Aviation Nation 2009 - Nellis AFB - Pictures

Unread postPosted: 19 Dec 2009, 08:21
by parrothead
I don't quite know where to put this as it's pretty heavy in the military aircraft department, but there's quite a bit of civil aviation in it as well. I figure this section of the forum will work OK for these pics :)

Aviation Nation 2009 was a pretty cool deal and I made sure to take plenty of pictures while I was there :wink: I haven't seen very many other pics from this airshow, so here's a few for everyone who couldn't make it this year 8) If you like these, there's more over on my blog - just go to the address in my sig line :)

Make sure to click 'em for full size :D

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Cessna 0-2 Skymaster - For sale for just under $100,000

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Hangin' out with Bill Reesman - what a great guy :mrgreen:

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Classy - gotta love the Mustang :D

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The A-10 Warthog - Because you care enough to send the very best :twisted:

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I think I might be shot if I didn't post at least one Raptor pic :P

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Spooky is one good reason to be afraid of the dark!

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Stearmans!!! The closest aircraft was actually used to train the Tuskegee Airmen in WWII :)

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Here's a Ryan ST3KR from the Golden Age of aviation 8)

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15 November 2009 - SRA Kevin Reid helps to put warheads on Taliban foreheads all the way from Nevada :thumb:

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Yes, it flew for the crowd :D Gotta love the mighty P-38 - the only aircraft ever to score an aerial victory while in the glide mode thanks to Robin Olds 8)

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These T-33s also flew for the crowd. I still can't quite put my finger on why I love T-Birds, but I just think they're way too cool :)

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Of course, there had to be at least one MiG-15 on display :P

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This is one of the ones I thought TC might like :wink:

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And the Osprey even made the trip for a Sunday static display :)

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The song might say that seasons don't fear the Reaper, but I think we can all agree that the Taliban fears this Reaper :twisted:

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The USCG sure does love fluorescent, nearly radioactive orange, don't they :shock: ?

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F-16 86-0315 on static display at the end of the day - I had to have at least one F-16 pic :wink:

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I thought this was a pretty cool pic of an EC-135 8)

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The Thunderbirds high alpha pass :thumb:

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Bill Reesman's MiG-17F in the hot pit

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This is a really big pic when you click on it - gotta love the C-17!

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Another big pic here - Somehow I think I hear Dos Gringos calling out something like "Darkstar, Judy Judy - I'm goin' in for guns!!!"

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Getting into the film pics (yes, I still use film :shock: ), here's a couple of the C-17 demo for TC 8)

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OK, is anyone really surprised I'd take another picture of the Thunderbirds :lol: ?

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There will be more pictures of this A-10 demo once the film gets developed, but I thought these two were pretty cool 8)

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Experiencing the sight, sound, and fury of an F-4 Phantom was a rare treat that I felt lucky to enjoy :thumb:

Here's hoping y'all liked the pics :)

RE: Aviation Nation 2009 - Nellis AFB - Pictures

Unread postPosted: 19 Dec 2009, 22:37
by LinkF16SimDude
I should have known they'd start putting pilot and crewdog names on the UAVs. :)

RE: Aviation Nation 2009 - Nellis AFB - Pictures

Unread postPosted: 20 Dec 2009, 06:38
by Habu
Diggin the Predator and Reaper pics. I'll be flying those soon!

Unread postPosted: 20 Dec 2009, 09:47
by parrothead
Thanks, Habu, and congrats on the position :D I only have one other decent pic of a UAS, so I figured I'd share it here as you guys both like 'em so much :)

Link, I hadn't thought about that, but it makes sense :wink:

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I'll remember to get a few more pics of those the next time I'm at the airshow 8)

Unread postPosted: 20 Dec 2009, 17:00
by StolichnayaStrafer
Hey parrothead, thanks very much for taking the pics and sharing with us(especially the two MiGs :wink: )!

Bravo!!!:applause:

Unread postPosted: 20 Dec 2009, 20:33
by parrothead
Thanks Stoly :D

Here's a few for you from my last trip to Nellis on 30 November :) My brother is retired USCG and was kind enough to get me on base for a bit and I managed to get some more pics of Eastern Block Cold War hardware :wink:

Yes, these are clickable for full size as well 8)

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MiG-19 Fulcrum and the tail of a MiG-23 Flogger inside the Threat Training Facility at Nellis AFB

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MiG-17 Fresco outside the Threat Training Facility at Nellis AFB

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MiG-29 Fulcrum in East German colors on Nellis AFB

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SU-7 Fitter outside the Threat Training Facility at Nellis AFB

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MiG-21 Fishbed on Nellis AFB

And yes, I also got a couple of pics of missiles, too :wink:

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SA-2 Guideline surface to air missile outside the Threat Training Facility at Nellis AFB

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SA-3 Goa surface to air missiles mounted on a ZIL-157 - I've always loved this unit for its "old fashioned" looks.

Here's hoping you liked these as well :wink:

Unread postPosted: 20 Dec 2009, 21:20
by StolichnayaStrafer
Wow... I am so jealous, you've been to Paradise and got the nickel tour. :cry:

Those are SO cool, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for an early birthday present(47 on 12/23)!!!

I shall certainly toast you with some Russian Standard on wednesday!!!

To parrothead! :cheers:

Unread postPosted: 20 Dec 2009, 22:02
by parrothead
StolichnayaStrafer wrote:Wow... I am so jealous, you've been to Paradise and got the nickel tour. :cry:

Those are SO cool, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for an early birthday present(47 on 12/23)!!!

I shall certainly toast you with some Russian Standard on wednesday!!!

To parrothead! :cheers:


Thanks and Happy Early Birthday :cheers:

If you liked those, you should also check out the pics from the first time I got to go there thanks to Mark :) That was way back in 2007 :shock:

Unread postPosted: 21 Dec 2009, 00:05
by Habu
Haha, those good ol Zils. We had to ID a bunch of them in imagery class.

Unread postPosted: 21 Dec 2009, 09:03
by JoeSambor
Geez, I remember the day when if you talked about what was inside the Threat Training Facility, you would be court-martialed. Times sure have changed since the end of the Cold War....

Best Regards,

Unread postPosted: 23 Dec 2009, 20:35
by parrothead
How true, Joe. Heck there's civilians flying Flankers in the U.S. :shock:

Unread postPosted: 16 Feb 2010, 13:26
by Elliboom
JoeSambor wrote:Geez, I remember the day when if you talked about what was inside the Threat Training Facility, you would be court-martialed. Times sure have changed since the end of the Cold War....

Best Regards,


I was just thinking the same thing. First time I went through the "petting zoo" we were warned of all the horrible things that would happen to us if we spoke of what was inside. I guess since Goole Maps now lets you zoom in enough to see what's inside it doesn't really matter anymore.

Re: RE: Aviation Nation 2009 - Nellis AFB - Pictures

Unread postPosted: 16 Feb 2010, 15:18
by Bodizzle
LinkF16SimDude wrote:I should have known they'd start putting pilot and crewdog names on the UAVs. :)


They need to remove the "pilot" name, never has the moniker "stick actuator" been more accurate.