The Blue Angels is the United States Navy‘s flight demonstration squadron, with aviators from the Navy and Marines. Blue Angels’ six demonstration pilots currently fly the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet, typically in more than 70 shows at 34 locations throughout the United States each year. The Blue Angels also visit more than 50,000 people in a standard show season (March through November) in schools and hospitals. Since 1946, the Blue Angels have flown for more than 260 million spectators.
- Flying Blue Angel No. 1, Commander Ryan Bernacchi, USN (Commanding Officer/Flight Leader)
- Flying Blue Angel No. 2, Lieutenant Damon Kroes, USN (Right Wing)
- Flying Blue Angel No. 3, Lieutenant Nate Scott, USN (Left Wing)
- Flying Blue Angel No. 4, Lieutenant Lance Benson, USN (Slot)
- Flying Blue Angel No. 5, Commander Frank Weisser, USN (Lead Solo)
- Flying Blue Angel No. 6 Lieutenant Tyler Davies, USN (Opposing Solo)
- Flying Blue Angel No. 7, Lieutenant Brandon Hempler, USN (Advance Pilot/Narrator)
- Events Coordinator, Blue Angel No. 8, Lieutenant Dave Steppe, USN
- Flying Fat Albert, Major Mark Hamilton, USMC
- Flying Fat Albert, Major Mark Montgomery, USMC
- Flying Fat Albert, Major Kyle Maschner, USMC
- Executive Officer, Commander Matt Kaslik, USN
- Maintenance Officer, Lieutenant Samuel Rose, USN
- Flight Surgeon, Lieutenant Juan Guerra, USN
- Administrative Officer, Lieutenant Junior Grade Timothy Hawkins, USN
- Supply Officer, Lieutenant Bryan Pace, USN
- Public Affairs Officer, Lieutenant Joe Hontz, USN
The show’s narrator flies Blue Angel 7, a two-seat F/A-18D Hornet, to show sites. The Blues use this jet for backup, and to give demonstration rides to VIP civilians. Three backseats at each show are available; one of them goes to members of the press, the other two to “Key Influencers”. The No. 4 slot pilot often flies the No. 7 aircraft in Friday’s “practice” shows.
The Blue Angels use a United States Marine Corps Lockheed C-130T Hercules, nicknamed “Fat Albert”, for their logistics, carrying spare parts, equipment, and to carry support personnel between shows. Beginning in 1975, “Bert” was used for Jet Assisted Take Off (JATO) and short aerial demonstrations just prior to the main event at selected venues, but the JATO demonstration ended in 2009 due to dwindling supplies of rockets. “Fat Albert Airlines” flies with an all-Marine crew of three officers and five enlisted personnel.
Rob Holland is one of the most decorated, respected, and innovative aerobatic pilots and airshow performers in the world today. Flying the MXS-RH, an all carbon fiber, competition–ready, single-seat aerobatic airplane designed and built by MX Aircraft, Rob Holland brings an unrivaled performance to airshows across North America, thrilling millions of spectators with his dynamic and breathtaking display.
Winner of six consecutive US National Aerobatic Championships, three World Freestyle Aerobatic Championships and the International Council of Airshows (ICAS) prestigious Art Scholl Award for Showmanship, the highest honor any airshow pilot can receive, Rob has distinguished himself by blazing a trail of innovation, developing maneuvers never before seen at an airshow.
In 2017, Rob will be celebrating 16 years in the airshow industry, bringing his passion for aviation to audiences at airshows across North America, hoping to inspire people to pursue their dreams with the same focus and dedication that has propelled Rob to the very top of the airshow world.
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Dan was a New York & Connecticut home builder and flat-track motorcycle racer; then moved to Lake Tahoe, CA where he enjoyed the thrill of flying off mountain tops. While getting his Private Pilot License in 1981, Dan was injured while landing a hang glider in bad weather, and lost his ability to walk.
