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Featured Aircraft

2021 Featured Aircraft

A-10 Thunderbolt II

The A-10 Thunderbolt II has superior maneuverability at low altitude, and is a highly accurate and survivable weapons-delivery platform. The aircraft can loiter near areas for extended periods of time and operate in low visibility conditions. The short takeoff and landing capability allows operations in and out of locations near front lines. For more information on the A-10 Thunderbolt II, refer here.

B-2 Spirit

The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. A leap forward in technology, the bomber represents a massive milestone in the U.S. bomber modernization program. The B-2 brings firepower, in a short time, anywhere in the world through previously impenetrable defenses. For more information on the B-2 Spirit, refer here.

C-17 Globemaster III

The C-17 Globemaster III is the most flexible cargo aircraft. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all sorts of cargo to main operating bases or to forward bases in deployment areas. The aircraft can perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions and can transport litters and ambulatory patients during evacuations. For more information on the C-17 Globemaster III, refer here.

F-35 Lightning II

The F-35A is the U.S. Air Force’s latest fifth-generation fighter. With its aerodynamic performance and superior avionics, the F-35A will provide next-generation stealth, enhanced situational awareness, and reduced vulnerability for the United States and allied nations. For more information on the F-35 Lightning II, refer here.

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Air Force Marathon we wanted to show the extent of the U.S. Air Force’s air power with four featured aircraft.  The four aircraft will be featured on the event’s race shirts, medals and other marketing materials throughout 2021.

Past Featured Aircraft by Year
1997
1998
1999
2000

Wright Flyer

F-22 Raptor

C-17 Globemaster III

F-16 Falcon
2001
2002
2003
2004

B-1 Lancer

F-15 Eagle

B-2 Spirit

F-117 Nighthawk
2005
2006
2007
2008

U-2 Dragon Lady

A-10 Thunderbolt II

C-5 Galaxy

F-22 Raptor
2009
2010
2011
2012

RQ-4 Global Hawk

B-52 Stratofortress

B-1 Lancer

B-2 Spirit
2013
2014
2015
2016

C-130J Hercules

F-35 Lightning II

U-2 Dragon Lady

CV-22 Osprey
2017*
2017*
2018
2019

F-22 Raptor

P-51 Mustang

MQ-9 Reaper

KC-46 Pegasus
2020

HH-60G Pave Hawk

*Two aircraft were featured in 2017