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2015 Kaneohe Bay Air Show

The 2015 Kaneohe Bay Air Show, featuring the United States Navy Blue Angels, and many other aerial performances, took place today, Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, and will recur again tomorrow, Sunday, October 18th. Following is The Tasty Island’s photo coverage of Saturday’s event. Enjoy.

The all-new twin piston deisel engine-powered ducted-prop Cessna YC-32 “Pterodactyl” Bush Plane, a.k.a. da’ “Crop Dustah Bustah”… nah, just kidding. lol; that’s Hawaii Air National Guard’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, which actually is “Bullet’s” own assigned aircraft; Bullet” is the local guy Filipino pilot shown here in a recent past Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii air show event.

Hawaii Air National Guard Northrop Grumman F-22 “Raptor” & USMC Bell AH-1Z “Viper” SuperCobra attack chopper

USMC Bell AH-1Z “Viper” SuperCobra attack chopper

USMC Bell UH-1Y “Venom” (variant of the “Huey”)

USMC Boeing Vertol CH-46 “Sea Knight”

U.S. Navy HSM-37 “Easy Riders” Maritime Strike Squadron’s MH-60R

CH-47 “Chinook”; speaking of chopper haulers, I was disappointed they didn’t have an OV-22 Osprey on display ( or better yet, to demonstrate)

Hickam-based C-17 Globemaster troop and cargo hauler (this highly capable cargo aircraft can takeoff and land on extremely short and/or poorly maintained runways)

C-17 Globemaster cargo hold/cabin (“If it fits, it ships”)

Hawaii Air National Guard KC-135 Aerial Refueling Tanker Pilot Jason Apo

Hawaii Air National Guard’s KC-135 tail-mounted refueling boom surely is a wonderful sight to see for any military pilot halfway across the pacific ‘n gettin’ low on juice

Master Sergeant Mark is a “Boomer” on the KC-135; in other words, he’s an aerial gas station attendant… “Dude, check the tire pressure and top the oil while you’re at it.. hey buddy, you missed a spot on the canopy… ” lol (as you can tell, like all the other aircraft there, it’s hot like a SAUNA in the back of the KC-135 when it’s parked on th tarmac with no AC running)

P-3 Orion reconnaissance aircraft; part of an entire squadron based at Kaneohe MCBH

U.S. Coast Guard Lockheed HC-130H

B&F Fk12 “Comet” sport biplane

Mooney M20

American Champion Citabria

The Guiseppe Bellanca Pacemaker, restored to its original glory from back in 1929 it was the first aircraft Hawaiian Airlines flew when they were known as Inter Island Airways

The Bellanca is powered by a 400hp Pratt & Whitney 9-cylinder turbocharged radial piston engine

Bellanca Cockpit

Pomai with Bellanca Pilot Merle Clawson

1984 Miss Hawaii Alumni, Debbie Nakanelua, who’s in promotions for Hawaiian Airlines, used to work with my mother for many years at the Hawaiian Airlines ticket office on Bishop Street; we’ve also traveled together several times with HAL folks, where Debbie danced Hula for private events in Tokyo and other asian cities ~ Pomai

Hawaiian Airlines’ current interisland workhorse, the Boeing 717 (HAL flies Boeing 767s and Airbus A320s on their overseas routes); kinda’ surreal seeing it parked at the Kaneohe Marine Base

Hawaiian Airlines pilots handing out free POG (Passion Orange Guava juice) to thirsty revelers near the flight line

Kaneohe MCBH Air Traffic Control Tower

“Aloha and welcome to Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base Hawaii International Global Powers Airport. Baggage claims for all arriving P-3 Orion flight crew, please report to Hangar 5. Departures for all HANG F-22 and MCBH F/A-18 Hornet drivers, as well as KC-135 flight crew, please report to Gate 2. Mahalo.” LOL!!!

The gigantic C-5 Galaxy (parked next to the KC-135, where this shot was taken from); according to the pilot, that particular C-5 has been retrofitted with the same GE high bypass turbo fan engines in use on the latest models of Boeing 747s, being much quieter and fuel-efficient

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels taxi back in (around 4pm) after just completing Saturday’s awesome performance at Kaneohe MCBH (excellent job!); one of those two Air Force F-16s parked there also did an amazing solo performance about an hour before the Blue Angels

FMC AAVP7A1 Assault Amphibious Vehicle

FMC AAVP7A1 Assault Amphibious Vehicle

R/C F-22 Raptor, featuring a (single-split-into-two) gas microturbine jet engine that operates, sounds and performs just like the real deal!

R/C F/A-18 Hornet in Blue Angels “skin” with gas microturbine jet engine

Single gas microturbine jet engine (split into twin ducted exhaust) in the R/C F/A-18 Hornet

R/C F-86 Sabre with gas microturbine jet engine; this RC jet group flies regularly at Kaneohe MCBH on select weekends (special pass required to get on base); they need tarmac to takeoff and land on, as well as much more air space than is what’s available at Kawainui Marsh (Kailua) where the prop RC folks regularly perform

R/C Mistubishi J2M3 “Raiden” WWII Japanese interceptor

R/C prop group

At the air show food booths, I just so happened to meet Jay, mother of Emi Hart, the community manager and director of Honolulu Yelp; so cute, as she asked me (since I was taking photos of the food), “Do you Yelp?”, to which I said of course, and she replied with, “Emi is my daughter…”, I was like “OMG!” Beautiful lady!

Blazin’ Steaks ‘n Shrimp

Blazin’ Steaks’ BBQ Chicken

Churro Kraze Churros with Caramel Sauce

Aloha Pops PIneapple Li Hing, Haupia, and White, Red  & Blue and  Blue Vanilla flavors


One thought on “2015 Kaneohe Bay Air Show

  • October 18, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    The Tasty Island’s photo coverage of the 2015 Kaneohe Bay Air Show from this past Saturday’s AWESOME event at MCBH are pretty much all posted here now.

    If you have any personal experience as either military or civilian flying and/or working with these aircraft (or any other related stories),  it would be awesome hearing about it!



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