2019 Wings Over Whiteman welcomes more than 100K aviation fans

Spectators gather for a flying display of the main act of Wings over Whiteman Air & Space Show 2019, the F-22 Demonstration Team, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 15, 2019. Over the course of two days, more than 100,000 visitors attended flying and static displays of aircraft and military equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

Spectators gather for a flying display of the main act of Wings over Whiteman Air & Space Show 2019, the F-22 Demonstration Team, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 15, 2019. Over the course of two days, more than 100,000 visitors attended flying and static displays of aircraft and military equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy, KC-10 Extender and A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft static displays stand on the flightline at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.,  June 16, 2019.  Various military and civilian aircraft were on display to the public during the two-day Wings O ver Whiteman Air and Space Airshow.

(Clockwise from top) U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy, KC-10 Extender and A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft static displays stand on the flightline at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., June 16, 2019. Various military and civilian aircraft were on display to the public during the two-day Wings O ver Whiteman Air and Space Airshow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

A B-2 Spirit is flanked by two T-38 Talons for a  formation flyover maneuver during the 2019 Wings over Whiteman Air & Space Show at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 15, 2019. The T-38 is a crucial asset utilized to maintain airmanship and tactics for B-2 pilots. Every B-2 pilot is also a qualified T-38 pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

A B-2 Spirit is flanked by two T-38 Talons for a formation flyover maneuver during the 2019 Wings over Whiteman Air & Space Show at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 15, 2019. The T-38 is a crucial asset utilized to maintain airmanship and tactics for B-2 pilots. Every B-2 pilot is also a qualified T-38 pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

Texas Raiders, a B-17G Flying Fortress with the Commemorative Air Force, taxis in front of attendees at the Wings Over Whiteman airshow on June 15, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The B-17G was a later variant of the B-17 and had a heavier armament than earlier models with a total of 13 M2 .50 caliber machineguns compared to the five machineguns of the prototype. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Parker J. McCauley)

Texas Raiders, a B-17G Flying Fortress with the Commemorative Air Force, taxis in front of attendees at the Wings Over Whiteman airshow on June 15, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The B-17G was a later variant of the B-17 and had a heavier armament than earlier models with a total of 13 M2 .50 caliber machineguns compared to the five machineguns of the prototype. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Parker J. McCauley)

Airman 1st Class Aliyah Richling, assigned to the 55th Wing Band, sings on June 16, 2019, on Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Richling and the other members of the U.S. Air Force Heartland Band performed at the 2019 Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space Show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

Airman 1st Class Aliyah Richling, assigned to the 55th Wing Band, sings on June 16, 2019, on Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Richling and the other members of the U.S. Air Force Heartland Band performed at the 2019 Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space Show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

An F-22 Raptor assigned to the F-22 Demonstration Team banks right during a maneuver flight demonstration during the 2019 Wings Over Whiteman Air & Space Show at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 15, 2019.  Based at Air Combat Command at Joint Base Fort Langley-Eustis, Virginia, the F-22 demonstration team tours the globe and showcases the fifth generation fighter's extraordinary maneuvarbility and lethality. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

An F-22 Raptor assigned to the F-22 Demonstration Team banks right during a maneuver flight demonstration during the 2019 Wings Over Whiteman Air & Space Show at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 15, 2019. Based at Air Combat Command at Joint Base Fort Langley-Eustis, Virginia, the F-22 demonstration team tours the globe and showcases the fifth generation fighter's extraordinary maneuvarbility and lethality. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

The AeroShell Acrobatic Team, an aerial demonstration team that performs across North America, flies in formation on June 16, 2019, over Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. AeroShell was one of more than 10 acts during the 2019 Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space Show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kayla White)

The AeroShell Acrobatic Team, an aerial demonstration team that performs across North America, flies in formation on June 16, 2019, over Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. AeroShell was one of more than 10 acts during the 2019 Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space Show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kayla White)

A an acrobatics team performs a night flight in preperation for the Wings over Whiteman Air & Space Show 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 14, 2019. Multiple air show acts performed a twilight show for base personnel and families in preperation for the public events during the weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

A an acrobatics team performs a night flight in preperation for the Wings over Whiteman Air & Space Show 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 14, 2019. Multiple air show acts performed a twilight show for base personnel and families in preperation for the public events during the weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor from the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis, a P-51D Mustang from the Air Force Heritage Flight Team out of Houston, TX and a A-10 Thunderbolt II from The Air Combat Command A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team stationed out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, fly in a formation at the Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space show at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 16, 2019. The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was formed on December 6, 2010 with the primary charitable mission of providing Heritage Flights to the public. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas M. Barley)

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor from the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis, a P-51D Mustang from the Air Force Heritage Flight Team out of Houston, TX and a A-10 Thunderbolt II from The Air Combat Command A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team stationed out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, fly in a formation at the Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space show at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 16, 2019. The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was formed on December 6, 2010 with the primary charitable mission of providing Heritage Flights to the public. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas M. Barley)

Dan Smith, a Golden, Missouri, native, poses for a portrait in front of a B-17 Flying Fortress on June 15, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Smith and his wife have gone to more than 50 other air shows before attending the 2019 Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space Show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kayla White)
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Dan Smith, a Golden, Missouri, native, poses for a portrait in front of a B-17 Flying Fortress on June 15, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Smith and his wife have gone to more than 50 other air shows before attending the 2019 Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space Show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kayla White)

