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Date of visit:
May 7, 2000

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 Location of Holloman Air Show 2000 ...
 

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Visit Highlights:
 Very popular
 30,000 attendance
 Free entry
 Bring sunglasses
 Bring sunblock SPF30
 Bring camera
 View aircraft close-up
 Tour inside planes
 Great air displays
 Tora, Tora, Tora
 Vintage WWII planes
 Stealth bombers
 Fighter planes
 A-10 Tank Killer

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ADVISORY!

This site and this particular page is not connected to, nor does it endorse or promote, the Holloman AFB, NM Airshow. The contents of this page, including all aircraft images, are the personal recollections of one visitor's attendance at the Holloman 2000 Airshow. If you have reached this page searching for information on the Holloman 2002 Airshow, please click on the image below and you will be redirected to the official site.

Holloman 2002 Airshow
http://www.holloman.af.mil/airshow/index.htm

Holloman Air Show 2000
Holloman Air Show 2000
Air Show 2000
The theme of the year 2000 show is the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War. The theme coincides with a Department of Defense-wide observance of the impact US servicemen and women had in the Korean War, and the support and sacrifice of family and friends back home.
In conjunction with the theme, the Air Show's slogan is "Remember Our Heritage" ... "continue the Legacy." This reminds us of the foundation of how the United States Air Force became the best in the world, and the call upon us as a nation to ensure we have a strong and vital force for our nation's future needs.
Logo reveals past, present, future
Air Show 2000 Logo
Air Show 2000 logo
As diverse as the missions at Holloman, so is the logo chosen for the base's Air Show 2000.

Developed by Bill Dunlap, 49th Services Squadron, with input by many individuals, the logo encompasses three basic themes: the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Korean War (Air Show 2000's theme), Air Force missions of yesterday and today, and community support throughout New Mexico.

The logo is centered around the commemorative emblem. From 2000 to 2003, the Department of Defense is remembering the sacrifice of servicemen and women and their families who fought through the challenges of the Korean War. This also goes along with the 49th Fighter Wing's involvement in the conflict, starting in 1950, flying the highlighted F-80 "Shooting Star," remembering the heritage of all who have served in the military.

To continue the legacy, we've highlighted Air Force capabilities in 2000, represented by Holloman's own F-117A Stealth Fighter, the Nighthawk. It demonstrates the Air Force's exploitation of new technologies and using those technologies to provide a powerful punch against any adversary.

The logo is brought together with the zia symbol, representing the wonderful support the base and Air Force receives from the local and regional communities, New Mexico and the American public.

Site Gallery - Air Show Ground Display
 
 
F-15
F15 Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Air Superiority
921 mph
60,000 feet
2,878 miles
 
 
F-16
F16 Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Fighter
1,300 mph
60,000 feet
1,300 miles
 
 
F-15E
F15-E Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
2 Seat Attack Fighter
900 mph+
60,000 feet
2,800 miles+
 
 
EA-6B
EA-6B Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
4-Seat Carrier-Borne
817 mph
41,000 feet
2,022 miles
 
 
T-1A
T-1A Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Transport Trainer
n/a
n/a
n/a
 
 
T-37B
T-37B Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Trainer
n/a
n/a
n/a
 
 
T-28
T-28 Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Two Place Trainer
410 mph
38,000 feet
780 miles
 
 
F/A-18
F/A-18 Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Fighter/Attack Aircraft
Mach 1.8+
50,000 feet
2,071 miles
 
 
C-17
C-17 Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Long Range Airlift
Mach 0.77
n/a
2,400 miles
 
 
C-5
C-5 Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Heavy Transport
571 mph
41,000 feet
7,340 miles
 
 
B-1
B-1 Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Long Range Bomber
800 mph
50,000 feet
6,100 miles
 
 
B-2
B-2 Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Long Range Bomber
High Subsonic
50,000 feet
6,600 NM + unrefueled
 
 
R4D
R4D Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Anti-Submarine Patrol
255 mph
20,000 feet+
1,200 miles
 
 
T33
T33 Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Mission Support
540 mph
47,000 feet
700 miles
 
 
A-10
A-10 Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Close Air Support
360 mph
39,000 feet
600 miles
 
 
P-51
P-51 Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Pursuit Fighter
437 mph
41,000 feet
1,000 miles
 
 
F-4U
F4U Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
General Fighter
472 mph
41,000 feet
1,036 - 1,515 miles
 
 
P-63
P-63 Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Fighter Trainer
408 mph
41,000 feet
450 miles
 
