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This year the 2012 Defenders of Freedom Airshow and Open House at Offutt AFB, NE was held on 24-26 Aug. Friday (24 Aug) was considered to be the practice day, which allowed special needs children/groups and the media a chance to see the performers without a lot of people wandering around. The show was cancelled for Saturday due to in-climate weather to include thunderstorms, low ceilings and rain. The Sunday show did however go off without any real problems. The 2 major changes to Sunday's show was the aerial performances were delayed by 1.5 hours and the US Army Golden Knights did not perform their morning jump due to some low clouds still hanging around. Once the weather cleared up, the rest of the performers flew their scheduled events/demos as planned. The performers for this year's airshow were as follows:
  • Team Offutt AFB (TC-135V & E-4B)
  • US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team
  • Warbird Performers (P-51D, B-25, TBM Avenger & Zero)
  • Team Aerostars 3-Ship Yak-52TW Formation
  • Lima Lima 6-Ship T-34 Mentor Formation
  • Flash Fire Jet Truck (ANG)
  • John Klatt Max Adrenaline Show (ANG)
  • The Horsemen 3-Ship F-86 Sabre Formation
  • Kevin Coleman Aerosports
  • USMC AV-8B Harrier II Demo
  • USN West Coast F/A-18F Super Hornet Demo
  • MiG-17F - Fighterjets Inc (Randy Ball)
  • USAF East Coast A-10 Heritage Flight with 2/F-86s

2008 Bell 206B (N106PD) - Omaha Police Department

2008 Bell 206B (N106PD) - Omaha Police Department

1944 North American P-51D Mustang (NL10607) - "Barbara Jean"

1944 North American P-51D Mustang (NL10607) - "Barbara Jean"

2002 S C Aerostar S A Yak-52TW (N252TW) - Team Aerostars

2002 S C Aerostar S A Yak-52TW (N252TW) - Team Aerostars

2003 S C Aerostar S A Yak-52TW (N621TW) - Team Aerostars

2003 S C Aerostar S A Yak-52TW (N621TW) - Team Aerostars

1945 North American P-51D Mustang (N5428V) - "Gunfighter"

1945 North American P-51D Mustang (N5428V) - "Gunfighter"

1944 Douglas AC-47 Gunship "Spooky" - American Flight Museum

1944 Douglas AC-47 Gunship "Spooky" - American Flight Museum

Fairchild A-10 Warthog (80-0149) - USAF East Coast A-10 Demo Team

Fairchild A-10 Warthog (80-0149) - USAF East Coast A-10 Demo Team

1955 Canadair F-86E Mk.6 Sabre (NX1F) - The Horsemen F-86 Sabre Formation Demo Team

1955 Canadair F-86E Mk.6 Sabre (NX1F) - The Horsemen F-86 Sabre Formation Demo Team

2003 Yak-52TW (N621TW) - Team Aerostars 3-Ship Yak 52 Demonstra

2003 Yak-52TW (N621TW) - Team Aerostars 3-Ship Yak 52 Demonstra

Boeing AV-8B+ Harrier II (BuNo 165567) - VMA-513 Nightmares

Boeing AV-8B+ Harrier II (BuNo 165567) - VMA-513 Nightmares

1944 North American P-51D Mustang (44-73264) - American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum - Gunfighter

1944 North American P-51D Mustang (44-73264) - American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum - Gunfighter

1944 North American P-51D Mustang (44-73264) - American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum - Gunfighter

1944 North American P-51D Mustang (44-73264) - American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum - Gunfighter

North American P-51D Mustangs - Gunfighter and Big Beautiful Doll

North American P-51D Mustangs - Gunfighter and Big Beautiful Doll

North American P-51D Mustangs - Gunfighter and Big Beautiful Doll (With Text)

North American P-51D Mustangs - Gunfighter and Big Beautiful Doll (With Text)

Boeing F-18F Super Hornet (BuNo 166976) - VFA-122 Flying Eagles

Boeing F-18F Super Hornet (BuNo 166976) - VFA-122 Flying Eagles

Boeing AV-8B+ Harrier II (BuNo 165567) - VMA-513 Nightmares

Boeing AV-8B+ Harrier II (BuNo 165567) - VMA-513 Nightmares

Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules (10-5700) - 39th Airlift Squadron

Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules (10-5700) - 39th Airlift Squadron

Grumman OV-1D Mohawk (N101VD) (Tonemapped)

Grumman OV-1D Mohawk (N101VD) (Tonemapped)

Grumman OV-1D Mohawk (N101VD) - Woortech Inc

Grumman OV-1D Mohawk (N101VD) - Woortech Inc

Airbus A300F4-605R (N670FE) - Federal Express

Airbus A300F4-605R (N670FE) - Federal Express