L.A. County Air Show

In The Sky

The Los Angeles County Air Show is proud of their “In the Sky” 2017 performers lineup. Featured are the world famous United States Air Force Thunderbirds, always daring and exciting to kids of all ages.  A couple of champion aerobatic performers are also scheduled to appear along with the Patriots Parachute Team.

U.S. AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRDS

U.S. AIR FORCE AIR DEMONSTRATION SQUADRON

Flying six Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons in a mix of formation flying and solo routines; about 40 maneuvers. The F-16 Fighting Falcon represents the full range of capabilities possessed by the Air Force’s tactical fighters. This highly-maneuverable multi-role fighter has proved to be one of the world’s best precision tactical bombers and air-to-air combat aircraft. Their demonstration lasts about 75 minutes!

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#1 Lt. Col. Jason Heard – Commander / Leader
#2 Capt. Ryan Bodenheimer
#3 Maj. Nate Hofmann
#4 Maj. Nick Krajicek
#5 Maj. Alex Turner
#6 Maj. Whit Collins

GREG “WIRED” COLYER

ACE MAKER AIR SHOWS

Greg “Wired” Colyer, a native of California, took his first flight at the age of seven in Sonoma, CA. Hooked ever since, he earned his pilot’s license at the age of 18 and flew while serving the U.S. Army in the 1980’s. He retired after 27 years as an Air Traffic Controller at Oakland ARTCC. He will be performing in the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star – Ace Maker, America’s first operational jet fighter and jet trainer.

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Photo Credit: Kevin Joyce

ROB HOLLAND

ROB HOLLAND ULTIMATE AIR SHOWS

Rob Holland started as a young air show fan in New England and earned his pilot’s license while a teenager. He began flying aerobatics almost immediately. Rob performs in his single seat MXS-RH which is a one-of-a-kind, all carbon fiber, American made aircraft. At 380 horsepower, he pulls 16 Gs rolling out at nearly 500 degrees per second. Rob Holland has won an unprecedented 6th consecutive U.S. National Aerobatic Title and 7th U.S. 4-Minute Freestyle Title.

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VICKY BENZING

VICKY BENZING AEROSPORTS

Vicky Benzing is sponsored by California Aeronautical University and is an accomplished pilot, skydiver, aerobatic performer and air racer. She was born and raised in California. Vicky holds several championships, including first place in the Intermediate categories in both Northwest and Southwest Regional Championships in 2006; and top 10 at the US Advanced Category National Aerobatic Championships. She’s also a race pilot at the Reno Air Races holding the title “Rookie of the Year” in 2010 at her first race ever and in 2015 she was named the “fastest woman” racer ever in the history of the Reno Air Races, in the L-39 at 469.831 mph. Vicky holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry and has a successful career in the High Tech industry of Silicon Valley.

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Photo Credit: LCLPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

BILL STEIN

BILL STEIN AIR SHOWS

Bill Stein from Aptos, CA began flying aerobatics when he was still a student pilot and has been flying air shows across the US since 1995. He now performs in his Zivko Edge 540. The Edge has a unique paint that continuously changes color from green to purple, to blue, along with gold, yellow, pink and orange depending on the angle of the light and the perspective of the viewer. It’s the talk of every show. He is the recipient of the 2016 Sword of Excellence award and the inducted in the ICAS Foundation Hall of Fame in 2015. Bill had performed for many years with the Red Baron Stearman Squadron and participated in many aerobatic competitions. Bill actively mentors new airshow pilots, and coaches the “Stars of Tomorrow” team.

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MATT CHAPMAN

MATT CHAPMAN AIR SHOWS | EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONATICAL UNIVERSITY

Matt Chapman personifies what we love about aviation — the thrill of expanding the envelope in what is known about flight, the credentials and expertise to make that possible, and the passion for doing it right in his Extra 330LX. He began flying aerobatics in 1984, and is a competition aerobatics pilots who has won one of only five slots on the U.S. Unlimited Men’s Aerobatic Team in 1996 and 1998. He has won many competitions worldwide. He is also a respected airline captain at a major US based air carrier with tens of thousands of flight hours AND he has a Radio Controlled Hangar which include a Viper Jet with top speeds of 180 mph, a Piper Super Cub, a C-45 and a BU-131. You can see samples of them on his website.

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ROB HARRISON “THE TUMBLING BEAR”

ROB HARRISON AIR SHOWS | ZLIN 142C AEROBATICS

Rob Harrison “The Tumbling Bear” will perform in his red, white and blue Zlin 142C, a Czech Republic military trainer. Rob started flying with his Dad, a career Naval officer, at the age of six. By the age 13, he was doing aerobatics. Now at 75, he’s been a marquee air show attraction for nearly 25 years. Rob is based at Cable Airport in Upland, CA and resides in Lake Arrowhead, CA. He has an Engineering degree from Oregon State University, earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of La Verne, has a certificate in flight test engineering from the University of Tennessee Space Institute and many more credentials. He’s flown for TV shows and commercials. His air show performance is dedicated to kids!

