Joshu From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 166 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2206 times:
I was wondering why the United States is participating in air shows abroad but cancelling air shows at home? Is it simply a "look what we got" type of deal or is it just cheaper to fly a couple planes in an airshow abroad instead of hosting one? This particular picture of a B-1 at the UAE air show piqued my interest:
giblets From UK - England, joined Jun 2013, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2040 times:
Suspect some of the foreign trips can be used as exercises, for example the B1 in the UAE may have been one of the ones based in Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. I know the B2 and B-52's have appeared at the Royal Air Tatoo in the UK, with the B2 flying from the US and returning without stopping, something they would need to do in wartime (such as when they 'visited' Serbia/ Kosovo).
Some of the others are also mainly due to sales opportunities (see middle east/ europe), or simple posturing (with Iran next door), as well as reminding them that their friends carry the 'big stick'.