Aircraft & Displays
Please note: Static Displays will not be open for viewing on Friday November 2 during the night show and Dirty Flight Suit Party due to safety concern.
Saturday & Sunday | November 3 - 4
In addition to the aircraft that will be performing in the airshow, many different types of aircraft will be statically displayed. Aircraft are still being confirmed. As they are confirmed they will be listed here.
Check back for updates. All aircraft on static display subject to change without notice.
The Memphis Belle
The Movie Memphis Belle - This aircraft was one of the 12,731 Flying Fortresses built, but it is not the real "Memphis Belle". This B-17 was completed too late for WWII combat. It served as a personal transport in the Korean Conflict, and, after being sold as surplus, served as a fire bomber until acquired by the late David Tallichet in September 1982. Mr. Tallichet was a wartime B-17 pilot with the 100th Bombardment Group in Britain and was a pioneer in the preservation of WWII military aircraft he purchased his first warbird (a P-51 Mustang) in the late 1960’s.
Over the years this plane was painstakingly brought back to its military configuration, including the acquisition, restoration and installation of original, working gun turrets. (The guns themselves are inert). The bomb bay (including shackles) works. The Norden bombsight is not only operable but works in conjunction with the autopilot. The B-17 is under a constant state of restoration to return it to complete authenticity. Although this was originally a B-17G, it has been restored to the B-17F configuration.
This B-17 is the star of the 1990 Warner Brothers film appropriately titled "Memphis Belle". Mr. Tallichet was the brother-in-law of William Wyler, the director of the original 1944 documentary. Mr. Tallichet’s niece Catherine Wyler, daughter of William Wyler, produced the 1990 film. This bomber was flown across the Atlantic to England where she received her "Memphis Belle" markings for the filming.
So even though this particular aircraft didn’t fly in combat you stand in the presence of an aircraft that is known the world over. There are only forty-seven B-17s left in the world. A dozen or so are flying. When you hear the mighty Wright engines come to life you will know the sensation of being on an American airfield where brave boys who would become men led blazing trails of invincibility through the flak and fighter-filled skies of the Third Reich to preserve the freedom we enjoy today. Take a moment to think of their sacrifices. Think of the drama of aerial combat and remember all those who left the vivid air signed with their honor.
Please join us for a flight into history aboard the famous B-17 "The Movie Memphis Belle" at the Stuart Airshow. Take your seat and experience first-hand what it may have been like to be a crew member flying over Europe during World War II. Ride in the fuselage where the Waist Gunners, Tail Gunner, Ball Turret Gunner and Radio Operator were, or, upgrade your seat to the nose section and watch the Pilot and Co-pilot fly the plane, as well as checking out the view from the Bombardier and Navigator positions. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the sights and sounds aboard a WWII bomber." (Ride prices are $450 per person for the fuselage and $650 per person for the nose section. There are 6 fuselage seats and 4 nose seats.)
General Admission ticket is required and not included in price of ride.
The Batmobile is the fictional car driven by the superhero Batman in American comic books published by DC Comics. The Batmobile first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May, 1939), where it was depicted as an ordinary-looking, red car. Housed in the Batcave,which the Batmobile accesses through a hidden entrance, the heavily armored, weaponized vehicle is used by Batman in his campaign to fight crime.
The look of the Batmobile has varied over time, but since its earliest appearances, the Batmobile has had a prominent bat motif, typically including distinctive wing-shaped tailfins. Armored in the early stages of Batman's career, it has been customized over time and is the most technologically advanced crime-fighting asset within Batman's arsenal. Depictions of the vehicle have evolved along with the character, with each incarnation reflecting evolving car technologies. It has been portrayed as having many uses, such as vehicular pursuit, prisoner transportation, anti-tank warfare, riot control, and as a mobile crime lab. In some depictions, the Batmobile has individually articulated wheel mounts and is able to be driven unmanned or can be remotely operated. It has appeared in every Batman iteration—from comic books and television to films and video games—and has since become part of popular culture
The Beechcraft Model 18
The Beechcraft Model 18 (or "Twin Beech", as it is also known) is a 6- to 11-seat,twin-engined, low-wing, tailwheel light aircraft manufactured by the Beech Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, Kansas. Continuously produced from 1937 to November 1969 (over 32 years, a world record at the time), over 9,000 were built, making it one of the world's most widely used light aircraft. Sold worldwide as a civilian executive, utility, cargo aircraft, and passenger airliner on tailwheels, nosewheels, skis, or floats, it was also used as a military aircraft.
