Millions of people have witnessed the Thunderbirds demonstrations, and in turn, they’ve seen the pride, professionalism and dedication of hundreds of thousands of Airmen serving at home and abroad. Each year brings another opportunity for the team to represent those who deserve the most credit: the everyday, hard-working Airmen voluntarily serving America and defending freedom.
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 & Teresa Stokes!
From wingwalking acts to World Championships to formation flying, “Mr. Airshow” has done it all! With over 30 years of airshow experience, Three-Time National Champion Gene Soucy is a pilot and entertainer you must see. As America’s favorite wingwalker, Teresa Stokes is a one-of-a-kind performer and also an acclaimed aviation artist and accomplished pilot. No airshow is complete without Teresa Stokes and her wild ride on the wing!
FA 18 Super Hornet Tac Demo
The Memphis Airshow is the best place to see a VFA-122 Super Hornet in action. The Tactical Demonstration, or "Tac Demo" team flies the single-seat F/A-18E and two-seat F/A-18F as close to the "edge of the envelope" as safety and prudence allow. The routine highlights the Rhino's maneuverability and slow-speed handling characteristics and has been very well received around the country. VFA-122 is the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) for the F/A-18 A-D Legacy Hornet and the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet. Based at NAS Lemoore, CA, the squadron trains aircrew and maintenance personnel to fly & fix the "Hornet" and the "Rhino".
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!"
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 airshow 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. In school, Mike had a teacher tell him he would never be a pilot. His grades weren’t great and he got into trouble. Later that year a tutor gave him the book The Little Engine that Could, by Watty Piper. It changed his attitude and it helped Mike believe in himself. He traded his work of washing airplanes for flying lessons and received his pilot’s license on his 17th birthday.
Thirty eight years later, Mike has accumulated more than 24,000 flight hours and has qualified in more than 40 aircraft. He keeps a very busy schedule flying for corporate America as well as keeping a full time air show schedule flying the Lucas Oil stunt plane April through November. “It is incredible to be part of the Lucas Oil Team. Their products as well as their integrity make what I do even more rewarding.”
It wasn’t easy getting where he is today, and as Mike would attest, he fought battles every day. Things didn’t always turn out the way he planned, but with each year he believes that one of the biggest impacts in his life and the lives around him was his attitude.
Lt. Col. John Klatt is one of the top aerobatic performance pilots in America. He has thrilled millions of air show spectators for the past decade, with his own 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.
John's Air National Guard career and service has equipped him with some of the finest flight training in the world, and it is a tremendous honor for him to use those skills to entertain airshow fans, and encourage them to learn more about the outstanding opportunities and benefits available in the Air National Guard.
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 airshows 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.
Kent Pietsch fell in love with flying when he was four years-old. Five decades later, his passion has not waned. 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.
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!
Jerry Conley is president of Red Alert, LLC. and chief pilot. Jerry's flying career started at 8 years old when he got a kids' book titled "Jerry the Jet" and the rest is history. Jerry holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the Florida State University College of Engineering, graduating in the top of his class and being a member of the prestigious Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. Jerry has managed laboratories, and designed experiments for engineering courses at two major universities. He has been a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Automotive and Aerospace Engineers, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Jerry was the founder and CEO of Wildcat Fuels, Inc.. for over 20 years, and is still the leading manufacturer of R/C fuels in the world today. Jerry is proud to have served our country in the United States Air Force and is an honorably discharged veteran.
Red Star and Dragon
The combination of two totally different Jet Warbirds dueling it out in the skies above will entrance Memphis Airshow attendees. The act encompasses three different elements: a Jet Dog-Fight act, a patriotic formation and high speed solos!
Lucas Oil Jump Team
The Lucas Oil Jump team is one of the premier precision parachute teams in the world! Check out their latest video. Click here>
A spectacular WWII warbird aerobatic display, unmatched since 1945. Watch WWII history come alive with the first aerobatic airshow display of the famous BT-13 “Vibrator”. Witness a graceful, yet thrilling aerobatic display choreographed to authentic WWII Air Force pilot songs. Experience the thrill of a WWII aviation cadet on his first Basic Training aerobatic instruction flight in 1943. Listen to the instructor, live from the cockpit, as he teaches the cadet how to fly each aerobatic maneuver. Share the excitement as the aviation cadet learns how the “vibrator” got its name. Be captivated by the historic sight and awesome sound of the historic Vultee BT-13 Valiant.
Huge Car Show
Any antique, vintage, hot rod, street rod, etc. is welcome. This includes new cars that have some modifications or are the high end, high performance model (like a Mustang Shelby GT, etc). We will have what we call "drive-by" judging. The goal is to ensure we have cars the public doesn't normally see up close. We also don't want anyone driving a minivan or four-door everyday driver sedan to try to take advantage of the reduced price, premium parking, and cash give-away offered to participants. Cars need to be entered no later than 8:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday,the earlier the better. Entry fee is $25, which includes admission for one plus up to 3 adult admissions for $15 each ($30 in total savings). There will be a special entrance on Hornet Street off of Navy Road, the same used by performers. Parking for show vehicles will be on the tarmac (not general parking). Admission enters you into the $2500 cash give-away each day. This will be broken down into awards as follows: 1 @ $500, 2 @ $250, 5 @ $100, 10 @ $50, and 20 @ $25.
Clubs can request to be together. The request needs to be no later than a week before show date (September 18, 2015). Cars will need to remain on site until close to the end of the day for the cash drawing. We will try to do the drawing before the USAF Thunderbirds perform. Each day is a separate event. Cars can be left overnight, as we will have security on site (FBI, TSA, Homeland Security, etc) . You (and your party) will be given a one day pass to get in on Sunday. However, you will not be eligible for the second day cash drawing unless you pay the $25 dollar entry fee. All cars must be removed on Sunday. For more info contact Jim Lovell, 901-867-7007 office, or 901-652-1727 cell, to make club requests.