: Lackland AFB Air Show - few pics



urbanski
11-04-06, 05:11 PM
Dull, drab, cool day. We left before the Thunderbirds, they were weather delayed I think. Tomorrow will be nicer. Absolutely packed, amazing.


Never seen this beauty in real life before, she was silky smooth. Sure would love to see her fly back home.

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I got lucky with these on Mr. B-17

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This big boy flies over my house every day, say hi to Mr. C5.

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Seriously cant belive how lucky i got with this shot. CIWS will tell us what they are :)
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CadillacGurl
11-04-06, 05:13 PM
Nice pictures looks like fun

ewill3rd
11-04-06, 05:47 PM
The top one is an F22, that is a sweeeeet one!
I love that plane.
The bottom ones in the heritage flight are the F18 Hornet (Sweeet!) and the F4 Corsair from back in WWII.
Man I love air shows.
Can't wait until next summer to go to Andrews.
I used to live near Travis AFB, it's all KC-10, KC-135 and C5 aircraft. I still see several around here near Andrews regularly.
I love it when the F16's and F18s haul out of here during the day, they usually fly right over our shop heading North West.

I have been going to air shows since I could stand up, maybe earlier!
I took my son to his first last year at Andrews but the jets were too much for him, (he's afraid of hurting his ears) I had to leave before we could watch the Blue Angels.

I also used to love to go down by pier 39 in San Francisco and watch the Blue Angels buzz the buildings in the city. What fun Fleet Week is there!

urbanski
11-04-06, 05:57 PM
come down here next year!
our air shows are ok, todays was a bit "small" in that no acrobatic planes or teams were there....tons of static aircraft, but flying was minimal.
had an 18 and 15 do their things, bunch of vintage stuff....not even a damn jet car or anything. lol

Adam
11-04-06, 07:41 PM
very cool :cool: :thumbsup: . wish we had airshows like that around here. i have never seen one but would love to.

Spyder
11-04-06, 08:05 PM
The most bad ass thing I've ever seen in my life was the 50th anniversary airshow out here at Beale Air Force Base, about 10 miles from my house. SR-71 flyby. Fawking amazing. Did a slow speed one, looped around for another, did one with burners lit and then took off. A ridiculously short while later, they announced on the loudspeakers at the show "The Blackbird has arrived in New York" Amazing, I say again.

I wait on Brian Shul frequently at my restaurant. He comes in late at night, has a salad, chicken tenders and an ice tea and water, almost always alone. I think I'm the only one that knows who the hell he is anymore, but he is a god.

CIWS
11-04-06, 09:04 PM
Nice shots urb ! CIWS had to drive back and forth to Austin today (400 miles) to fix Mom's computer.

ewill3rd
11-05-06, 08:59 AM
They have an SR-71 on display in the new air museum out by Dulles airport.
I love that plane!
When I went to the shows at Travis they had a B1 do a high speed bombing run with pyros on the ground... it was pretty awesome!
It lit half the airfield on fire though! :D
Took them a while to put it out.

The aircraft that impresses me the most recently is the F18, that thing is incredible!
I like the A-10, but my favorite is the F15... not sure why.

A friend of mine goes to Ft. Leonard Wood in MO for "live fire" demonstrations where they use live ammunition on a range. He says it's amazing... I wish I could see it!

CIWS
11-05-06, 09:06 AM
A B1-B in full afterburners on takeoff is one LOUD sum-bitch (gives one wood :D) The sound of freedom x 4 !!

I've got video around here somewhere of a B2 doing some flybys years ago and of a friend's jets he used to own (I'll try and dig it up). Vintage jet aircraft like F-100F, A-4, T-33s, Iskra's. I did get a ride in the Iskra one day when I happen to be off work and he was going up :)

I'm in the back seat as we did a low flyby.


http://www.ciws.info/iskra.jpg

Kev
11-05-06, 10:12 AM
18 years ago August we moved into our house in Lompoc, CA which is surrounded by Vandenberg AFB. The air show was within a week of us moving in. For the first time at VAFB the Blue Angles were going to be there instead of the Thunderbirds.

