "ZEUS" Demo team. There were a total of four different F-16 demonstration teams at this years show, a rarity for any airshow. Over 30 photos now posted of this brightly painted Viper.

August 25, 2016 -

The always impressive F-22A Raptor performed each day during RIAT 2016. More than 30 photos now posted.

August 22, 2016 -

What can be regarded as the main attraction and highlight for many attending RIAT in 2016, the Greek Air Force sent two F-4E Phantoms from 339 Sqn. Now a rare sight at air shows across the world as only a few countries still operating these classic jets, these F-4's received a lot of attention during the weekend with large crowds talking to the Greek Phantom crews. More than 20 photos covering their arrival, static and departure now posted.

August 22, 2016 -

The Italian Air Force flew their Eurofighter on the Saturday and Sunday during RIAT 2016. One Eurofighter was also on static display for the crowds to get up close and personal. More than 20 photos from the show.

August 21, 2016 -

The RAF also debut at RIAT 2016 their latest fighter, the F-35B Lightning II, except for the RAF markings, the F-35B is identical to the USMC jet. The RAF F-35B took part in a special flypast each day of the show flying in formation with the Red Arrows and two FGR4 Typhoons. A rare sight indeed.

August 21, 2016 -

The USMC sent a pair of F-35B Lightning II to perform at RIAT 16. It was the first display outside of the US for this variant. The "B" has the ability to hover in flight and will replace the AV-8B Harrier in service. This variant is a true transformer and the doors that open up give the jet a very unique profile compared to its conventional flight appearance, as this jet is heavier due to the parts needed for vertical and short take off, the B is also slower than the F-35A.

August 16, 2016 -

Nanaimo hosted the Snowbirds and CF-18 Hornet Demo Team this past week. Once a year the Snowbirds fly a show in a different city in B.C dedicated to the CHILD Foundation, which support children living with Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis and other chronic bowel issues. This airshow raises money for the foundation and create awareness to the public. This was the first time the CF-18 demo has performed in Nanaimo, hopefully not the last as ROID tore up the summer sky!

August 14, 2016 -

RIAT 2016 hosted the very last performance of the popular French Air Force team RAMEX DELTA. Their performance showcases the agility and speed of the Mirage 2000N while staying in tight formation during their tactical manoeuvres. Enjoy the 50 photos posted from the weekend including images from the teams last show.

August 5, 2016 -

The Polish Air Force displayed their Mig 29 Fulcrum on Saturday and Sunday during RIAT 2016. This Cold War veteran was a crowd favourite demonstrating it's raw power, trademark tail slide and easy to follow dark smoke trailing from behind. More than 30 photos posted from the the two performances.

August 2, 2016 -

The HC4 Chinook demo of the Royal Air Force is now posted.

August 1, 2016 -

The Armee de l'air Rafale page is now posted. This demo is aggressive and flown at high speed from start to finish, one of the highlight performers at RIAT 2015 without question.

July 30, 2016 -

Airbus Defence and Space demonstrated their A400M Grizzly at RIAT 2016. Now in service with many air forces of the world including Germany and Britain - both had examples on static display at the show. The Grizzly flies like a plane half its size and performs an impressive wing over of 110 degrees during the demo.

July 29, 2016 -

BAE Systems displayed their FGR4 Typhoon loaded with a full complement of air to air and air to ground weapons at RIAT 2016. The performance of the Typhoon was not hindered by this load out, the speed and agility was simply awesome. Loaded with four Meteor and two ASRAAM air to air missies, two Brimstone and two Paveway IV air to ground munitions and two external fuel tanks under the wing, this weapons fit demonstrates the flexibility the FGR4 now possesses - with a switch of a button it can perform in the air to air or air to ground role.


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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