Text & Pictures: Chris Tonthat (an i2i Production) ©sbap 2021
 
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans is located in Belle Chasse, unincorporated Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. NAS JRB New Orleans is home to a Navy Reserve strike fighter squadron and a fleet logistics support squadron, the 159th Fighter Wing (159 FW) of the Louisiana Air National Guard, Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, a detachment of a Marine Corps Reserve light helicopter attack squadron, as well as other US Navy & US Army activities.
The base has a 24/7 operating schedule to support both the 159 FW's NORAD air sovereignty/homeland defense requirements and for Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans search and rescue/maritime law enforcement/port security missions.
Alvin Callender Field (IATA: NBG, ICAO: KNBG, FAA LID: NBG) which is located three nautical miles (6 km) south of the central business district of New Orleans was inaugurate on April 26th, 1958.
The base's predecessor, NAS New Orleans, occupied the current location of the University of New Orleans's principal campus until 1957.

Current occupants:
- Strike Fighter Squadron 204 (VFA-204), U.S. Navy Reserve.
- 159th Fighter Wing (159 FW), Louisiana Air National Guard, 122 Fighter Squadron (122 FS)
- Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 54 (VR-54), U.S. Navy Reserve.
- Detachment A, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773 (HMLA-773), U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
- Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, operating MH-65C Dolphin helicopters
- NCTAMS LANT Det New Orleans
- 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines
- Navy Operational Support Center New Orleans
- 377th Theater Sustainment Command
- FRC Mid-Atlantic Site New Orleans
- Region Legal Service Office Southeast Det New Orleans
- Navy Air Logistics Office
- Military Entrance Processing Station (USMEPCOM), New Orleans

 

The 2022 airshow at NAS Joint Reserve Base (JRB) New Orleans was perfect! Perfect weather and perfect flying resulted in perfect memories.  The March 19th event was hosted by VFA-204 "River Rattlers", the 122nd Fighter Squadron "Bayou Militia", and the US Coast Guard New Orleans.  Along with the local host units, other demonstration teams included the USAF F-16C, USAF F-35A, the USN F-35C and the Blue Angels. The US Marine Corps also participated with the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) demonstration by the local reserve unit HMLA-773 "Red Dogs".

The non-stop action event started at 10:00 with a mixture of military aircraft, warbirds, and civilian performers.  The local units launched two F-15Cs, five F/A-18Cs, one MH-65, one UH-1Y and two AH-1Zs.  Other performers filled every minute of the show until 16:00.  The biggest act, the Blue Angels, unfortunately suffered mechanical problems with two aircraft at the last minute.  The #1 and #2 aircraft were out of action leaving the team to perform with only five aircraft after the #7 spare aircraft was activated.  The slot position was eliminated from the lineup in the five-aircraft Blue Angels performance.

As mentioned, the NAS JRB New Orleans airshow was perfect…and also impressive!  Just the first two hours of flying alone was worth the six-hour drive from Houston.  With the sun in the back almost the entire day, great shots were achieved all day long.  Almost 2500 shots were taken but hopefully this small collection of photos below will best summarize the memories of that day.

 
 
"Quick Silver" took to the sky early in the day to lead the show
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The classic North American Aviation P-51 is always a beauty to see in the air
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Bayou Militia F-15C, S/N 83-041, posing with a B-52H from Minot AFB
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Bayou Militia F-15C getting ready to launch
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"Good Vibrations"
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Left profile of S/N 83-012
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Left profile of S/N 81-041
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"Keres" - New Orleans style
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Taking off and blurring out the trail with full afterburner
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A sign of two healthy P&W F100 engines
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The afterburner against a clear blue sky over Louisiana
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Not to be outdone by S/N 83-012, S/N 81-041 showing off its own power to rise
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Fast and ferocious Eagle
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Climbing high and fast
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If there is extra fuel...
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Burn it!
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VFA-204 "River Rattlers" flight line of adversary Hornets in the "Tactical" livery
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Preparing to launch five F-18Cs for the show
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Checking the GE F404 engines
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First Hornet to leave the nest
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More Hornets to follow
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A left-leaning Hornet making a right turn
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River Rattler with the Red Star
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AF-405 pilot checking out the crowd while taxiing by
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AF-401 was the first to lift off
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Followed by AF-410 and AF-407
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Last to blast off were AF-403 and AF-405
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AF-401 performing a fast low pass
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Gaining enough energy to scream up into the blue sky
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The Hornet still has some power left in it, that's for sure!
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Two adversary Hornets showing off air combat maneuvering tactics
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AF-401 showing its Fluer-de-lis speed brake - New Orleans style
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Exhibiting the carrier landing configuration
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Four-ship diamond formation with tail hooks deployed
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Break left
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Break right
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Unfortunately the sun will set on the Hornets by the end of this year and VFA-204 will continue their adversary missions with the F-5N Tiger II
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Both the F-16C and F-35A demonstration teams took to the air to fly in formation before performing their solo displays
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5th generation "Panther" and 4th generation "Viper"
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This Viper livery is in its third airshow season
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The Viper skin is well worn for the most part
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Perhaps this Viper needs to shed its skin for a new look...
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F-35A "Panther", known by some circles in the USAF, showing its weapon bays
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Major Kristin "Beo" Wolfe in her third year as the USAF F-35A Demonstration Team driver
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Creating some vape over the wings
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From this angle... no wonder why some would call the F-35A "Fat Amy"
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Plan view of the Panther against the clear Belle Chase sky
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"Beo" cruising by after the powerful and successful performance
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Corsair rolling out to launch
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Off she goes!
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NJ-446 launching to perform the heritage flight with the Corsair
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US Navy heritage flight
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Corsair and Lightning II
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NJ-446 taxiing after a short heritage flight with wings folded
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NJ-443 taking off to perform a solo display
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Zipping by show center at low level
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Also showing off the weapon bays matching the Panther
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Lightning II, aka "Raven" according to some F-35C communities
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Afterburner ride through the bright blue sky
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A tight and abrupt turn is noted by the bent afterburner exhaust
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The NJ-443 Raven driver was still stoked after an exciting solo performance!
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The crew chief communicating with the MH-65 flight crew preparing the Dolphin for the flight
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Flying to the red smoke marker
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Completing the search and rescue demonstration
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Dolphin returning to base
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Red Dogs' flight line with AH-1Z Vipers and UH-1Y Venoms
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Vipers rolling out
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In a combat zone, two Vipers can easily ruin one's day
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Venom approaching the LZ with Vipers flanking on both sides, high and low
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Viper escorting Venom away from the simulated battle zone
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Viper crew acknowledging the crowd
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Venom coming in for a landing
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Fat Albert C-130J starting up
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Low level takeoff
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Performing a steep left bank parade pass
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Fat Albert tipping toward the right while making a hard left turn after returning from the demonstration
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Loadmaster guiding Fat Albert in reverse to its parking spot
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Super Hornet Blue Angels #1 grounded along with #2
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The show must go on... three-ship echelon formation with #3, #7, and #4
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Leaving behind a distorted trail of smoke and exhaust through the sky
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Delta formation looping down without the slot aircraft
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Diamond formation missing the slot position
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Just blowing some smoke here...
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#5 and #6 executing the opposing horizontal rolls
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Doing their best with just five aircraft to please the crowd and wrap up the show... Bravo!
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