U.S. Navy Blue Angels
The Blue Angels flight demonstration team is more than just a group of individuals; brought together to represent the United States Navy and Marine Corps. This team combines the best and brightest, at the top of their craft. Their camaraderie and chemistry assure the team mission is more than just a job – it’s a passion!
Since 1946, the Blue Angels have flown for more than 260 million spectators. The Blue Angels are an American air show favorite and delight audiences across the country with their precision, speed and aerobatics. During their aerobatic demonstration, the Blues fly six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, split into the Diamond Formation (Blue Angels 1 through 4) and the Lead and Opposing Solos (Blue Angels 5 and 6). Most of the show alternates between maneuvers performed by the Diamond Formation and those performed by the Solos.
The Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team at Langley Air Force Base performs precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the world's only operational fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The team also teams up with Air Force Heritage flight exhibiting the professional qualities the Air Force develops in the people who fly, maintain and support these aircraft.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), the Heritage Flight program was founded in 1997. Heritage Flight performances of current fighter/attack aircraft flying with World War II, Korea and Vietnam era fighters dramatically display USAF airpower history and honor the brave men and women who have served, or are currently serving, in the USAF. In 2010, the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed to keep this popular program flying.
Adam "Shakenbake" Baker is a one of a kind airshow pilot. With a personality to match his outgoing and progressive flying style he is processed from a self-made aviator to an industry leader. Adams competition background and progressive freestyle flying match his one of a kind plane scheme that is updated yearly. His progressive thinking and industry changing strategy has made him marketable to all generations.
Adam loves to share his story with the younger generations as he is one of the very few in the industry that didn't come from an airshow or aviation family. Adam has dedicated his entire professional career to progression of flying. Holding almost every rating possible from Jets to helicopters to the most nimble of aerobatic aircraft he loves to fly it all. Beginning his career with only a few dollars in his pocket he likes to share his experience and excite and inspire the next generation of pilots and individuals looking to progress and be successful in whatever endeavor it may be.
RedLine Aerobatic Team is a dynamic 2-ship formation aerobatic performance team. The opposing, inverted and formation maneuvers are a crowd pleaser! The two pilots, Ken and Jon, have been flying in formation together for more than 10 years. The display of skill, nerve, and showmanship for this team is something that is hard to find.
Stearman Flight is dedicated to enhancing safety and proficiency in Stearman formation flying. They provide FAA authorized Formation Flight Training and F.A.S.T. certification for Stearman pilots, receiving "best in class" ackknowledgement by the F.A.S.T. Board of Directors.
Dan "Doc" Serrato is the owner and operator of the North American T-28C Trojan, built in 1954. He was the first to land on the carrier USS Tarawa in November 1955.
Paul McCowan Airshows uses the best skydivers from all around the U.S. and the world. With a combined team total of over 50,000+ jumps and 200+ years skydiving experience. Paul started jumping in 1967 when he was a Green Beret in the United States Army. After leaving the Army in 1969 he began sport jumping and turned a hobby into a business when in 1971 he formed Paul McCowan Airshows. To date Paul has over 10,000 jumps to his name with over 300 hours in freefall.
Prometheus the flying machine is part Pitts Special and the rest is the vision of Skip Stewart. Prometheus was modified to give Skip the airshow machine that looks like an old American hot rod. The horsepower was increased to 400 FPM. Like a streak of lightning from an ominous sky, Skip Stewart blasts into view in a high-flying aerobatic symphony and jaw-dropping maneuvers down to 1-foot off the gorund.
Gary developed an interest in Flying and Aviation as an early teenager, took flying lessons and soloed at age 16 in a Piper J-3 Cub. He spent 4 years in the USAF as a Jet Engine Mechanic and then earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. Gary flew his first airshow in 1998 in a Pitts S2B then flew a Giles 202 for 8 years and has now been performing in the MX2 for the last 12 years. The MX2 is a strong and powerful, all carbon fiber aircraft designed for extreme aerobatics. Gary's performance will focus on the extreme and unusual maneuvers that an airplane just isn't expected to do!
This Triple Jet Engine Monster has become a national icon. With its fast speeds and power, Shockwave is a sight to behold. As a driver/pilot of the world's fastest jet powered truck, Chris Darnell has been performing at air shows for over 10 years. In 2005, Shockwave set an air show speed record of 375 mph that still stands today!
Monster brings the energy with Keith Sayers Freestyle Motocross Team! These deathdefying stunts show that the angels aren't the only ones who can fly.
Rob is proud to be the voice of the most prestigious aerial events and to take the excitement of flight right to the hearts of millions of people each year. He brings an immense amount of experience and knowledge to the stage of air shows. Rob announced his first air show in 1978 and by 2006, air show announcing had become his full-time occupation. The United States Navy named Rob Reider an "Honorary Blue Angel," only the 46th person to receive that honor in the 71 year history of the team.
Rob Reider air show announcer, recipient of the coveted ICAS "Sword of Excellence," entertainer, pilot, Midwest television personality, singer, performer, writer, and winner of 5 Emmy awards has put all his experience into bringing the excitement of air shows "up close and personal" to auidences all over North America.
Wayne G. Boggs served 10 years in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) followed by 30 years in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control industry. In January 2004, Boggs retired from the FAA with 40 total years of combined Federal service to the United States of America.
For over 20 years Wayne has been the owner of Air Boss & Consulting International Inc. As the Air Boss, Wayne assists in the production and execution of approximately 18-25 air shows per year and is recognized as one of the top Air Bosses in the country. He is currently on the Board of Directors and is the Air Boss for the Warbirds of America at Oshkosh, WI.
Air show performers are subject to change.