2022 Static Aircraft and Displays
We are pleased to announce the 2022 Olympic Air Show on June 18-19th and will feature the following Static Aircraft and Display!
MKII Patrol Boat River
The Northwest Chapter of the Gamewardens Association Rare Vietnam Era Patrol Boat. Northwest Chapter of the Gamewardens Association is a group composed mostly of combat veterans often referred to as the Brown Water Navy, sailors and soldiers who primarily served in the Vietnam River War, will have two MKII Patrol Boat River (PBR’s) on exhibit at this year’s Olympic Airshow. Currently under restoration is PBR J-7844; the last manufactured Army PBR is also scheduled to attend. Members of the association will be on hand to give tours of this very unique watercraft better known as a PBR. The name “Gamewardens” was given by the Pentagon as relating to US Naval Task Force 116. Members of the TF-116 are the most highly decorated US Naval unit of the war. The last MK II PBR was still in use as late as 1995, with the last wartime duty being Desert Storm in late 1989.Total time in service, 29 years. The NW Chapter of the Gamewardens Assocation is headquartered in Chehalis, Washington. To contact call (253) 670-1657 or write or donate: PO Box 970, Sumner, WA 98390 “All Funds Go to the Maintenance and Restoration of the PBR’s”
The EAA Cascade Warbird Squadron which has been a significant, consistent, and growing influence for warbird fans in the Pacific Northwest. A qualified non-profit organization, the organization has grown to 220 members, who own and fly the whole gamut of ex-military aircraft, from the old bi-planes, trainers, fighters, bombers, and liaisons of World War II and the Korean War era—to the aircraft of the Vietnam War. Even foreign aircraft are not left out, as former adversary’s warbirds are now highly prized. The organization’s purpose is to promote and encourage the preservation and operation of WWII and other such aircraft representative of military operations, and to educate interested persons in methods of safe operation and maintenance. With 135 member aircraft of 35 different types, Cascade Warbird Squadron succeeds in their objective, providing a valuable presence of historic aviation to many Northwest events. Watch this group of skilled pilots fly in formation at the end of the aerobatic show.
Named after the Native American war leader Black Hawk, the UH-60A entered service with the U.S. Army in 1979, to replace the Bell UH-1 Iroquois as the Army's tactical transport helicopter. This was followed by the fielding of electronic warfare and special operations variants of the Black Hawk. Improved UH-60L and UH-60M utility variants have also been developed. More than 4,000 Black Hawk aircraft of all types are in service worldwide today. The U.S. Army is the largest operator with 2,135 H-60 designated aircraft. The same aircraft sold internationally direct from Sikorsky acquired the S-70 designation. Modified versions have also been developed for the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. In addition to U.S. Army use, the UH-60 family has been exported to several nations. Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk was featured in Rampage, Sicario 2, Six - the TV series, and Hobbs and Shaw. (piloted by museum Founder and President Brian Reynolds).
Nakajima B5N2 Kate Torpedo Bomber (allied reporting name “Kate”) was the standard carrier-based torpedo bomber of the Imperial Japanese Navy for much of World War II. It was one of the most used aircraft during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, with 140 Kates flown to hit Battleship Row with torpedoes. It was proven to be Japan’s best carrier-based torpedo bomber until 1944 when it was replaced. This rare aircraft will be on display at the Olympic Air Show.
The Washington State Patrol Aviation Section is opening the hangar doors to share 63 years of aerial law enforcement and service during the Olympic Airshow, July 18-19, 2022. WSP’s fleet of aircraft and patrol vehicles will be on display at the historical hangar. Built in the late 30s, the hangar serves as the home base for WSP Aviation.