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Whats Your Favorite Airshow Performer  
User currently offlineSoren-a From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 235 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2718 times:


Ok first of all this is not meant to be a "this plane" vs "that plane" topic.

This topic is about what plane is your favorite airshow performer, and why. It can be any plane from a Cesna 172 to a B-2 and any reason. If you have a favorite bomber, transport and fighter lets hear them all.

Mine are:
Fighter: Su-27 Flanker (and the other Su-XX based on it).
Reason: Lovely designed aircraft, fast, highly manuverble (sp?) and have a great engine sound. It is also large enough so that you can get good shots of it during its display.

Bomber: B-1B Lancer
Reason: Even though it is a very large aircraft it look sleek and fast. It is very photogenic both in the air and on the ground.

Transport: G-222
Reason: It puts on one hell of a display!!!

Ok thats mine.

Regards
Søren Augustesen



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User currently offlineSteman From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 1367 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2424 times:

I agree with you on fighters and I would add that I like also Tornado and F-104: never seen something faster at such a low level!!!
Unfortunately I have never seen a bomber in my life but I'd die to see a B-1B or a B-52 (a G with turbojets....LLLOUDY!!)
transports: the G-222 (and hopefully the C-27J) is by far the most manouveravble tactical transport and it won severla prizes at the RIAT.

Ciao

Stefano


User currently offlineSoren-a From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2404 times:


Stefano if you ever get the chance to got to RIAT you should really do it. I know its a long way and quite expenceive but it is really worth it. This year one of the themes are bombers and they are trying to get some Russian bombers over, so hopefully there will be lots of bombers there next summer, along with the 350+ other aircrafts.

Regards
Søren Augustesen


User currently offlineSharpnfuzzy From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2409 times:

B1-B!!!! It's just amazing to see something so big go so fast!!..... and the noise.....

User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2394 times:

Su-27 by far.

LY744.



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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2390 times:

G-R-I-P-E-N

User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2371 times:

Sorry Staffan, but I go for the F-16 but the Gripen is very close behind.


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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

I'm a bit patriotic when I say Gripen, the F-16 awesome too, but simply not Swedish Big grin



User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 373 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2363 times:

SU-37 will full TVC Big grin

Regards

Paul


User currently offlineRene From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2374 times:

If you have the chance to see a flying display of a Hungarian MiG-29, take it. I've seen it at this years RIAT in Cottesmore. Fantastic. The pilot, Major Vari, made the most of the Fulcrum and the show included a lot of flares  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Other good performer, in my opinion, are the Viggen (only a few years of flying to come), the Gripen, the B-1, the G222, the F-16, the F-18 and the Flanker.


User currently offlineSoren-a From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2358 times:


The Hungarian MiG-29 does put on a very nice display. It has won the "As the crow flies" trohpy for the last four years at RIAT. ("As the crow flies" is a trohpy awarded by the FRIAT members).

It was a nice touch with the ejection of flares during a tail-slide this year.

Regards
Søren Augustesen


User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3353 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

Fighter: Rafale
Bomber: Not yet seen one, I would like to see a B1 or a B2.
Transport: the demonstration of the RNlAF F27 was IMHO the best. Shame they do not do these demonstrations with the F50/F60.



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13166 posts, RR: 78
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2344 times:

So many to list, so a few standouts for me;
Gone for a few years, but the Vulcan was unforgettable.
The hottest fighter I ever saw was the BAC Lightning.
In the 1980's, SR-71's put on fantastic displays at Mildenhall here in the UK, belching flames from the engines.
Something similar was also part of the RAAF F-111C's displays too.
The RAF Red Arrows are the best display team, but in 1987 the Italian team flying MB339's were awesome, but shortly after I saw them at IAT 87 at Fairford, they had a terrible accident at Ramstein in Germany which curtailed subsequent displays, but they are still great.
The Dutch AF did amazing things with an F-27.
Even after all these years, watching Harriers accelerate from the hover is still amazing.



User currently offlineDC10Tony From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1012 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2333 times:

F-14

User currently offlineAFC_ajax00 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 775 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

Fighter: Su-27 as well
Bomber: B-1B
Transport: Casa C-??? i dont remember the exact one



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User currently offlineFFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 733 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2325 times:

The American shows don't unfortunately have European demonstrations. Well, I guess Oshkosh has, but I have never had a chance to go there. My list:

Fighter: F-15E
Bomber: B-1B
Jet group: Blue Angels
Other group: Tora, Tora, Tora!

The air show at the Reno Air Races (at least) used to have a dogfight stunt, which was a great one. F-14's and F/A-18's chasing each others and all that pyro! Close to Tora.


