Late Late Aviation Nation 2017

Late Late Aviation Nation 2017

Postby expat1 on Sat 23 Dec 2017, 1:41 am

As has already been noted on this board. As THE celebration for the USAF's 70 anniversary, Aviation Nation 2017 really didn't deliver. One ground instructional F-15 with a few vinyl sticker and one flying F-16 with the same applications were pretty much all that even acknowledged there was anything special going on. Both of these aircraft were also used to recognize those who were injured and lost in the recent appalling shooting from the Mandalay Bay Hotel at the opposite end of the strip.
The static area was larger than in 2016 but, sadly had less aircraft, probably the most notable absence was the advertised Dutch F-35A. The flying display was saved by the now familiar Red Flag demonstration by the home based squadrons. Fighters, Helicopters and Flares everywhere. The pyros used to simulate bomb drops were pretty good but those used for the A-10 straffing runs were amazing and even sounded right. All the way through photogs had no clue where to point the camera next!!! Sadly, Saturday's beautiful blue skies didn't stick around for Sunday so most of my usable shots came from day.

USAF 70th Anniversary
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Vegas Strong / USAF 70th Anniversary
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Twin Lightning!
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Hind
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Heritage Flight
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Thunderbirds are Go
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Smoke and Thunder(bolt)
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Who says you can't shoot 'OT' birds?
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USAF 70
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Lovely low Spitfire
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Patriots Growler
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Armed with Blue intern weapons but still Dangerous
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More Heritage Flight - Bored yet?
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National Parks Service Turbine Cessna
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Best Buddies
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Aggressor Flares
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Lightning
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Another Lightning (ok it's the same one)
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Air Force Academy Twotter
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More Flares
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Lovely Aggressor
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Raptor Baby
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T Birds
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Urm Raptor Again
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Tired looking Dragon Lady
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Coming Through - in a hurry
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Re: Late Late Aviation Nation 2017

Postby D90Man on Sat 23 Dec 2017, 2:03 am

Nice selection .... the F35 pair is nice, as is the last shot.

I'm not sure why everyone thought 70th anniversary would be anything special - I would have thought 25 year gaps are more likely to be marked. 2022 anyone?

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Re: Late Late Aviation Nation 2017

Postby Jakub.Zurek on Sun 24 Dec 2017, 12:12 pm

Nice set, but the low Spitfire shot stands out.
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