The U.S. Navy Blue Angels (http://www.blueangels.navy.mil)
The Blue Angels’ mission is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting efforts and to represent the naval service to the United States, its elected leadership and foreign nations. The Blue Angels serve as positive role models and goodwill ambassadors for the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps. A Blue Angels flight demonstration exhibits choreographed refinements of skills possessed by all naval aviators. It includes the graceful aerobatic maneuvers of the four-plane Diamond Formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of its 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. Since its inception in 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 427 million fans.
Rob Holland (http://ultimateairshows.com)
Rob’s rise to the top started as a young airshow fan in his native New England. Earning his pilot’s license while still a teenager, Rob began flying aerobatics almost immediately, all while building valuable flight time and experience as a corporate pilot, commuter pilot, banner tower, flight instructor, ferry pilot, and operating his own aerobatic flight school. Now in his 15th year as a full-time airshow pilot, Rob has distinguished himself by blazing a trail of innovation, developing maneuvers never before seen at an airshows. “One of my goals is to take aerobatics to the next level,” Rob explains. “I want to push the limits of what can be done.” But while his impact and influence on the airshow community is undeniable, his remarkable skills at the controls of his MXS-RH are matched with a humble and approachable demeanor that has forged a unique connection with countless fans the world over
GEICO Skytypers (http://www.geicoskytypers.com)
The GEICO Skytypers are a flying unit based in Long Island, New York. The team is comprised of 10 pilots who the only flying unit in the world to type giant skytyped messages AND perform in air shows across the United States. The aircraft used by the GEICO Skytypers are the North American SNJ-2s originally built in 1940 and 1941 during World War II. Called the T-6 Texan by the Army Air Corps, the Harvard by the RAF, and affectionately known as “The Pilot Maker” by its crews, the SNJ was designed to transition from basic trainers to first-line tactical aircraft. The planes have been fully restored and specially equipped with modifications for skytyping missions. The Skytypers perform a low-level, precision flying demonstration that has thrilled spectators all over the United States. The demonstration features maneuvers and formations utilized during WWII. Through expert energy management and steady hands, these expert pilots extract every ounce of performance possible from these wonderful WWII antique aircraft.
Bob Carlton / Vertigo Air Shows (http://www.vertigoairshows.com)
Bob began flying in 1979 at the age of 19. He has since logged over 2000 hours in a wide variety of aircraft and holds a commercial pilot certificate. Bob has flown hang gliders, airplanes, helicopters, and sailplanes from hundreds of sites in the US, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Bob has flown airshows professionally since 1993. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife Laurie and their two dogs, Elsa and Cinco. Bob is one of the most versatile airshow performers in North America. He began flying airshows in his Salto sailplane, and over the years has continued to add innovative performances such as barnstormin’ biplane aerobatics, helicopter sailplane tow, night aerobatics with strobes & pyro and the world’s only twin jet sailplane. The tradition of innovation continues with the recent addition of the Super Salto jet sailplane, with more power, more speed and more aerobatic capability than any other sailplane on the planet! Bob is a retired rocket scientist for a major national laboratory.
Scott “Scooter” Yoak (http://www.quicksilvermustang.com)
Scott is a 2008 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach Campus with a major in Aviation Maintenance Science and a minor in Air Traffic Management. While attending school at ERAU, Scott obtained his Commercial Single and Multi Engine Land, Single Engine Sea, Flight Instructor, and Airframe and Powerpant Mechanic. In between all of the school flying, he built hours by banner towwing and instructing in the family T-6 Texan before checking out in the P-51 at the age of 20. After Graduation, Scooter moved back to West Virginia, obtained his Inspection Authorization, and has picked up the family restoration and fabrication business. He currently holds a Surface Level Aerobatic waiver in the P-51 and performs in dozens of shows a year. His current Total time is 5,000+ hours and over 400 in P-51’s. When he is not touring with the mustang or working in the shop, he is the Deputy Team Chief for the Black Diamond Jet Team.
