Arctic Thunder 2016 News Reports & Other Media

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A North American AT-6 Texan, BT-13 and AT-6 Harvard used as advanced trainer during WWII take flight from Merrill Field…
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More than 100,000 people came out Saturday for the year’s biggest show at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson…
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Stephanie Varner held onto her stroller with one hand and used the other to photograph her husband and 2-year-old son in the interior of a giant aircraft…
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Skip Stewart and his Prometheus Bi-Plane and Melissa Pemberton with her Edge540 aircraft make a low pass…
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Every two years, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson opens its gates to the public for two days of free aerial demonstrations, military equipment displays and aircraft tours…
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Calling Arctic Thunder Air Show a popular event would be something of an understatement…

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Pilots, Blue Angels fill the sky Saturday at Arctic Thunder 2016
Arctic Thunder 2016 kicked off at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) Saturday…

War Birds take to the skies over Anchorage ahead of Arctic Thunder

By Bonney Bowman
The Arctic Thunder Air Show and Open House is this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, but it’s not all about the latest and greatest airplanes.
World War II-era planes knows as War Birds are also part of the air show. The War Birds are part of the Wings of Freedom Commemorative Air Force, a group dedicated to preserving and showing off planes used in war time.
World War II veteran Tom Godfrey took to the sky Wednesday in a T6 Texan, although he said it’s a little smaller than the plane flew in during the war.
“I was in a 4-engine B24,” Godfrey recalled of his time during WWII. ”We used to ride it right up in the nose, being a navigator.”
Godfrey’s wife, Mariyln, says the plane sounds the same as it did 70 years ago
“You hear that and you just go, oh, too many memories flood back,” she said.
That reaction is why pilot Clyde Beattie says flying these War Birds is rewarding.
“There’s not that many of these left,” he said. “They’re very rare and we’re very lucky to get a chance to fly them.”
Seeing them in the sky over Anchorage, the old planes stand out as a memory of days gone by.
“I think history is important and we need to remember what our country is, what we fought for and what these people represented, or represent still today,” said Marilyn Godfrey.
The War Birds will be taking part in Arctic Thunder, performing formation fly-overs for the crowd. They’ll also be parked as static displays so visitors can take an up-close look.

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Aerobatics in an Edge 540 aircraft and the voice of a woman, Melissa Pemberton, coming from the pilot seat…
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Hundreds of people turned out Saturday for the Arctic Thunder Air Show at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson…
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The Thunderbirds are the big attraction this weekend at Arctic Thunder 2014, but for one of the pilots, Alaska is the main event…

In the cockpit with the Blue Angels

By KTVA CBS 11 News
Watching from the ground, have you ever wondered what it feels like to be in the cockpit of one of the Blue Angels? KTVA 11’s Bonney Bowman flew in the Number 7 plane with pilot Lt. Tyler Davies, for whom flying was a lifelong dream.
“My dad took me to an air show when I was 6 years old and I saw the Blue Angels for the first time and I didn’t know anything about it, but I wanted to do it. It was like, I don’t know why I want to do that — I just want to do it,” said Davies.
The Blue Angels fly F18 Hornets. Davies took the plane through a series of maneuvers he might use during combat, including aileron rolls, 360 spins, inverted flying, a hesitation roll and a carrier break. The carrier break creates high G-forces. Bonney experienced a 7.2 G and remained conscious thanks to preflight training.
Cruising through the clouds, it’s easy to see why the pilots love to fly and why the crowds love to watch them. Davies says the best part for him is inspiring kids the way he was inspired.
“Shoot for something that’s really difficult. Put your dreams in a rocket launcher, aim for a star and just go for it,” he said.

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There’s a saying in the air show industry: A good narrator can make a bad air show, better….

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For the first time since 2010, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels were back at Arctic Thunder Open House…
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Thousands of people will make their way to JBER this weekend but on Friday a select group of people got a preview of the big air show….
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In video clip provided by Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the Blue Angels land at JBER…

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The roar of the famed blue and yellow hornets will be heard as the Blue Angels take to the skies above Anchorage…
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Arctic Thunder features several flight demonstrations including that of local talent…
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Airshow pilot Marcus Paine tells about the Arctic Thunder Airshow that he flew his biplane from Arizona to Anchorage to participate in on July 30-31…