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Photo Credit: Scott Plummer

PAUL “STICKY” STRICKLAND

L-39 ALBATROS JET

Paul “Sticky” Strickland gained the call-sign “Sticky” as a Lieutenant in the USAF, in which he served 24 years as an officer and fighter pilot and retired as a Colonel. In 1987, he was #4 slot pilot for the USAF Thunderbirds logging more than 160 airshows throughout the U.S. and several overseas tours. Sticky has a very impressive military background. He currently flies as a Captain in the Boeing 737 for Southwest Airlines. He will be performing in the L-39 Czech Republic high performance jet.

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Photo Credit: Bill Foraker

BILL BRAACK – SMOKE-N-THUNDER

SMOKE-N-THUNDER JET SHOWS | JET PICKUP TRUCK

Bill Braack in the Hot Streak II performing in a twin jet engine 57 Chevy Pickup capable of speeds of 350+MPH has been entertaining at events for more than 20 years. Not only is Bill a pilot on the ground, he flew C-130’s for the USAF as a Flight Engineer and in the Air Force Reserve flying C-141’s, and now, retired. It’s a ground shaking heart pounding show with two 2-Pratt & Whitney engines, 25,000 horsepower with 12,500 pounds with afterburner and top speed of 350 mph! A performance you won’t want to miss!

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THE PATRIOT PARACHUTE TEAM

The Patriot Parachute Team is five professional parachutists who have served as active duty NAVY SEALS. They have logged more than 14,000 jumps together and over 22,600 jumps combined! They have performed in hundreds of cities around the country at thousands of demonstrations.

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LOCKHEED P-38 LIGHTNING

PLANES OF FAME AIR MUSEUM, CHINO

Lockheed P-38J Lightning (top speed 402 mph)

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NORTH AMERICAN P-51 MUSTANG

PLANES OF FAME AIR MUSEUM, CHINO

North American P-51 Mustang (top speed 437 mph)

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VOUGHT F4-U-1 CORSAIR

PLANES OF FAME AIR MUSEUM, CHINO

The oldest flying Vought F4U-1 Corsair (top speed 417 mph) and had six 0.50-cal machine guns and provisions for bombs and rockets.

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NORTH AMERICAN B-25 MITCHELL

PLANES OF FAME AIR MUSEUM, CHINO

1944 North American B-25J Mitchell (top speed 272) which had eleven 0.50-cal machine guns and 6,000 lbs of bombs.

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F-86F SABRE

PLANES OF FAME AIR MUSEUM, CHINO

North American F-86-F Sabre (top speed 885 mph)

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SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE Mk XIV

CAF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WINGS, CAMARILLO

Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV (top speed 439 mph)

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Photo Credit: Eric Van Gilder

YAKOVLEV YAK-3

CAF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WINGS, CAMARILLO

Yakovlev Yak-3 (top speed 407 mph)

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Photo Credit: Eric Van Gilder

NASA ER-2 HIGH ALTITUDE AIRBORNE SCIENCE AIRCRAFT

NASA ER-2

NASA Lockheed ER-2 High Altitude Science Aircraft will perform a fly-over. This aircraft has flown thousands of missions and test flights in support of scientific research. It can operate at altitudes from 20,000 feet to 70,000 feet, which is above 99 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere. The NASA ER-2s have played an important role in Earth science research because they have the ability to fly into the lower stratosphe at subsonic speeds, enabling direct stratospheric sampling as well as virtual satellite simulation missions.

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Photo Credit: Mark Loper

A-10 THUNDERBOLT II “WARTHOG”

U.S. AIR FORCE HERITAGE FLIGHT DEMONSTRATION

This venerable and remarkable ground attack warrior will amaze spectators with its maneuverability. Recognized by many as the absolute best anti-tank plane in the world, it has seen combat all over the world since the first one flew in 1972. The official name is Thunderbolt II, but fondly referred to as the Warthog. Indeed, compared to the sleek and beautiful F-16, some may say it is ugly. However, it is beautiful to its pilots and especially gorgeous to the soldier and marines on the ground when it comes to help out, getting rid of the bad guys. The A-10 pilot is well protected in a titanium tub, the cannon in its nose can eliminate any tank, and it can sustain a huge amount of damage and still fly and fight.

Photo Credit: Jim Mumaw

U.S. NAVY TAC DEMO TEAM

F/A-18C HORNET

The US Navy’s Tac Demo Teams are made up of actual Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) instructors flying the same jets used to train new students. The primary mission of an FRS is to train newly designated aviators, as well as transition aircrew into the F/A-18A-F Hornet and Super Hornet. The Tactical Demonstration or “TACDEMO” is designed to highlight the mobility, versatility and power of the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet for the citizens who look to the Navy for the defense of freedom. Their mission is to enhance Navy recruiting and demonstrate the awesome capabilities of Naval Aviation and its aircraft.

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All performers, aircraft, displays and schedules are subject to change without notice.

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