 
QF-4
QF-4 Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
R &D
1,400 mph
59,600 feet
1,750 miles
 
 
T-38
TEG T-38 Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
TEG, Safety Chase
1.2 mach
45,000 feet
750 miles
 
 
F-4
F-4 Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
All Weather Fighter
1,326 mph
60,000 feet
1,750 miles
 
 
MRCA
MRCA Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Fighter Bomber
Mach 2.0
60,700 feet
n/a
 
 
C-121
C-121 Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Transport Cargo/Troop
330 mph
33,600 feet
4,000 miles
 
 
T-38
T-38 Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Supersonic Trainer
858 mph
53,600 feet
1,093 miles
 
 
MC-130P
MC-130P Purpose: 
Speed: 
Ceiling: 
Range: 
Troop Transport
n/a
n/a
n/a
 
Special Ops Helicopters
HH-60 Pave Hawk
HH-60 Pave Hawk
The primary mission of the HH-60 Pave Hawk is to recover downed aircrew or other isolated personnel during war and to provide civil search and rescue and emergency aeromedical evacuation.
The HH-60 also provides disaster relief, international aid, counter-drug activities and space shuttle support.

During operation Desert Storm, tthe Pave hawk provided Combat Search and Rescue for coaltion Air Forces and emergency evacuation for the SEAL teams penetrating the Kuwaiti coast. The HH-60 also provided CSAR for NATO air forces in Bosnia and Yugoslavia.

MH-53 Pave Low
MH-53 Pave Low
The MH-53J's mission is to perform low-level, long-range, undetected penetration into denied areas, day or night, in adverse weather, for infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of special operations forces.
The MH-53J Pave Low III heavy-lift helicopter is the largest and most powerful helicopter in the Air Force inventory, and the most technologically advanced helicopter in the world. It is equipped with armor plating, and a combination of three 7.62mm miniguns or .50 caliber machine guns.

F-117A Nighthawk
F-117A Nighthawk
F-117A Nighthawk
The F-117A Nighthawk is the world's first operational aircraft designed to exploit low observable stealth technology. The F-117 is a single-seat fighter; designed to penetrate dense threat environments as well as attack high value targets with pinpoint accuracy.
The F-117 has been employed in combat during Operation Just Cause, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Allied Force. Holloman is the only F-117 base with 50 Nighthawks assigned. The F-117s first flight was in 1981 and it arrived at Holloman in 1992.
F-117A Nighthawk F-117A Nighthawk F-117A Nighthawk In Formation
TORA TORA TORA
A Day In Infamy
A Day in Infamy

Japanese Zero
Japanese Zero

Torpedo Launcher
Torpedo Launcher

Repulsing The Enemy
Repulsing The Enemy
TORA TORA TORA is a re-creation of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. It's accomplished through hundreds of dedicated volunteers most belonging to the Confederate Air Force working as ground crew, maintenance, pilots and pyrotechnic experts. Their purpose is to display the history lesson which propelled us into World War II and to entertain.

From the distinctive headbands they wear to the airplanes they fly, the TORA TORA TORA group of Confederate Air Force members is considered unique. TORA is in a league of it's own. Originated in 1972, the men who fly with the group were, for the most part, members of the Gulf Coast Wing, the unit assigned the TORA aircraft. Today, approximately 90 people living throughout the United States make up the TORA roster.

One of the premier acts on the airshow circuit, TORA is more than just another flying performance. TORA is a team dedicated to the retelling of history and the lessons learned that tragic day in December 1941.

Each element acts independently to contribute to the overall show, which in the end is a spectacular display of flying, explosions and storytelling.

"Bulldog" Pitts S2S
Bulldog Pitts S2S
"Bulldog" Pitts S2S

Bulldog Pitts S2S Aerial
"Bulldog" Pitts S2S Aerial
Considered by many as the premier solo act in the business today, Jim LeRoy has pushed aerobatics flying to a new level.

With a routine full of signature maneuvers and heart stopping surprises, Mr. LeRoy redefines the limits with explosive, non-stop action from start to finish.

The Aircraft

"People want to see low, wild, and seemingly out of control stunts, but at the same time they want discipline, precision, and complete control," said the exhibitionist. "You've got to take all of those elements and fuse them together in just the right way." Mr. LeRoy attacks the maneuvers with a "new age" energy, adds the state of the art gyroscopic stuff, throws in some tricks of his own and combines it all into a mesmerizing display of aerodynamic dynamite that will leave even the most seasoned airshow spectators shaking their heads in amazement.