During and after World War II, over 4,500 Beech 18s saw military service—as light transport, light bomber (for China), aircrew trainer (for bombing, navigation and gunnery), photo-reconnaissance, and "mother ship" for target drones—including United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) C-45 Expeditor, AT-7 Navigator, AT-11 Kansan; and United States Navy (USN) UC-45J Navigator, SNB-1 Kansan, and others. In World War II, over 90% of USAAF bombardiers and navigators trained in these aircraft.
In the early postwar era, the Beech 18 was the pre-eminent "business aircraft" and "feeder airliner." Besides carrying passengers, its civilian uses have included aerial spraying, sterile insect release, fish seeding, dry-ice cloud seeding, aerial firefighting, air mail delivery, ambulance service, numerous movie productions, skydiving, freight, weapon- and drug-smuggling, engine testbed, skywriting, banner towing, and stunt aircraft. Many are now privately owned, around the world, with 240 in the U.S. still on the FAA Aircraft Registry in August 2017.
C-17 Globemaster III
The C-17 Globemaster III is the most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. The aircraft can perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions and can transport litters and ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations. The inherent flexibility and performance of the C-17 force improve the ability of the total airlift system to fulfill the worldwide air mobility requirements of the United States.
C172 Servant Air Ministries
Missionary pilots that are learning to fly, acquiring a new license, or obtaining an instrument rating. Low cost per flight hour and high reliability are the key factors for choosing this airframe.
The Douglas DC-3, "The Airplane that Changed the World"
The Douglas DC-3 launched the commercial airlines in the 1930's, flew as a war-time transport in the 1940's, and continues in active commercial service today. No other aircraft has achieved or matched the safety record of the Douglas DC-3 or its rugged dependability. General Dwight Eisenhower listed the Douglas C-47 "Gooney Bird" (DC-3) as one of four pieces of equipment that he considered vital in winning the Second World War.
Douglas produced the DC-3 aircraft from 1935 to 1946. Some 12,000 DC-3/C-47s rolled off the production line; an estimated 1,000 are still flying. MFI's (Missionary Flights International) flagship passenger turbine DC-3 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65AR turbine engines, each of which produces 1,230 horsepower at takeoff. The turbine DC-3 cruises at an average of 225 mph., burning 145 gallons per hour and carrying up to 1,030 gallons of fuel. The cabin of the passenger DC-3s can seat up to 32 in comfortable reclining seats.
The Douglas DC-3 is a proven workhorse and is ideally suited for missionary service because of its versatility, dependability, and low cost of operation. Fully loaded, it can operate safely off many different sized airstrips. MFI has flown Douglas DC-3s in missionary air support service since 1976 and now operates two turbine DC-3s as well as a Cessna 310N.
Originally built for the US Army, for reconnaissance and observation, the OV-1D has an impressive lineage. The Mohawk was built by Grumman Aircraft, known by many as "Grumman Ironworks", this hardened veteran has an M-130 flare and chaff dispenser system, armor plating, IR suppressive paint, and features Aircraft Survivability Equipment, including Martin-Baker ejection seats.
The OV-1D is a surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft retired from the US Arm in 1996. They are FAA certified experimental for the purpose of research and development and are capable of carrying up to 3550 pounds payload.
The Vultee BT-13
The Vultee BT-13 Valiant is a single-engine two-seat trainer aircraft produced by the US-American manufacturer Vultee Aircraft, Inc., later Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation ? Convair. The Vultee Valiant was the basic trainer aircraft for the second phase of pilot training for the US Army Air Corps, later the US Army Air Forces. The BT-15 is a Wright engine powered variant. The designation in US Navy service was SNV (SNV-1 for BT-13A and SNV-2 for BT-13B). Company designation was Vultee V-74.
