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Aviation Nation 2012

Aviation Nation 2012. Aviation Nation is the annual Veteran's Day (November 9-11) air show held at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada. The show features ground and aerial displays, informative displays and booths, recruiting opportunities, and food and souvenir venders. Ground display mostly included fixed wing aircraft and a few helicopters, but also rocket launchers and antiaircraft guns. In with the military aircraft were several civilian-owned historic, military aircraft. Other aircraft included police helicopters, examples of foreign military aircraft and civilian aircraft that seems like sales opportunities.

One exciting part of the show is the aircraft parade. As aircraft taxi to the runway, pilots drive along the fence waving at the crowd. For someone who normally only sees aircraft in the sky, being nose-to-wingtip and seeing facial expressions of the pilots bring a certain humanity to these awesome and terrifying flying machines.

Another exciting part of the show is the Heritage Flight where four pilots fly three generation of aircraft in formation. It is a real testament to their skill that they fly about for several minutes holding their tight formation. The P-51 Mustang propeller plane has to be maxed out, the F-86 Sabres jets must be flying near stall speed, and the big F-22 Raptor is just plodding along trying not to bump the other aircraft.

This year, the ground displays seemed more extensive than previously, but the aerial displays seemed less so. A friend suggested that perhaps because of the wind and rain, some aerial teams didn't show up, but the total time remained the same. Regardless, it was a fun show.

Aviation Nation 2012
Aviation Nation sign
Aviation Nation 2012
Opening ceremony and flag salute
Aviation Nation 2012
Visitors walking through at C-130
Aviation Nation 2012
Mobile SAM missile launcher
Aviation Nation 2012
Posing for pictures with historic aircraft
Aviation Nation 2012
Close=up with an F-22 Raptor
Aviation Nation 2012
Training kids on a Pave Hawk machine gun
Aviation Nation 2012
Reaper and Predator drones on display (MQ-9 Reaper in photo)
Aviation Nation 2012
US Coast Guard Jayhawk
Aviation Nation 2012
Up close and personal with a B-1B Lancer
Aviation Nation 2012
Friends from overseas: Royal Air Force helicopter
Aviation Nation 2012
Friends from overseas: British army helicopter
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Major Neils Barner (F-15, WA AF82 018)
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Capt Michael Alfaro and Maj David Stamps (F-15, WA AF90 256)
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Pilot giving thumbs-up to the crows (F-22, OT AF04 071)
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Maj George A. Davis (1952 North American F-86F Sabre, FU-666)
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Chuck Coleman stunt pilot heading up (N512DW)
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Chuck Coleman stunt pilot falling backwards (N512DW)
Aviation Nation 2012
F8F-2 Bearcat (N7825C) and P-51D Mustang (NL44727)
Aviation Nation 2012
Korean Nanchang CJ-6A
Aviation Nation 2012
Three F-86F Sabres up-side down
Aviation Nation 2012
Three F-86F Sabres right-side up
Aviation Nation 2012
Canadair CT-133: 1952 North American F-86F Sabre (FU-666)
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Canadair CT-133 flying fast and low
Aviation Nation 2012Red Horse Civil Engineers jumping from C-130 Aviation Nation 2012
Parachute drop: last man out: high in the sky
Aviation Nation 2012
If anyone knows this airman ...
Aviation Nation 2012
... I have a series of photos his mother would love to have
Aviation Nation 2012
B-1B Lancer flying fast and low
Aviation Nation 2012
B-1B Lancer taking to the sky
Aviation Nation 2012
A-10 coming in for the kill
Aviation Nation 2012
Bomb right on target (that's good for the pedestrians!)
Aviation Nation 2012
Pave Hawk coming in for a rescue
Aviation Nation 2012
Pave Hawk landing for a rescue
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Airman helping wounded into helicopter
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Pave Hawk departing the rescue scene
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F-16s flying fast and low
Aviation Nation 2012
F-15s flying fast and low (these are really loud)
Aviation Nation 2012
F-22 flying fast and low with bomb doors open
Aviation Nation 2012
F-22 flying fast and low
Aviation Nation 2012
Heritage Flight: three generations in the air
Aviation Nation 2012
Heritage Flight: three generations in the air
Aviation Nation 2012
Heritage Flight: three generations in the air
Aviation Nation 2012
Heritage Flight: three generations in the air
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Thunderbird pilots and ground crew
Aviation Nation 2012
Thunderbirds doing what they do best!
Aviation Nation 2012
Thunderbirds doing what they do best!
Aviation Nation 2012
Thunderbirds doing what they do best!

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