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.
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.
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!
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.
Kevin Coleman has already made a name for himself in the airshow business. Kevin, who is one of the youngest airshow stars in the world, is a second-generation pilot and second-generation airshow performer. His signature Extra 300SHP allows Kevin to think outside of the box in his performances and execute innovative maneuvers.
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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RISE ABOVE: HONORING WASPs AND CAF REDTAIL SQUADRON
This acclaimed historical exhibit engages young people — and their parents! — about the “Six Guiding Principles” of the Tuskegee Airmen and the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). These pioneer airmen and female aviators broke barriers for minorities and women — and helped win World War II. The principles are: “Be Ready to Go … Aim High … Believe in Yourself … Use Your Brain … Never Quit … and Expect to Win.” Young people can learn how these principles can help them succeed in the face of adversity.
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 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!
Sit in the cockpit yourself! There’s nothing in the world that can match the experience of piloting a fighter jet. Consider what it would mean to merely sit in the cockpit of a fighter. Then imagine getting into a flight suit, putting on a helmet, adjusting your oxygen mask, getting strapped into an ejection seat and holding the controls. Smell the fuel and oil that past pilots have smelled as they prepared for a mission. Place yourself in their time and space. That’s what DreamBIG Entertainment offers — a memory lasting a lifetime!
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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