Being new to the area I was unfamiliar with the shows and I wanted to go in the worst way but after moving into our house we were strapped for cash so I consoled myself with watching those beautiful jets practice over my house.

A few days after the show I was talking to one of my new neighbors about it when he told me; "Strapped for cash? That's OK, there is no admission fee, it's free to the public.."

:confused: DOHH!! :crying2: :crying:

ewill3rd
11-05-06, 11:12 AM
Almost any Air Force Base in the country has a regular air show.
Some searching on the internet will reveal when they have it.
The Air Force loves to throw them because it's good PR for them and the military in general, the civilian pilots are stoked because they get to fly in the military airspace and see all the cool stuff and the public loves it too.
The one here at Andrews is the biggest I have ever been to. Reasonable I guess because it's ALL the branches of the military on display not just Air Force like most I have been to. Plus it's right near DC, so it's gotta' be bigger right?
They all usually have different names, when I was a kid they called it "Friends and Neighbors Day" to make the people around the base feel more comfortable having the base there. That was when you'd get shot for looking in the bomb bays of a B-52 though. :D Now it's only if you try to get to the F117, F-22 or X-35 planes.

Last year I got to see Air Force One take off and land during the show also.
That was pretty cool. They actually took off with 2 of them, maybe one was a decoy? Anyway... it was fun.
They stopped the air show for a long time and there were Marine helicopters all over the place.

I could probably write a book about all the air shows I have been to. I can't get enough of them!
I'll see if I can dig up some old photos and maybe post them on my photobucket account. I am out of space on this site since I am not a "supporting member". If I had the extra cash, I'd probably do it, but I don't right now.

urbanski
11-05-06, 11:33 AM
imageshack.us is free :)

ewill3rd
11-05-06, 11:39 AM
Here are some photos. I have never tried this before.
I have never used photobucket for this so it may not work... someone let me know if it doesn't.

http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/?action=view&current=1162743894.pbw

gary88
11-05-06, 01:07 PM
Great pics :thumbsup:

One of the things that sticks out in my mind is when I was at the Chicago Air and Water show a couple years ago sitting out on the lake in our boat. It was near the end of the show, and they had an F-117A do a flyby. To look straight up and see that fly over was something I'll never forget.

dp102288
11-05-06, 01:37 PM
Looks cool man. I want to go to one near me. I need to get get some free time though.

ewill3rd
11-05-06, 03:05 PM
How do I link up the files in my photobucket space so you guys can look at them?
I guess if you click the image it will let you look at the files individually.
Not sure what the bandwidth limitations are.

I like this one too but it's not in the slide show.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/PICT1246.jpg
That's an F18 in desert camo.

Stoneage_Caddy
11-05-06, 04:40 PM
thios thread is great outside the fact it took place at lackland ...im gonna have basic training flashbacks now ...

gotta go , need to put hospital corners on my bed and bounce a quarter off it ...

ewill3rd
11-05-06, 06:22 PM
If it makes you feel any better, my pictures are from Travis and Andrews.
My dad still insists I don't know how to make a bed properly.
I don't recall ever having seen him make a bed since he retired... actually he probably hasn't made one since he got married!

Stoneage_Caddy
11-05-06, 06:54 PM
LOL.....aint that the way it goes ....

CIWS
11-05-06, 08:06 PM
hmmm, I wonder if I still have a pic of the rack from Boot Camp....

xxpinballxx
11-05-06, 08:27 PM
the airshow here in Cleveland is always a blast....I go with the guys who own the grocery chain in the cleveland inner city. We get into the presidential tent with the food and drinks and close up of the planes that are on display. The one year I got to climb up and see the inside of a f-18. BlueAngels are always a favorite...

malcolm
11-05-06, 08:43 PM
Atlantic City hosts an air show over the boardwalk every year in August. This year both the Blue Angles and the Thunderbirds performed. Very unusual to have both teams at the same show. These are not my photos but this was the show this year.
http://fotodj.com/atlanticcity2004.htm

CIWS
11-05-06, 08:45 PM
thios thread is great outside the fact it took place at lackland ...im gonna have basic training flashbacks now ...

gotta go , need to put hospital corners on my bed and bounce a quarter off it ...