User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 2321 times:

Fighter: F-16 Fighting Falcon/F 15 eagle

Bomber: B1B


Transport: C-5 Galaxy/C-17 Globemaster/C130 with JATO assisted take off


User currently offlineFFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 733 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 2310 times:

Has to be C-5!

User currently offlineMIG54 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 39 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2313 times:

I was lucky enough to witness the great Bob Hoover's display aboard the Aero Commander some years ago. Breathtaking! It is still my alltime favorite.

User currently offlinePeterba69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

Shawn Tucker in his RAVEN. Flying in a 90 deg. bank from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge with his nose pointed upward about 45deg. He was only doing about 45kts. into an approx. 20Kt. wind. This was Fleet Week in SFO, 1998, where a Blue Angel went in the opposite direction at about 750kts. Literally pulled the water into the air. Way cool! Go to http://steehouwer.com and scroll down to the Fleet Week pics to see. Also some awesome pic's by this guy.

User currently offlineUSAir1489 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 364 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2292 times:

Sean Tucker never flew the Raven or Turbo Raven. You're thinking of Wayne Handley, who flew those two aircraft. Unfortunately at Salinas a few years ago, he was involved in a crash that totaled the Turbo Raven and injured him pretty badly. However, Wayne made a remarkable recovery and is retired from the airshow industry.

Sean Tucker flies the Oracle Challenger, essentially a one-of-a-kind highly modified Pitts. I'm not sure what his sponsor was in 1998...either 1-800-COLLECT or 10-10-220. The plane back then was painted black and yellow (yellow sponsor name) and today it's all bright red with ORACLE painted in white.

Steve



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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 21, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2281 times:

My favorite are the old Warbirds from WWII. ME-109, Spitfire, P-51D, Lancaster, B-17 etc.

Last air show I was at there was 2 Mig-29's doing aerobatics over the crowd. Mighty impressive!!

Regards,
Kris



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User currently offlineLortab 7.5mg From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 805 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2279 times:

B-1B Lancer. It has finally found a mission that it can perform well.  Big grin

User currently offline707guy From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 205 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 6 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2273 times:

performer Definantly Sean D. Tucker
group Blue Angles
fighter F/A-18/F
transport AC-130
bomber B-52


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 24, posted (12 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2273 times:

Frecce Tricolore! The best demo team in the world bar none.
The RNtAF F.27 demo team was also great, but was disbanded when their arcraft was taken out of service (GRRRR, they should have gotten an F.60 to replace it).
Helicopter demo from the German Luftwaffe with a Bo105 was also magnificent. Don't know if they still do it.



I wish I were flying
25 TEDSKI : F-14D SUPER TOMCAT F-15C EAGLE F-16C FIGHTING FALCON F/A-18C HORNET AV-8B HARRIER WW2 WARBIRDS P-40N WARHAWK OR KITTYHAWK P-51D MUSTANG B-17G FLYING F
26 Post contains images Contact_tower : I have to say the F-16, the beautiful thing that serves my holmeland so well The Gripen is cool too, but I see it everyday at work, it gets very "old"
27 Spectre : Israeli F-15 Vulcan...Awesome F-4..so noisy G-222...amazing C-130...in good hands F-4..so beautifully ugly!! Frecci Ticolori....continuous excitment B
28 Kiwi dave : I like the F-111
29 HN : F-18C Hornet and Jyri Selvenius flying.....beats the crap out of other shows!
30 Post contains images Schreiner : Tomcat Phantom Lancer Red Arrows (all teams actually) C-17 F-27 Troopship (long time ago! ) C-130J Su-27 Apache
31 HN : We have F-27 Troopships still in service
32 B747ca : Fighter: F-14 Tomcat Bomber: B-52 Transport: C-5 Galaxy Demo: Thunderbirds
33 Chunk : I saw a Nimrod demo at NAS Jax that'll make your jaw drop.... poz rate--gear up--left bank 110 degrees Chunk
34 Thumper : Group-Blue Angels! Single-F14 Tomcat!
35 Post contains images Globemaster : Actually I like them all, but some performers leave you behind with big eyes and mouth open, again and again. A C-17 landing, backing up, turning arou
36 Globemaster : Actually they are "Heeresflieger", the helicopter guys of the German Army, and yes, they still do great displays with CH-53's, Bo-105 and Hueys. Usual
37 Trident3 : Fighter:The Lightning, just seeing it stand on its tail and climb was amazing Bomber:Vulcan :nuff said Transport:The Dutch Airforce F27:Mad! Display t
38 Sweden : I saw the Swiss airshow team called Patrouille Suisse in august last year... They fly the Tiger F5E and it was just a superb performance with great m
39 PPGMD : Best Entrance and single mil aircraft show: USAF F-15 East Coast Demo team (they were even nice enough to let us crawl all over their jets even though
40 Paulc : Avro Vulcan for the shear noise
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