Shaw Air Expo and Open House “Thunder Over the Midlands”

Shaw Air Expo 2016

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USAF F-16 “Thunderbirds Demo Team”

Like every air show, weather is always an issue, the last couple air shows bad weather have plagued the actors to perform low-level shows, and some not being able to perform.  There was a great line-up for the Shaw Air Expo, we have friends from the north Canada, the Royal Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demo team, and of course the United States Thunderbirds.  There was even a TAC demo my United States Navy and the of the Shaw AFB TAC demo utilizing the A-10s, F-16s, AH-64s and a UH-60 Blackhawks.

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USAF A-10 ‘Warthog”

There were statics from the United States Navy, United States Air force, United States Army and few civilian performers and of course the US Coast Guard who provided the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter.  The highlight of the static was the USAF RC-135 Rivet, based at Offutt AFB in Nebraska.  The weather on Saturday was very cloudy and they did not start the show until around 12pm, the Canadian Hornet Demo team, actually got lucky as was able to do couple high speed passes and the vapor was awesome.  It was much of the highlights for that day, everything else was slow due to weather, but it was still enjoyable. In all Saturday turned out to be a decent day despite the weather forecast and almost nonexistent performances by someone of the performers.

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US Navy F-18C “Hornet”

On Sunday the weather turned to the best started the day as usual early so I can beat the crowds and be able to get to the static aircraft and get few shots, which turned out to be great because the weather was on my side.  In all this wasn’t  bad day, the weather was perfect and the crowds gathered to see various performances by the Shaw F-16 Fighter Demo team, combined demo with United Air force F-16s, A-10, and the United States Army AH-64 helicopters.  In all it was success and I was extremely happy that I was able to be part of Team Shaw for their air show and enjoyed their hospitality and hope to visit again.

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USAF F-22 “Raptor”
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