Here are some more images from the 2014 Rochester NY Airshow. These 7 images are of Art Nalls and his F/A 2 Sea Harriers performance that Sunday. More information of this plane and it's pilot are on the back end of this post from the official Rochester Airshow site . Enjoy :)
Art Nalls Sea Harrier
The only civilian-owned Harrier jump jet in the world, otherwise known as an F/A 2 Sea Harrier, will be flying in the Rochester International Airshow. The Harrier will be flown by former Marine Corps aviator and graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School, Lt. Col Art Nalls USMC (retired).
"Adding these thrilling demonstrations from the F/A 2 Sea Harrier to the already edge-of-your-seat headline performances by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will certainly mean even more family-friendly fun and excitement at this year's Airshow," said County Executive Maggie Brooks. "I think the Greater Rochester International Airport and Airshow promoter PEC Management for working together to build upon the success of our airshow year after year by securing some truly top-notch and unique acts."
Retired United States Marine Corps Lt. Col Nalls purchased his Sea Harrier from the Royal Navy in Great Britain in 2006 and spent over 2 years restoring it before starting on the airshow circuit. He and his fellow aviator, Joe Anderson, also a retired Marine Corps test pilot, are the only two pilots authorized by the FAA to fly this unique airplane. The F/A 2 Sea Harrier can reach speeds in excess of 700 mph, in addition to the Harrier hover and flying side-ways and backwards.
"This is a tremendous addition to the 2014 Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow," according to Dave Cooper, the Airshow Coordinator. "At the Airshow in 2002, we were privileged to host the AV8B Harrier from the Marine Corps, and it was a huge hit with the crowd. But this is a rare treat to have Lt. Col Nalls join us for the show because he only does a limited number of Airshows each year and we look forward to hosting him this year."
These are some images of the Rochester Airshow from this past August. This segment of flight was dedicated to the Eastern Block Countries as these four aircraft took flight. I actually do not know their name or Countries of origin and such. I do know that the enouncer seed that they were all used as training aircraft for there countries. Beyond that I just don't know but I hope you enjoy the images of them just the same.
All of that was just before I was about to post this, I did find some information on the aircraft and through it in between the images. Sorry about that.
The Czechoslovakian L-29 Delphin (Dolphin) jet trainer prototype first flew in 1959 and went into production in 1963. Originally powered by a Bristol Siddeley Viper engine, the production aircraft were powered by Chech-designed M701 engine. The L-29 became the primary jet trainer for the east bloc countries, except Poland.
Many L-29s were eventually imported to the United States and many remain airworthy today. Genesee Warbirds operates one L-29 Delphin.
The HA-200 "Saeta" (arrow) is a twin jet engine advanced fighter trainer and attack aircraft designed under the supervision of the famed Willy MesserschmittThe aircraft was built for the Spanish air force by Hispano Aviacion (HASA) in Seville, Spain.
During their service life with the Spanish air force the Saeta were know for their operational reliability and high safety record. They were eventually decommissioned in 1982. Many were scraped, but many found their way to museums in Europe. A number of them made it to the United States and are still flying today. Genesee Warbirds currently has three flying examples including two A models and one B model, all on loan from private collectors.
Aero L-39ZA “Albatros”, flown by Scott Buster
Scott "Buster" Clyman L-39
Scott Clyman is currently a reservist for the US Air Force flying F16s. When he is not flying F16s overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan or Korea he can be found up in the air in the L39 or T6 for the American Air Power Museum.
I have no useable images of this last V-tailed aircraft in the air, sorry. I was a very interesting plane!
Fouga Magister CM-170
The Fouga Magister is a French designed and built training and light attack aircraft. Designed in the early 50s production started in 1957 with over 900 aircraft produced. The Fouga was used by almost all the Western European nations with the last examples in Europe being operational in large numbers up into the 90s. Israel still operates the aircraft as the core of their flight training program. Know for its excellent handling and aerobatic performance many nations used the Fouga for their military display teams.
Genesee Birds operates one of about 20 flying Fougas in the United States. The aircraft was the first aircraft to be donated to the museum.
These fella's are know as the Trojan Horsemen aerobatic team. They are the only 6 plan T-28 formation/acro team in the world. They were at the Rochester Airshow this year but with only 5 ships. These images are a collection of shoots that I took on there second days performance. I did enjoy they're performance and I came away with some neat shoots. There performance was the only one that had blue sky and white clouds in it for the entire performance. I do prefer to have the blue sky in my images. Hope you enjoy these 19 images. Your all going to be happy that I only went to two airshows this year. I may have 6 or 7 post left from the Rochester Airshow to cap it off with some images of the Thunderbirds and some more modern aircraft.
