Static displays abound at the Truckee Tahoe Air Show! Get up close to planes from different eras from the 1940s to the latest in technology today. Talk to pilot docents, pilots, and builders. And with approval, attendees might even be able to touch or sit in an aircraft.
2017 Static Aircraft Displays
Check out this Lockheed C-130 Hercules!
The Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules Airlifter, the primary aircraft flown by the Nevada Air Guard, attained 60 years in flight Aug. 24. It holds the title for the longest continuous production run in military aircraft history.The first flight of the C-130 was in Burbank, Calif. in 1954. All C-130 production models are built at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility in Marietta, Ga. Over the years, more than 2,500 C-130s have been ordered or delivered to 63 nations.
The Nevada Air Guard has eight C-130 H2 models in its possession. The C-130 has been the Nevada Air Guard’s primary aircraft since 1995 when the C-130s supplanted RF-4C reconnaissance aircraft.
Straight out of Fallon, Nevada comes the Northrop F -5 piloted by a Naval Aviator who completed the United States Navy Strike Tactics Instructor program, more popularly known as TOPGUN. The program teaches fighter and strike tactics and techniques to selected Naval Aviators and Naval flight officers, who return to their operating units as surrogate instructors.
The F-5 reaches speeds that exceed the speed of sound (Mach 1). The jet is part of the supersonic light fighter family, initially designed in the late 1960s by Northrop Corporation.
On May 15th, 2016 “Semper Fi”, the North American PBJ-1J — Navy version of the B-25 — owned by the SoCal Wing of the Commemorative Air Force took flight for the first time after more than 22 years of restoration work. The North American B-25 Mitchell is an American twin-engine, medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation. It was named in honor of Major General William “Billy” Mitchell, a pioneer of U.S. military aviation. Used by many Allied air forces, the B-25 served in every theater of World War II and after the war ended many remained in service, operating across four decades.
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multirole combat jet, with a top speed of Mach 1.8 (1,034 knots, 1,190 mph or 1,915 km/h at 40,000 ft or 12,190 m). Designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and Northrop, the F/A-18 designed for use by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations and, since 1986, by the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.
A-10 Thunderbolt (two of them!)
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single seat, twin-engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic for the United States Air Force. Its official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, a fighter particularly effective at close air support. The A-10 is affectionately known as “Warthog”.
The PV-2 Harpoon entered service in the mid-1940s. Two 2,000-horsepower Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31 engines give this rare warbird a maximum speed of 282 mph at altitude and a combat range of 1,790 miles. It was first used in the Aleutians by VP-139, one of the squadrons that originally used the PV-1. It was used by a number of countries after the war’s end, but the United States ceased ordering new PV-2s, and very few still exist and fewer still restored and flying.
Meet Surf Air, the nation’s first private air travel club offering unlimited monthly flights. Members are provided with a revolutionary, hassle-free flying experience that saves valuable time and money. Operating executive Pilatus PC-12 aircraft, Surf Air flys to and from convenient airports in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles Metro Area, Santa Barbara, Carlsbad/San Diego, and Truckee/Lake Tahoe.
The North American Aviation T-6 Texan two-place advanced trainer was the classroom for most of the Allied pilots who flew in World War II. In all, the T-6 trained several hundred thousand pilots in 34 different countries over a period of 25 years. Though most famous as a trainer, the T-6 Texan also won honors in World War II and in the early days of the Korean War.
In keeping with their international reputation for precision engineering and unmatched quality, the Swiss created the Pilatus PC-12 NG, an executive turboprop aircraft that is the product of 70 years of superior aircraft design and construction experience. The Honeywell Primus Apex fully integrated avionics suite and PT6A-67P make the PC-12 NG one of the most advanced turboprops in the market.
The North American Aviation T-28 Trojan is a piston-engined military trainer aircraft used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy beginning in the 1950s. Besides its use as a trainer, the T-28 was successfully employed as a counter-insurgency aircraft, primarily during the Vietnam War.
