McGuire 2007Back to Country
Date: 13 May 2007
Static: 81-0960/CT, 82-0646/CT A-10A 118th FS CT ANG 60-0056/MT B-52H 23rd BS 84-0061 C-5B 436th AW 85-0032 KC-10A 32nd ARS 04-4130 C-17A 6th AS 84-0103/CT C-21A 103rd OG 84-0119 C-21A 458th AS 58-0087 KC-135E 108th ARW NJ ANG 90-0228/SJ F-15E 333rd FS 85-1457/AC F-16C 119th FS NJ ANG 02-4034/TY F-22A 43rd FS 91-0099/CB T-1A 99th FTS 57-2258/CB T-37B 37th FTS/41st FTS 79-23290 UH-60A 2-104th AVN PA ARNG 162886/AJ-400 F/A-18A VFA-87 165603/A-161 T-45C VT-9 N45CG C-45H Ashworth, USMC c/s N500EJ C-54E ex 44-09144 N611H Navion A private, USAF c/s N715DT Ce305A as OE-1 36889/VS N740RB "41-1456" P-40N ex 44-7368 NL751RB "44-13903" P-51D ex 44-74453 N3703G "124485/DF-A" B-17G ex 44-83646 NL2825B RB-25 ex 40-2168 N9586Z TBM-3E ex Bu85886 N46336 "432716/S-36" S-1B1 Comm. Air Force NC47024 Beech C17B private NC49152 O-58B ex 42-36216 N53292 D75N1 Leestown Aviation N65491 T-28B ex Bu138245 The Stearman, P-40 and P-51 were towed to the flight line and departed in the afternoon. Flightlines: 80-0194/FT OA-10A 23rd FG "23FG" * 82-0660/FT A-10A 75th FS 74-1626/AF309/HD QF-4E 82nd ATRS * 166623/AA-270 F/A-18F VFA-11* 166658/AD-216 F/A-18F VFA-106 N21YK Yak-52 private N51JB P-51D ex 44-73029 * NX52XS Yak-52W 2nd Delaware Corp N68PW * EA300/S P Wagstaff Airshows N89PS Aviat S-2C Air Force Reserve * N102YK Yak-52 Hammerhead Ent. N310JH AT-6C ex 42-4224 N21740, N91811 CJ-6A Michael Aviation The Geico Skytypers (see www.skytyping.com for info) flew with SNJ-2s N65370 #1, N60734 #2, N52900 #3, N62382 #4, N52033 #6 and AT-6 N58224 #5. The Thunderbirds were present with #1, 2, 3, 5, 6 + spare one without number (but with #7 on the inlet cover) all F-16Cs and two F-16Ds: #4 and one more spare without number (but #8 on the inlet cover). #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 flew the demo. P-51D N51JB was the lead plane in the Heritage Flight with OA-10A 80-0194/FT and QF 4E 74 1626/HD on its wings. Elsewhere: 85-0028 KC-10A 32nd ARS * 04-4135 C-17A 6th AS * 85-01607 C-31A Golden Knights * 57-2602 KC-135E 108th ARW NJ ANG Plus more than ten unidentified ANG KC-135s on the ramp across the runway. Flying only: 85-0830/HO F-117A 9th FS The 305th Air Mobility Wing proudly hosted the 2007 Air Expo on May 12-13 at McGuire AFB in Wrightstown (NJ). The above report is based on a visit on Sunday the 13th only, with clear sunny skies; Saturday the weather was pretty much overcast all day. The enormous ramp used for the static was quite empty, with only one (US Army) helicopter, no USCG, no USMC, no C-130 and so on. That said the Thunderbirds have improved a great deal since the last time I have seen them. This year the leader of the Thunderbirds Lt Col Kevin J Robbins has not one but two women in his team. Second season Maj Nicole Malachowski (#3 Right Wing, the former 494th FS Strike Eagle pilot from Las Vegas) has been joined by Maj Samantha Weeks (#6 Opposing Solo). The demo itself, indeed compared to the Blue Angels seen a couple of weeks earlier, was more than ok. Unfortunately, during the enjoyable good show it ended all a bit too quickly in the final break and landing. However, they are certainly something to look forward to in Europe this season.