The first production F-35A rolled out of the assembly in Fort Worth, Texas, in February of 2006. Later that year, the stealthy F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, in development by the United States and eight other countries, was named the "Lightning II," in homage to two earlier fighters.

In December of 2006, the F-35 completed its first flight. Over the next few years, flight and ground test articles of all three variants rolled off the production line and began collecting test points. The first production F-35 conducted its first flight in February of 2011 with deliveries of the aircraft beginning that very same year.

In 2012, the F-35 ramped up with 30 aircraft deliveries and increased testing operations across the United States. The program reached several milestones in weapons separation testing, angle of attack testing, aerial refueling training, and surpassed more than 5,000 flight hours with more than 2,100 recorded flights in that year.


E-2 Hawkeye

The Hawkeye provides all-weather airborne early warning and command and control functions for the carrier battle group. Additional missions include surface surveillance coordination, strike and interceptor control, search and rescue guidance and communications relay. An integral component of the carrier air wing, the E-2C uses computerized sensors to provide early warning, threat analyses and control of counteraction against air and surface targets. It is a high-wing aircraft with stacked antennae elements contained in a 24-foot rotating dome above the fuselage. The peculiar airflow over and around the radar dome led to a multiple-surface tail unit.


Angel9 TransAm

Modeled after the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet, Angel9 TransAm is a show car in the theme of the Blue Angels demonstration squadron. It was built as a dedication showpiece to past, present and future military aviators and maintainers; 

we salute their excellence, dedication and sacrifice in service to our country. 


EA-18 Growler

The Boeing EA-18G Growler is an American carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft, a specialized version of the two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet. The EA-18G replaced the Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowlers in service with the United States Navy. The Growler's electronic warfare capability is primarily provided by Northrop Grumman. The EA-18G began production in 2007 and entered operational service with the US Navy in late 2009.

The EA-18G Growler is the most advanced airborne electronic attack (AEA) platform and is the only one in production today. A variant of the combat-proven F/A-18F Super Hornet, the Growler provides tactical jamming and electronic protection to U.S. military forces and allies around the world. Industry and the U.S. Navy continue to invest in advanced Growler capabilities to ensure it continues to protect all strike aircraft during high-threat missions for decades to come.


The B-26 Invader was a larger, more ruggedly built version of the A-20 Havoc with more powerful engines, longer range, and heavier armament with remote power-driven gun turrets. It had a three man crew including a pilot, navigator and bombardier. It had the same high shoulder wing, but it was changed to a laminar flow design, the same type of wing that gave the P-51 Mustang its phenomenal performance.


U.S. Navy T-33

The Lockheed T-33 is a single-engine two-seat jet trainer aircraft produced by the US-American manufacturer Lockheed Corporation. The Lockheed T-33 T-Bird is a two-seat trainer variant of the Lockheed P-80/F-80 Shooting Star , initially designated TF-80C.

Commemorative Air Force Rocky Mountain Wing

The Commemorative Air Force Rocky Mountain Wing will exhibit the LARGEST and the smallest single-engine aircraft built for WWII at the 2019 Grand Junction Air Show. 

The Grumman TBM Avenger weighs 18,000 lbs fully loaded with a crew of three, equipment, ammunition for its three 50-calibre machine guns, a 2,000 lb. torpedo, and 345 gallons of fuel.  And it took off from aircraft carriers as short as 500 feet – without a catapult!  Avengers took out millions of tons of enemy shipping, and are generally credited with turning the tide of the War in the Pacific.

The J3 Piper Cub Grasshopper weighs less than 1,000 lbs fully loaded with an instructor, a student pilot, and 12 gallons of fuel.  The Grasshopper was the primary trainer for WWII pilot-wannabes, 75% of which washed out after 4 hours of dual flight training.  The Grasshopper was also used as an observation or reconnaissance plane, and the Navy flew them off aircraft carriers and other ships equipped with makeshift runways as short as 50 ft.

Come see both planes, buy a ticket to ride in one (or both!), or sign up to join the Rocky Mountain wing!

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