Text & Pictures: Chris Tonthat (an i2i Production) ©sbap 2022
      
  Randolph AFB hosted the first airshow in the San Antonio area since 2017 during the fourth weekend of April.  With the 75th anniversary of the USAF, the show promised lots of static displays along with exciting performers in the air.  Unfortunately on the Saturday show, the weather was not in the best condition with low clouds and strong wind.  With thousands of people converging to the area, traffic was a nightmare therefore a few early aerial performers were missed.  The plan was to photograph from the west side of the base to get better afternoon lighting from runway 330/150 and sacrifice the static displays, even though the new Boeing F-15EX, the Textron Scorpion, Douglas A-20 and others were present.

Once situated near show center across from the base, first up was the Moose.  The C-17 flew with grace below the clouds giving plenty of photo opportunities under a stormy gray sky.  Next up were some WWII actions involving the B-17, B-25, and others where they turned the gray sky black with pyrotechnics effects followed by a B-52 flyby from Barksdale AFB.  A privately-owned ex-RCAF CF-5D based at KSAT also participated in the airshow to show off the nimble Freedom Fighter.  Major Kristen “Beo” Wolfe once again ruled to the sky over KRND with the F-35A demonstration along with a heritage flight with a Mustang.
Lastly the Thunderbirds gave a flat demonstration because of the weather to close out the show.

Of course everything could have been better but that’s just the way it goes with airshows.  But in the end, something flying is always better than nothing flying.  Take a few minutes and enjoy some of the actions from The Great Texas Airshow 2022!

      
 
C-17 taking off with ease into the wind
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  This would have been a belly shot at show center
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The low ceiling forced plenty of low passes to the delight of photographers on the ground
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Another nice banking shot
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  Staying below the low clouds
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One last low pass over show center by the Moose from McChord AFB
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B-17 "Texas Raiders" Flying Fortress
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  B-17G, PBJ-1J, and a C-45
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Adding a little pyrotechnic effects for the simulated attack on KRND
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B-52H from 93d Bomb Squadron, Barksdale AFB
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  Joining the show with a single low pass
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This Stratofortress S/N 60-0038 has been in service for 62 years
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Still a relevant platform in the 21st century
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  This BUFF will be flown by generations to come
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CF-5D FAA registered N805FF
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Canadair-built Freedom Fighter
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  Based on the Northrop F-5B design
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Beautiful curves - no doubt about that!
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  The pilot is having fun with the nimble jet
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Zipping by show center for another climb
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  False canopy painted on the lower side
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N805FF is still flying with the last RCAF aggressor camouflage
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The humid day in San Antonio was perfect to create sensational vapors
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"Beo" blasting through the vapor cone
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  Performing the minimum radius turn
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Playing hide and seek with the Mustang
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  Completing the USAF heritage flight
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All eyes on the leader
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  Still getting the feel four shows into the season
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Opposing solo locking on to the inverted lead solo
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Echelon pass-in-review as seen from the opposite side
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Waouw...look at the weathering!  Far from being clean and it was just week five of the season
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Getting ready for the low bomb burst
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  Stinger Break Cross formation
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Five-card flat pass
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  Delta bottom up pass
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A bonus shot to conclude this page...the wonderful Blood Moon taken on May 16th
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