Airshow London 2018 (6th - 8th September)

Airshow London 2018 (6th - 8th September)

Postby StirlingImages on Mon 17 Sep 2018, 8:08 pm

We made the 8 hour drive from Montreal to London (which took over 10 hours due to the usual traffic chaos around Toronto) in record setting heat and humidity on Wednesday 5th Septemberfor the 2018 edition of Airshow London held at the London International Airport in London, Ontario, Canada.

Suitably refreshed on Thursday morning I found a spot outside the airport perimeter at the end of runway 33 for the Thursday arrivals.

1) First arrivals were these 3 F/A 18E Superhornets from VFA-143 the Pukin' Dogs

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Although they did not participate in the display days, they did launch regularly throughout Thursday and Friday to play over Lake Huron with their Canadian cousins. The morning humidity gave them the opportunity to extract some vapour from the air.

2) Returning F/A 18E

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3) CF-18 No smoke winders required

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The Snowbirds arrived in formation

4) Snowbirds arrival

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Followed by the first of the "heavies" a Tennessee ANG KC-135 which did a few missed approaches before landing. The guy in the right hand seat wasn't very focussed on flying the plane :-)

5) Tennessee ANG KC-135

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Next up was a C-5M Super Galaxy from Dover, showing that pulling vapor isn't just for the fast jets

6) Dover C-5M

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7) Dover C-5M

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The C-5M was followed by something a little smaller and more colourful, an RCAF C-90 King Air

8) C-90 King Air with sharkmouth markigs

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Then it was back to the boring grey jets with the arrival of a KC-10

9) KC-10 Extender

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The prize for the weirdest looking attendee goes to the EC-130J Commando Solo (note I said weirdest not ugliest :-) )

10) EC-130J Commando Solo

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Next to arrive were a couple of A-10's from Davis Monthan

11) A-10 Warthog on finals

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Every day the busiest participant was this Skyvan used as the jump ship for the Canadian Skyhawk and US SOCOM Parachute teams which made at least half a dozen trips per day.

12) Skyvan

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Next Arrival was a USAF C-17 from Charleston

13) C-17

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Which was folowed in by an Arizona ANG KC-135

14) Arizona ANG KC-135

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Then 2 of the ugly sisters turned up to the ball.......

15) USAF F-35A's from Luke AFB

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16) F-35A

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This is the first time I have seen (and heard) an F-35 and they are undoubtedly very, very LOUD

17) F-35A the loud end is still ugly

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The last KC-135 arrived from Alaska but sadly was not accompanied by the advertised pair of Aggressor F-16s from Eielson :-(

18) Alaska ANG KC-135

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It was however closely followed in by this RC-135 Rivet Joint which showed its topside on short finals

19) RC-135 Rivet Joint topside

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20) RC-135

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The Thursday arrivals were completed by this F-5A flown by Jeffry Kaney. Sadly he would be taken ill on Friday and would not participate in the flying on Friday or Saturday.

21) F-5A Freedom Fighter

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And the final arrivals were two T-38 Talons from Whiteman and Langley AFB's

22) T-38 from Langley AFB

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On Friday I took advantage of the Photo Pit Pass for the further arrivals, practice and the "Hour of Power" starting at 17:00

THe arrival of this Canadian Coast Guard Bell 427 made a pleasant chage to photographig grey fast jets on grey/white skies

23) Bell 427 Canada Coast Guard

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Talking of which......the F/A-18E's and CF-18's continued to launch regularly throughout the day for DACT over Lake Huron

24) F/A-18E Superhornet

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25) CF-18 Hornet

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The third ugly sister turned up in the form of a USN F-35C

26) F-35C Lightning II

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It's a good job the warning doesn't read "WARNING - Do not put bodge tape within 3 inches of canopy". For relatively new airframes coatings and paint is peeling off quite quickly

27) F-25C Cockpit

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The Viper Demo did his best to create some more clouds

28) F-16 Viper Demo practice

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As did the RCAF CF-18 Demo Hornet

29) CF-18 Demo Hornet Practice

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After its solo practice the CF-18 paired up with the gorgeous CT-133 recently restored in Red Knight livery by London's Jet Aircraft Museum for the Canadian Heritage Flight

30) Canadian Heritage Flight

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After which the Red Knight CT-133 did its solo disply practice

31) CT-133 Display Practice

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The stunning F-86 Sabre flown by Paul Keepler then performed its solo routine. It is so highly polished you can see the runway/flightline reflected on its fuselage

32) F-86 Sabre Solo Practice

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33) F-86 Solo Practice

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Just before the "Hour of Power" commenced this P-8 Poseidon arrived and did a few missed approaches before landing and joining the static park

34) P-8 Poseidon

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The "Hour of Power" got underway with the return of a CF-18 and F/A-18E that had launched earlier

35) F/A 18E Hour of Power

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36 CF-18 Hour of Power

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Two A-10's from Selfridge AFB then arrived

37) Selfridge A-10 Hour of Power

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38) Selfridge A-10 Hour of Power

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Two of these guys turned up to a a little more Power to the hour ....

39) F-15E Strike Eagle arrival

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40) F-15E Strike Eagle Hour of Power

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They were followed by two F-22's from Langley

41) F-22 Hour of Power

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They F-22's were in the programme as a "Flypast" so it was a surprise to see them land and park on the "hot ramp"

42) F-22 Hot Ramp

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The "Hour of Power" concluded with the Viper Solo Demo

43) Viper Demo Solo Hour of Power

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and in concert with "Bum Steer" a TF-51D in the USAF Heritage Flight

44) USAF Heritage Flight Hour of Power

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and finally the RCAF Demo CF-18 flew its solo display to bring the (over 2 hour) "Hour of Pwer to a close

45) CF-18 Solo Demo Hour of Power

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If you’ve made it this far, thanks for looking. I'll add some static shots and some of the Saturday flying programme in an update later.

Comments and criticism welcome.

Ian
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Re: Airshow London 2018 (6th - 8th September)

Postby Tmyers123 on Mon 17 Sep 2018, 8:31 pm

That looks like a great show, nice shots. That Canadian King Air is a beauty!
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Re: Airshow London 2018 (6th - 8th September)

Postby JJC on Mon 17 Sep 2018, 9:04 pm

Excellent shots! Certainly looks like a well attended show with an interesting variety of types/squadrons/schemes on show. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Airshow London 2018 (6th - 8th September)

Postby Reddog111 on Mon 17 Sep 2018, 9:22 pm

Looks like a great selection of aircraft we don't normally see.

I live about 2 hrs away in the US. Never knew about this show.
Must try and remember this li'l gem next year, to go and see.

Thanks for posting.
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Re: Airshow London 2018 (6th - 8th September)

Postby capercaillie on Wed 19 Sep 2018, 1:47 pm

Nice line up, your Offutt machine is a TC-135W trainer, the lack of aerials and blisters being the giveaway.
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Re: Airshow London 2018 (6th - 8th September)

Postby AlexC on Wed 19 Sep 2018, 3:15 pm

Anyone know where the expression 'Pukin' Dogs' comes from?
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Re: Airshow London 2018 (6th - 8th September)

Postby Tmyers123 on Wed 19 Sep 2018, 3:34 pm

The distinctive squadron name "Pukin' Dogs" came about when the squadron commander's wife saw the creature’s droopy head and gaping mouth design. She stated, in front of the squadron pilots, that it looked like a "pukin' dog." The pilots loved that, and the name stuck.
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