Here's the rack :D


http://www.ciws.info/bootcamprack.jpg


and here's me by my locker (the upper half) with everything folded and stowed properly (1982) :D

http://www.ciws.info/bootcamplocker.jpg

Stoneage_Caddy
11-05-06, 08:48 PM
ackkkkkk!

NOOOOOOOOOOO

Sir , this airmans major malifucntion is a failure to communicate sir.....

DILLIGAF
11-05-06, 09:09 PM
I live 30 miles from the Smokey Hill bombing range,anybody heard of it?We see lots of military aircraft rippen around.I was in Norfolk last year,planes everywhere,strange to see fighters so low over a city.

Stoneage_Caddy
11-05-06, 09:35 PM
I used to work at the largest land target range in north america. It was in alaska. Little bit of damn near everything stopped by to unload on us. B52s, B1s , Stealth, and most of those we had to be locked inside witht he blinds drawn becuse the people said if the lazers got us wed be blind for life.

Its also where i called in an airstrike on a moose...just a red blood stain on the snow ...

CIWS
11-05-06, 10:57 PM
Well I got one of the videos converted and uploaded to YouTube. This is one of the Flybys of the B-2 Stealth Bomber.

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JRau
11-05-06, 11:19 PM
That was pretty impressive, CIWS. Never seen one in flight. Think I remember seeing one in a museum outside of Omaha, Nebraska, though. I can't remember the name of the museum, but they had alot of cool planes in there.

JRau in central Iowa

ewill3rd
11-06-06, 06:36 AM
Malcom, Those are fantastic pictures!
I have never in my life seen an F104 in flight, my dad tells me those things were pretty bad. They used to joke about "sunny skies with occaisional showers of F104 parts." or something like that.

I think someone set an altitude record in that plane if I remember right.
That's a pretty impressive collection of aircraft for one airshow.
Great pics of the F14 also!
Thanks for sharing those.

I have seen a few B2 flybys, pretty impressive plane. Especially when you consider the ordinance they can cram into that thing and that they rarely touch the ground anyplace but Whiteman AFB in MO.

CIWS
11-06-06, 08:18 AM
I have never in my life seen an F104 in flight, my dad tells me those things were pretty bad. They used to joke about "sunny skies with occaisional showers of F104 parts." or something like that.

I think someone set an altitude record in that plane if I remember right.


The F-104 killed a lot of pilots, it carried the nickname widowmaker like several other platforms with dubious reputations for taking lives of the unexperienced or careless. Because of the razor thin wings and small surface area to be Mach 2 capable in it's day it had a pretty high landing speed, somewhere on the order of 170-180 knots. My friend had one in his collection for a while, but didn't keep it for too long because of the problems associated with trying to come in and land that thing in an area of high air traffic and speed limitations of 250 knots. He wasn't much for taking unecessary risks. When you start coming out of the sky at 180 knots, 250 isn't a big safety factor. The airforce lost the first couple of prototypes to accidents related to the new gun it carried when it was being developed. The G.E. 20mm vulcan, which has become the mainstay cannon of 90% of the planes we fly. Also the first F-104's had an ejection seat that fired downward out the bottom (yikes) Imagine having a problem coming in for a landing and not thinking as you hit the ejection seat..... I'll probably have another video or two converted and uploaded by this evening. In one of them you'll see his F-104 sitting in the hanger next to some of his other planes at the time. :)

EcSTSatic
11-06-06, 09:13 AM
A B1-B in full afterburners on takeoff is one LOUD sum-bitch (gives one wood :D) The sound of freedom x 4 !!

When the B1's were stationed at McConnell AFB, they used to set off the car alarms in the parking lot. Boeing Wichita is adjacent to the base runway.

Watch a F104 Starfighter (http://www.pozefilm.de/video/f104.wmv) go thru the paces.

dp102288
11-06-06, 09:42 AM
CIWS nice pics and vids man. I really like this thread! 5 stars.

CIWS
11-06-06, 10:50 AM
When the B1's were stationed at McConnell AFB, they used to set off the car alarms in the parking lot. Boeing Wichita is adjacent to the base runway.

