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.
Redline Aerobatic Team is a dynamic two-ship formation aerobatic performance team made up of Ken Reider and Adam Baker. The opposing, inverted and formation maneuvers are a crowd pleaser! The display of skill, nerve and showmanship for this team is something that is hard to find. The Redline Team is sure to become one of your favorites after watching their tactful performance.
Rob’s rise to the top started as a young airshow fan in his native New England. Earning his pilot’s license while still a teenager, Rob began flying aerobatics almost immediately, all while building valuable flight time and experience as a corporate pilot, commuter pilot, banner tower, flight instructor, ferry pilot, and operating his own aerobatic flight school. Now in his 18th year as a full-time airshow pilot, Rob has distinguished himself by blazing a trail of innovation, developing maneuvers never before seen at an airshows. “One of my goals is to take aerobatics to the next level,” Rob explains. “I want to push the limits of what can be done.” But while his impact and influence on the airshow community is undeniable, his remarkable skills at the controls of his MXS-RH are matched with a humble and approachable demeanor that has forged a unique connection with countless fans the world over.
As a recipient of 2013 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship and the 2015 Art Scholl Award, Skip Stewart has proven to be one of the most entertaining Airshow pilots in the world today. With over ten thousand hours of flying experience, being an Airline Transport Pilot, Boeing 727 and MD-11 Captain, a Certified Flight Instructor, having owned and operated an aerobatic flight school, earned Gold Medals in regional aerobatic competitions, served as Chief Pilot for a Fortune 100 company and with more than fourteen years entertaing airshow fans about the world, Skip feels comfortable saying that he is one of the very best in the business today. Skip's flying has been featured in magazines that include Plane & Pilot, Smithsonian Air and Space, AOPA, Sports Illustrated, World Airshow News, Auto Pilot, as well as in multiple domestic and international publications. Skip Stewart is the first pilot to fly an airplace under a jumping motorcycle at an Air show and he also flies with several other pilots forming shows such as the renowned TinStix of Dynamite Act.
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.
The Aeroshell Aerobatic Team performs tight, awe-inspiring formation aerial maneuvers in front of millions of air show fans all over America. With Mark Henly, team lead; Bryan Regan, right wing; Steve Gustafson, left wing; and Jimmy Fordham, slot; this four-ship of T-6 Texan Aircraft perform a series of loops, rolls, and bomb burts in close formation for a classic aerobatic routine.
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, helicopter sailplane tow, night aerobatics with strobes & pyro and the world's only twin jet sailplane. The tradition of innovation continues with the recent addition of the Super Salto jet sailplane, with more power, more speed and more aerobatic capability than any other sailplane on the planet!
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!
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.
** Airshow performers are subject to change. **