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Joint Base Andrews Air Show 2022

Cristina Garay at Joint Base Andrews airshow 22

On a gorgeous mid-September Sunday, me and my family headed to Joint Base Andrews here in the DC area for a beautiful air show!

This post is far from my regular posts, but let's leave the decor and DIYs for another day as I couldn't leave these pretty pictures and, most importantly, the small video snippets buried in the depths of my archives.

After being postponed last year, the air show was held two weeks ago. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the 75 years of the show at Air Base Andrews.

We arrived at the FedEx field to park our cars, and from there, we were bussed to Joint Base Andrews. 

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Cristina and Samantha Garay Bussed to Joint Base Andrews

Upon arrival, our first mission was to hop on this ginormous tanker.

On the inside, I couldn't help but sit and look at all the mechanics and cables going everywhere.
inside tanker - cable and chairs

The cockpit with that huge amount of controls was equally mesmerizing.

Inside tanker's cockpit

Here on route to the next!

Cristina Garay at Joint Base Andrews Airshow 2022

Thanks to my daughter, we also spent a good amount of time visiting every tent and getting souvenirs. She loved them all! :)

It was hard to settle on the one t-shirt we should get, so many great designs.

Ha, I got a cap showcasing one of my favorites, the Thunderbirds!
Cristina Garay at Joint BAse Andrews Airshow 2022

We continued our tour, checking most of these tremendous and robust aircraft.

Joint Base Andrews airshow 22

The Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey Aircraft.

Joint base andrews airshow 22

A great space to escape from the heat and sun, besides being below the aircraft themselves, was here at the Heritage Hangar.

Airshow 22

Inside, the Douglas C-47 was the aircraft that stole our hearts.

The C-47 airborne led the invasion of Normandy over 75 years ago in what is known today as D-Day. 
Joint Base Andrews airshow 22
Along with my daughter, we hopped inside this historic machine.
Joint Base Andrews airshow 22 - inside c-47

But hey, the show was about to start, and all the aircraft were ready!

the aircraft


A B-25 made a marvelous display in the air, circling two US Army Golden Knights for the National Anthem Flag Jump.

Joint Base Andrews airshow 22

Ken Pietsch Truck Top Landing

Since 1973, Kent has performed his incredible aerobatic routines for millions of people at more than 400 shows that have taken him to quality venues throughout the United States.

He flies an 800-pound Interstate Cadet with a 37-foot wingspan. The plane's horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine can generate 90 horsepower and a G-force ranging from -3 to +5.

It was incredible seeing him able to land on this moving truck!

On top of everything, we enjoyed the Jelly Belly decal the truck and aircraft had.

Joint Base Andrews air show 22

USAF C-17 Globemaster III Demonstration

The C-17 Globemaster III is the most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or to forward bases in the deployment area.

The C-17 measures 174 feet long (53 meters) with a wingspan of 169 feet and 10 inches (51.75 meters). The aircraft is powered by four Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofan engines based on the commercial Pratt and Whitney PW2040 used on the Boeing 757. Each machine is rated at 40,440 pounds of thrust and includes thrust reversers that direct airflow upward and forward to avoid the ingestion of dust and debris.

This HUGE aircraft was impressive to see up close!

Joint Base Andrews Air show 22

Joint Base Andrews airshow 22


The F-35A is the US Air Force's latest fifth-generation fighter. The conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) F-35A give the US Air Force and its allies the power to dominate the skies - anytime, anywhere.

F-35 - Aerial display @ Joint Base Andrews -22

The F-35A is an agile, versatile, high-performance, 9g capable multirole fighter that combines stealth, sensor fusion, and unprecedented situational awareness. 

The F-35's engine produces 43,000 lbs of thrust and consists of a three-stage fan, a six-stage compressor, an annular combustor, a single-stage high-pressure turbine, and a two-stage low-pressure turbine.

flying F-35

Major Kristin Wolfe is the F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team Commander, 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. She demonstrated spectacularly different maneuvers and abilities at top speed as well as forces.
F-35 with fire roaring below


The Thunderbirds was the show's highlight and my favorite and final display.

Thunderbirds display at Joint Force Andrews 22

The US Air Force Demonstration Squadron performs precision aerial maneuvers demonstrating the capabilities of Air Force high-performance aircraft to people worldwide.

Thunderbirds display at Joint Force Andrews 22

Thunderbirds display at Joint Force Andrews 22

Thunderbirds display at Joint Force Andrews 22

It was my first time at an air show display, and I know it will not be my last one! 🤞

The entire aerial display was breathtaking. The roar of those machines... blood-tingling. A complete collection of power, history, and inspiration for future generations!


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  1. Go T-birds!! Were there any B-52s there??

    1. Yes, Thunderbirds for the win! :) And yes, there was one B-52 and I totally missed it! So much to do and see.

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