From the very start of our intentions to visit the USA for the Hawgsmoke 2018 exercise we intended to go with a small group. Since the exercise was going to take place at Whiteman AFB (B-2s) we had no plans to take a large group and sit outside the base. Instead we chose to try and obtain permission to visit with five people. Of these five, two unfortunately had to cancel before we headed off. This resulted in the smallest 4Aviation group ever; only three people showed up at Schiphol for the trip on Friday 12 October 2018.
We took two flights to get to Dallas-Fort Worth (Amsterdam-Houston and Houston-Dallas Fort Worth). By the time we landed in Dallas-Fort Worth on Friday evening we had already found out that the Fort Worth Alliance airshow had been cancelled for Saturday (13 October). The rain, which had been pouring down for days in the Dallas area was the cause for this. So, by the time we ended up at our hotel for the coming days we had already drafted an alternative plan for the Saturday.