BZs Nellis 2010 - Warbirds

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Aviation Nation had a surprisingly nice assortment of warbirds flying demos. Favorites include P-51s, B-25s, P-40, F-86, CJs, PT-17, PT-22, T-6, T-34, and T-28s.
- Bernard Zee

The F-86 Sabre jet is perhaps best known for its role during the Korean War, where it fought Mig-15s for control of the skies.

The P-40 Warhawk symbolized the early WWII U.S. fighter aircraft, where it flew with distinction in China, Middle East, and the Pacific.

Perhaps most famously used by the Flying Tigers, the P-40 had good success against more manueverable Japanese fighters when proper tactics (which highlighted the planes' strenghts, and minimized its weaknesses) were used.

The combat record of the Flying Tigers were 297 enemy aircraft destroyed, and 4 P-40s lost in combat. Pretty impressive by any standards!

Next up are a pair of P-51 Mustangs. The Mustang really helped to turn the tide of the air war in early 1944. A long range fighter with excellent performance and firepower, the Mustang had the biggest impact over Western Europe.

The shark mouth noseart is pratically a trademark of the P-40.

Here are the P-51s, P-40, and F-86 flying in an unusual formation.

The planes breaking formation.

The Sabre in a steep climb.

Another picture of the F-86, this time after the Heritage flight. The F-22 Raptor and F-4 Phatom can be seen trailing behind it as they taxi past the crowd.

That looks like Steve Hinton piloting the F-86!

The noisy Cyclone engine of the B-25 bleching smoke as it starts up.

The B-25 Heavenly Body making its way from the hot ramp.

The B-25 is a loud plane, and the sounds from its twin raidal engines are hard to miss!

The other side of 'Heavenly Body'.

This is a CJ-6 Nanchang, which is a basic trainer used by the Chinese Air Force.

CJs have become somewhat popular due to the inexpensive price and sturdy construction.

Had to include another shot of the B-25 since the Stratosphere tower (downtown Las Vegas) can be seen behind it.

Looks like hard work to turn those propellers!

Here are the CJs taking off.

Flying in formation.


A T-34 Mentor takes off with a Stearman (in the background)

Followed by a pair of T-28 Trojans.

A closer look at one of the CJs.

This odd looking plane is a PT-22 Recruit, which was the first U.S. military monoplane trainer.

The T-28 Trojan was used as a trainer during the 50s. It also saw service during the Vietnam war as a Counter-Insurgency (COIN) aircraft.

The T-6 Texan was also known as AT-6, SNJ, or Harvard - depending on who was using it. They were used as trainers during WWII and into the 50s.

A nice view of the PT-17, better known as the Stearman.

The tiny Recruit sharing the frame with the gigantic C-17 Globemaster.

Stearman taxiing.

Front view of the Recruit, with the Thunderbirds, and KC-135 behind it.

Trojan passing in review.

Next up was the B-25 Doolittle Raid reenactment. This is Executive Sweet taking to the skies.

Followed by Heavenly Body. Love this shot with the mountains!

Flying off the deck of USS Hornet, the Doolittle raid consisted of 16 B-25 bombers which directly attacked mainland Japan in retaliation for Pearl Harbor.

The reenactment provided some very fine pyro displays!

The raid provided a much needed morale boost to the U.S., and causing Japan to withdraw a sizeable portion of its carriers to defend the home islands. What is not so well known is the massacre of a quarter million Chinese civilians by the Japanese for assisting the Doolittle Raiders.

The pair of B-25s flew some very nice looking passes for the show.

More pyro!

Back on the ground.

Parting shot of Executive Sweet in the evening light.

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