The Fairchild Republic A-10
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, twin turbofan engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic for the United States Air Force (USAF). Commonly referred to by the nicknames "Warthog" or "Hog", its official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, a World War II fighter-bomber effective at attacking ground targets. The A-10 was designed for close air support(CAS) of friendly ground troops, attacking armored vehicles and tanks, and providing quick-action support against enemy ground forces. It entered service in 1976 and is the only production-built aircraft that has served in the USAF that was designed solely for CAS. Its secondary mission is to provide forward air controller – airborne (FAC-A) support, by directing other aircraft in attacks on ground targets. Aircraft used primarily in this role are designated OA-10.
The A-10 was intended to improve on the performance of the A-1 Skyraider and its lesser firepower. The A-10 was designed around the 30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon. Its airframe was designed for durability, with measures such as 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of titanium armor to protect the cockpit and aircraft systems, enabling it to absorb a significant amount of damage and continue flying. Its short takeoff and landing capability permits operation from airstrips close to the front lines, and its simple design enables maintenance with minimal facilities. The A-10 served in the Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm), the American led intervention against Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, where the A-10 distinguished itself. The A-10 also participated in other conflicts such as in Grenada, the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, and against Islamic State in the Middle East.
The North American Aviation T-6 Texan is an American single-engined advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), United States Navy, Royal Air Force, and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1970s. Designed by North American Aviation, the T-6 is known by a variety of designations depending on the model and operating air force. The United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) and USAAF designated it as the AT-6, the United States Navy the SNJ, and British Commonwealth air forces the Harvard, the name by which it is best known outside the US. Starting in 1948, the new United States Air Force(USAF) designated it the T-6, with the USN following in 1962. It remains a popular warbird aircraft used for airshow demonstrations and static displays. It has also been used many times to simulate various Japanese aircraft, including the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, in movies depicting World War II in the Pacific. A total of 15,495 T-6s of all variants were built.
The C130J is the newest generation of the C-130 Hercules which primarily performs the tactical portion of the airlift mission. The aircraft is capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for air dropping troops and equipment into hostile areas. The C-130 operates throughout the U.S. Air Force, serving with Air Mobility Command (stateside based), Air Force Special Operations Command, theater commands, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command, fulfilling a wide range of operational missions in both peace and war situations. Basic and specialized versions of the aircraft airframe perform a diverse number of roles, including airlift support, Antarctic ice resupply, aeromedical missions, weather reconnaissance, aerial spray missions, fire-fighting duties for the U.S. Forest Service and natural disaster relief missions.
Features: Using its aft loading ramp and door the C-130 can accommodate a wide variety of oversized cargo, including everything from utility helicopters and six-wheeled armored vehicles to standard palletized cargo and military personnel. In an aerial delivery role, it can airdrop loads up to 42,000 pounds or use its high-flotation landing gear to land and deliver cargo on rough, dirt strips.
The C-130J is the latest addition to the C-130 fleet and will replace aging C-130E's. The C-130J incorporates state-of-the-art technology to reduce manpower requirements. Compared to older C-130s, the J-model climbs faster and higher, flies farther at a higher cruise speed, and takes off and lands in a shorter distance. The C-130J-30 is a stretch version, adding 15 feet to the fuselage, increasing usable space in the cargo compartment.
C-130J/J-30 major system improvements include: advanced two-pilot flight station with fully integrated digital avionics; color multifunctional liquid crystal displays and head-up displays; state-of-the-art navigation systems with dual inertial navigation system and global positioning system; fully integrated defensive systems; low-power color radar; digital moving map display; new turboprop engines with six-bladed, all-composite propellers; digital auto pilot; improved fuel, environmental and ice-protection systems; and an enhanced cargo-handling system.
Background: Four decades have elapsed since the Air Force issued its original design specification, yet the remarkable C-130 remains in production. The initial production model was the C-130A, with four Allison T56-A-11 or -9 turboprops.
The latest C-130 to be produced, the C-130J entered the inventory in February 1999. With the noticeable difference of a six-bladed composite propeller coupled to a Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 turboprop engine, the C-130J brings substantial performance improvements over all previous models, and has allowed the introduction of the C-130J-30, a stretch version with a 15-foot fuselage extension.
