Watch The Blue Angels fly the F/A-18A Hornet, performing approximately 30 maneuvers during the aerial demonstration lasting over an hour. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Ryan J. Courtade
U.S. Navy Blue Angels
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have been astounding audiences since 1946 with their commanding presence and aerial maneuvers in their F/A–18 Hornets. As role models for men and women of all ages this elite group of Navy pilots defy gravity with their famous diamond formation and precision flying. the team has thrilled more than 427 million fans choreographed aerobatic and high altitude performance maneuvers. In their F/A–18 Hornets, the six-jet team is known for its six-jet Delta Formation, as well as the graceful maneuvers of its solo pilots.
For more information on the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, visit
www.navy.mil/local/blueangels/ U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights
Jumping out of an aircraft 12,500 feet above the earth’s surface, racing to North Avenue Beach at speeds exceeding 120 mph and landing with smiles, ready to do it all again; all in a days work for the Golden Knights. For more than 50 years, the U.S. Army Parachute team has amazed and thrilled audiences with their precision parachute demonstrations in more than 14,000 shows in all 50 states and 48 countries.
For more information on the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, visit
www.goarmy.com/events/golden-knights.html The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team – Red Arrows
For over a hundred years the Royal Air Force has defended the skies of Britain and projected Britain’s power and influence around the world.
Today the RAF is engaged in 15 missions on 4 continents in 22 countries.
For more information on the Royal Air Force Red Arrows, visit
www.raf.mod.uk/display-teams/red-arrows/ USAF F–22 Raptor Demo
The F–22 Raptor defines air dominance. The 5th Generation F–22’s unique combination of stealth, speed, agility, and situational awareness, combined with lethal long-range air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry, makes it the best air dominance fighter in the world.
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USAF F-16 Viper Demo
The General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine multirole fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. Over 4,500 aircraft have been built since production was approved in 1976. The Fighting Falcon’s key features include a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while maneuvering, an ejection seat reclined 30 degrees from vertical to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system which helps to make it an agile aircraft. The F-16 has an internal M61 Vulcan cannon and 11 locations for mounting weapons and other mission equipment. The F-16’s official name is “Fighting Falcon”, but “Viper” is commonly used by its pilots and crews, due to a perceived resemblance to a viper snake as well as the Colonial Viper starfighter on Battlestar Galactica which aired at the time the F-16 entered service.
For more information on the USAF F-16 Viper Demo, visit
www.shaw.af.mil/Viper-Demo-Team/ USMC MV-22 Osprey Demo
The Osprey is an American multi-mission, tiltrotor military aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capabilities. It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.
USAF A–10 Thunderbolt II
The A–10 Thunderbolt II is the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground forces. They are simple, effective and survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, including tanks and other armored vehicles.
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USAF KC–135 Stratotanker
The mainstay of the U.S. Air Force’s strategic aerial refueling fleet, the KC–135 Stratotanker is a military version of the 1950s-era 707 commercial passenger jet. The Air Force inventory of 732 aircraft are more than 50 years old and have been retrofitted several times with new engines, avionics and structural upgrades.
Four turbofans, mounted under 35-degree swept wings, power the KC–135 to takeoffs at gross weights of up to 322,500 pounds. A cargo deck above the refueling system can hold a mixed load of passengers and cargo. Depending on fuel storage configuration, the KC–135 can carry up to 83,000 pounds of cargo.
www.military.com/equipment/kc-135-stratotanker U.S. Coast Guard MH–65 Dolphin Helicopter
U.S. Coast Guard MH–65D Dolphin Helicopter Search and Rescue Demonstration An MH–65D “Dolphin” helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City will perform a simulated air-sea helicopter rescue. Watch as the helicopter’s rescue swimmer free-falls from 30 feet into Lake Michigan, recover a simulated survivor, and is hoisted back to safety. U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan was established in 1946 and is a part of the United States Coast Guard’s Ninth District, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The Air Station is responsible for a 24/7 watch over the Great Lakes with its five MH-65D helicopters. In addition to its year round rescue capability in Traverse City, the Air Station currently operates a seasonal Air Facility in Waukegan, Illinois from Memorial Day to Labor Day each summer. Air Station Traverse City’s area of operations includes all of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
For more information on the U.S. Coast Guard, visit
www.gocoastguard.com I’ll be at North Avenue Beach for the Best Seats in Town. Then I’m going over to the Shore Club for cocktails. I also went there last year and hopefully, I’ll be there next year.
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