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Airshow Performers 2018-04-14T20:52:45+00:00

Airshow Performers

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AeroShell

The 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 32 years, amassing thousands of hours in front of millions of air show fans all across America, and have recently need inducted into the ICAS Foundation Airshow Hall of Fame. Big smoke, and the roar of four Pratt & Whitney Wasp 1385 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 performances as well as non-aerobatic event flyovers. Be sure to check out the new Phillips 66 Extra 300’s, new aircraft, new routine!

Randy Ball

Randy W. Ball / MiG Pilot, is North America’s Premier Jet Demonstration Pilot. Randy has performed well over 1,000 performances to date! No other North American Jet Demo pilot even comes close to that number of performances. In fact, Randy is the only Jet Demo pilot (military or civilian) to be granted both a day and night unlimited aerobatic rating in jet fighters by the FAA. He has flown over 42 different types of aircraft, manufactured in nine countries.

As a youngster Randy’s father took him flying occasionally, and he spent countless hours with one of his heroes, his Great Uncle Gilbert Ball, who flew 56 missions over Europe flying the B-17 Flying Fortress. Even before college, Randy knew he wanted to fly. By the time he was 13 years old, he had already taken off and landed a plane with his father and soloed at the age of 18. Randy volunteered to work in his first air show in 1982 and flew in his first air show more than 26 years ago. He now performs throughout North America, from Canada to Mexico.

Luca Bertossio

Luca Bertossio is an Italian aerobatics pilot who performs glider aerobatics as competitor for the Italian National Glider Aerobatic Team and as a professional Airshow pilot for the company Red Bull GmbH and he is the Official Testimonial for CITIZEN Watches co. ltd

Bertossio does aerobatic flight activity mainly in the National Italian Glider’s Aerobatic Centers of Premariacco (UD), Torre Alfina (VT) and as an instructor at the International Glider Aerobatic Academy in Williams, CA (USA). He is the first Italian who managed to win 6 FAI Gold medals and 4 Silver FAI medals for the glider aerobatics discipline, and the titles of Advanced Vice World Champion 2011 and Advanced World Champion of Glider’s Aerobatics in the 2012 WAGAC competition championship. In the Italian aerobatics history Bertossio reached the best ever placement in the Unlimited category of the WGAC World Championship. He became Vice-World Champion 2015 and the youngest ever World Air Games Champion 2015-Dubai.

In 2017, Bertossio ranked second at The World Games. We are very pleased to welcome him to SUN ‘n FUN!

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. He has added Sonex as a sponsor, and now flies the super SubSonex personal jet in an amazing aerobatic display!

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. Matt is proudly sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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.

Kirby Chambliss

Kirby Chambliss is one of the most outstanding pilots ever to fly in the Red Bull Air Race. He can boast two World Titles and 10 race victories, which puts him third on the all-time wins list. The American with the never-say-die spirit has been a leading force in the sport throughout his career that began in 2003. His prowess in the raceplane has seen him on the podium in 11 of his 12 seasons, a remarkable string of consistency that was only snapped in 2014.

A friendly Texas native with his own runway in the backyard of his house in Arizona, Chambliss is an aerobatics World Champion and helped develop the Red Bull Air Race with innovations. Chambliss has remained competitive as the sport has evolved and is a contender for the podium in any race. He always goes all-out for the win and famously disparages second place as “first loser.”

During his high school years, Chambliss fuelled aircraft to earn extra money and was soon working as a night freight pilot. His aerobatics career began in 1985 and he won five US National Championships in the Unlimited Level. He was the 2000 Freestyle World Champion and has won 13 World Championship medals. Chambliss has been flying the Zivko Edge 540 and he jokes that he has flown the plane so much that the controls and wings are mere extensions of his own arms. Chambliss is married to fellow pilot, Kellie, and they live on the “Flying Crown Ranch” in Arizona with their daughter, Karly.

Kevin Coleman

Kevin Coleman is the first American to fly in the Red Bull Air Race Challenger Class and – born in 1990 – he’s one of the youngest pilots ever to contend in the Red Bull Air Race. Also a longtime airshow performer and a former member of the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team, Coleman captured seven race podiums in his first two seasons of Challenger Class competition, including two wins. A Louisiana native, Coleman comes from a family of airshow pilots. He started flying and taking aerobatic lessons at age 10, taught by American aviation legend and Aerobatic Hall of Fame member Marion Cole. Coleman soloed on his 16th birthday and followed his Private Pilot’s Licence with a commercial licence two years later.

He worked as a flightline technician while earning a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Louisiana Tech University, then launched his full-time aviation career. In addition to his current competitive career in racing and his performances in airshows, Coleman works as a contract pilot, while on the ground his passion is the Marion Cole Memorial Scholarship, which he founded to assist young people interested in aviation.

Jerry Conley

Jerry holds a B.S degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from The Florida State University College of Engineering. Jerry designed and developed Florida States University’s entry into the SAE Heavy lift R/C design contest held at McDonald Douglas. He was chosen to present his Senior Class Aerospace design project for NASA/USRA at NASA. Jerry is proud to have served our country in the United States Air Force.

