PREVIEW: Airpower Over Altus 2017

PREVIEW: Airpower Over Altus 2017

In the very Southwestern corner of the state of Oklahoma, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, sits a United States Air Force installation that is the cradle of America’s all-important global reach for our nation’s armed forces.

That installation is named Altus Air Force Base, home of the 97th Air Mobility Wing.

On September 9th 2017, Altus AFB will be celebrating it’s 75th Anniversary and the 70th Anniversary of the United States Air Force and you are invited join in on the celebration!

The activity list is chock full of airborne demonstrations, flyovers, static display aircraft, ground displays, food and drink vendors, and airshow souvenir vendors. For those military patch and challenge coin collectors, you often find units selling their squadron swag.

This will no doubt be a historic Altus air show you definitely do not want to miss!

The list of airborne acts (in no particular order) include:

  • Tora! Tora! Tora! ~ A re-enactment of the December 7th 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • B-17 Flying Fortress fly over
  • Miss America P-51 Mustang Demo
  • P-40 Warhawk
  • ‘Doc’ B-29 Superfortress fly over
  • ‘Wings Of Blue’ USAF Parachute Team
  • L-29 Czech Training aircraft aerial display
  • ‘The Alabama Boys’ J-3 Cub aerobatic display
  • United States Air Force Academy Soar Team Aerobatic Glider display
  • ‘Trojan Phlyers’ T-28 Trojan aerobatic display
  • C-47 Skytrain fly over
  • De Havilland DH-115 aerobatic display
  • Douglas B-25 Mitchell bomber fly over
  • Douglas A-26 Invader fly over
  • MiG-17 aerobatic display
  • C-17 Globemaster III demo
  • KC-135 Stratotanker demo
  • 2017 United States Air Force Thunderbirds

The list of aircraft to be on static display (in no particular order) include:

  • KC-10 Extender
  • T-1 Jayhawk
  • F-15E Strike Eagle
  • A-10C Thunderbolt II
  • CV-22 Osprey
  • T-6A Texan II
  • F-16 Fighting Falcon
  • C-5 Galaxy
  • B-1B Lancer bomber
  • Twin Otter utility aircraft
  • B-52H Stratofortress bomber
  • MC-130H Combat Talon
  • MQ-1 Predator drone
  • T-38C Talon
  • A-10C Thunderbolt II
  • HH-60 Pave Hawk
  • C-17 Globemaster III
  • KC-135R Stratotanker
  • And the Altus AFB Airshow headliners… The 2017 United States Air Force Thunderbirds.

Ground Displays (in no particular order) include:

  • USAF KC-46 simulator
  • Ft. Sill Military Working Dogs
  • C-17 Globemaster III simulator
  • Southwestern Oklahoma “Grow Your Own Mechanic”
  • USAF Special Operations simulator
  • USAF Association
  • U.S. Army HIMARS and Patriot Missile display
  • U.S. Army Cavalry display
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars display
  • U.S. Army Recruiters
  • USAF Recruiters
  • USAF Recruiting Performance Lab

All airborne acts, static display aircraft and ground displays are subject to change with little or no notice!

For the most current and up to date airshow information and details please visit:

See You There!!!

 Aviation Photography Digest  would like to take the opportunity to express our gratitude and a tremendous “THANK YOU !!” to SrA Bailey R. Janes and the excellent Public Affairs staff at Altus AFB and the 97th Air Mobility Wing,for inviting us along for the media flight aboard one of their KC-135’s. We would also like to extend a very special ‘Thank you’ to the crew of ‘Oiler-53’…  Maj. Mcauley, Capt. ‘Sleeves’ Launger, and the “Boomer” on our flight, SSgt. Owens, for their gracious hospitality and willingness to answer any and all questions. It was an absolute pleasure to be aboard your flight!


C-5M Super Galaxy

C-17A Globemaster III

C-17A Globemaster III

Altus AFB Home of the 97th Air Mobility Wing

E-3G Sentry from the 552nd AWAC Wing on final approach

B-1B Lancer

B-52H Stratofortress

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Scot’s passion for aviation started at a very young age. Getting to grow up under the busy Tinker AFB flight pattern, Scot was often able to witness the awesome spectacle of E-3 Sentry's of the 552nd AWACS Wing doing pattern work, along with the F-4D Phantoms from the 507th Tactical Fighter Group heading out for the ranges at low-level and in full afterburner. His father, Marvin Meek, fueled that passion, by taking him to many different airshows around the area. His enthusiasm for aviation spurred him on to serve for 6 years as an aviation fueler with the Oklahoma Army National Guard, fueling all types of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Scot is a life-long resident of the Oklahoma City metro area. He currently lives mere minutes from Tinker AFB, and is currently employed at Will Rogers World Airport fueling civil, military and general aviation aircraft. When he's not working or roaming the ramps taking photos of aircraft, he enjoys spending time with the love of his life Heidi, and building detailed scale models of modern military aircraft and autos. He's known throughout the aviation photography community as the 'FighterJetGeek' for his enthusiasm for modern military fighter and attack jets.

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