2006 Rhode Island ANG Open House & Airshow

North Kingstown, Rhode Island

June 24-25, 2006

Airshow report written on July 3, 2006.

Performer Brief:  None due to weather


No, I'm not being lazy.  One of the finest airshows in the Northeast was practically weathered out for both Saturday and Sunday.  I made the long trip up to Rhode Island on Friday to catch static display arrivals as well as the practice show, which was held under mostly cloudy skies.  Almost all of the performers that were at Quonset State Airport on Friday flew during the show, including Chuck Lischer, who flew his final full show on Friday, as he was tragically killed in a plane crash on June 27 in Ocean City, MD.  I will miss Chuck, as he was one of my favorite performers to watch and talk to.  If you did not look at my Tribute Page, Chuck was killed while on final approach in a BD-5J Microjet (look at Willow Grove '00 for video of the aircraft type) after successfully conducting instrument tests for the Department of Defense.  Essentially, Chuck died doing what he loved AND serving his country at the same time.

Saturday's show was held somewhat under rainy weather throughout the whole day, with sporadic bursts of heavy rain in the early morning and during the early and late afternoon.  All of the aerobatic performers got to fly and the only military aircraft in the air was a C-130J-30 from the Rhode Island ANG and the CH-146 Griffon.  The static displays were sparse but there were some gems.  I was practically unable to go through the statics on Friday (I was very tired and not feeling 100% - mostly from only getting less than three hours of sleep and then driving five hours) or Saturday (the rain), but I am able to give you an idea of what was on display.

I will be back to Rhode Island next year - no doubt about it!


Static Displays - Not Including Museum Aircraft and Some Civil Aircraft


Aircraft Squadron Home Base Registration Notes
A-10 Thunderbolt II   Barnes ANGB, MA 78-0632  
A-10 Thunderbolt II   Barnes ANGB, MA 78-0612  
Boeing 727-200F FedEx Memphis, TN    
Cessna 172 Civil Air Patrol      
Cessna 172     N184MS  
Cessna 208 FedEx Memphis, TN N996FE  
C-130J-30 Hercules 143rd AW North Kingstown, RI 99-1431  
CF-188A Hornet 425 Squadron CFB Bagotville, PQ    
E-2C Hawkeye 2000 VAW-120 NAVSTA Norfolk, VA    
Experimental (Need ID)     N701VK  
F-16C Fighting Falcon   Burlington, VT 83-1136  
F/A-18A Hornet VMFA-115 MCAS Beaufort, SC 163133, VE-201 CAG Bird
F/A-18A Hornet VMFA-115 MCAS Beaufort, SC VE-205  
F/A-18A Hornet VMFA-115 MCAS Beaufort, SC 163168, VE-210  
HH-65 Dauphin   CGAS Atlantic City, NJ    
HH-60 Jayhawk   CGAS Cape Cod, MA 6034  
HU-25A Guardian   CGAS Cape Cod, MA 2120  
KC-10A Extender 305th AMW McGuire AFB, NJ 79-0434  
T-1A Jayhawk        
T-6A Texan II        
T-37 Tweet        
T-38 Talon   Sheppard AFB, TX 66-4388  
T-45 Goshawk VT-7, TW-1 NAS Meridian, MS 165471  


Military Demonstration Teams

  • USAF Thunderbirds
  • British Red Devils
  • US Army SOC Black Daggers

Tentative Military Demonstrations

  • A-10 Thunderbolt II East Coast Demo Team
  • Combined Arms Demonstration
  • C-130J-30 Hercules Demonstration
  • CH-146 Griffon Demonstration
  • F/A-18C Hornet Demonstration

Civillian Demonstrations

  • Sean Tucker
  • Ed Hamill
  • Michael Mancuso
  • Frank Ryder
  • Chuck Lischer
  • Reese Dill
  • Shockwave Jet Truck
  • John Klatt
  • Michael Hunter
  • USAF Heritage Flight

Participating Organizations

  • Rich's Incredible Pyro

Announcer: Larry Rutt

Gates Open: 9:00 AM

Showtime: 9:45 AM - 4:30 PM