Watch a F104 Starfighter (http://www.pozefilm.de/video/f104.wmv) go thru the paces.


Nice video post ! You can definately tell he's haulin ass as he lands that thing :) (I always called them a Lawn Dart with an afterburner)

EcSTSatic
11-06-06, 11:03 AM
Nice video post ! You can definately tell he's haulin ass as he lands that thing :) (I always called them a Lawn Dart with an afterburner)

I was thinking the same thing when I watched it. Landing speed is high when you don't have any lift (stubby wings) at "slow" speed.

If you like airshow pics, this guy Steehouwer (http://www.steehouwer.com/) photographs shows all over. His collections are dramatic!

http://www.steehouwer.com/top_axalp06_05.gif

CIWS
11-06-06, 02:15 PM
I realize this isn't an aircraft, but it could be used to shoot one down :D

Here is a video of the CIWS / Phalanx 20mm gun system that has been adapted for land use (originally a shipboard weapon) and modified to track and shootdown / destroy individual incoming artillery and mortar rounds. The first part shows it firing during testing (and has high speed film of the incoming rounds being hit) and the second part is while in use at night during a mortar attack. The popping sounds you here after the gun fires is the shells self-destructing. That way they don't fall on innocent people or equipment that might be downrange. It not only tracks the target, but also each bullet it fires to auto correct its aim.

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urbanski
11-06-06, 04:35 PM
damn....

Spyder
11-06-06, 06:57 PM
Jesus!

CadiJeff
11-06-06, 09:22 PM
thios thread is great outside the fact it took place at lackland ...im gonna have basic training flashbacks now ...

gotta go , need to put hospital corners on my bed and bounce a quarter off it ...
:helpless: :yeah: :yeah: :helpless:

CadiJeff
11-06-06, 09:25 PM
I realize this isn't an aircraft, but it could be used to shoot one down :D

Here is a video of the CIWS / Phalanx 20mm gun system that has been adapted for land use (originally a shipboard weapon) and modified to track and shootdown / destroy individual incoming artillery and mortar rounds. The first part shows it firing during testing (and has high speed film of the incoming rounds being hit) and the second part is while in use at night during a mortar attack. The popping sounds you here after the gun fires is the shells self-destructing. That way they don't fall on innocent people or equipment that might be downrange. It not only tracks the target, but also each bullet it fires to auto correct its aim.

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mmmmmmmm Phalanx.........sweet hot lead
and I love the smell of burnt cordite in the morning

CadiJeff
11-06-06, 09:29 PM
Nice video post ! You can definately tell he's haulin ass as he lands that thing :) (I always called them a Lawn Dart with an afterburner)
we had one of those knock books off shelves when landing at Kelley AFB when I was at Lackland AFB.

CIWS
11-06-06, 10:47 PM
Took me a bit but I got them converted and uploaded. :)


First here's another from the B-2 flyby that was it's first pass. It has a slightly different perspective.

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Next is video from in my friend's hanger with his jets at the time. An F-104, Iskra, F-100F, and an A-4.

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Finally a day of flying when they had most of the jets from the hanger video out flying around and an F-16 came over for a bit to form up with the F-100 and the Iskra.

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dp102288
11-07-06, 11:46 AM
Thanks for all the vids!!

CIWS
11-08-06, 11:26 AM
Thanks for all the vids!!

No Prob. :) Was probably a good idea to get them up on YouTube anyway. I originally placed all that I had on a DVD for the owner once he "retired" and sold his stuff off so he could have some video of what he once did/had.

The pilot flying the Iskra in that last video is a former POW from Vietnam who spent 7 years in the Hanoi Hilton. Part of what was on the DVD I gave them was a ceremony that took place later that same day in which a representative of Martin-Baker, maker of the ejection seat he ejected out of his F-4 with, showed up to personally present him with a tie and certificate they give to every pilot who ejects with one of their seats, normally given within a short time after. But in Bob's case he spent the next 7 years in a POW camp and it had been kinda forgotten about. However he did finally get it some 30 years after the fact. :)

http://www.martin-baker.com/ejject_tie_club.html