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…
Besides a C-5 and KC-135, I don't see many bombers around even for static anymore.
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 !!!!!
Here's the line-up on the Miami Air Show thread >>>
JeancarloRuiz wrote: ↑Thu May 17, 2018 3:50 pmI received an email this morning, so drumroll please. . .
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.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
However, the previous administrations were not unjustified in being shy in terms of bomber displays. The B-52s are ridiculously huge, not fit for most airstrips, and are often being upgraded or overhauled, B-1 flight time is expensive and they're heavily needed all over the world anyways, and there are no more than 20 B-2s in existence since one crashed on Diego Garcia island; due to their rarity, extremely high performance and price, even the USA can't afford to lose another one to a crash.
Actually, since it's an order of magnitude higher than the price of other military planes, let's talk a little about the price of the B-2 bombers. They cost $2.2 BILLION, that's more than the GDP of some countries, 22 tons of $100 bills (these weigh 1 gram each), enough to fund the 10 most expensive films in history, buy a second French Charles de Gaulle CVN, buy 58 Su-30 Flankers (or at least 30-35 with lots of weaponry and pilot training), and finally, such a sum would buy enough flats and villas to create a real estate empire on the Costa Blanca or any other popular tourist spot or buy every citizen of the USA a decent car ; and that's the price of ONE bomber.
So, seeing one live is an once-in-a-lifetime experience that you'd better appreciate as much as you can if one of you guys have the occasion to do so!
Funny thing about the B-52 - the wing tip "bogie" landing gear have a nasty habit of being just the right distance from the runway center line to whack off the runway lights as the B-52 taxies down a runway or down a taxi strip that is not wide enough
But yeah, it'd be wonderful if the B-1B would come to say... Abbotsford International to sit static and then take off Departure Monday. PLEASE.
AIAS did have the B-1 do a demo many years ago, probably early 90's.
And the B-2 did a fly-past one year also. 1997, according to this.
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