U. S. Navy Blue Angels
A Blue Angels flight demonstration exhibits choreographed refinements of skills possessed by all naval aviators. The Blue Angels’ C-130, affectionately known as Fat Albert, begins each demonstration by showcasing its maximum-performance capabilities during a ten-minute performance. Shortly thereafter, you will see the graceful aerobatic maneuvers of the four-jet Diamond Formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of two Solo pilots. Finally, the team illustrates the pinnacle of precision flying, performing maneuvers locked as a unit in the renowned six-jet Delta Formation.
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.
Team AeroDynamix, the world's largest air show team, provides an exciting and memorable performance that combines precision formation flying and formation aerobatics.
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!"
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.
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."
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.
Otto the Helicopter
OTTO The Helicopter is one of the most unique and versatile air show acts in the world. OTTO provides air show fans the best entertainment value in the industry. During OTTO’s daytime comedy show he entertains the crowds by blowing bubbles, playing with his yo-yo, racing around barrels and picking them up, shooting smoke in all directions, towing banners, and more all while interacting with the announcer!
While most aerobatic performers have one basic program, Kent executes three storied acts that leave spectators mesmerized. These include a dead-stick (turning the engine off) routine from 6,000 feet and a rooftop landing on a moving RV! However, Kent is best known for a comedy act that features a detached aileron (wing flap) and a mesmerizing wingtip-scraping pass down the runway that you must see to believe. When Kent is at the controls of his plane, it is impossible not to watch him perform.
The daytime Hang glider show has become a comical "screwup" act.
Dan's "unscheduled" tow-launch into another aerobatic performers "act" starts the funny banter on the PA system between Dan, the announcer and the other pilot . The police are also chasing his tow winch vehicle on the runway & the airplane is buzzing Dan, all while he's being winch towed to 1,500'!! The aerobatic airplane will closely buzz Dan several times trying to get him to cooperate with the announcer and officials, as he shoots special effects from the glider in defense. Dan is eventually allowed to finish his show, and the police car arrives to his landing spot at show center to deliver his wheelchair which he had left behind. Dan will taxi off stage holding onto the wing of the airplane or door of the police vehicle.
Dan actually launches his glider from a moving winch trailer, driving down the runway at about 35mph with the flag, streamers and bright orange smoke trailing. He steadily tow-climbs to an altitude of 1,200 -1,800' while speaking live via a radio link to the audience,. A variable tension winch on the launch vehicle can spin out up to 3,000' of tow-line during his ascent.
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.
Wayne flies a high-energy, Unlimited level aerobatic routine in the German built, Extra 330LX, a brand new model, introduced in 2011. The LX is a high-performance monoplane of carbon fiber construction, with an AEIO 580 engine, developing over 330 horsepower and providing amazing vertical performance, tremendous roll rates and dynamic tumbles, and speeds approaching 270 miles per hour!