CAF Wings Over Houston | Ellington Airport, Houston

October 26-27, 2024

US Navy Blue Angels

Friday Fun Day

This year, the Wings Over Houston Airshow is proud to host the US NAVY Growler Airshow Team. For the purist, yes the Growler and Super Hornet airframes are slightly different. That said, they both takeoff and land on aircraft carriers the same way.

Unfortunately, there is something super cool that isn’t included in the demo. What is it? Aircraft carrier takeoffs (shots) and landings (traps)!

At this time, we’re unable to fill up Ellington Airport with water and drag in an aircraft carrier from the Gulf. We asked and we’re told, “No!” Granted with all the rain we receive, filling Ellington up wouldn’t be that difficult. Alas, here’s the next best thing … an inside look at takeoffs and landings

Carrier Cat Shots & Traps Briefly Explained

Here’s a short look at carrier operations that includes the special skill sets of cat shots and traps.

An Inside Look at Trapping a Super Hornet on an Aircraft Carrier

The second video comes from the Strike Fighter Squadron 14 (VFA-14) “Tophatters” flying their F-18 Super Hornet.

Deep Discount Ticket Launch = Thursday, June 15th at 12:00 PM CT (Noon Central)

Tickets go on sale June 15th to Air Show Insiders® only. Remember, as an Air Show Insider; you get exclusive discounts not available to the public! Stay tuned to your email for more deep discount ticket launch details.

Info / Photo Sources:

  • Video #1 – YouTube: Smithsonian Channel (https://youtu.be/lM8GJaFeG0U)
  • Video #2 – YouTube: Alexander A (https://youtu.be/G2Y82rkxzY0)

A Note on Performers:

Aircraft and performers are subject to change without notice, due to operational considerations. If anything changes, we will do our best to let you know. Thank you!

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