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Watch: EAA AirVenture Sights and Sounds at Oshkosh

Falcon Demos, Heritage Flights, the Blues, Night B-1B Departure…and More

Image courtesy AirshowStuff/Patrick Barron

Today we’re taking a look at just some of the awesome sights and sounds at EAA AirVenture 2018 at Oskkosh. In our first clip, US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team pilot Major John “Rain” Waters flies a short solo demonstration before forming up with a Douglas AD-1 Skyraider and a North American P-51D Mustang for a Heritage Flight formation. These videos were all uploaded to YouTube by our good friends at AirshowStuffVideos. Enjoy!

Next up, one of the most pleasant surprises at Oshkosh so far was the “unscheduled” visit by the US Navy flight demonstration team the Blue Angels at the conclusion of the national anthem on Wednesday 7/25. The Blues didn’t perform a full show as they’re in transit to their next scheduled performance at the Fargo Airshow up in North Dakota, but it’s always great to see them. Surprise!

EAA AirVenture has expanded the airshow schedule in recent years to include dusk and even night performances. This clip is a performance of sorts. A US Air Force Rockwell B-1B Lancer or Bone departs Oshkosh for points west. The departure occurs while a thunderstorm is visible on the northern horizon. Then it sounds like thunder as the Bone is in burner through several maneuvers before disappearing into the clouds. Impressive!

The sleeper pick of clips is a relatively benign but still impressive United Parcel Service (UPS) McDonnell Douglas MD-11 freighter departing runway 18 in a hurry. That jet might be empty but it’s still a huge aircraft. To see it take off like that is really something. Enjoy!

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Bill Walton

Written by 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.

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