EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh has always been a showcase for military aircraft. In recent years there have been more aerial demonstrations by military aircraft than in days gone by and that’s generally considered to be a good thing. Whether bombers, tankers, fighters, or airlifters, the crowd loves to see the military iron thunder past. This video, uploaded to YouTube by Nigel Woolley, is a smorgasbord of military might. Turn those speakers up to 11 because the sound in this clip is awesome. There are two more videos ready to sneak pass you below the text. Enjoy!
The sights and sounds begin with US Air Force Lockheed F-35A Lighting II from the 62nd Fighter Squadron (FS) out of Luke Air Force Base (AFB) in Arizona. Then a C-17 Globemaster III airlifter from the 97th Air Mobility Wing (AMW), Air Education and Training Command (AETC) at Altus AFB in Oklahoma demonstrates what short field landing really means. Then a couple of Carrier Air Wing THREE (CVW-3) US Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets from VFA-32 Fighting Swordsmen out of Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana in Virginia sneak in. They’re followed by a Boeing EA-18G Growler with VX-9 Vampires out of Naval Air Weapons Station (NASW) China Lake joins them in the military aircraft parking area.
After that we see a colorful tanker-configured F/A-18F Super Hornet from VX-23 Salty Dogs out of NAS Patuxent River in Virginia take off. Then a Lockheed Martin C-5M Super Galaxy from the 60th Air Mobility Wing out of Travis AFB in California mikes its presence felt. A piercing takeoff by a General Dynamics F-16C Viper with the Viper Demo team from Shaw AFB is seen and felt by the crowd. We then see a Rockwell B-1B Lancer with the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron Thunderbirds put on an evening burner clinic.
A Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II with the 107th FS Red Devils from the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard (ANG) shows off its special D-Day commemorative paint job. After that a McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender tanker from the 32nd Air Refueling Squadron (ARS) out of McGuire AFB in New Jersey shows off its versatility. Next up is a Lockheed HC-130P/N Combat King variant of the Hercules fitted for long range search and Rescue (SAR). Lastly we see a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor with the 895th FS Boneheads out of Tyndall AFB in Florida.
BONUS F-22 Raptor thunders over Oshkosh. Turn. It. Up!
DOUBLE BONUS F-15C Eagles from the from the 122nd FS of the 159th Fighter Wing (FW) Bayou Militia out of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NASJRB) New Orleans thunder over Oshkosh. Uploaded to YouTube by our good friends at AirshowStuffVideos.