McChord Air Expo July 19th – 20th 2008 part 3

The air show is about to begin so we are going to head to our seats and watch. Enjoy!

This is a HC-130 Hercules and is used to extend the range of combat and search and rescue helicopters by providing air refueling.

UH-1 Huey/UH-1 Iroquois or “Huey” famous for it’s Vietnam War use. The “u” stands for utility, in contrast to attack of cargo helicopters. The last were produced in 1976 with more than 16,000 made in total.

Let the air show begin!

Wings of Blue.
The U.S. Air Force Academy began parachuting in 1964 when Cadet First Class Jay Kelley and Cadet Third Class Pete Johnston paired and won a novice team accuracy event – the Academy’s first gold medal in collegiate competition. The Air Force Academy is the only jump program in the U.S. authorized to allow students to perform unassisted free fall delays on their first jump without any prior experience!

Wings of Blue flag drop.

This is called the USAF “Heritage Flight”
and involves the P-51 Mustang and the F/A-18F Super Hornet.

Isabel showing off her earplugs.

This is called the U.S. Navy’s Tailhook “Legacy Flight”
and honors the people and aircraft who defeated our nation in the Navy.
The program was established in 1999 and involves todays state-of-the-art fighters flying in close formation with World War II, Korean and Vietnam Navy and Marine Corps fighters.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds honoring 6 men before they start their flight show.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds “diamond” formation.
Leader: Lt. Col. Greg Thomas
Left Wing: Maj. Christopher Austin
Right Wing: Maj. Kirby M. Ensser
Slot: Maj. Scott Poteet

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