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AeroShell

Team2011The AeroShell Aerobatic Team with their four incredible North American T-6 Texans will perform both day and night air show performances at SUN ‘n FUN this year. A perennial favorite, the AeroShell team has been performing for more than 27 years, amassing thousands of hours in front of millions of air show fans all across America. Big smoke, and the roar of four Pratt & Whitney Wasp 985 radial engines will once again thrill both young and old!

AeroStars

The Aerostars have dazzled air show audiences across the country for more than a decade with their interpretation of teamwork, precision and excellence in the air, formation aerobatics at its best! The regular repertoire includes aerobatic day and night performances as well as non-aerobatic event flyovers.

AeroStars

The Aerostars have dazzled air show audiences across the country for more than a decade with their interpretation of teamwork, precision and excellence in the air, formation aerobatics at its best! The regular repertoire includes aerobatic day and night performances as well as non-aerobatic event flyovers.

Blue Angels

The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron 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.

Dan Buchanan

Dan flies a powered hang glider designed by NORTH WING in Chelan, Washington.And yes, it can catch fire! It’s a fabric wing made of Dacron, so catching fire is a major concern when he was designing this show.It doesn’t help that Dan keeps adding more pyrotechnic devices from time to time. This hang glider is powered by a 582 cc Rotax engine with a 6 blade propeller that turns very slowly and makes very little noise. It is not efficient, but it is quiet for the purpose of this display. Dan uses a wheelchair because he lost the use of his legs 34 years ago,  when the hang glider hit him hard on the helmet after he landed in very stormy weather in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Bob Carlton

Bob Carlton 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.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.

Matt Chapman

Matt is recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot who thrills millions of airshow fans each summer. He began flying aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the highest level of competition aerobatics – the Unlimited category. Recognized for his skills, he won one of only five slots on the U.S. Unlimited Men’s Aerobatic Team in 1996 and 1998. Matt is a respected voice in the airshow business, with a reputation for safety and diligence. Matt enjoys building and flying radio-controlled aircraft of all types.

Julie Clark

A pilot for more than 45 years and a retired Northwest Airlines Captain, Julie Clark has logged more than 33,000 accident-free hours in the air and is rated in more than 66 types of aircraft.Marking her 36th year as a solo aerobatic air show pilot,  Julie has earned the admiration of fans everywhere and garnered many awards and honors.

Greg Colyer

A native Californian, Greg took his first flight at the age of seven in a Cessna 172. He has been hooked on flying ever since. He has been licensed since the age of 18, after learning to fly while serving in the U.S. Army from 1982- 1987. He has been employed by the FAA since he left the service as an Air Traffic Controller at Oakland ARTCC. His love and passion for flying has never left him.

Kyle Franklin

Kyle’s story likely began years before he was born.  His father Jimmy started flying airshows in 1967 with a stock Waco UPF-7.  Jimmy’s father Zip was a self-taught pilot who was also a New Mexico cattle rancher.  Zip was a hard working, independent man who valued his family more than anything.  Jimmy took the independence and work ethic of his father, combined it with his dream to become an airshow pilot, and never looked back.  The legendary airshow career that Jimmy Franklin will always be known for was literally Kyle’s playground.

Geico Skytypers

The World Famous GEICO Skytypers Airshow Team is a flight squadron of six vintage WWII aircraft performing precision flight maneuvers at select airshows across the US. The diverse flying expertise of the team members aligns perfectly with the unique components of their overall performance.

Michael Goulian

Mike Goulian doesn’t just fly an air show; he attacks it. Millions of air show spectators around the globe have witnessed the ferocity of a Mike Goulian air show performance. Every roll, pull, and tumble of his flight is a deliberate execution of precision. With his aggressive approach to the air show arena, Mike Goulian has mastered the ability to convey his message of passion through flight.Despite Mike’s successes he remains humble and accessible to organizers and fans alike. This rare combination has made Mike Goulian an unforgettable air show favorite.

Larry Kelley

Auburn University Graduate, 1971.  Have been flying for over 35 years.   .  Over 5,500 flight hours mostly in WW-2 era multiengine transport and bomber aircraft. Larry has led formation flights over the Super Bowl, the Indy-500, and the Preakness Race, Arlington Cemetery, The Pentagon, and Multiple NASCAR races as well as appeared on both the History Channel and Military Channel. For 11 years Larry has represented the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) at over 150 air shows across the country as the Disabled American Veterans Flight Team lead.

