In 1999, the USAF Reserve station at Pittsburgh International Airport held its first open house, which would later become the Wings Over Pittsburgh airshow.

The open house started small, with just a few static displays:

The first thing you see walking on to the apron.
The first thing you see walking on to the apron.
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The other side of the BUFF
The other side of the BUFF
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The B-52's massive flaps
The B-52's massive flaps
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The AN/ASQ-151 Electro-Optical Viewing System, add to G and H model BUFFs
The AN/ASQ-151 Electro-Optical Viewing System, add to G and H model BUFFs
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Big tail. The B-52's defensive gun turrets were removed beginning in 1991.
Big tail. The B-52's defensive gun turrets were removed beginning in 1991.
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This C-123 will show up at all future Wings Over Pittsburgh events
This C-123 will show up at all future Wings Over Pittsburgh events
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The C-123's cockpit. Lots of dials and gauges.
The C-123's cockpit. Lots of dials and gauges.
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A Bell UH-1, with one of the 911th’s C-130s in the background.
A Bell UH-1, with one of the 911th’s C-130s in the background.
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The Huey’s engine.
The Huey’s engine.
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OV-1 Mohawk
OV-1 Mohawk
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Mohawk from the side.
Mohawk from the side.
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Illustration for article titled 1999 Pittsburgh Air Reserve Open House

Tomorrow: the USAF Museum.

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