Why do we rarely see bombers flying during air shows?

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Why do we rarely see bombers flying during air shows?

Post by Nighthawk117 » Wed May 16, 2018 11:16 am

I've been going to airshows since the 90’s, and I've always wondered why some aircraft, especially bombers, were never performing on weekends. I know there is no official demo like the F-22 or the F-16, but some heavies like the C-17 or the KC-135 still fly regularly in shows, but never in almost 30 years I have seen B-52s, B-1Bs, B-2 or C-5s flying, to name a few. I am always surprised because these planes are already regularly present for static .

Why do not they fly?
The organizers of the shows do not ask them?
The costs to fly them is too high?
The US Air Force refuses to let them fly during shows?

I know that in Canada, despite the lack of CC-117, regularly the Globemaster does in-flight demos at Canadian air shows, I think that with the number of aircraft in the US, they should not have too many problems on this side, has fewer exceptional events that requires the aircraft for operational use. I'm curious to know the reasons, as a airshow fanatic and who unfortunately has never had the chance to see these beautiful planes in flight…
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Post by yyz64 » Thu May 17, 2018 3:45 am

I think that the operations tempo prohibits a lot of bomber participation at shows. Not to mention the constant upgrade programs and maintenance they need.Look at the age of the B-52 and C-5 .They probably require a lot of maintenance as well as the B-1 which apparently costs a lot per flight hour.B-2 's there aren't that many . Imagine at one time how many are actually operational when they aren't getting upgrades and depot repairs.

Besides a C-5 and KC-135, I don't see many bombers around even for static anymore.

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Post by Chris S » Sun May 20, 2018 8:39 pm

Well, it seems like the show just has to have the right contact at the Air Force Global Strike Command,
like the Miami Air Show has, because the Miami show is next weekend and they've got Bomber flyovers
scheduled by the B-1B, B-2 AND B- 52 !!!!! :D :shock:

Here's the line-up on the Miami Air Show thread >>>
JeancarloRuiz wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 3:50 pm
I received an email this morning, so drumroll please. . .
Good morning,

I wanted to inform you about the 2018 Miami Beach Air and Sea Show. The following performers have been confirmed to perform (but are subject to military operational availability.)


- US Navy Tac Demo Team F-18 Super Hornet Demo
- USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team
- USAF F-35 Lightning II Heritage Flight Team
- USAF Para-Rescue Demo Featuring A-10 Warthog, HH-60 Pavehawk, and HC-130 Hercules
- USCG SAR Demo Featuring MH-65 Dolphin & HC-144 Ocean Sentry
- US Custom Demo Featuring DHC-8 & UH-60
- USAF Heritage Flight Featuring P-51 Mustang
- US Army Golden Knights Full Team Demo


- USAF B-2 Spirit
- USAF B-1B Lancer
- USAF B-52 Stratofortress
- USAF KC-135 Stratotanker
- USAF C-17 Globemaster III
- USAF T-38 Talon
- USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon


- USMC MV-22 Osprey Demo
- USAF F-15 Eagle
- USAF F-22 Raptor


- USMC F-35B Lightning II Mini Demo
- USAF C-5 Galaxy
Who has a better lineup than this? I'll wait. . . Well here it is of course this can change for the better or the worst and perhaps we get a few surprises.

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Post by RyanD » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:29 am

Hmmm, I've never thought of it

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