Jerry Kerby

Lt. Colonel Jerry “Jive” Kerby, USAF (ret.) takes the RV-8A known as Wild Blue through heart-stopping maneuvers in the sky guaranteed to thrill.  With over 13,000 hours of flight time in more than 60 different types of aircraft, Jive has been flying for 40 years and started flying on the air show circuit as a performer in the F-4 Phantom in 2005 while still serving active duty in the United States Air Force.  Having flown the F-15C Eagle as well as the F-4 during his 23-year career in the USAF, Jive is still flying fighters as a civilian pilot, including the F-4 Phantom, the A-4 Skyhawk, and the MiG-17.

Greg Koontz

Greg Koontz learned to fly in 1969 getting his Private Pilot Certificate when he turned 17 years old. In his senior year in high school, Greg restored a 1946 Piper J-3 Cub in his mother’s garage and flew the antique plane for 300 hours to gain experience for a flying career. At age 20, Greg got his start in the airshow business when he bought another Piper Cub from Ernie Moser in St. Augustine, Florida. Today Greg is a full time airshow and aerobatics professional. Since 2003 he has been sponsored by American Champion Aircraft which supplies him with new Super Decathlons to demonstrate in front of millions of people each year.

Lee Lauderback

EAA Warbirds of America 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, is President and CEO of Stallion 51 Corporation located at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport, Florida. Stallion 51’s innovative and comprehensive curriculums have instructed thousands of pilots on the correct and safe methods of flying both the legendary P-51 Mustang and the historic T-6 Texan for over 26 years.Lee started flying sailplanes at age 14 and launched his corporate aviation career immediately after college at the top flying noted professional golfer, philanthropist and businessman, Arnold Palmer.Lee is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach with a degree in Aeronautical Science and Business Management.  Lee is also a Master Falconer and when not flying himself he can be found flying his hawks and falcons.

David Martin

David Martin flies a unique air show demonstrating the extraordinary maneuverability of his Breitling CAP 232. David is well known in the aerobatic community for his ability to tumble the plane in unparalleled style and accomplishing gyroscopic maneuvers never duplicated by others. With a strong background in competition aerobatics, David’s air show is a combination of precision and amazing tumbling maneuvers.

Art Nalls

Art is a native of Northern Virginia, born and raised in Fairfax County, just south of Washington, D.C. After graduating from Hayfield High School, he was nominated to attend the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, where he majored in aerospace engineering.

Jessy Panzer

Jessy attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, where she excelled and became a flight instructor. After graduation in 2001, she returned to Colorado Springs her childhood home to flight instruct our Air Force Academy cadets. Jessy feels compelled to fly sport aircraft and aerobatics. When she is in an airplane, it is where she is supposed to be in life. It is a passion and a wonderful outlet for the creativity inside her. When one of her aerobatic routines or an air race comes together, she says it feels like being one with the airplane and is in “complete tune with the universe”.

Paradigm Team

The Paradigm Team is made up of pilots from the United States, Spain, & France. Their ultralight paramotors allow them to create an engaging performance reminiscent of an aerial  three ring circus as the 6 pilots to showcase the incredible maneuverability, precision, and performance of this relatively modern method of flight.

Patrouille de France

The “Patrouille de France” (Patrol of France) is a French Air Force aerobatic team and includes a commander (who commands but does not fly) and nine pilots. One of these nine pilots is the fligt leader (who leads the formation in the air but is not necessarily the pilot with the longest experience at the team. This makes the French aerobatic team unique because, in the most of the other aerobatic teams in the world, the leader is always the pilot with the longest experience on the team. The team also includes two solos (numbers “7” and “8”) plus one reserve pilot (who typically has the longest experience on the team but who flies only when it is absolutely necessary to replace one of the existing team pilots). All pilots use the callsign “Atos”. The team is supported by 30 ground crew, who are responsible for good working order of the aircraft.

Jim Peitz

Jim Peitz has come a long way from a Piper Cub on the Prairie outside Pierre, SD where his father taught him how to fly. He taught him well – since 1975, Jim has amassed thousands of hours in over 90 aircraft models without so much as a single scratch! He believes that aviation is one of the greatest freedoms we enjoy in this country, and nobody probably enjoys it more than Jim Peitz as he flies his Beechcraft F33C Bonanza in an aerobatic demonstration that will leave the pilot in all of us completely mesmerized.