1st Lt. Jordan Tencati, a T-38 instructor pilot assigned to the 13th Bomb Squadron, poses for a portrait on June 16, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Tencati visited the various historic aircraft, including the P-51 Mustang,on display at the 2019 Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space Show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kayla White)
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1st Lt. Jordan Tencati, a T-38 instructor pilot assigned to the 13th Bomb Squadron, poses for a portrait on June 16, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Tencati visited the various historic aircraft, including the P-51 Mustang,on display at the 2019 Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space Show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kayla White)

One of the two B-29 Superfortresses that still actively fly today soars over Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, on June 16, 2019. The B-29  is a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber designed by Boeing and flown primarily by the United States during World War II and the Korean War.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kayla White)
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One of the two B-29 Superfortresses that still actively fly today soars over Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, on June 16, 2019. The B-29 is a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber designed by Boeing and flown primarily by the United States during World War II and the Korean War.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kayla White)

A paratrooper, assigned to the U.S. Army Golden Knights demonstration team, lands on the flight line at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, on June 16, 2019. The Golden Knights performed throughout the 2019 Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space Show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)
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A paratrooper, assigned to the U.S. Army Golden Knights demonstration team, lands on the flight line at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, on June 16, 2019. The Golden Knights performed throughout the 2019 Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space Show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor from the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis performs at the Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space show at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 16, 2019.  The team flies the F-22  at air shows around the globe, performing air demonstrations that include the power loop, split, tail slide, as well as a high speed pass and dedication pass. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas M. Barley)
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A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor from the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis performs at the Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space show at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 16, 2019.  The team flies the F-22 at air shows around the globe, performing air demonstrations that include the power loop, split, tail slide, as well as a high speed pass and dedication pass. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas M. Barley)

Four A-10 Thunderbolt IIs with the 442nd Fighter Wing fly in formation during the Wings Over Whiteman airshow on June 15, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The 442nd FW also participated in joint events with the Commemorative Air Force’s pyrotechnics simulating close air support operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Parker J. McCauley)
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Four A-10 Thunderbolt IIs with the 442nd Fighter Wing fly in formation during the Wings Over Whiteman airshow on June 15, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The 442nd FW also participated in joint events with the Commemorative Air Force’s pyrotechnics simulating close air support operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Parker J. McCauley)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. --

Whiteman Air Force Base opened its gates last weekend to more than 100 thousand spectators from across the globe for the 2019 Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space Show and Open House on June 15 and 16. 

The free show, open to the public, featured Air Combat Command’s F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, the A-10C Thunderbolt II demo team and the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, along with Whiteman AFB’s B-2 Stealth bomber and T-38 Talon jet and many more.

The U.S. Air Force Heartland Band performed throughout the weekend as well.

Guests interacted with air show performers and ventured onboard various modern and historic military aircraft including the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, a drone aircraft which has been flying since 2001, and the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber used by the U.S. Air Force since the 1950s.

Dan Smith and his wife, Bernice, natives of Golden, Missouri, attended Wings Over Whiteman for the first time this weekend.

“We love airplanes, any size, any shape, any form,” said Smith. “We have been to at least 50 other air shows, but this here is just top notch.”

1st Lt. Jordan Tencati, a pilot assigned to the 13th Bomb Squadron at Whiteman AFB, took time during the air show to tour one of the approximately 100 P-51 Mustangs still flying today. This particular aircraft flew during World War II over Warmingford, England.

He reflected on what it was like to sit in the pilot’s seat. He noted its simplicity, but also acknowledged the contributions of those who manned it.

“There’s a lot of heritage in this plane,” said Tencati. “I have a lot of appreciation for the people who flew this plane, for their sacrifice.”

Tencati, who currently works as a T-38 instructor, will begin his training as a B-2 Stealth Bomber pilot next year.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the B-2’s inaugural flight. 

During the B-2’s flyover performance, the Stealth Bomber demonstrated it’s “On time, on target” capabilities with an explosive pyrotechnics display. 

The weekend wrapped up with the F-22 Raptor Demonstration team’s Heritage flight during which the F-22 flew in formation with the P-51 Mustang and the A-10 Thunderbolt.

The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation exists to showcase modern day fighter jets flying in formation with World War II, Korean, and Vietnam era aircraft, said 2nd Lt. Sam Eckholm, who works as a public affairs officer for the F-22 demonstration team.

Lt. Col. Jasen Hunter, the commander of the Air Combat Command Training Support Squadron detachment 12 at Whiteman AFB, who led coordination of the air show, credited the overall success of the event to caring efforts of his team.

“Our show was successful because our staff cares about the Air Force mission and the mission of Whiteman AFB,” said Hunter. “Most all put the normal 730 to 430 work hours aside and worked until the job was completed.  They were innovative, safe, and truly cared for those that worked for them. They were happy to contribute to the overall effort and more than happy to host the general public and let them have a sneak peak of military life”

 

Please visit www.whiteman.af.mil or www.facebook.com/WingsOverWhiteman for more imagery and highlights from the 2019 WoW Air and Space show Open House.