FEATURED PERFORMERS

All performances, demonstrations and/or flyovers are currently scheduled to appear but are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice.


U.S.A.F THUNDERBIRDS

America’s Ambassadors in Blue are internationally recognized for their hard-charging demonstrations of precision formation flying and pushing their F-16s to the limit. The team was activated in 1953 at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona during the infancy of military aviation when the jet age was just beginning to boom. A Thunderbirds air demonstration is a mix of formation flying and solo routines. The four-jet diamond formation demonstrates the training and precision of Air Force pilots, while the lead and opposing solo aircraft highlight some of the most impressive capabilities of the F-16.


U.S. ARMY GOLDEN KNIGHTS
For over 53 years, members of the U.S. Army Parachute Team have been achieving excellence the Army’s only official demonstration team. They conduct parachute demonstrations and tandems and compete nationally and internationally, earning the image of being the most formidable parachuting competitors and demonstrators in the world today.

The Golden Knights’ domination of national and international competitions has already earned the U.S. Army an impressive 2,148 Gold, 1,117 Silver and 693 Bronze Medals, as well as having broken 348 world records.

The team’s mission today is to support the U.S. Army’s recruiting and public relations efforts. The Golden Knights take pride serving as the face of the Army to the American public while representing over 1.1 million Soldiers in the total Army.

The Golden Knights continue to show audiences around the world why they are the world’s best parachute team and are one of only three Department of Defense–sanctioned aerial demonstration teams, along with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.


AEROSHELL AEROBATIC TEAM
The AeroShell Aerobatic Team is made up of four men flying the World War II North American AT-6 Texan/Harvard/SNJ and the NA-16 aircraft, which first appeared in 1938. Pilots Bryan Regan, Mark Henley, Steve Gustafson and Gene McNeely combine skill and flair in their precision formation aerobatic maneuvers, including moves like the bomb burst, vertical rejoin, avalanche, graceful loops and rolls and the breath-taking “Switch Blade.”

U.S. NAVY F-18 SUPER HORNET TAC DEMO TEAM
The US Navy’s Tac Demo Teams are made up of actual Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) instructors flying the same jets used to train new students. The primary mission of an FRS is to train newly designated aviators, as well as transition aircrew into the F/A-18A-F Hornet and Super Hornet. The Tactical Demonstration or “TACDEMO” is designed to highlight the mobility, versatility and power of the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet for the citizens who look to the Navy for the defense of freedom. Our mission is to enhance Navy recruiting and demonstrate the awesome capabilities of Naval Aviation and its aircraft.

CAF RED TAIL SQUADRON
The mission of the CAF Red Tail Squadron is to educate audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. After an eight-month hiatus, the Squadron’s P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen is back in the air to inspire young people to rise above adversity, just like the Tuskegee Airmen. The P-51C Mustang is an authentic and fully restored operational fighter from the World War II era.

RANDY BALL

With over 26 years of airshow experience, Randy Ball is one of the leading airshow performers in the nation. He has flown in over 42 different aircraft manufactured in 9 different countries. During his demonstration in the MIG-17F, he routinely pulls 8Gs and reaches speeds approaching 700 mph while at times flying less than 100 feet off the ground.

SHOCKWAVE JET TRUCK

Shockwave is a custom-built race truck equipped with 3 huge J34-48 Pratt & Whitney Jet Engines originally out of the USA Navy T2 Buckeye. The combined horsepower is 36,000, and its 3 jet engines make a total of 21,000 pounds of thrust which easily propels this truck to speeds over 350 mph and racing planes at air shows all over North America. Shockwave is not only the most powerful truck in the world, it also hold the record speed for Semi Trucks at 376 mph.


KEVIN COLEMAN AEROSPORTS

Kevin Coleman is only 23 years old, and he has already made a name for himself in the air show business. Kevin, who is one of the youngest air show stars in the world, is a second-generation pilot and second-generation air show performer. His signature Extra 300SHP allows Kevin to think outside of the box in his performances and execute innovative maneuvers.


