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The Snowbirds Demonstration Team (431 Squadron) is a Canadian icon comprised of serving members of the Canadian Forces. Their pilots and technicians work as a team to bring thrilling performances to the North American public. Serving as Canadian ambassadors, the Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of professionalism, teamwork, excellence, discipline and dedication inherent in the women and men of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Forces. Check out this cool Snowbirds video>
Shockwave presents the World Famous SHOCKWAVE JET TRUCK! The baddest/most impressive jet ground vehicle on the planet!!! 3 times the smoke, 3 times the fire, 3 times the noise, and 3 times the horsepower! THREE afterburning J34-48 jet engines totaling 36,000 HP. SHOCKWAVE is the Guiness Book world record holder for the fastest jet truck in the world at 376 MPH.
Gene Soucy is one of the most well-respected and proficient airshow pilots in American aviation. He is a former member of the record-setting Eagles Aerobatic Flight Team, he has been a member of two World Champion U.S. Aerobatic Teams, and he has won more awards than any other active airshow pilot. Innovation and versatility are Gene Soucy's style. It is no wonder as to why he has rightfully been nicknamed "Mr. Airshow." At the age of twenty-two, Gene earned a position on the U.S. Aerobatic Team, making him the youngest competitor flying at the World Contest in England held that year. He finished strongly in his Pitts Special and placed 6th overall, which helped the U.S. Team to win its first World Championship. Since that very auspicious beginning, Gene has gone on to gather an impressive competition record. He became a three-time U.S. National Champion and a three-time Canadian National Champion, and he has been an active pilot in the unlimited category since 1969.
The 2012 air show season marks the 32nd anniversary for American Aerobatics! Julie Clark officially began her air show company then named, Julie Clark's American Aerobatics, in 1980. Julie and the entire SMOKIN' MENTOR T-34 aerobatic team look forward to an exciting air show season and the opportunity to meet new fans across North America. With 32 years of solo aerobatic air show flying and 31,000 accident-free hours in the air, Julie and the SMOKIN' MENTOR T-34 are ready for a great 2012 season. Julie proudly flies her magnificent SMOKIN' MENTOR T-34 throughout North America wowing fans of all ages with her touchingly patriotic performance.
Teresa Stokes is an internationally acclaimed aviation and space artist as well as the top stuntwoman-wingwalker in the World. She lives at her houseboat-studio near the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Award winning Teresa Stokes Aviation Art specializes in custom commissioned fine art paintings of aircraft, skyscapes, and space flight. Limited Edition prints of her work are marketed in galleries through out the country, and displayed in museums worldwide.
Manfred performs in a fully aerobatic sailplane. The spectators delight in the change in pace and contrast to the other acts his elegant performances bring.
A top professional performer, he has thrilled spectators in North America with his day and night acts for more than twenty years. He has also entertained the crowds at air shows in Australia and Mexico.
Skip Stewart is one of the most entertaining airshow pilots in the world today. He has over eight thousand hours of flying experience, is an airline transport pilot, certified flight instructor, has owned and operated an aerobatic flight school, earned gold medals in regional aerobatic competitions, served as a chief pilot for a Fortune 100 company and has spent more than ten years entertaining airshow fans around the world.
Skip practices tirelessly in the airplane he custom built himself to insure the highest level of entertainment. His flying has been featured in magazines that include Smithsonian Air & Space, AOPA, Sports Illustrated, World Airshow News, Auto Pilot as well as in multiple international publications. He is the first pilot to fly an airplane under a jumping motorcycle at an airshow and has also been known to fill in as the driver of the "World's Fastest Dodge RAM Jet Truck!"
Greg Koontz & The Alabama Boys
Greg Koontz has been performing in airshows since 1974, when he joined Col. Moser's Flying Circus and learned his trademark maneuvers from the best in the business. This airshow season, Greg returns to his roots to bring back good old-fashioned family entertainment in the best flying circus tradition! With TWO complete airshow acts, Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys are a complete airshow package!
Matt Younkin is a third generation pilot. He is the son of legendary airshow pilot Bobby Younkin, who is famous for his amazing aerobatic displays in the AT-6, Beech 18, Learjet 23, Samson, and most recently, the Super Decathlon. Bobby is considered to be one of the greatest airshow pilots of all time.
