McChord Air Expo July 19th – 20th 2008 part 1

This weekend we headed south to McChord Air Force for the McChord Air Expo. The aerial acts that we got to watch were a C-17A airdrop and tactical demonstrations, U.S. Air Force Academy Parachute Team, Jacquie Warda, Air Force Reserve Jet Car and race, F-15C demonstrations, USAF Heritage Flight, Bud and Ross Granley Dueling YAKS, F/A -18 Super Hornet demonstration, U.S. Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight, Tim Weber, a reenactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor by “Tora, Tora, Tora” and the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds. On the ground we got to see up close several different aircraft and a few of them we even got to walk inside – how cool is that! Enjoy!

This is called a C-17A Globemaster III and is a cargo aircraft.
We see these flying over our house all the time. The C-17A is very impressive for it’s size.

Inside the C-17A Globemaster III. The line that has formed is to climb a ladder to see the cockpit.

This is a F-22 Raptor.

The “nose” of the F-22 Raptor.

I have no idea what this aircraft is called but it was heavily guarded by an armed guard!

This is a Douglas B-18 Bolo and was used during World War II.

Front view of the Douglas B-18 Bolo. It’s top speed is 215 mph and can carry 6500 lbs. of bombs and has three .30-caliber guns and was flown by McChord’s 17th Bomb group. This aircraft is on display from the U.S. Air Force Museum.

This is a CV-22 Osprey and is a joint service, multi-mission, military tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff/landing and short takeoff/landing.

This is the North America B-25 Mitchell used by Allied air force in World War II and was in service for over four decades.

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