B-52 Stratofortress The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, nicknamed BUFF, has been in operational service since 1955 (across several models) and could be in service beyond 2040. It provides the United States with a nuclear and conventional global strike capability. Boeing built 744 B-52s between 1952 and 1962 with over 70 still in service. It’s capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds of weapons with a typical combat range of more than 8,800 miles without aerial refueling. This image was captured at the Oshkosh air show last week.
B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber This B-2, named the Spirit of Arizona, did several flybys at Oshkosh on Saturday during the air show. The B-2 is very stealthy which enables it to penetrate sophisticated anti-aircraft defenses. To evade detection systems, it has reduced acoustic, visual, infrared, and radar signatures. Even at the air show, it was hard to see even a few miles away. It’s very quiet when flying inbound and really very little noise while flying away. The B-2 can carry 40,000 lb of ordnance; both conventional and nuclear. With a range of over 6000 nautical miles and the ability for mid-air refueling, it can be quickly deployed anywhere on the planet and with only a crew of two.
Stars & Stripes @ Oshkosh Today’s air show started as always with the national anthem and highlighted with the Patriot Parachute Demo Team. This display of our flag is one of the most unique I’ve ever seen; very nicely done.
Piper J-3 Cub on Floats Landing Although the Seaplane Base at Oshkosh offers a quieter more relaxed atmosphere, it’s still pretty busy with both production and homebuilt floatplanes. This image captures the moment before the J-3 splashes down. And yes, he’s going to splash down on the right float first.
A-10 Warthog The mean machine; the A-10 arrived at Oshkosh. The A-10 Warthog is primarily a low-altitude, close air support aircraft best known for its nose mounted 30mm gatling gun designed to fire armor-piercing depleted uranium and high explosive incendiary rounds. Its single-seat cockpit forward of the wings with a large bubble canopy provides the pilot with all-around vision. The pilot and part of the flight-control system are protected by titanium armor while manual systems back up their hydraulic flight-control systems. The self-sealing fuel tanks also have internal and external foam protection.
Proteus Oshkosh attracts many types of aircraft not seen at your local airport. Meet Proteus, a Scaled Composite’s, tandem-wing, twin-engine aircraft designed by famed aircraft designer Burt Rutan. It’s named after the Greek mythological god Proteus because it can be reconfigured to carry out a variety of missions requiring high-altitude, long-duration flights.
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Newest, best planes find their way to Oshkosh. The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation single-seat, single engine, multi-mission fighter; combining advanced stealth technology with fighter speed and agility. When operational, it may replace several current fighters.
Rockwell B-1B Lancer The highlight of opening day at Oshkosh was the arrival of the B-1B Lancer, a supersonic long range, heavy bomber nicknamed “the Bone”. It’s one of the three strategic bombers in the US fleet along with the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber and the B-52 Stratofortress. The B1-B can carry the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons of all America’s long-range bombers and can deliver those weapons against any adversary, anywhere in the world, at any time.