United States 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.
U.S. Army Golden Knights
The United States Army Parachute Team, nicknamed “The Golden Knights,” is the U.S. Army’s official aerial demonstration team. The Team travels around the United States, performing parachute demonstrations at air shows, major league football and baseball games, and special events, connecting the Army with the American people.
The Team originated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of the airborne in 1959. At the time, the Russians dominated the relatively new sport of skydiving, and were unbeatable at the international competitions. Thirteen intrepid airborne Soldiers saw an opportunity to beat the Soviets at their own game…and began practicing to meet the world as the first U.S. military parachute team. Success came quickly, as the Team began bringing home gold medals and winning the hearts of the American public. The fledgling Team’s mission was to assist in the development of modern parachuting techniques, to provide world-class competition parachutists, and to perform live aerial demonstrations in support of Army public relations and recruiting. In 1961, the Team adopted their nickname, “The Golden Knights.”
Over the past 50 years, the Team has grown to more than 90 people, including jumpers, pilots, administrators, parachute technicians, and media relations and supply specialists. The demonstration teams perform more than 100 demonstrations a year with the help of the Team’s four dedicated aircraft. The Tandem section takes Soldiers and VIPs on tandem skydives, and the Competition section continues to win at several national and international competitions per year.
The Team represents the finest of Soldiers and personifies the Army Values, showing the world the professionalism, precision, and discipline of today’s modern Army.
The Aerostars are a precision aerobatic demonstration team who performs in the Yak 52 TW. They will fascinate the crowds with a combination of graceful aerobatics, tight formations and inverted maneuvers. The Yak-52 was designed originally as an aerobatic trainer for students in the Soviet DOSAAF training organization, which trained both civilian sport pilots and military pilots.
Bill Stein has logged more than 5,000 hours of aerobatic and formation flights. Bill began flying aerobatics when he was still a student pilot and has been dedicated to perfecting his skills ever since. Bill’s Edge 540 is perfect for airshows not only because of Bill’s amazing air show flying routine, but also because the Bill Stin Edge 540 has a completely new and unique look.
The flagship T-34 of our fleet is an early A model. It was veteran of USAF and CAP use before being acquired by the Mentor Flyers. The Lima Lima Flight Team stresses precision formation flying, and keeping the team in front of an airshow crowd during all of it’s maneuvers. Lima Lima has performed in airshows from coast to coast and border to border, thrilling more than 100 million spectators with the beauty and grace of their precision performances.
The highly skilled wingwalker and a unique entertainer, Tony Kazian brings to the center stage the thrill and excitement of the Dave Dacy/Tony Kazian Super Stearman Wingwalking team.
The Firebirds Xtreme are a nationally and internationally renowned Aerobatics team. Members Jack Knutson and Rob Holland thrill crowds from around the world with their breath taking stunts, and precision formation flying.
Matt flies the beautiful Embry-Riddle Eagle 580. The Mudry CAP is a well-known name in aerobatic championships. There are currently only 5 other CAP 580’s flying today.
Paul Wood (A-4)
Wood will dazzle the crowds in his A-4 Skyhawk. The Marine Corps A-4 Skyhawk is a lightweight, single engine attack aircraft. Developed in the early 1950s, the A-4 Skyhawk was originally designated the A-4D as a lightweight, daylight only nuclear capable strike aircraft for use in large numbers for aircraft carriers.
Herb Hunter, Air Show Announcer
A veteran voice of the Gary Air Show, Herb Hunter has a quintessential ability to keep an audience informed and entertained throughout the Air Show.
More to be announced…Stay Tuned!