Despite this new handicap, Dan returned to the thrill of flying within six months, and since then his tenacity and adventurous spirit have allowed him to accrue more than 3,000 hours of flight time in Hang Gliders and Sailplanes. Completing his Private and Commercial Pilot License as a wheelchair user, his motor-less recreational flights are typically 3-6 hours long, thermal soaring as high as 18,000 feet over the western deserts and mountains.
After his first air show performance at Medford, OR in 1989, his appearances increased each year, and now he shares his thrill of flight with millions of people around the world during his annual 25+ city Airshow tour, driving 45,000+ miles each summer.
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The GEICO Skytypers are a civilian air show squadron based in Long Island, NY. .The team is comprised of 11 pilots who fly World War II-era aircraft. The GEICO Skytypers are one of a select few organizations in the world that can generate giant sky typed messages. In addition to skytyping, the team performs a low-level precision-flying demonstration showcasing many of the maneuvers and tactics that were taught to WWII and Korean War pilots.
The aircraft used by the GEICO Skytypers are the North American SNJ-2 originally built in 1940 and 1941 during World War II. Called the T-6 Texan by the Army Air Corps, the Harvard by the RAF, and affectionately known as “The Pilot Maker” by its crews, the SNJ was the Navy’s variant and was designed to transition pilots from basic trainers to first-line tactical aircraft. The GEICO planes have been fully restored and specially equipped with modifications for skytyping missions.
The Skytypers perform a low-level, precision flying demonstration that has thrilled spectators all over the United States. The aircraft fill the skies in front of the audience as the team performs their 18-minute demonstration. Through expert energy management and steady hands, the pilots extract every ounce of performance possible from the wonderful WWII antique aircraft.
Bill Stein has logged over 5,000 hours of aerobatic and formation flight. He began flying aerobatics while he was a student pilot and has been dedicated to perfecting his skills ever since. Beginning in 1995, Bill has performed at air shows across the United States and has entertained millions of air show fans.
Bill’s passion for precision flying is evident in his dazzling air show routine. He trains every day – keeping his skills razor sharp, and maintaining the all-out energy and excitement he demonstrates in every air show sequence. Bill’s extensive flying experience includes competitive aerobatics and years of flying with 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.
The Prowlers of the Pacific is a flight team dedicated to The Greatest Generation – those who volunteered to defend our freedom in those dark days, those that sacrificed their lives thousands of miles from home and those that fueled the arsenal of democracy and kept the home fires burning!
The Prowlers of the Pacific is a joint effort of the Dixie Wing and the West Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. The largest flying museum of World War II aircraft with units across the United States, The Prowlers of the pacific are dedicated to preserving the memory of those that fought and sacrificed to ensure our freedom!
Prowlers includes the only flying SB2C Curtiss Helldiver and rare SBD Dauntless dive-bomber, the famous gull-winged Corsair fighter and a Japanese Kate (replica) torpedo bomber that represent the best of the Pacific War. Additional fighters, bombers and pyro-technics are available on request. The Prowlers of the Pacific exhibits the aerial warfare witnessed at The Battle of the Coral Sea and The Battle of Midway,
Team Fastrax™ is the largest professional parachute demonstration team in the world. The team roster has more than forty active members with a culmination of more than 175,000 skydives. The team is comprised of many veterans of the United States Armed Forces and each member maintains a Professional Rating issued by the United States Parachute Association.
A Team Fastrax™ demonstration skydive typically consists of multiple members exiting one of their aircraft over a large crowd such as an airshow or major sporting event and descending to a precise landing, thrilling the spectators.
Team Fastrax™ owns and routinely performs with the Largest American Flag ever flown under a parachute. Measuring at over 7,800 square feet, our largest American Flag can be seen for more than 35 miles when flown.
The team is approved to jump into highly-restricted airspace and is the only team to have performed over Ground Zero on 9/11 in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Arlington National Cemetery, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA, and over the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
This Ford F-750 is 30 feet long, 8 feet wide and 7-1/2 feet high, with thrust coming from three GE J85 turbine engines with afterburners. That translates into 18,000 pounds of thrust, or 36,000 horsepower, in afterburner mode, and a quarter-mile time of just over six seconds.