Mark Peterson

Mark soloed at age 16 and received his private pilot’s license at 17. Since then, he has flown over 35 different types of aircraft and accumulated over 4500 hours of flight time and an ATP Certificate.  Expect loud, high energy jet aerobatics in the Dornier Alpha Jet featuring wing smoke, smoke rings and big, fast jet maneuvers.

Manfred Radius

Manfred Radius began flying sailplanes in 1961 at age 17 in Hamburg, Germany. He has logged more than 5,000 flights and has accumulated over 2,000 hours in at least 60 types of sailplanes.He performs from coast to coast in North America and internationally as well. Manfred thrilled large audiences when he performed his daytime and night acts at the Australian International Air Show and Aerospace Expo near Melbourne in 1995, 1997, 1999 and again in 2001.

Gary Rower

Gary Rower is a veteran airshow performer.  He has entertained audiences all over the United States and in Canada at airshows both large and small.  He performs with a Level 1 Unrestricted/Surface Level Waiver.Gary began flying at age 16 from an apple orchard in upstate New York. Since that time he has accumulated more than 21,000 hours of flying all over the world.  He currently holds an Air Transport Pilot rating in the Airbus 330, the Boeing 767,757,737 and DC-9 and flies to Europe, Africa and South America.

Gene Soucy

Gene Soucy is one of the most well-respected airshow pilots in the US and was honored in 2006 when he was inducted into the prestigious IAC Aerobatic Hall of Fame.  At the age of twenty-two, Gene earned a position on the U.S. Aerobatic Team, making him the youngest competitor flying at the World Contest in England held that year. He is a former member of the record-setting Eagles Aerobatic Flight Team, he has been a member of two World Champion U.S. Aerobatic Teams, and he has won more awards than any other active airshow pilot.  Innovation and versatility are Gene Soucy’s style.  It is no wonder as to why he has rightfully been nicknamed “Mr. Airshow.”

Jim Tobul

Jim Tobul and the “Korean War Hero” F4U-4 Corsair are an exciting tribute to the men and machines that fought to defend democracy and freedom in the Korean Conflict from 1950 – 1953. Jim tells the story of this celebrated aircraft with both dramatic aerial displays and while static on the ground at airshows all over North America.Jim now performs at 18 or more airshows per year, bringing tears to the eyes of veterans and awakening the curiosity of upcoming generations to learn more about the fight for freedom waged by those who came before.

Patty Wagstaff

To Patty Wagstaff the sky represents adventure, freedom and challenge. A six-time member of the US Aerobatic Team, Patty has won the gold, silver and bronze medals in Olympic-level international aerobatic competition and is the first woman to win the title of US National Aerobatic champion and one of the few people to win it three times.Continuing a life of adventure, when she’s not flying you can find her riding hunter/jumper equestrian horses, hanging out with her Jack
Russell Terriers and her parrot, Buddha; riding motorcycles, traveling, writing about her experiences in aviation for her column “Let it Roll” in Plane and Pilot Magazine, working out and practicing yoga.

Gary Ward

Gary developed an interest in airplanes as an early teenager, soloed at age 16 in a Piper J-3 Cub and has been passionate about aviation ever since. After high school and a tour with the USAF as a jet engine mechanic, Gary graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Gary started flying airshows in 1998 in a Pitts S2-B and then flew airshows in the Giles 202 from 1999 through 2005. In 2006 he became the first pilot to fly airshows in the awesome and exciting new MX2! The MX2 is an all carbon fiber monoplane powered by a 6 cylinder Lycoming engine “pumped up” by Lycon and is truly “state of the art” in all out aerobatic aircraft

Scott Yoak

Scott “Scooter” Yoak is the pilot and caretaker of the P-51D Mustang “Quick Silver” The Mission of the Quick Silver Flight Team is to honor and pay tribute to the thousands of veterans that have sacrificed their lives for the freedom and security of others. 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. Scott flies the Quick Silver P-51D though a fantastic routine that inspires and brings audiences into a bygone era.

Matt Younkin

Matt Younkin is a third generation pilot. He is the son of legendary airshow pilot Bobby Younkin, who is famous for his amazing aerobatic displays in the AT-6, Beech 18, Learjet 23, Samson, and most recently, the Super Decathlon. Bobby is considered to be one of the greatest airshow pilots of all time.Matt is also performing the daytime aerobatic display in the Beech 18 that his father Bobby perfected so many years ago. By lacking the intensity night show,
this display has been described by many as “the most graceful and beautiful performance the airshow industry has to offer.”