posted on Nov, 15 2007 @ 02:16 AM
My son and I made the trek out to Nellis to see the big show this year. Lucky for us the wife stayed at the Hotel so us guys could do as we please
I have been to more airshows than I can count. I have seen Cobras first hand at Paris, and I can still recall the days when a empty, cordoned off spot
on the tarmac that was guarded with the sign "stealth fighter" used to be a USAF stock joke at airshows. Hands down, the flight demonstration put on
by the clearly held back Raptor was one fo the most incredible I have ever seen. The Preadator drone was also a huge surpries to me. Orbiting at FL18
it beamed back images of the show in both IR and optical that showed increadble resolution.
The reason we chose this is two fold. Since 911 the Edwards openhouse has been hit or miss, the Raptor was flying and the B-2 was supposed to flyby as
well (I did not with no explanation given) and it was the capstone event of the 60th anniversary of the USAF
Videos will be shown once I can get to work to use the T3 lines to upload them. I also will omit pictures of static aircraft that most of us have
Ive seen coutless C-17 but this is the first time I have been allowed to roam around inside one. Even the cockpit!
This first picture shows the jump lights, the fold out IV hangers 9for medical flights, HALO oxygen ports, and medical oxygen ports and aeromedical
My 5 year old son in the pilots seat of the C-17
The RC-135W was a plane I have never seen in person. The number of antennas studding the fuselage is amazing along with those on the wingtips (Two
each) as well as the sensor packages contained in the bulges on the foreward part of the a/c.
The Raptor was not show as a static display but this is the one that did the flight demos
One Surprise was the Block 60 F-16. It even had the UAE flag on it. I wonder if they are testing it out over the Nellis range etc.
There is much more including the Preadtor, USAF agressor squads and some video of the Raptors flight demo i will upload later