▪ Power Plant: Four Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turboprops; 4,700 horsepower
▪ Length: 97 feet, 9 inches (29.3 meters)
▪ Height: 38 feet, 10 inches (11. 9 meters)
▪ Wingspan: 132 feet, 7 inches (39.7 meters)
▪ Speed: 417 mph/362 ktas (Mach 0.59) at 22,000 feet (6,706 meters)
▪ Ceiling: 28,000 feet (8,615 meters) with 42,000 pounds (19,090 kilograms) payload
▪ Maximum Takeoff Weight: 155,000 pounds (69,750 kilograms)
▪ Crew: Three (two pilots and loadmaster). Aeromedical Evacuation Role: Minimum medical crew of three is added (one flight nurse and two medical technicians). Medical crew may be increased to two flight nurses and four medical technicians as required by the needs of the patients.
▪ Date Deployed: Feb 1999
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The A-7 Corsair was the staple of the Vietnam War. The attack and light bomber workhorse has carried out combat sorties as recently as Desert Storm. We own 1 fully-restored A-7D cockpit.
There is nothing in the world that can match the experience of piloting a fighter jet. So few people receive the opportunity to fly these magnificent machines; most of us can only dream of the experience. Consider what it would mean to merely sit in the cockpit of a fighter. Then imagine getting into a flight suit, putting on a helmet, adjusting your oxygen mask, getting strapped into an ejection seat and holding the controls. Smell the fuel and oil that past pilots have smelled as they prepared for a mission. Place yourself in their time and space. No conventional aviation museum exists today where you can touch, let alone sit in, the cockpit of a fighter jet and experience this unique aviator feeling.
We have full flight suits, flight jackets, helmets, oxygen masks, G-suits, parachutes and parachute harnesses to be used by the crew managing and displaying the DreamBIG events.
This one-of-a-kind jet cockpit and other Military Fighters are increasingly hard to find. Post-9/11, the government has mandated the destruction of all demilitarized fighter jet aircraft. Private citizens can now only purchase scrap pieces of these magnificent aircraft. Because of this change in government policy, we have virtually no competitors in the market. Today, all flyable F-4’s and A-7’s are now being fitted by the U.S. Air Force with remote control flying devices and are used for ground-to-air and air-to-air missile testing off the Gulf of Mexico near the Florida coast. 2010 (based on unclassified government documents) the Air Force blew over 300 F-4’s out of the sky. This means that even small parts and instruments are no longer available. There are less than 25 flyable A-7's today. (All of which belong to the Hellenic Air Force.)
Stop by the DreamBIG Fighter Cockpit Experience TODAY for your rare opportunity to: Dress as a Fighter Pilot. Then step inside a fully restored Military Fighter Cockpit and EXPERIENCE HISTORY! As a DreamBIG visitor, you’ll receive the opportunity to dawn the gear, which includes (Flight Jacket & Flight Helmet). Then you’ll be able to step inside the Cockpit of an Authentic and Historic War Veteran……. the “A-7 Corsair II”. While there, each visitor then receives a Guided and “Hands-On” Tour.
The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engined, tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter developed by American rotorcraft company Vertoland manufactured by Boeing Vertol (later known as Boeing Rotorcraft Systems). The CH-47 is among the heaviest lifting Western helicopters. Its name, Chinook, is from the Native American Chinook people of modern-day Washington state.
The Chinook was originally designed by Vertol, which had begun work in 1957 on a new tandem-rotor helicopter, designated as the Vertol Model 107 or V-107. Around the same time, the United States Department of the Army announced its intention to replace the piston engine-powered Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave with a new, gas turbine-powered helicopter. During June 1958, the U.S. Army ordered a small number of V-107s from Vertol under the YHC-1A designation; following testing, it came to be considered by some Army officials to be too heavy for the assault missions and too light for transport purposes.
The Chinook possesses several means of loading various cargoes, including multiple doors across the fuselage, a wide loading ramp located at the rear of the fuselage, and a total of three external ventral cargo hooks to carry underslung loads, as well. Capable of a top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h), upon its introduction to service in 1962, the helicopter was considerably faster than contemporary 1960s utility helicopters and attack helicopters, and is still one of the fastest helicopters in the US inventory. Improved and more powerful versions of the Chinook have also been developed since its introduction; one of the most substantial variants to be produced was the CH-47D, which first entered service in 1982; improvements from the CH-47C standard included upgraded engines, composite rotor blades, a redesigned cockpit to reduce workload, improved and redundant electrical systems and avionics, and the adoption of an advanced flight control system. It remains one of the few aircraft to be developed during the early 1960s – along with the fixed-wing Lockheed C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft – that had remained in both production and frontline service for over 50 years.