There is more information taken from the official Rochester Airshow at the end of this post. It give you some background on the T-28 aircraft.
The Trojan Horsemen
The Trojan Horsemen are the only six ship T-28 formation/acro team in the world. They demonstrate the aircraft with a stirring patriotic "Salute to the Armed Forces" airshow in venues from West Texas to the Midwest and East Coast of the US.
With the advent of jet aviation, higher powered training aircraft were needed to train new pilots. After WWII, North American Aviation began to develop the next generation, high performance, advanced trainer to replace the T-6 Texan. The T-28 Trojan entered production in 1950. There were three versions of this trainer aircraft that were initially produced by NAA. The Air Force version (T-28A) was powered by an 800 hp engine. The Navy and Marine Corps version (T-28B) was powered by a 1,425 hp engine. The T-28C was created with the larger engine and a tailhook to allow it to be used for carrier training. When production ended in 1957, a total of 1,948 of the three versions had been built.
Given its high performance and durability, the T-28 was also pressed into service as an attack plane. In 1959, Sud Aviation in France purchased several hundred surplus "A" models for
upgrade. Once the larger R-1830 engine and weapons carriage was added, these aircraft were used in Algeria during the early 1960s.
Beginning in 1962, the Air Force began modifying T-28A's into T-28D Nomad tactical fighter-bombers. The T-28D had the larger engine and other modifications. The T-28D proved to be very effective in counter-insurgency warfare and close air support in the Vietnam war, and was used by both U.S. forces and the South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF).
The T-28 was used by the various branches of the U.S. Military from 1950 into the 1970's and last saw service in 1984 at NAS Corpus Cristi.
A Mig 17 belongs to Randy Ball made an appearance at the Rochester Airshow this year. It's a neat aircraft, I hope you enjoy the 9 images from the show.
Randy Ball MiG 17
Randy W. Ball / MIG Pilot is a sixth generation Texan who spent his early years in rural Texas, the same as most of his ancestors, graduating from high school with a class of only 29. All of Randy’s time, however, wasn’t spent on the ‘ranch’. His father took him flying and he spent countless hours with one of his heroes, his Great Uncle Gilbert Ball, who flew 56 missions over Europe flying the B-17 Flying Fortress. Randy would ask questions and listen to his uncle’s stories by the hour. Even before college, Randy knew he wanted to fly. By the time he was 13 years old, he had already taken off and landed a plane with his father and soloed at the age of 18. Randy volunteered to work in his first air show in 1982 and flew in his first airshow more than 24 years ago. He performs throughout North America, From Canada to Mexico. He has flown more than 1,000 performances, making him one of the most internationally recognized jet aerobatic pilots ever. In fact, Randy is the only pilot in all of North America- (Civilian, or Military) to hold an FAA Unlimited Aerobatic rating for both Day and Night, in jet fighters.
The MiG-17F was a very nimble fighter that could prove deadly unless respected when engaged by pilots with superior training and tactics such as those used by the U.S. Navy and Air Force. One moment’s complacency when fighting against the MiG-17F could prove fatal. It was flown by over 20 countries, three of which still fly it. Because of its famous heritage and great maneuverability, it makes one of the best air show jets in the world, able to stay in front of the fans while still flying at great speeds.
The B-25J Mitchell "PANCHITO" was another WW2 aircraft that made an appearance at this years 2014 Rochester Air Show. The B-25 being my favorite of all aircraft of WW2 era, It's always had an hold on me and my imagination. It just looked like an awesome aircraft to me with its lines and curves along with it's interesting tail end. This J model with the glass front end has always being the more preferable to me. I use to have dreams of owning one when I was a young boy. I have made many different plastic models of it growing up, that was always fun for me. Anyway, enjoy these 14 images that I had taken of it while it was there.
I Love this shot of the aircraft banking.
Bombay doors are open with this pass showing the boom bay.
I thought that this was a neat shot with the Trojan Horsemen performing as the Panchito was being towed to its staging area. I'll post images of the Horsemen a little latter along with some other performers.
Bellow is the description from the official Rochester Air Show website.
DAV - B-25 Panchito
The North American B25 was among the famous twin engine medium bombers used during World War II. It was the most widely produced American twin engine combat aircraft. No doubt, part of its heroic stature derives from its namesake, the outspoken Gen. Billy Mitchell who proved once and for all that bombers could destroy targets, and that wars would nevermore be decided only on land or sea. The B-25 achieved worldwide fame on April 18, 1942. Sixteen B-25′s, under the command of Lt. Col. James Doolittle, were launched from the aircraft carrier Hornet in a daring raid on five Japanese cities including Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Nagoya, and Kobe.
