B787 From Australia, joined May 2005, 152 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 1 month 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 14124 times:
Watching the amazing B1 at the recent Australian Airshow, I started wondering what is the best airshow in the world to see a wide array of military aircraft? What does everyone think? Is there an airshow considered the best?
Dragon6172 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 1161 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 13988 times:
Here in Hampton Roads we have the Langley AFB airshow in the spring (it was a few weeks ago) and then the Oceana NAS airshow at the end of summer. Usually that means we get the T-birds and a lot of Air Force hardware in the spring, and the Blue's with all the Navy/Marine hardware in the fall. Langley is an F-22 base as well, so definitely get a demo of one of them. And, on the non-mil side, FedEx always parks its 727 at Oceana the weekend of the airshow and opens it up to walk through.
As I recall, Willow Grove JRB up near Philly put on a good show. Since it is a multi-service base, there is already a good variety of aircraft on hand to see. I believe that base is close to being gone though, not sure if they are still doing airshows.
Petera380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 324 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 13812 times:
RAF Fairford would be the best, certainly the most variety. US airshows (and I live in the US) always seem to have the same old stuff, no variety! If you're lucky you might get a Canadian Hornet and NAS Pensacola usually get a GAF Tornado from Holloman.
GPHOTO From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 819 posts, RR: 27 Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 13680 times:
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Quoting B787 (Thread starter): Watching the amazing B1 at the recent Australian Airshow, I started wondering what is the best airshow in the world to see a wide array of military aircraft? What does everyone think? Is there an airshow considered the best?
For variety, numbers, pretty much everything, it has to be RIAT at RAF Fairford. I don't think any other military airshow in the world can match it. There are typically 300 aircraft at each show from all over the world.
HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2073 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 13620 times:
My vote would be Paris/Farnborough. You may 'see' military aircraft at other airshows, but at least here stateside the demos are pretty tame. At Paris since it is a trade show and not just a recruitment tool the aircraft are flown by test or company pilots and wrung the f*** out, since your fighter is competing with other countries equivalent fighters for billions of dollars of sales money. In any case that is my opinion and has been the reason Paris has been on my #1 list of have to see airshows... it just hasn't happened... yet!