Bill Leff (http://www.billleffairshows.com)
Bill excites the crowd with the roar of the radial engine, the flash of the sun off the polished aluminum surface and the volume of smoke coming off the engine as he does precision aerobatics, staying show center all the time. Like no other WarBird act, Bill keeps it close in and non-stop. It all starts with the roar of the Pratt and Whitney engine as Bill lifts off the runway and does a roll on take-off. Thirteen minutes of low-level aerobatics follow including barrel rolls, inverted flight, loops, four point rolls, and Cuban 8s. Bill explores the airspeed envelope of the T-6 from over 200 MPH to as slow as 60 MPH, thrilling both the novice and enthusiast alike.
The Warrior Flight Team (http://warriorflightcharity.org)
The Warrior Flight Team is a fast-paced, dynamic air show using multiple high-performance jet aircraft. Besides world class aerobatic maneuvers, the team offers the only demonstration of Air Combat Maneuvering (dogfighting) on the air show circuit. With an F-14 Tomcat pilot pitted against an F/A-18 Hornet pilot, the stakes are high in the team’s aerial grudge match. The Warrior Flight Team is not only an airshow demonstration team, but also a 501(c)3, non-profit, all-volunteer, charity organization. Through its “Wings of Opportunity” program, the Warrior Flight Team presents career and educational scholarships to America’s veterans.
The Shockwave Jet Truck / Darnell Racing Enterprises (http://flashfirejettrucks.com)
Chris is the Driver/Pilot of the Flash Fire Jet Truck and the SHOCKWAVE Jet Truck. Chris has been involved in motorsports his entire life. He has many years of experience in the Motorsports Promotion business as well. Chris has competed in many different types of racing over the years from drag racing to circle track and beyond. He has literally done it all. Having experience on the production side of motorsport events as well as a performer/competitor in motorsports goes a long way towards making each show a success. Besides driving the Fastest Trucks in the world on the Drag Racing and Air Show circuit, Chris also owns a Truck Accessory Company called 4 Wheel Customs. Chris is now sharing the driving duties with his dad Neal in both the Flash Fire and SHOCKWAVE Jet Trucks.
Firewalkers International (http://firewalkersinternational.com)
Firewalkers International LLC was established in 2013 as the newest Air Show Pyrotechnics Team on the Air Show scene. While being a new team, its’ members have a long history and many years of experience providing exciting, loud, HOT and safe Pyrotechnic shows both nationally and worldwide. As former members of Rich’s Incredible Pyro, team members have worked closely with some of the most exciting civilian flight demonstration teams, ground shows and military teams from virtually every branch of the service, foreign and domestic. Through the use of high explosives, flammable fuels, and fireworks, the team produces stunning displays choreographed perfectly with flight teams and ground performers with earth shaking high energy results, all in a safe and precisely controlled professional show.
Black Daggers U.S. Army Parachute Team (https://www.facebook.com/blackdaggers)
Their mission is to perform live aerial demonstrations in support of Army special operations community relations and recruiting. Composed of volunteers from throughout Army special operations, the Black Daggers have diverse backgrounds and are skilled in various military specialties including Special Forces, Rangers, civil affairs, psychological operations, and signal and support. With an average age of 33 and an average number of free-fall jumps at 560, the team represents the professionalism and dedication of Army special operations forces.
Skydive Suffolk (http://www.skydivesuffolk.com)
Skydive Suffolk is the premier skydiving center in the Virginia Beach area and has been in operation since 1960. The skydiving center is owned and operated by retired Navy EODC Mike Manthey. Skydive Suffolk offers tandem skydives, skydiving lessons, and jumping for experienced licensed skydivers, and is a USPA (United States Parachute Association) Group Member, pledging to adhere to the USPA’s Basic Safety Requirements for students and advanced skydivers. In addition to civilian skydiving activities, the facilities at Skydive Suffolk also support skydiving training operations for multiple branches of the United States Armed Forces. Skydive Suffolk and their team of expert parachutist will be performing several Flag Jumps during the show as well as the thrilling Team Suffolk jump, executing precision parachute maneuvers and high energy “swoops” for the crowd.