Start with a factory built Pitts S2S, add stronger wings, build a larger, more powerful motor, add an oversized, custom propeller, increase the sizes of all the control surfaces, reshape the tail, strengthen the fuselage, and re-design the fuel and oil systems and you have what Mr. LeRoy calls the "Bulldog" Pitts S2S. 'Ve took an already excellent aircraft and changed it into something very, very special," he said. "I think it is the best airshow plane in the world." Companies involved with the redesign include LyCon Aircraft Engines, Remle Aviation and Precision Custom Aircraft.

A-10 Demonstartion Team
The A-10
The A-10

Banking A-10
Banking A-10

The Old & The New
The Old & The New

The 12th Air Force A-10 Demonstration Team is one of six Fighter Demonstration Teams sponsored by the Air Combat Command of the United States Air Force.

The 12th Air Force A-10 Demonstration Team is assigned to the 355th Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Ariz.

During the 1999 season, the team performed 82 demonstrations for more than 11 million spectators at 32 different locations in the United States and Canada.

The A-10 tactical demonstration is designed to highlight the superior performance characteristics of the close air support aircraft. The combination of high and low speed maneuvering, rapid rolls, maximum performance climbs, descents, and simulated weapons employment vividly illustrate the Thunderbolt's capabilities.

The demonstration team's mission is to demonstrate proficiency and excellence to promote recruiting and retention through an understanding of the Air Force and its mission. In conjunction with each performance, team members answer questions about the demonstration and the Air Force in general.

The Thunderbirds
A Thunderbird
A Thunderbird
The Thunderbirds squadron is an Air Combat Command unit composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, three civilians and more than 130 enlisted personnel performing in 25 career fields.
A Thunderbirds air demonstration is a mix of formation flying and solo routines. The four-aircraft diamond formation demonstrates the training and precision of Air Force pilots, while the solo aircraft highlight the maximum capabilities of the F-16. The pilots perform approximately 30 maneuvers in a demonstration. The entire show, including ground and air, runs about an hour and fifteen minutes. The season lasts from March to November, with the winter months used to train new members.

Officers serve a two-year assignment with the squadron, while enlisted personnel serve three to four. Replacements must be trained for about half of the team each year, providing a constant mix of experience.

The squadron performs no more than 88 air demonstrations each year and has never canceled a demonstration due to maintenance difficulty. More than 280 million people in all 50 states and 57 foreign countries have seen the red, white and blue jets in more than 3,500 aerial demonstrations.

In addition to their responsibilities as the official U.S. Air Force aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds are part of our combat force. If required, the tearm's personnel and aircraft can be rapidly integrated into a fighter unit at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Since the aircraft are only slightly modified, they can be made combat-ready in less than 72 hours.

The History

The Thunderbirds were officially activated June 1, 1953, as the 3600th Air Demonstration Team at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Their first aircraft was the straight-winged F-84G Thunderjet, a combat fighter-bomber that had seen action in Korea. Early in 1955, the team transitioned to the swept-winged F-84F Thunderstreak. In June 1956, the Thunderbirds traded the veteran F-84 for the world's first supersonic fighter, the F-100 Super Sabre - an aerial platform that would serve the Thunderbirds for 13 years. The team changed briefly to the Republic F-105 Thunderchief. After only six shows, in 1964, due to an extensive modffication that became necessary on all Thunderchiefs, the Thunderbirds returned to the F-100.

From 1969 to 1973, the Thunderbirds flew the Air Force's front-line fighter, the F-4E Phantom. In 1974, the Thunderbirds converted to the T-38 Talon, the world's first supersonic trainer. The T-38 was more fuel-efficient and less costly to maintain than the larger F-4.

Early in 1983, the Thunderbirds transitioned to the F-16A allowing the team to retain manpower and fuel efficiency while demonstrating to spectators the latest in fighter technology.

The largest crowd, 2.25 million people, to see a performance was at Coney Island, N.Y, July 4, 1987. The team converted to the F-16C in 1992, bringing the F-16A era to an end.

The Thunderbirds The Thunderbirds The Thunderbirds
The Thunderbirds The Thunderbirds The Thunderbirds

Site Gallery - Aerial Displays
 
Control Tower Glider Demonstration Vintage WWII
Vintage WWII Vintage WWII Vintage WWII
The New Air Force The New Air Force The New Air Force
For More Information
Holloman Air Force Base Homepage
Holloman AFB Links
Confederate Air Force Homepage
Central Texas Wing of the Confederate Air Force
American Airpower Heritage Museum, CAF

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