(Reading time: 2 - 4 minutes)

User Rating: 0 / 5

Please rate this article:
0 of 5 - 0 votes
Thank you for rating this article.

 Where? NAS Oceana, VA - USA
When? 24-26/09/2004

After the retirement of the Starfighter (see Pratica di Mare Airshow) one jet still to see was highon my list: the Gruman F-14 Tomcat, the last of the big fighters. When they have disappeard from the aircraft carriers in the Pacific and will see their end within the next few years my goal was clear:Oceana, located on the eastcoast of the USA,about a 4h drive south of Washington DC.

 Oceana, together with theneigbouring Norfolk, is the main base of the Atlantic fleet and also home of Tomcat now.End of September the annual airshow was held, this year the theme was "Pursuit of Liberty". Indeed the entrance was free, but I can assure that my credit suffered quite a bit in the souvenir alley where I was snapping for Tomcat patches, T-Shirts... like a lot more other people as well.

 As usual on big American shows the static display was wide and really accessible, which can sometimes be quite frustrating for the photographer. The static was really interesting with all the different Navy jets, but with the Norfolk base nearby I did miss a DC-9 and a C-2 Greyhound which would have been nice in the static display. Also no colourful F/A-18 of VFC-12 "Fighting Omars" could be seen on the ramp though they are based at Oceana. But well, do not worry, there have been 3 Tomcats, a rare OV-10A and a lot of other interesting aircraft in the static display. And no F-16, which was quite a surprise.
mospagebreak title=F-14_Tomcats}

F-14 Tomcats - Airpower Demo & Solo Display

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

  The flight display had to suffer from the cancelation of the Blue Angels due to devastating hurricanes around their homebase Pensacola, but the organizer managed to fill this gap and I have had the impression that they did let the Tomcats fly more often :). Most impressive was the Airpower Demo including 6 Tomcats and 4 Hornets that 'attacked' the airfield with a lot of pyro involved. But most pleasing for the crowd were the high speed photo passes by the Tomcats. The Tomcat flight display was also remarkable, and has unfortunately the last F-14 solo display at Oceana as there will be no more display after the disbandment of VF-101 next year. Another highlight for the crowd was the first Super Hornet in the skys over Oceana. It impressed with its high maneuverability compared to the Tomcat. For the rest of the show it will be better for you to check out all the photos, I have selected more than 180 this time, and enjoy them.
Ocena Airshow was a good possibility to say good-bye to the 'Cat, one of the most remarkable and impressive fighters. If you haven't been there yet, look out for next year's show, there will still be some F-14s around in the air!{

 

F/A-18 Hornets

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

E-2C Hawkeye

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

F/A-18F Super Hornet

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

SAR SH-3C Sea King

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

 


 

Canadian CF-188 Hornet

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

A-10A Thunderbolt II

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

F-15C East Coast Demo Team

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

B-2 Spirit

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

T-6 Texan

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

 

Navy Legacy Flight

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

Air Force Legacy Flight

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

F-86

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

T-28 Trojan

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

Warbirds

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

{mospagebreak type=Aerobatics}

Skytypers

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

Aerobatics

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

 

Statics

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

recently published

Bell Cobra Flight

(Reading time: 2 - 4 minutes)

Bell P-39 P-63 Cobras air-air at EAA Airventure Oshkosh
Where? Oshkosh, WI, USA
When?July 2017

EAA Airventure at Oshkosh in 2017 saw a rare gathering of Bell Aircraft Cobras. Three P-63 Kingcobras and a P-39 Airacobra attended the ‘World’s greatest Aviation Celebration’, amongst them all Cobras belonging to the Commemorative Air Force (CAF): the P-39Q of the Central Texas Wing, the world’s sole flying P-63F of the “P-63 Sponsor Group” and the most recent addition, the P-63A of the Dixie Wing from Peachtree City, Georgia.

Read more ...

more Airshows

F-4F Phantom Pharewell

(Reading time: 2 - 4 minutes)

Luftwaffe Phantom Pharewell
Where? Wittmund, Germany
When? 28-29/06/2013

The sky was crying tears for the Phantom Pharewell event at Wittmund airbase. With initially nearly winter weather the last week-end in June was the date for the officially last days of Luftwaffe F-4F Phantom operations and celebrated with an Open Doors day.

Read more ...

more Air-Air

Yak-3U in the snow

(Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes)

Yak-3U D-FLAK

Yak-3U D-FLAK

Besides the Yak-3 D-FJAK of Achim and Elmar Meier the D-FLAK of Maxi Gainza is the second Russian warbrid that has been based at Freiburg, right in the middle between the Black Forrest and the river Rhein. The D-FLAK, as the Yak-3U (c/n 0470202) is registered in Germany, is also a equipped with a powerfull Allsion V-1710 V-12 engine, but offers in contrast to the one with the red cowling a second seat behind the pilot, who also has complete flight controls available.

Read more ...

Twitter feed

My Warbird Book

photos on www.airfighters.com