There were more military aircraft than normal displayed at Oshkosh this year. Some performed in the air, many more were parked as static displays on the grounds. After a strangely quiet year at airshows that were presented in the fly-by format instead of the traditional air-and-ground displays, many air crewmembers were present to discuss their careers and missions with the many “avgeeks” at the show.
Here is a broad review of what were there in 2021.
Believe it of not, the active military support for the show was as heavy as any air show seen this year. We can’t wait to see what’s going to attend next year… the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force!
A-10 Thunderbolts from Fort Wayne, Indiana – including the 100th Anniversary Blacksnake jet!
The German Air Force provided an A-400M as part of the military humanitarian (airlifter) aircraft assembled this year.
OK, while not exactly in an airframe, the U.S. Air Force’s Special Operations Command para-commandos did represent military aviation.
As seen in a feature earlier this month, Air Force Special Operations CV-22s were in the air a lot during the latter part of the week.
Air National Guard F-15Cs from New Orleans and F-15E Strike Eagles from Seymour-Johnson AFB were present.
The Wisconsin Air National Guard displayed one of their F-16Cs and the USAF Demo team displayed their Viper designed F-16C too.
The U.S. Navy Super Hornet Demo Team was on display, and an F/A-18F from the VX-9 Vampires also attended.
Also present were a number of EF-18G Growlers from the Pacific Demo Team and VX-9 too. The Growler Pair made loads of noise and vapor in the air!
U.S. Air Force Heritage Flights included the F-16 Demo team’s Viper and warbird fighters, while the U. S. Navy’s Legacy Flights included Growlers Super Hornets and Corsairs.
Other assorted military aircraft included the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command aircraft and a pair of U. S. Navy T-6B Texans.
Rotary-winged atteactions included UH-60 Blackhawks, an AH-64E Apache and a rare MH-47G Chinook Special Operations heavylift helicopter.
Transports included Air National Guard C-17 from Pittsburgh, Wisconsin KC-135s, and other USAF Special Operations aircraft
A final, super rare twin-seat Lockheed TU-2S made a few fly-bys on the Wednesday of the show… you never know what special aircraft will show up during an event here in Oshkosh!