The Vietnam-era UH-1H helicopters were converted into brand new TH-1H helicopters, seen here in action. The UH-1Hs are stripped down, cleaned and then built back up with brand new structural and dynamic parts, an upgraded engine and a glass cockpit that includes state of the art avionics.
Robins Air Force Base, GA -- An aged UH-1H helicopter whose parts were becoming scarce spurred the Air Force to change its helicopter training mechanism to the TH-1H.
The TH-1H helicopter trainer combines the look of the UH-1H, commonly known as the Huey, with a modern cockpit that brings pilots' training up to date.
In December 2004, modification of the existing UH-1H into the TH-1H configuration began. Lockheed Martin produced the first TH-1H in July 2005, and the trainer immediately underwent tests.
Ms. Jackson said the TH-1H will better prepare student pilots for platforms they'll use in their careers. "It basically offers a seamless transition from the aircraft to what the pilots will be flying in their careers, the CB-22 and any other helicopters out there, like the H-60," she said.
Alfred Woods, a program management support contractor in the 573rd ACSS, said the TH-1H's glass cockpit lines it up with the current platforms the Air Force operates today and prepares student pilots for the future.
As Huey parts become harder to come by, Mr. Woods said moving to a modernized training platform was a necessary action to take. "We were fortunate to modernize an airplane with up-to-date parts so parts can be available to provide more airframe time for the students to bring about an operational environment where they can do what they're paid to do," he said.
"AETC made a wise decision to take an old platform like this Huey and basically run it through a shop and upgrade it," he said. "When this airplane goes back into the shop, they strip everything out and it comes out as a TH-1H. By doing that, we were able to produce an aircraft at about $2.5 million a copy. If we were buying a new helicopter, we'd pay in excess of $15 million to $20 million a copy."
"This has been a very smart move for AETC and it has also been a giant move for the (Warner Robins Air Logistics Center)," he said. "The only other aircraft we've actually taken and rebuilt twice is this airplane and the C-130. The C-130 has proven to be a war horse in the operational environment. The Huey is run along those same lines."
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is an American single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. The P-40 design was a modification of the previous Curtiss P-36 Hawk which reduced development time and enabled a rapid entry into production and operational service. The Warhawk was used by most Allied powers during World War II, and remained in frontline service until the end of the war. It was the third most-produced American fighter of World War II, after the P-51 and P-47; by November 1944, when production of the P-40 ceased, 13,738 had been built, all at Curtiss-Wright Corporation's main production facilities at Buffalo, New York.
P-40 Warhawk was the name the United States Army Air Corps and after June 1941, USAAF-adopted name for all models, making it the official name in the U.S. for all P-40s. The British Commonwealth and Soviet air forces used the name Tomahawk for models equivalent to the P-40B and P-40C, and the name Kittyhawk for models equivalent to the P-40D and all later variants.
P-40s first saw combat with the British Commonwealth squadrons of the Desert Air Force in the Middle East and North African campaigns, during June 1941. No. 112 Squadron Royal Air Force, was among the first to operate Tomahawks in North Africa and the unit was the first Allied military aviation unit to feature the "shark mouth" logo,copying similar markings on some Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 110 twin-engine fighters.
The P-40's lack of a two-speed supercharger made it inferior to Luftwaffe fighters such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109 or the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 in high-altitude combat and it was rarely used in operations in Northwest Europe. However, between 1941 and 1944, the P-40 played a critical role with Allied air forces in three major theaters: North Africa, the Southwest Pacific, and China. It also had a significant role in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Alaska and Italy. The P-40's performance at high altitudes was not as important in those theaters, where it served as an air superiority fighter, bomber escort and fighter-bomber. Although it gained a postwar reputation as a mediocre design, suitable only for close air support, more recent research including scrutiny of the records of individual Allied squadrons indicates that this was not the case: the P-40 performed surprisingly well as an air superiority fighter, at times suffering severe losses, but also inflicting a very heavy toll on enemy aircraft. Based on war-time victory claims, over 200 Allied fighter pilots from 7 different nations (England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, the United States, and the Soviet Union) became aces flying the P-40, with at least 20 double aces mostly in the North Africa, CBI, Pacific and Russian Front theaters. The P-40 offered the additional advantage of low cost, which kept it in production as a ground-attack aircraft long after it was obsolete as a fighter.