The B-25J “Panchito,” named after the feisty rooster from Disney’s animated musical The Three Caballeros, was a bomber with the 396th Bomb Squadron, 41st Bomb Group, 7th Air Force, stationed in the Central Pacific. After several attacks on various Japanese strongholds in Southern Japan as well as Japanese help Eastern China, she was scheduled for another bombing run to Japan on the day the Japanese surrendered.
The North American B-25J Mitchell Bomber was among the most famous twin engine medium bombers used during World War II. The B-25 Mitchell “Special Delivery” honors the achievements of Lt. Col. James Doolittle and his daring raiders who helped turn the tide of the war in the Pacific.
The plane with the big teeth at the Rochester Airshow this year. "I loved this one", the colors and the art work on the front nose. The pilot gave a nice performance with the aircraft at the airshow and about the right time. The sun had just started coming out in patchy spots. As in previous post there is more of a description of the aircraft at the end of this post from the Rochester Airshow site. Hope you enjoy some of the shots I took of this lovely aircraft :)
Jet Aircraft Museum Mako Shark
The T-33 is one of the most successful jet trainers of all time. When Canada decided to move to jet trainers Lockheed won the competition and Canadair awarded the contract to build the aircraft under license. The RCAF gave the T-33 the name Silver Star in honour of the first Canadian airplane, the Silver Dart
As with other aircraft Canadair built under license, there was extensive redeisgn work and new technologies to master. Canada chose the more powerful Rolls Royce Nene engine, which required extensive redesign work. The manufacturing technique for the aircraft was also new to Canadair, as the aircraft was literally split in half and then joined after the engine was installed.
The Silver Star began appearing in squadrons and schools in large numbers in 1953. Among operational RCAF squadrons, both Regular and Auxiliary, as well as some Royal Canadian Navy squadrons, the T-33 was used as a trainer and utility aircraft. Perhaps the best-known use of the T-Bird was the Red Knight - the RCAF's official solo aerobatics act. RCN had their own solo display under the name Red Herring in an apparent parody of the RCAF.
In the NATO Air Training Plan, which ran from 1950 to 1958, Canadian and NATO pilots received their advanced flying training on the T-33. The T-33 continued in the training role until 20 June 1974. Thereafter, the Silver Star was used as a utility aircraft, towing target drogues for surface to air gunnery for the army and navy, and simulating enemy aircraft for combat training and when equipped with special electronic pods it could simulate an anti-shipping missile. The last T-33 retired on 31 March 2005 having been used by the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment at 4 Wing Cold Lake as an ejection seat test bed.
Canadair built 656 Silver Stars for the RCAF between 1952 and 1959. Some also appeared in NATO air forces, as aircraft surplus to the RCAF were transferred to France, Greece, Portugal and Turkey under NATO Mutual Assistance in the late 1950s. The fact that the aircraft served for 54 years speaks to the excellence of its design and the quality of its construction and maintenance.
A P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter Aircraft from World War 2. This was another of the American fighters aircraft that was at the Rochester Airshow this year. You can see the nose of the P-51 that I posted last week in the top image in the right side. It was a good show and I'll have more images of different aircraft in weeks to come finishing off with the American Thunderbirds. Anyway, enjoy :)
Some more information on the P-47 that was on the Rochester Airshow Site
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was one of the largest and heaviest fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single piston engine. It was heavily armed with eight .50-caliber machine guns, four per wing. When fully loaded, the P-47 weighed up to eight tons, and in the fighter-bomber ground-attack roles could carry five-inch rockets or a significant bomb load of 2,500 pounds; it could carry over half the payload of the B-17 bomber on long-range missions (although the B-17 had a far greater range). The P-47, based on the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine, was to be very effective as a short-to-medium range escort fighter in high-altitude air-to-air combat and, when unleashed as a fighter-bomber, proved especially adept at ground attack in both the World War II European and Pacific Theaters.
The P-47 was one of the main United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) fighters of World War II, and served with other Allied air forces, notably those of France, Britain, and Russia. Mexican and Brazilian squadrons fighting alongside the U.S. were equipped with the P-47.
The armored cockpit was roomy inside, comfortable for the pilot, and offered good visibility. A modern-day U.S. ground-attack aircraft, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, takes its name from the P-47.