United States Navy Blue Angels
The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the teamwork and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps through flight demonstrations and community outreach while inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country.
U.S. Air Force F16 Viper Demonstration Team
The Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., performs precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities of one of the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighters — the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The team also 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.
U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team
The F-35A Lightning ll Demonstration Team qualified as an Air Combat Command single-ship demonstration team, February 29, 2020. The F-35A Lightning ll is the U.S. Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter. The Lightning II is a stealthy, multirole, all-weather air-to-air and surface attack fighter. It is designed to enable direct attack against the most heavily defended ground targets. The team is made up of one combat-ready pilot and fourteen Airmen, all assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base.
Phil Dacy: Air Show Announcer
Setting the pace for any event, Phil Dacy brings to the center stage an enthusiastic style of airshow announcing that is ‘second to none’. Having accumulated over 10,000 hours as a pilot in a variety of aircraft, Phil’s extensive knowledge and experience bring sponsors, spectators and media to the ‘front row’ in experiencing the finest in airshow entertainment.
Erik Edgren: T-Clips Comedy & Aerobatics
Erik Edgren A.K.A. Hobie Washburn, is a natural airshow performer – personable to the public, engaging to the media and a rare, polished stick and rudder pilot. His family-friendly comedy and finesse aerobatics act make him a unique change of pace and entertaining addition to any airshow.
Ethanol is taking flight as America’s premiere renewable fuel. The Vanguard Squadron flies a dazzling four ship formation aerobatic airshow powered by ethanol. The Vanguard Squadron has been ethanol powered since the team began flying together in 1993. Ethanol adds power and performance to the Squadron’s aircraft without any major engine modifications.
Michael Vaknin Extra 300
Michael’s passion for flight started at the age of 18, as a paratrooper, and later as an airborne instructor. In his 4 years of service, Michael has performed hundreds of static line jumps, sky-dives from C-130’s, DC-3’s and more.
Passion for aviation led Michael to take flying lessons and earn his commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates. Instructing at local flight schools Michael logged hundreds of hours helping new pilots achieve their goals in aviation.
Grant Nielsen Airshows
Grant Nielsen grew up in an aviation loving family. His father was a pilot and his brother was a career Air Force officer. After taking his first aerobatic ride, Grant was “bitten by the bug.”
Some of the maneuvers you will see include the Hammerhead, the Torque Roll, the Cuban 8, the Half Cuban 8, the Shark’s Tooth, and of course Loops and Rolls.
Kyle Fowler began following his father’s footsteps at a very young age. Looking to his father, Ken Fowler of Team Rocket, as his role model, Kyle moved forward with his dreams of becoming an Aerobatic Pilot by the age of 12, announcing his father’s performance at several Airshows. Currently, Kyle successfully manages his aviation time between flying a PA-31 Navajo Chieftain, a 1946 Cessna 120 and his unique 1986 Long EZ.