Nellis Air Force Base Hosts Aviation Air & Space Show


By Cheri Fisher, Photos by Su Phelps 

The 2017 Air Show was the celebration of the 70th birthday of the United States Air Force.  The Air show was November 10th-12th, and was three days of planes, helicopters, and jets of all types.  The main attraction was the fabulous Thunderbirds which celebrated with a great show like always.

The Russian MI24D Attack helicopter, retired from the Bulgarian air force, is based out of Lancaster, Texas was quite the sight.  We got a chance to talk to the Pilots Jeff Stayton and John Totty who explained that the aircraft is privately owned and flies out of the cold war air museum, it is used for training other pilots and mechanics so they can safely use it in other nations and also knows what other countries might be flying.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, under the command of Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt who is the 57th Wing Commander is the first female fighter piolet. Since 1993, she has paved the way in the US Air Force and is a great example of an Airman. The Air Force F-16’s are combat aircraft with small modifications, but the Air Force squadron are exceptional individuals that train vigorously and the teamwork allows them to accomplish much more than the sum of the parts. The team live up to the motto “FLY, FIGHT, AND WIN!”