The Piper M350 is the only current production pressurized piston-engine aircraft available today. The M350 has an impressive 213 KTAS cruising speed, as well as the ability to cruise up to 25,000 ft in pressurized comfort. With standard dual turbochargers, owners can also expect a consistent fuel burn at any altitude keeping operating costs down. The M350 comfortably seats six with club seating. It is powered by a Lycoming TIO-540-AE2A 350 horsepower engine, sports a 213 KTAS max cruise speed, and has a range of 1,343 NM.
The Diamond DA40NG is the ultimate development of this popular aircraft. Its defining feature, the turbocharged AE300 jetfuel piston engine, elevates the DA40 to a new level. While the industry searches for solutions to replace leaded AVGAS 100LL, Diamond’s DA40 NG sidesteps the issue by use of the most widely used aviation fuel, Jetfuel. Not only is Jetfuel leadfree, it is also lower cost, available globally, and less flammable than gasoline. Best of all, the DA40 NG, with its Austro AE300 turbocharged engine and aerodynamically efficient design, uses far less fuel than any comparable airplane.
Beech Super 18/C45
The Beechcraft Model 18 (or “Twin Beech”, as it is also known) is a six to 11-seat, twin-engined aircraft manufactured by the Beech Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, Kansas. Continuously produced from 1937 to November 1969, it became one of the world’s most widely used light aircraft. Sold worldwide as a civilian executive, utility, cargo aircraft, and passenger airliner, it was also used as a military aircraft. In the early postwar era, the Beech 18 was the pre-eminent “business aircraft” and “feeder airliner.”
Care Flight began in 1981 in Reno and is on stand by 24 hours a day, seven days a week with experienced critical care flight nurses, specially trained flight paramedics and skilled pilots to respond to the requests from public safety agencies, hospitals, physicians, or other health or public service organizations. They service all of Northern Nevada and Northeastern California.
The Beechcraft T-34 Mentor is an American propeller-driven, single-engined, military trainer aircraft derived from the Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza. The T-34 has been in continuous use somewhere in the world since the first unit was manufactured in 1953. No other military training aircraft in history has seen 59 years continuous use by a military agency for as long as the Mentor has.
Cirrus aircraft are a low-wing four-seat composite airplane best known for its incorporation of an airframe parachute, which, in an inflight emergency, can float the plane and its passengers down for a 1,500 fpm landing on the ground. Among the most technologically advanced single engine piston aircraft in production. Its composite structure blends form and function into a graceful, powerful machine.
Skydive Truckee Tahoe
Opps… Where’s the plane? These two just stepped out of Skydive Truckee Tahoe’s Cessna 206 jump plane after taking in the gorgeous views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains during a twenty-minute a ride to jump altitude. Now they’re enjoying one of the most beautiful skydives this planet has to offer! Come see the plane and ask about skydiving opportunities.
Truckee Tahoe Soaring Association
First solo! The Truckee Tahoe region is a premier soaring locale. While serving world class glider pilots from miles around, this local nonprofit association places a specific focus on training the next generation of soaring pilots and young aviation leaders. The Truckee Tahoe Soaring Association makes glider flight instruction available to youngsters aged 13-18, who can (and do) solo at 14 and earn a glider pilot’s license at 16. Many of these “Line Kids” have gone on to brilliant careers in military and civilian aviation.
Defining a new era. The passionate engineers at Epic are dedicated to revolutionizing the way we fly. From the drawing board to the production floor, Epic continues to refine the rules of modern aviation, combining turbine power, composite technology, advanced avionics and first-class luxury, packaged in a sleek and elegant airframe.
The Piper Matrix is a six-place aircraft with an attractive airstair door entrance and the largest cabin volume in its class. The 350 hp dual turbocharged engine allows full fuel range of 1,345 nautical miles at maximum operating altitude of 25,000 feet and a speed of 215 knots.
The Eclipse 550, the new production twin-engine jet from Eclipse Aerospace, features best in class performance, economics, and safety. With the ability to fly at altitudes up to 41,000 feet at a max cruise of 430 mph, all while consuming a mere 59 gallons of fuel per hour, the Eclipse 550 is the most efficient twin-engine jet on the planet.