T-6A Texan II
The T-6A Texan II is a single-engine, two-seat primary trainer designed to train Joint Primary Pilot Training, or JPPT, students in basic flying skills common to U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots.
Produced by Raytheon Aircraft, the T-6A Texan II is a military trainer version of Raytheon's Beech/Pilatus PC-9 Mk II.
Stepped-tandem seating in the single cockpit places one crewmember in front of the other, with the student and instructor positions being interchangeable. A pilot may also fly the aircraft alone from the front seat. Pilots enter the T-6A cockpit through a side-opening, one-piece canopy that has demonstrated resistance to bird strikes at speeds up to 270 knots.
The T-6A has a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turbo-prop engine that delivers 1,100 horsepower. Because of its excellent thrust-to-weight ratio, the aircraft can perform an initial climb of 3,100 feet (944.8 meters) per minute and can reach 18,000 feet (5,486.4 meters) in less than six minutes.
The aircraft is fully aerobatic and features a pressurized cockpit with an anti-G system, ejection seat and an advanced avionics package with sunlight-readable liquid crystal displays.
On Feb. 5, 1996, Raytheon was awarded the JPATS acquisition and support contracts. The first operational T-6A arrived at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, in May 2000. The full rate production contract was awarded in December 2001. Air Force production of the aircraft was completed in 2010.
The T-6A is used to train JPPT students, providing the basic skills necessary to progress to one of four training tracks: the Air Force bomber-fighter or the Navy strike track, the Air Force airlift-tanker or Navy maritime track, the Air Force or Navy turboprop track and the Air Force-Navy helicopter track.
Instructor pilot training in the T-6A began at Randolph AFB in 2000. JPPT began in October 2001 at Moody AFB, Ga., and is currently at Columbus AFB, Miss., Vance AFB, Okla, and Laughlin AFB and Sheppard AFB in Texas.
Primary Function: Entry-level trainer in joint primary pilot training
Builder: Raytheon Aircraft Co.
Powerplant: 1,100 horsepower Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turbo-prop engine
Wingspan: 33.5 feet (10.19 meters)
Length: 33.4 feet (10.16 meters)
Height: 10.7 feet (3.23 meters)
Speed: 320 miles per hour
Standard Basic Empty Weight: 6,500 pounds (2,955 kilograms)
Ceiling: 31,000 feet (9448.8 meters)
Range: 900 nautical miles (1,667 kilometers)
Crew: Two, student pilot and instructor pilot
Date Deployed: May 2000
Unit Cost: $4.272 million
Inventory: Active force, 446
F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter
The F/A-18 demonstrated its capabilities and versatility during Operation Desert Storm, shooting down enemy fighters and subsequently bombing enemy targets with the same aircraft on the same mission, and breaking all records for tactical aircraft in availability, reliability, and maintainability.
Hornets taking direct hits from surface-to-air missiles, recovering successfully, being repaired quickly, and flying again the next day proved the aircraft's survivability. The F/A-18 is a twin engine, mid-wing, multi-mission tactical aircraft. The F/A-18A and C are single seat aircraft. The F/A-18B and D are dual-seaters. The B model is used primarily for training, while the D model is the current Navy aircraft for attack, tactical air control, forward air control and reconnaissance squadrons. The newest models, the E and F were rolled out at McDonnell Douglas Sept. 17, 1995. The E is a single seat while the F is a two-seater.
The F/A-18 E/F acquisition program was an unparalleled success. The aircraft emerged from Engineering and Manufacturing Development meeting all of its performance requirements on cost, on schedule and 400 pounds under weight. All of this was verified in Operational Verification testing, the final exam, passing with flying colors receiving the highest possible endorsement.
The first operational cruise of Super Hornet, F/A-18 E, was with VFA-115 onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) on July 24, 2002, and saw initial combat action on Nov. 6, 2002, when they participated in a strike on hostile targets in the "no-fly" zone in Iraq.
