2021 FEATURED PERFORMERS

U.S. NAVY BLUE ANGELS

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the Blue Angels! The world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron, formed in 1946, is the nation’s oldest formal aerobatic team. The Blue Angels’ McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornets, numbered 1 through 6, are flown by world-class demonstration pilots. The “Blues” still employ many of the same practices and techniques used in the inaugural 1946 season — and have performed for more than half a billion spectators since their first flight. The Blue Angels’ mission is “to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach.”  We’re honored to host them as our headline performers.

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F-22 RAPTOR

The F-22, one of the U.S. Air Force’s premier fighter jet planes, is making a return visit to the Airshow. The Lockheed Martin F-22 “Raptor” is a twin-engine, single-seat stealth tactical fighter aircraft for the U.S. Air Force. The Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team, based at Langley Air Force Base, will perform precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The Raptor is a combination of stealth, super-cruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability. Its debut represented an exponential leap in war-fighting capabilities. The jet performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st-century Air Force. While it was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, the aircraft also has ground attack, electronic warfare, and signal intelligence capabilities. The Raptor was a local favorite at the 2019 show.

LIBERTY JUMP TEAM

The Airshow coincides with the 77th anniversary of D-Day weekend — and with that in mind, the Liberty Jump Team will offer a nostalgic, patriotic tribute. Liberty Jump Team is known around the world for performing military-style, static-line parachute jumps in vintage World War II C-47 aircraft. Most team members are former military parachutists. Their jumps and ground display perpetuate the history of the U.S military, honor our veterans, and remember the sacrifice of those who never returned. They offer presentations around the United States, Canada and France. The team also escorts the heroes of World War II back to the battlefields of Europe at no cost to the veterans.

AEROSHELL

The AeroShell Aerobatic Team has been entertaining crowds with their precision performances for over 25 years across North America. Pilots fly the North American AT-6 Texan, nicknamed “The Pilot Maker,” which started as the training plane for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Shell Oil’s AeroShell Lubricants has sponsored the team since 2003. We welcome them once again!

NAVY LEAP FROGS

The United States Navy Parachute Team — the “Leap Frogs” — is the Navy’s official parachute demonstration team. It’s part of the Naval Special Warfare Command. The Leap Frogs are of active-duty Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) and support personnel. The team is sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Defense and recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration. The smoke canisters attached to their feet make it easier for you to see them. Sometimes they’re more than two miles up!

U.S. ARMY GOLDEN KNIGHTS

The U.S. Army Parachute Team, nicknamed the Golden Knights, is the Army’s demonstration and competition parachute team. It consists of teams drawn from all branches of the Army. Its members demonstrate the very best in parachuting. The Golden Knights, founded in 1959, are part of the Marketing and Engagement Brigade of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command based at Fort Bragg, N.C. They are one of only three Defense Department-sanctioned aerial demonstration teams. Don’t miss the thrills overhead!

Golden Knights

KEVIN COLEMAN

Kevin Coleman is a second-generation aerobatic pilot. He’s a young star who flies likes a seasoned professional — because he is one, having started at such an early age. He flew his first show at age 18 and took lessons and aerobatic training with aviation/aerobatic legend Marion Cole at age 10. Since then, Kevin has logged more than 2,500 hours, flown at the Red Bull Air Races and earned a spot on the U.S. Advanced Aerobatics Team.

P-51 SOUTHERN HERITAGE AIR FOUNDATION

Louisiana-based “Charlotte’s Chariot” is a 1945 P-51 flown by the Southern Heritage Air Foundation. The North American Aviation “Mustang” is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II and the Korean War, among other conflicts. During World War II, Mustang pilots claimed to have destroyed 4,950 enemy aircraft. Despite the advent of jet fighters, the Mustang remained in service with some air forces until the early 1980s.

RANDY BALL

Randy Ball gives a high-powered aerobatic demonstration of the remarkable capabilities of the Soviet-built MiG-17F. He routinely pulls 8-G turns, performs vertical afterburner climbs and reaches speeds approaching 700 mph, sometimes flying less than 100 feet off the ground. The MiG-17F was the primary enemy aircraft in the skies over Vietnam. It could carry bombs, rockets, or extra fuel tanks under its wings, and carried some of the largest guns ever used for air-to-air combat. Its power and maneuverability make the MiG-17F one of the best airshow jets in the world.

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GREATEST
GENERATION
AIRCRAFT

C-47

Thrill to the sight of a restored World War II C-47 flown by Greatest Generation Flights of Fort Worth, Texas. The Army Air Forces (as was it called in 1941) adopted this modified DC-3 — the C-47 Skytrain — as its standard transport aircraft. As a supply plane, the C-47 could carry up to 6,000 pounds of cargo. It could also hold a fully assembled jeep or a 37mm cannon. As a troop transport, it carried 28 soldiers in full combat gear. As a medical airlift plane, it could accommodate 14 stretcher patients and three nurses. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called it one of the most vital pieces of military equipment used to win the war.

SHOCKWAVE JET TRUCK

The world-famous Shockwave Jet Truck is a triple jet engine, 36,000-horsepower Peterbilt semi. You’ll see an incredible fire and smoke show, followed by a blistering 375-mph speed run down Chennault’s two-mile-long runway. Shockwave also displays other front-line firepower — 30mm Gatling guns on the fenders and a 50-caliber on the hood, plus red, white and blue strobe lights. The driving duties are shared by the father-and-son team of Chris and Neal Darnell — and we’ve removed the speed limits!

REDLINE AIRSHOWS

RedLine Airshows is a dynamic two-ship formation aerobatic performance team. The exciting flights thrill crowds with a display of skill, nerve, and showmanship. The opposing, inverted and formation maneuvers by pilots Ken Rieder and Shaun Roessner are a real crowd-pleasers. Redline aircraft are Van’s RV-8s — two-seater tandem aircraft. The pilots can reach speeds of up to 230 miles mph, powered by a  200 hp engine. Redline planes have appeared in the Dominican Republic, Acapulco,  Alaska, and just about everywhere in between!

DOUGLAS A-26 INVADER

“Night Mission” is a World War II A-26 Douglas Invader operated by the Texas-based Commemorative Air Force/Invader Squadron. The squadron has restored and promoted the A-26 — and other classic aircraft — through volunteer-supported educational and entertainment events. Marvel at this 1943 vintage aircraft — it’s a graceful and beautiful example of the aircraft that defended our nation and allies.

PRECISION EXOTICS

Precision Exotics will take over the runway with thrilling drives where speed meets performance. Taking the wheel of this collection of dream cars are drivers with a combined 50 years of military and aviation experience. Their performance this time remains an Airshow secret, but they’ve been known to speed side by side, race an overhead aircraft, and even transfer passengers car-to-car as they roar down the runway.

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