FEATURED PERFORMERS

F-22 RAPTOR

The F-22 Raptor is the most advanced fighter aircraft in the world! We’re honored to offer a performance by the world’s premier fighter jet. The Raptor is a critical component of the Global Strike Task Force — because it brings air dominance quickly and at great distances. The Raptor is a combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability. Its debut represented an exponential leap in America’s warfighting capabilities. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force. The F-22 became a critical component of the Global Strike Task Force, designed to project air dominance, rapidly and at great distances. Its pilot, Major Paul “Loco” Lopez, is the Raptor Demo Team’s first African-American pilot. Lopez will demonstrate the Raptor’s precision aerial maneuver capability. The Raptor and its visiting crew members are part of the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team based at Langley Air Force Base.

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PHILLIPS 66 AEROSTARS

The Phillips 66 Aerostars are among the most recognized precision aerobatic teams in the sky, dazzling audiences at air shows around the world for more than a decade. Flying at speeds of over 250 miles per hour just a few feet from one another, the four-ship performs breathtaking barrel rolls, graceful formation loops and dramatic opposing maneuvers. With a combined 80 years of professional flying experience, the Phillips 66 Aerostars have established themselves as true ambassadors of aviation and a source of inspiration for fans young and old.

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RED BULL AEROBATIC HELICOPTER

It’s like a license to loop! Red Bull jokes how its huge popular energy drink “gives you wings,” but its incredible Aerobatic Helicopter does just that, turning your view of aviation upside down—literally. New to the Airshow, this outstanding performance of rolls and loops will defy your eyes—and, it would seem, the laws of gravity.

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RED BULL JUMP TEAM

Look, up in the sky! Four young daredevil aerial acrobats—Max, Felix, Marco and the other Marco — will be hurtling toward Chennault’s world-class runway with a world-class demonstration in the skies. Feel the rush as they push the envelope and juice your adrenaline with a soaring demo that incorporates skill, smoke and sportsmanship.

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RED BULL AEROBATIC PILOT KIRBY CHAMBLISS

Kirby Chambliss is one of the premier aerobatic pilots in the world. He’s well-known among airshow enthusiasts worldwide for his aggressive flying style and competitive spirit. Kirby is a five-time United States National Aerobatic Champion and two-time Red Bull Air Race World Champion … and has accumulated 13 medals in world competition. This aerobatic master continues to be at the forefront of his sport, with exciting, innovative performances.

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KEVIN COLEMAN

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.

HERITAGE FLIGHT: F-22 & P-51

In addition to a thrilling performance by the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, the state-of-the art Raptor will also fly alongside a famous warbird of yesteryear in a special Heritage Flight.

Its partner will be the legendary P-51 Mustang, a plane that dominated the skies over Western Europe after it was introduced in World War II. The single-seat aircraft has a maximum speed of 437 miles per hour and once escorted heavy bombers deep into the heart of Germany. The P-51 and the pilots that flew them were crucial to turning the tide of war in the Allies’ favor. The state-of-the-art, multi-role Raptor will share the skies with the vintage P-51 above Chennault in a salute to America’s evolving military might.

The F-22 Raptor Demo Team works with the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation to create a unique demonstration of the U.S. Air Force’s past and present, exhibiting the professional qualities the Air Force develops in the people who fly, maintain and support these aircraft.

WILD BLUE RODEO

It’s a fun, daring and entertaining performance for all ages—and the pilot is Louisiana’s own Lt. Colonel Joshua “Tater” Boudreaux, a veteran U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter pilot.

Wild Blue is the humble little airplane (an RV-8A) who dreams of becoming a fighter jet. As Boudreaux flies, the story is narrated by Lunar Sawyer. The performance features a combination of high-flying thrills and high-concept children’s storytelling. Boudreaux will take Wild Blue through maneuvers as though he indeed were a fighter jet.

Wild Blue’s story is woven around an exciting flying demonstration, hoping to inspire children and adults alike to dream without boundaries.

Boudreaux joined the Wild Blue Rodeo team in 2016 and has been flying Wild Blue at airshows across the United States. As narrator Sawyer explains: “Wild Blue is the little airplane that dreams without barriers and soars like a fighter jet with one of the best fighter jet demonstration pilots the USAF has trained.”

AFTERSHOCK JET FIRE TRUCK

This 1940 Ford Fire Truck boasts TWIN Rolls-Royce Bristol Viper Jet Engines totaling over 24,000 horsepower and holds the Guinness Record for Fire Trucks at an amazing 407 MPH!

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B-17 FLYING FORTRESS

The historic “Texas Raiders,” one of less than a dozen B-17 (“Flying Fortress”) airplanes still flying, will rumble proudly in the Chennault skies in a real-life tribute to our nation’s military heritage. Rides available. Book online now.

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WING WALKER ASHLEY SHELTON

Wing walker Ashley Shelton and her pilot husband, Greg, will bring their spine-tingling brand of creativity to the Airshow. Ashley will be out on the wing to thrill the crowd on Mother’s Day weekend with her husband guiding her through the skies. She couldn’t ask for a better pilot than the man across the kitchen table. Greg Shelton is the most recent recipient of the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship and is well-known for his 450 Super Stearman act and FM-2 Wildcat aerobatic performances.

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“AMERICAN DREAM” P-40 WARHAWK

Warbird Adventures, a flight school owned by Thom Richard, will be showing off this impressive Curtiss TP-40N Warhawk—the latest member of its warbird fleet. The “American Dream” is fully dual controlled, with a dual cockpit. It’s used for training to fighters—and it tours with an aerobatic airshow act. The “American Dream” is one of only five TP-40s known in exist, and the only one that offers dual instruction to public. Limited personal flight, for fee, offered. Rides available. Book online now.

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AEROBATIC PILOT JACQUIE B

A maverick among women in aviation, Jacquie Warda—who flies as “Jacquie B”—will be the first female stunt pilot of her kind to perform at the Chennault International Airshow. It’s perfect timing for her to be a local groundbreaker, because this year’s show soars on Mother’s Day weekend and we’ll be saluting females in flight as a 2019 theme. Her aerobatic flying routine is one you won’t want to miss!

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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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MATT YOUNKIN

Matt Younkin’s Beech 18 performance is likely the most unusual act on the airshow circuit today. The Beech 18—a transport plane—was never designed for aerobatic flight. However Matt stretches the aircraft’s capabilities to the limit, beginning with a roll on takeoff, followed by a series of Cuban eights, point rolls, and even a loop—concluding with a dirty pass dubbed the “Elephant Waltz,” in which Matt rocks the huge transport’s wings more than 90 degrees with the landing gear and flaps extended! It’s an amazing demonstration of incredible maneuvers never dreamed possible for a big, heavy transport plane.

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ALABAMA BOYS FLYING CIRCUS

Laugh out loud as “country-come-to-city” hillbillies from Alabama—a point that LSU fans might especially enjoy—like Clem Cleaver (headline actor Greg Koontz) and others try to parlay a flying lesson into an opportunity at the “World’s Smallest Airport.” The flying circus is a wacky adventure in a 1946 Piper J-3 Cub.

BMX STAR TERRY ADAMS

Louisiana native Terry Adams is a professional BMX star with a national following. He has been a flatlands rider for 24 years and is a beast at his signature move, the “Katrina.” He mastered the seemingly impossible move during the electricity outage that followed the hurricane—and he’ll be wowing the Airshow crowd with his bicycling mastery.

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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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