What began as a simple open house just a year previous grew into a major event in the year 2000. While big name acts like the Thunderbirds or Blue Angels were still a year or two off, the newly christened Wings Over Pittsburgh now included multiple static displays, an Army jump team, and a C-17 demonstration.

You still enter under a B-52
You still enter under a B-52
Photo: Justin Gibb
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The BUFF, and concessions!
The BUFF, and concessions!
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B-52H and a KC-10, just one of many new displays this year.
B-52H and a KC-10, just one of many new displays this year.
Photo: Justin Gibb
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Other side of the ‘Extender’
Other side of the ‘Extender’
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The cargo door on the KC-10 ‘Extender’. Not sure if that note is intended to be funny, but it is.
The cargo door on the KC-10 ‘Extender’. Not sure if that note is intended to be funny, but it is.
Photo: Justin Gibb
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The KC-10 has both a flying boom and a drogue for refueling Navy/USMC aircraft.
The KC-10 has both a flying boom and a drogue for refueling Navy/USMC aircraft.
Photo: Justin Gibb
One of the KC-135s that call the IAP home.
One of the KC-135s that call the IAP home.
Photo: Justin Gibb
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The 171st, along with the 911th Airlift Wing, are co-located with the Pittsburgh Int’l Airport
The 171st, along with the 911th Airlift Wing, are co-located with the Pittsburgh Int’l Airport
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C-141 ‘Starlifter’. USAF cargo planes look best in the old MAC white over gray, or the Euro 1 ‘lizard’ camo. Don’t @ me.
C-141 ‘Starlifter’. USAF cargo planes look best in the old MAC white over gray, or the Euro 1 ‘lizard’ camo. Don’t @ me.
Photo: Justin Gibb
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Speaking of which, a C-5A ‘Galaxy’. “Captain, there be whales here!”
Speaking of which, a C-5A ‘Galaxy’. “Captain, there be whales here!”
Photo: Justin Gibb
They closed the nose and tail toward the end of the day.
They closed the nose and tail toward the end of the day.
Photo: Justin Gibb
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There was no identification with that large white plane, so I had no idea what is was, beyond being a Boeing 707/717 derivative. I was finally able to figure out that it’s an Navy E-6 ‘Mercury’, which replaced the C-130 in the TACAMO role in 1989.

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A rather smart looking F-4 ‘Phantom’.
A rather smart looking F-4 ‘Phantom’.
Photo: Justin Gibb
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It’s the little things in life you cherish...
It’s the little things in life you cherish...
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EA-6B Prowler from VMAQ-4. The unit would later be deployed to Iraq several times before being decommissioned in 2017.
EA-6B Prowler from VMAQ-4. The unit would later be deployed to Iraq several times before being decommissioned in 2017.
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One of the C-17s parked on the apron maneuvered off its spot to taxi onto the runway and begin the demonstration. Much was made of the plane’s ability to use its thrust reversers to back up in the absence of ground equipment. Unfortunately, someone or more likely several someones weren’t paying attention to where that jet blast was going, and the loudspeakers visible in the 4th picture were blown over, much to the crowd’s merriment.

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One of the other demos present, an F-5.
One of the other demos present, an F-5.
Photo: Justin Gibb
C-130 releasing an Army jump squad.
C-130 releasing an Army jump squad.
Photo: Justin Gibb
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That’s it for Y2K. Up tomorrow, a trip to Ohio...

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