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NASJRB Willow Grove Air Show
May 2005
I was lucky enough to be able to make it to a special DoD employee preview of AirFest 2005 at NAS JRB Willow Grove. The highlight of this year's show was the Blue Angels Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron. They are a truly amazing sight to witness. Sadly, Willow Grove is on the BRAC list so it will soon be closing.

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02 Blue Angels 03 Blue Angels 04 Herb & Ditto
Blue Angels 2 & 3 on the tarmac
Blue Angel 1 on the tarmac
"Herb & Ditto" is a T-28 Trojan "Ditto"
05 Herb & Ditto 08 913th Airlift C-130 12 VP-66 P-3 Orion
"Herb & Ditto" is a T-28 Trojan "Ditto"
C-130 cargo plane assigned to USAF 913th Airlift Wing based right here at NAS JRB Willow Grove
P-3 Orion assigned to Patrol Squadron 66 (VP-66) "The Liberty Bells" based here at NAS JRB Willow Grove. PATRON 66 is one of the great squadrons I worked with in my old job.
15 VFA-106 FA-18 Hornet 16 VFA-106 FA-18 Hornet 18 HCS-4 Seahawk
F/A-18 Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106) just after arriving for the show
F/A-18 Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106) just after arriving for the show
HH-60H Seahawk helicopter from Helicopter Combat Support Special Squadron (HCS-4)
19 VR-52 C-9 21 Skytypers 24 Fat Albert
C-9 assigned to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 52 (VR-52) from right here at NAS JRB Willow Grove. "The Taskmasters" is one of the great squadrons I worked with in my old job
The Skytypers - these WWII era planes "type" messages in the sky that are over 8 miles long and can be seen over a 400 square mile area.
Fat Albert (a Marine Corps C-130 assigned to the Blue Angels) on approach to NAS JRB Willow Grove
26 Fat Albert 27 Fat Albert 29 Showcopters
Fat Albert (a Marine Corps C-130 assigned to the Blue Angels) landing at NAS JRB Willow Grove
Fat Albert (a Marine Corps C-130 assigned to the Blue Angels) landing at NAS JRB Willow Grove
The Showcopters are quite unique. They are the only aerobatic helicopters I've seen.
32 111th Fighter Wing A-10 Warthog 33 111th Fighter Wing A-10 Warthog 36 111th Fighter Wing A-10 Warthog
A-10 Warthog from the 111th Fighter Wing of the PA Air National Guard based at NAS JRB Willow Grove taking off. When I worked at WG I loved watching these guys train.
A-10 Warthog from the 111th Fighter Wing of the PA Air National Guard based at NAS JRB Willow Grove taking off. When I worked at WG I loved watching these guys train.
A-10 Warthogs from the 111th Fighter Wing of the PA Air National Guard based at NAS JRB Willow Grove taking off. When I worked at WG I loved watching these guys train.
37 111th Fighter Wing A-10 Warthog 38 111th Fighter Wing A-10 Warthog 39 Jet Truck
A-10 Warthog from the 111th Fighter Wing of the PA Air National Guard based at NAS JRB Willow Grove taking off. When I worked at WG I loved watching these guys train.
A-10 Warthog from the 111th Fighter Wing of the PA Air National Guard based at NAS JRB Willow Grove taking off. When I worked at WG I loved watching these guys train.
Shockwave Jet Truck - as fast as you're ever going to see a Peterbilt truck travel!
40 Jet Truck 41 F-16 Viper 43 Blue Angels
Shockwave Jet Truck - as fast as you're ever going to see a Peterbilt truck travel!
US Air Force F-16 Viper - this guy pulled a 9G turn
The Blue Angels Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron were the highlight of the show
44 Blue Angels 45 Blue Angels 46 Blue Angels
Blue Angel 1 taxiing before takeoff
The Blue Angels Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron taxiing before takeoff
The Blue Angels taking off
48 Blue Angels 50 Blue Angels 52 Blue Angels
The Blue Angels in the diamond formation
The Blue Angels diamond formation with the solo plane gaining fast
The Blue Angels - Yes, #1 is upside down
54 Blue Angels 55 Blue Angels 56 Blue Angels
The Blue Angels in their echelon formation
Blue Angel 5 flying upside down
All 6 Blue Angels in formation
57 Blue Angels 58 Blue Angels
All 6 Blue Angels in formation
The entire Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron performing their fleur de leis maneuver

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