• Frank Visser

2018 Luke Air Show

Updated: Nov 4, 2018


On March 17 and 18 Luke Air Force Base opened its gates for the public. Titled “The Future of Airpower,” the air show included a static and flying display with this year's highlight the US Navy's Blue Angels. Frank Visser visited the air show.


Static display impression:



AFRC HH-60G 305th RQS Davis Monthan AFB.

ACC T-38A 99st RS Beale AFB.

B-25J Mitchell "Maid in the shade".

The flying display:

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Volunteers from the Commemorative Air Force stage a simulation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The re-creation features vintage Japanese fighter planes and bombers flying in formation along with explosions and pyrotechnics.



Canadair CT-133 Silver Star.


Waco ATO. This airplane was a classic 1929 Taperwing with jet engine mounted underneath the fuselage.

Blue Angels

The U.S. Navy’s premier flight-demonstration team was the highlight on both days of the show. The precision maneuvers of the Blue Angels are always a crowd favorite and have been featured in air shows throughout the world.



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