Matt is also the grandson of Jim Younkin who is well-known for designing the Century and Trutrak autopilots. Jim is also famous for his antique aircraft restorations, as well as building beautiful replicas of the 1930's air racers such as the Howard "Mr. Mulligan" and the Travel Air "Mystery Ship."
John Klatt has thrilled millions of air show spectators across America with a unique blend of precision, power and performance. He has served in the Air National Guard for more than 20 years - flying combat, air support and humanitarian missions throughout the world in the F-16 "Fighting Falcon" and the C-130 "Hercules" aircraft.
Like many of the show pilots, Mike's passion for aviation started when he was very young. Mike's Dad took him to his first air show at their hometown in Iowa at the age of 10. That show made an everlasting impression so deep that at 14, Mike rode his bike to the airport for two weeks straight and bugged the owner for a job washing airplanes and cleaning hangars just to be around airplanes. He traded his work for flying lessons and received his Pilot's License on his 17th birthday.
Thirty two years later, Mike has accumulated more than 24,000 flight hours and has qualified in more than 40 aircraft. Mike keeps a very busy schedule flying for Corporate America as well as keeping a full time air show schedule from March through November.
Franklin's Flying Circus
For over 45 years, the Franklins have thrilled audiences around the world with unique and exciting acts. Always focused on entertainment, always striving for perfection in their flying and their ideas, the Franklins never wanted to be known merely as pilots. Their fans wanted more than precision flying, so Kyle and Jimmy delivered a now legendary mix of flying, entertainment, and of course - a great story. Their showmanship and talent have not gone unrewarded. Jimmy was the first person to receive the Art Scholl Award for showmanship and the only performer to receive this honor twice. He was also inducted into the Air Show Hall of Fame and the International Aerobatic Hall of Fame. Kyle's skill as a performer has been recognized in numerous magazine and publication covers, a reality TV show appearance, media interviews, and of course - the support and admiration of his fans, friends, and sponsors.
Millions of air show spectators around the globe have witnessed the ferocity of a Mike Goulian air show performance. Every roll, pull, and tumble of his flight is a deliberate execution of precision. With his aggressive approach to the air show arena, Mike Goulian has mastered the ability to convey his message of passion through flight.
Mike's crisp, athletic style of flying is the evolution of his landmark career as an aerobatic competitor. Mike reached the pinnacle of the sport when he won the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Championship at only 27 years of age. He was honored to represent the United States at the World Aerobatic Championship on three separate occasions.
Raiders Demo Team
The team provides a unique and exciting 4 to 6 aircraft formation aerobatic demonstration. The Raider Pilots are Level II Qualified in both formation and solo aerobatics and display the capabilities of the Yahkovlev 52 and Nanchang CJ6 aircraft in precision formation and solo aerobatic flight always at show center.
Keith Davis has been obsessed with flying for as long as he can remember. He can still remember a time when he thought he could fly like the birds, but a leap into the air to soar with the birds ended badly at age 3 or 4. Since then, its been an obsession with flying IN airplanes. Keith was 15 before he was able to talk his parents into taking him to the airport to start flying lessons. He was a private pilot on his 17th birthday. Getting permission to fly was much easier than borrowing the family car. Keith has owned several single and twin-engine airplanes over the years. In addition to flight instruction, Keith has flown freight operations - mainly in the upper Midwest. It seems that he has too many cargo stories that start with the line, "I was taking off from Fargo this cold snowy night and,..."
All was right with the world until that first aerobatic ride. Like many pilots, he signed up for one of those 10 hour aerobatic courses that were designed to introduce experienced pilots to the world of aerobatics in a Pitts Special. This was all it took. After the course, Keith bought the airplane from the instructor.
Friday Night Fireworks and Pyrotechnics!
In addtion to the spectacle of a thrilling night airshow, there will be an awesome fireworks display with bomb blasts and a 1,000 foot wall of fire. Carnival rides, high performance go-carts, laser tag, inflatables and lots more fun for the entire family!
Tale Draggers RC Club
The Tale Draggers RC Aerobatic Team fly Giant Scale Radio Control Aircraft with Exciting, High Energy, Down on the Deck Aerobatics, performed by some of the most Talented RC Pilots in the Midsouth.