MATT YOUNKIN

Matt Younkin is a third generation pilot and the son of legendary airshow pilot Bobby Younkin. He has been flying since he was 14 years old and is proficient in 80 types of aircraft. Matt’s performs the world’s only night aerobatic display in the Beech 18. Equipped with 17 spotlights and 13 strobes, the top airplane appears to glow in the dark while the bottom side twinkles violently. Combined with smoke, noise, choreography, and an incredible musical score, the Twin Beech Night Spectacular is quickly becoming one of the most sought after acts in the airshow arena. Matt is also performing the daytime aerobatic display in the Beech 18, and his performance has been described by many as “the most graceful and beautiful performance the airshow industry has to offer.”

GENE SOUCY

Nicknamed “Mr. Airshow,” Gene Soucy is a wonder in the sky in his Extra 300S or ShowCat. Gene is one of the most well respected airshow pilots in the nation, and in 2006 he was inducted into the prestigious IAC Aerobatic Hall of Fame. In 1988, he modified a Grumman Ag Cat—a bi-plane traditionally used for crop spraying—and created the ShowCat, which is used for wingwalking and a “Fireflight” night pyrotechnical performance. In addition to the ShowCat, Gene’s other plane for the last decade has been the Extra 300S monoplane. His precision and high-energy championship solos deliver thrill upon thrill to audiences world-wide with gyroscopic tumbling and a heart-stopping Inverted Ribbon Cut.


JULIE CLARK

With her sparkling personality and the graceful aerobatics that have endeared her to her legions of faithful fans, Julie Clark’s airshow routine takes her beautifully restored T-34 Mentor, “Free Spirit,” to the limits of its operating capacity. Julie has 45 years of solo aerobatic airshow flying under her belt, and her airshow routines have been called elegant and graceful. She spent four years restoring a Beechcraft T-34A that she purchased at a government surplus auction in Alaska.


A-26 Invader “Night Mission”

The fastest US twin engine bomber in World War II built by Douglas Aircraft Co. The Invader is the only bomber to serve in three wars: World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. As a light attack bomber the Invader flew night missions and carrying 14 x .50 caliber machine guns and 2,000 pounds of bombs.

With 2,000 hp from each engine the aircraft is faster than a P-51 Mustang. You can take an onboard tour for $3 or a Living History Flight Experience flying on the A-26 starting at $450. For details email [email protected]


B-17 Flying Fortress “Texas Raiders”

The B-17 Flying Fortress is the iconic bomber of World War II. The U.S. built 12,731 B-17s and Texas Raiders is one of only nine actively flying today. Touch a part of history with on-board tours conducted by the crew, or take the ultimate Living History Flight Experience, and see Louisiana from the sky! On-board tours are $10 for adults, and $5 for children under 12; flights in the B-17 start at $475. Click here for flight reservations at www.B17TexasRaiders.org or call 855-FLY-A-B17 (855-359-2217).


Vampire Airshows and The de Havilland DH-115

Watch Jerry “Vlad” Conley fly the Vampire, the world’s first single engine fighter jet. He’s bringing speed, noise, jet warbird aerobatics, and a profile that grabs the audiences attention. Conley performs in front of the crowd doing aerobatic rolls, Cuban eights, Shark tooths, inverted flight, high speed passes, and all with a killer smoke system. The Vampire, being the Beginning of ALL modern jet aviation, is truly inspiring to watch. Visit http://vampireairshows.simdif.com/


CF-18 Demo Team

Captain Matthew Kutryk will be flying a special painted CF-18 Hornet commemorating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces will support the Government of Canada in its Canada 150 celebration, participating in numerous events across the country. See the unique CF-18 Hornet make some noise and scream across the sky over Lake Charles. https://www.facebook.com/CF18Demo


Precision Exotics

It’s a super-car experience like no other. You’ll see the speed and hear the unmistakable roar of the Ferrari and Lamborghini as they scream down the runway during their performance. It’s where car guys and pilots come together at one location. Not only will you be able to see them in action but you’ll also have the opportunity to drive one of the most recognizable exotic cars in the world. To schedule a drive and receive a discount visit www.precisionexotics.com/products/precision-extreme-drive. Select the Location Chennault International Air Show and you will receive a 50% off discount by entering the discount code “Tigers” during checkout. For more information about the drive of a lifetime visit www.precisionexotics.com


Get an up-close look at famous, rare and historic aircraft—parked in the Airshow’s Static Display Area. TBA