Super Hornet, flew combat sorties from Abraham Lincoln during Southern Watch, demonstrating reliability and an increased range and payload capability. VFA 115 embarked aboard Lincoln expended twice the amount of bombs as other squadrons in their airwing (with 100% accuracy) and met and exceeded all readiness requirements while on deployment. The Super Hornet cost per flight hour is 40% of the F-14 Tomcat and requires 75% less labor hours per flight hour.
All F/A-18s can be configured quickly to perform either fighter or attack roles or both, through selected use of external equipment to accomplish specific missions. This "force multiplier" capability gives the operational commander more flexibility in employing tactical aircraft in a rapidly changing battle scenario. The fighter missions are primarily fighter escort and fleet air defense; while the attack missions are force projection, interdiction, and close and deep air support.
The F/A-18C and D models are the result of a block upgrade in 1987 incorporating provisions for employing updated missiles and jamming devices against enemy ordnance. C and D models delivered since 1989 also include an improved night attack capability. The E and F models have built on the proven effectiveness of the A through D aircraft. The Super Hornet provides aircrew the capability and performance necessary to face 21st century threats.
The Coast Guard is incrementally upgrading its H-65 series, Dolphin, short range recovery helicopter fleet with new engines, avionics and other capabilities.
Why this program?
The H-65 Dolphin has been in the Coast Guard’s inventory since 1984. Expected to remain in service through 2027, the Coast Guard is upgrading the helicopters with state-of-the-market enhancements that will extend mission capabilities and improve their reliability and maintainability. The conversion and sustainment project adds digital technology, including GPS and inertial navigation, flight control, weather radar and cockpit instruments. Since 2007, the entire fleet has been equipped with new engines that add 40 percent more power and airborne use of force capabilities, redesignating the aircraft MH-65s.
How are the upgrades implemented?
The MH-65 conversion and sustainment project is accomplished in six phases or complementary discrete segments. The Coast Guard upgrades the aircraft at the Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where engineers and technical authorities on the MH-65 product line install, test and evaluate the new equipment. Each segment upgrades and modernizes major components and sub-components and sets a baseline for future upgrades in the helicopters’ mission capabilities. When the final phase of the upgrades is complete, the aircraft will be redesignated as MH-65Es.
P-3C ORION LONG RANGE ASW AIRCRAFT
Four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft.
Originally designed as a land-based, long-range, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) patrol aircraft, the P-3C's mission has evolved in the late 1990s and early 21st century to include surveillance of the battlespace, either at sea or over land. Its long range and long loiter time have proved invaluable.
The P-3C has advanced submarine detection sensors such as directional frequency and ranging (DIFAR) sonobuoys and magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) equipment. The avionics system is integrated by a general purpose digital computer that supports all of the tactical displays, monitors and automatically launches ordnance and provides flight information to the pilots. The P-3C can carry a mixed payload of weapons internally and on wing pylons.
The P-3 Orion has been the Navy’s frontline, land-based maritime patrol aircraft since the 1960s. The most capable Orion version is the P-3C, first delivered to the Navy in 1969.
P-3 mission systems sustainment, necessary to ensure the P-3 remains a viable warfighter until P-8A Poseidon achieves full operational capability (FOC), include acoustic processing upgrades through air acoustic rapid COTS insertion (ARCI) and tech refreshes, mission systems obsolescence management, and the upgrade of P-3 tactical communications and networking through over-the-horizon C4I international marine/maritime satellite (INMARSAT).
T-45A GOSHAWK TRAINING AIRCRAFT
The T-45 Goshawk is a tandem-seat, carrier capable, jet trainer whose mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots.
The T-45 aircraft, the Navy version of the British Aerospace Hawk aircraft, was designed for intermediate and advanced portions of the Navy/Marine Corps pilot training program for jet carrier aviation and tactical strike missions. The T-45 Goshawk replaced the T-2C Buckeye and the TA-4J Skyhawk with an integrated training system that included the aircraft, operations and instrument fighter simulators, academics and training integration system. There were two versions of T-45 aircraft, the T-45A and T-45C derivatives. The T-45A, which became operational in 1991, contained an analog design cockpit and the T-45C was built around a digital cockpit design. All T-45A�s have undergone the Required Avionics Modernization Program (RAMP) bringing all to a T-45C configuration. A Virtual Mission Training System modification that enables training of Undergraduate Military Flight Officers (UMFOs) in radar and navigation skills at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, which replaced the T-39G and T-39N, became fully operational in 2014. Planned future avionics upgrades include Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and Required Navigation Performance/Area Navigation (RNP/RNAV) which will allow the T-45 to meet the FAA�s NextGen airspace requirements resulting in the continued ability to train student naval aviators for the planned life of the aircraft.
