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The Blue Angels Crush Their Arrival To AirVenture 2017

Oshkosh Is Heating Up But Nobody Is Going Home Early

Official US Navy Photograph

On 7/26/2017 just as the National Anthem was concluding, the United States Navy Precision Flight Demonstration Team, better known as the Blue Angels, arrived for their performances at EAA AirVenture 2017. Listen for the lead calling maneuvers and each pilot calling when he breaks for the landing. FYI the tail numbers are often changed week to week and sometimes day to day in order to keep the best birds in the air for performances. That’s why some of their Hornets are two seaters when the Blues arrive for a performance or conduct practices but are usually single seaters for performances. Thanks as always to our good friends at Airshowstuff for uploading both of these clips.

Our second clip was captured during the twilight display put on by the Rockwell Boeing B-1B Lancer on 7/26/2017. The Bone makes three passes over the crowd at Oshkosh and all are flown with burners blazing and full vapor blooms. This jet is flown by the 28th Bomb Squadron of the 7th Operations Group, United States Air Force (USAF) out of Dyess Air Force Base (AFB) near Abilene in Texas. Be sure and turn those speakers up to get the full auditory effect!

Photo Credit: Rob Schleiffert

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Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.