Rob Reider (http://www.robreider.com)
Rob Reider has announced some of the greatest aerial events in North America and loves to share the joy and freedom of flight with all who attend these shows. Rob is a multi-talented air show entertainer, pilot, Midwest television personality, singer, performer, writer, and winner of 5 Emmy awards. All of his experience makes Rob one of the best known announcers in the air show industry. “Narrating a show is a wonderful opportunity to try to put an audience into the cockpit,” says Rob “Besides, when I’m announcing, I have the best seat in the house!”
Dan McLaren & Mach 1 Productions (http://www.danmclaren.com)
Since 1988, Mach 1 Productions has provided support for North American Air Show and other special events. Their specially designed sound system provides crisp, clear sound for up to a mile of crowd line. Take your spectators into the cockpit of the aircraft with the air-to-ground interface that allows the performers to talk to the crowd and be heard as though they were listening on the intercom in the back seat.
Steve Myott; Uncle Sam on Stilts
Mr. Steve Myott will perform during Saturday and Sundays shows and entertain children and adults alike as he mixes and mingles with the crowd. Steve has appeared in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C, NFL pre-game shows and countless festivals as Uncle Sam on Stilts. As a drama teacher, actor and director he incorporates all his unique talents into theatrical mentoring for young people. Make sure you wave and say hello to this remarkable performer.
F/A-18F Super Hornet
The Super Hornet Tactical Demonstration, or “Tacdemo” is rapidly becoming world renowned as an awesome display of thrilling high-speed, high “G” maneuvers coupled with heart-stopping slow-speed performance. The crew from the VFA-106 Gladiators will fly this two-seat Strike Fighter as close to the “edge of the envelope” as safely possible while amazing even the most experienced aviators. The Tacdemo highlights the incredible power and grace of the Super Hornet, affectionately known as the “Rhino”.
The F/A-18C Hornet has been a mainstay of the Navy’s tactical striking power since the mid-80’s. The Hornet Tacdemo combines eye-watering quickness and agility with remarkable slow-speed handling performance in an aerial demonstration that will thrill and amaze you. This single-seat Strike Fighter was one of the first true multi-use weapons platforms in the Navy and was designed to replace the F-4 Phantom fighter and the A-7 Corsair II strike aircraft. It is now the standard fighter in the Navy and Marine Corps, and is also flown by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team.
Air Power Demonstration
Watch as Oceana-based Strike Fighter aircraft demonstrate the maneuvers and tactics used to deliver air-to-ground weapons in real-world combat operations. F/A-18C Hornets and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets will fill the skies and crisscross in front of the crowd and they aggressively maneuver for simulated weapons delivery solutions. Twisting and turning to get “pipper on”, these intrepid aviators will prove they’ve got “the right stuff” to deliver diplomacy, 500 pounds at a time!
The Fleet Flyby
Make sure you have your cameras ready for this signature Oceana Air Show event! The sky will darken when this “aluminum overcast” passes over the crowd as locally based squadrons show their colors. The number and type of aircraft that participate is different every year, so you’ll just have to wait and see how loud the “sound of freedom” will be!
F-22 Raptor Demonstration (http://www.acc.af.mil/Home/AerialEvents/F-22ADemoTeam)
The Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team at Langley Air Force Base performs precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the world’s only operational fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The team also teams up with Air Force Heritage flight exhibiting the professional qualities the Air Force develops in the people who fly, maintain and support these aircraft.
USAF Heritage Flight (http://www.airforceheritageflight.org)
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), the Heritage Flight program was founded in 1997. Heritage Flight performances of current fighter/attack aircraft flying with World War II, Korea and Vietnam era fighters dramatically display USAF airpower history and honor the brave men and women who have served, or are currently serving, in the USAF. In 2010, the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed to keep this popular program flying.