Having 35 years’ experience, Jerry’s flying experience includes aircraft such as Beechcraft Bonanza, Cessna 172, Citabria, Super Decathalon, SAI Marchetti, Bell Helicopters, HA-200 Casa Jet, Dehavilland Vampire, Dehavilland DH-112 Swiss Venom, L-39, and AVL-29. Jerry has performed at Airshows across the country fly high performance jet aircraft for 13 years. His ratings include Comercial, Instrument, Multi Engine, Helicopter, and multiple jet type rating.

We welcome Jerry back to SUN ‘n FUN flying the rare jet warbird De Havilland DH-115 Vampire. Vampy “Too”.

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.

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. He is also a contender in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. There he competes in the prestigious Master Class, flying at exotic venues in front of millions of people around the world. 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 in an aerobatic Beechcraft Baron! Extraordinary maneuvers in any plane, but to do this in a light twin-engine aircraft is truly something special. With a strong background in competition aerobatics, David’s air show is a combination of precision and amazing maneuvers. He has flown every single day without missing since January 1st, 2014!

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.

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.

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.”

Jeff Shetterly

Hailing from Overland Park, KS, RADIAL RUMBLE pilot Jeff Shetterly is a third generation aviator who grew up in Indianapolis, IN and works in the medical device industry. Jeff graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in Human Factors Engineering and served in the United States Army on M1A1 Abrams tanks. He was stationed in Germany and deployed several times to the Balkans, leaving military service in 2001.

In the years since, Jeff has become an instrument rated commercial pilot and Certified Flight Instructor, flying single and multi-engine aircraft as well as gliders – 95 different aircraft types so far. Jeff hopes his performances will be an inspiration to both children and adults, and he is constantly humbled and enjoys learning from the veterans who flew planes like “39F” (his 1945 North American SNJ-6 “Texan”) when they were new.

Paul Schulten

Paul grew up with aviation in his life from early on. His father was an Air Force pilot and a career airline pilot. Paul obtained his ratings mostly in college, and after graduating flew everything he could, from traffic patrol to flight instructing, night freight and commuters before landing a job with a major airline. He lives in Ormond Beach, Florida and is based in Orlando. In 2008, Paul decided to pursue a lifetime dream and purchased his 2001 Christen Eagle to pursue flying aerobatics. He is a member of the International Council of Airshows and has a ground level waiver. Paul is a husband and father of 3 great kids, and when he is not working or enjoying his family can be found flying his Eagle.

Paul is humbled to perform at airshows, and appreciates the opportunity to have some fun in the air. He hopes to inspire the pilot in everyone.

Bill Stein

Bill Stein has logged well over 5,000 hours of aerobatic and formation flight. Bill began flying aerobatics when he was still a student pilot and has been dedicated to perfecting his skills ever since.  Since 1995 Bill has performed at air shows all across the United States and has entertained millions air show fans.

Bill’s passion for precision flying is evident in his dazzling air show routine.  He trains every day so that his skills stay razor sharp, and to maintain the all-out energy and excitement he puts into his air show sequence.  Bill’s experience includes competitive aerobatics and years of flying on the world famous Red Baron Stearman Squadron. Bill also gives back to the air show community by mentoring new air show pilots including coaching the “Stars of Tomorrow” team which have performed at many prestigious air shows including the EAA AirVenture Air Show.

Bill carries a Commercial Pilot Certificate with airplane multi-engine and single-engine instrument ratings. He has flown air shows in the Pitts Special, Globe Swift, Boeing Stearman, and in his current airplane: The state-of-the-art Zivko Edge 540.

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.

SOCOM Para-Commandos

The Para-Commandos are the US Special Operations Command’s premier aerial parachute demonstration team.  They perform at high visibility events across the nation, informing the public about the US Special Operations Command; the command’s mission, and the contributions our 70,000 plus Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Department of Defense Civilians are making across the United States and in more than 70 countries around the globe.

The Para-Commandos are members of and representative of today’s Special Operations Forces.  The Para-Commandos are comprised of active duty Special Operators, such as Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, Air Force Combat Controllers and Marine Raiders.  In addition, the Para-Commandos have a number of support personnel, commonly referred to as Special Operations Enablers.  Our enablers come from all four services, and include reserve forces as well.

Walkabout Tigers

Team owner, Mark Sorenson has teamed up with Mark Nowosielski in their Tiger Yak 55’s displaying a magnificent aerial demonstration of precision and skill during their performance of spectacular formation aerobatics. The Team has been featured in aviation magazines across the nation and is a crowd favorite at every show, especially with their no child left behind autograph session with team provided posters. Both Marks are B737 pilots for Southwest Airlines and enjoy inspiring the next generation of aviators when they are not connecting LUVed ones across the country with the airlines.

In 2015 Mark Nowosielski  was on the US World Aerobatic Team competing in the UNLIMITED category.  In 2013 Mark was the US National Advanced Aerobatic Champion.

WALKABOUTHATS.com has teamed up again with Mark & Mark as title sponsors in an effort to bring their aerial excellence to everyone across the country.

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. Matt’s dramatic night show has been described by many as “the most graceful and beautiful performance the airshow industry has to offer.”