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Aviation Nation at Nellis Air Force Base 2007

Sixty years ago, on September 18th, the National Security Act of 1947 set a military revolution in motion and established the United States Air Force as a separate service of the Armed Forces.  Nellis Air Force Base located just outside of Las Vegas Nevada, hosted the Heritage to Horizons air show, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the USAF.  Held during the weekend of November 10-11th, 2007, this was the last stop across the U.S. of six cities that were chosen to help officially celebrate the formation of the U.S. Air Force in 1947.  The air show started at 8:00 a.m. each morning, and closed with a demo by an F-117 Nighthawk each evening around 4:30 p.m (sunset).  The pictures below are a small sampling of the aircraft that were in attendance and/or participated in the show.  The Air Force's F-15 Eagles were grounded at the time due to cracks in their airframes, and a pair of CV-22 Ospreys that arrived prior to the show, were apparently also grounded due to an engine fire on another CV-22 in the fleet. Some of these pictures were taken during arrivals on Thursday or Friday before the actual air show.  The show opened with a pair of replica WWI aircraft, followed by WWII air battle reenactments and proceeded through Korea and Vietnam.  Although the USAF Thunderbirds concluded thier annual show here at their home base, the F-22 Raptor stole the show for many, displaying flight characterisics that had never been seen before by most of the local air show spectators.  

For a full report on this show, see our next Touch & Go newsletter, Vol.3,  No. 1 (to be mailed in Jan. '08), by Paul Schwafel (SAH 155).

There is text attached to all the photographs.

All photographs (digital - Canon 20D & 30D) were taken by Roger Cain (SAH 2).

These photographs posted on 12-18-07

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