Author: Rob Edgcumbe

Exercises and Deployments- Red Flag 17-1

The annual series of exercises that is Red Flag got underway at Nellis AFB at the end of January 2017 with Red Flag 17-1. Global Aviation Resource again paid a visit to Nevada to see what was underway in the latest iteration of the exercise. Paul Dunn and Rob Edgcumbe were there (additional images from Tom Gibbons). 2017 is another year with four Red Flag exercises taking place at Nellis AFB. As has been the case in recent years, the different exercises have a different focus depending on missions and attendees. RF17-1 involved the US forces alongside contributions from...

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Airshows – Fleet Week 2016

Each autumn, San Francisco celebrates its naval heritage and the current naval operations of the US Navy and its allies.  Fleet Week culminates in a large air show held over the bay.  Rob Edgcumbe went along for GAR to see what the 2016 version of Fleet Week had on offer. Fleet Week is about a lot more than just an air show.  It is a Week of naval related events in the city of San Francisco.  While the US Navy doesn’t have the large presence it used to have in San Francisco Bay, there is still a strong connection...

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Airshows – California Capital Airshow 2016

Once a Strategic Air Command bomber base, Mather Field is now used by a combination of corporate, freight and military operators.  Each autumn, it also becomes the venue for the California Capital Airshow.  This year Rob Edgcumbe made his first visit to report for GAR. Mather Field is a big place to visit.  Its days as a base for squadrons of B-52 bombers mean it has an excess of ramp space and this provides a lot of options for an airshow organizer.  It can accommodate a wide variety of visiting aircraft and the organizers of this year’s show did...

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