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USAF Heritage Flight consisting of a P-51 Mustang, two A-10C Warthogs and F-22A Raptor in the slot position performing at Nellis AFB last weekend during Aviation Nation 2017.


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November 20, 2017

New page covering Aviation Nation held at Nellis AFB. Celebrating 70 Years of the USAF and paying tribute to the lives lost during the October shootings in Las Vegas, Vegas Strong was applied to an F-16, F-15C on static as well as the USAF Thunderbirds. Jan Westendorp has over 50 photos from this show.

October 27, 2017

The gallery for the 2017 Abbotsford Airshow is now posted. Another great show with the Snowbirds, CF-18 Hornet, F-16 Viper, F-18E/F Super Hornet and USAF Heritage Flight with the F-35A.

October 26, 2017

The 2017 Sanicole International Airshow was held on September 8-9th in Belgium and Jan Westendorp has shared over 60 photos from this two day show, the Saudi Hawks were the highlight of this fantastic show.

August 4, 2017

New page of photos from RIAT 2017, the show had an amazing lineup including the return of an SU-27 Flanker from the Ukraine Air Force. These photos were shot by Jan Westendorp during the show on Saturday, unfortunately due to poor weather many performances were cancelled due to low ceiling and visibility.

August 2, 2017

Over 140 photos from Sentry Eagle 2017 now posted. Included are visiting aircraft during the exercise including EA-18G Growlers and A-10 Warthogs.

June 22, 2017

Florennes Air Base hosted a Spotters Day during the Tactical Weapons Meet on June 15th. Jan Westendorp was there to cover the action at the Belgian base where some rare and specially painted fighters were participating.

June 19, 2017

Maple Flag 50 is currently underway at 4 Wing Cold Lake. The four week mulit national exercise is split into two phases consisting of two week durations each. The exercise take place over the vast Cold Lake Air Weapons Range where the crews gain experience in interoperability between nations flying in large scale missions. Sean Bratton was in Cold Lake during the second week of the exercise and files this photo diary from Maple Flag 50.

May 29, 2017

Coulson Aviation took delivery of their first of six 737's that they will convert into air tankers. These will be the first 737's in the world to be converted to fight forest fires and will be operational in 2018. Purchased from Southwest Airlines, these 737 will also be the first air tanker with ability to transport up to 63 fire fighters to the fire zone.

May 11, 2017

From May 2-5th, eight CF-18's deployed to 19 Wing Comox for a portion of the Fighter Weapons Instructor Course (FWIC) syllabus and to participate in the Navy Exercise Trident Fury. Weather was the story of the week as it cancelled all flying except for May 4th. The Hornet's were loaded with live GBU-12 Paveway II smart bombs and pilots engaged in live firing of AIM 7 Sparrow air to air missiles out over the West Coast.

April 27, 2017

The Snowbirds are airshow ready. After completing their annual Spring Training in Comox followed by their Acceptance Show in Moose Jaw, the team heads east for their first show of the season this weekend in Gatineau, Quebec. Now posted 50 new photos of the 2017 team from their training in Comox.

April 24, 2017

The 2017 CF-18 Hornet is ready for the upcoming airshow season. Just completing their annual Spring Training at 19 Wing Comox from April 8-21st, Captain Matthew "Glib" Kutryk flew two practice shows a day to perfect the spectacular Hornet demo. This years jet is painted to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary and designed by Jim Belliveau of Cold Lake. He has designed every demo jet since 1993 for the RCAF. More than 60 photos of this special Hornet now posted.

April 19, 2017

Jan Westendorp covered the action from the multinational exercise, FRISIAN FLAG 2017. The annual exercise was held this year at Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands.

April 9, 2017 -

Catch up wit photos from the archives. Now posted are photos from Jan Westendorp that covered the 2016 Zeltweg Airpower Airshow in Austria. The show had a collection of rare aircraft flying both days of the show back in September 2016.

April 9, 2017

The Snowbirds annual Spring Training is well underway at 19 Wing Comox this week. They will be preparing for the 2017 airshow season and flying twice a day till April 20th. I have updated the Snowbirds page with all new photos of the team throughout the years. Check out the first new page here.

April 4, 2017

To celebrate todays unveiling of the 2017 CF-18 Hornet Demo jet - a massive CF-18 Hornet update! The five operational CF-18 squadrons are all presently flying a specially painted Hornet in their respective fleet. Many thanks to Sean Bratton and Richard Girouard for contributing these images.

April 4, 2017

Continuing with the CF-18 Hornet theme today, new photos have been added and updated to the CF-18 Hornets Nest page including air to air shots, static and operational images.

March 5, 2017

Photo report from RED FLAG 17-1 now posted. Over 100 photos covering the action from the participants and base units during my two day visit in February.

March 5, 2017

New photos added to the Star Wars Canyon page from my recent visit on February 6th. A relatively slow day with only four passes all from F-16's from the USAF including Thunderbird 7.

February 20, 2017 -

New page featuring a recent visit to NAS Fallon. During the visit CVW 11 from the USS Nimitz was busy conducting workups for its future deployment. Of course the ramp was filled with many F-5's from VFC-13- MIG ALLEY was full of nicely painted Tigers! More than 80 photos now posted..

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!



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