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Patuxent River, MD 20670-1547
Primary Function: Training platform for Navy/Marine Corps pilots.
Contractor: Boeing Company.
Date Deployed: First flight, April 1988; Operational, 1991.
Unit Cost: $17.2 million.
Propulsion: Rolls Royce F405-RR-401 turbofan engine with 5,527 pounds thrust.
Length: 39 feet 4 inches (11.98 meters).
Height: 13 feet 6 inches (4.11 meters).
Wingspan: 30 feet 10 inches (9.39 meters).
Weight: Take-off maximum gross, 13,500 pounds (6,075 kg); empty 9,394 pounds (4,261 kg).
Airspeed: 645 miles per hour (1038 km per hour).
Ceiling: 42,500 feet.
Range: 700 nautical miles (805 statute miles, 1288 km).
Crew: Two (instructor pilot, student pilot).
Eighteen HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft are included in the Coast Guard’s medium range surveillance fleet, along with the incoming C-27J Spartans. The fixed-wing, turboprop aircraft has an endurance of more than 10 hours and an extensive sensor capability that helps the Coast Guard fulfill its maritime patrol, drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response, and search and rescue missions more effectively.
The Ocean Sentry is particularly effective at locating objects in large search areas and vectoring other military, government and first responders to these locations. The aircraft has the capability to perform aerial delivery of search and rescue equipment, such as rafts, pumps and flares. Also, with its sophisticated command and control system, it can serve as a platform for an on-scene commander during homeland security missions.
The Ocean Sentry also features a rear ramp that allows crews to quickly reconfigure the aircraft for varied operations, including command and control, medical evacuation or passenger transport.
The Coast Guard is upgrading its HC-144A fleet to improve mission effectiveness and situational awareness through the Ocean Sentry Refresh project. Each aircraft will receive a new cockpit control and display unit, used in flight management as the primary avionics computer for communication control, navigation and equipment monitoring. Upon completion, each aircraft is redesignated as an HC-144B.
The service is also integrating the Navy’s Minotaur mission system architecture across its fixed-wing aircraft fleet. The Minotaur integration process for the prototype HC-144B began at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, in July 2016.
Length: 70 feet 2 inches
Wing Span: 84 feet 8 inches
Height: 26 feet 10 inches
Maximum Weight: 36,380 pounds
Cruise Speed: 215 knots true airspeed
Range: 2,100 nautical miles
Endurance: 10+ hours
Standardized Minotaur mission system across all Coast Guard fixed-wing aircraft (under development)
Glass cockpit instrument panel, autopilot and avionics suite
Multimode search radar and electro-optical/infrared sensors
Mission data recording and a first responder/law enforcement and maritime communications suite
Airborne Automatic Identification System
Secure and nonsecure voice and data using satellite communications
The BLACK HAWK multirole helicopter serves with the U.S. military and the armed forces of 28 other countries worldwide as a tough, reliable utility helicopter.
During the last 40 years, this remarkable aircraft has fought its way in and out of countless combat zones to deliver and extract troops, save lives as a MEDEVAC or casualty evacuation platform, provide critical supplies to troops, deliver emergency supplies during natural disasters, and perform as an aerial firefighter and border patroller.
Now the modern variant of this utility aircraft is taking on a new mission set — as an Armed Helicopter to provide fire suppression when supporting ground troops, as well as armed escort. With digital avionics, powerful GE engines, high strength airframe structures and composite wide chord rotor blades, today’s BLACK HAWK platform has better survivability and situational awareness, and can fly higher and carry more than its predecessors ever did.
More than 4,000 BLACK HAWK aircraft of all types are in service worldwide today. The U.S. Army is the largest operator with 2,135 H-60 designated aircraft. The same aircraft sold internationally direct from Sikorsky acquires the S-70 designation.
All images are representative of aircraft type and may not be the actual aircraft at the Stuart Air Show.