The Commemorative Air Force's (CAF) Corsair was built by Goodyear hence the designation FG (Fighter Goodyear) instead of F4U that was produced by the original manufacturer. The aircraft rolled out of the factory in Akron, Ohio on July 19, 1945, it never saw combat but was used stateside in various roles until being stricken from active duty by the US Navy in 1956. After retirement it was relocated to an airstrip in Arizona where it remained there in storage until it was sold in 1960 to the CAF. The aircraft is based in Georgia and recently stared in the movie "Devotion".
The aircraft is powered by a 2,000 HP, 18-cylinder, Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engine. The 14,500lb aircraft has a maximum speed of 440mph. Have your camera ready for this amazing aerobatic flight.
The CAF Red Tail Squadron is committed to telling the inspirational story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. They tell the story of the Tuskegee Airmen and the WASP (women pilots), and the obstacles they both overcame to be able to serve their country during WWII.
Check out the P-51 in the spectator area or watch the skies for it's daily aerobatic performances.
Martin Hivon and the YAK-55M
Breathtaking, adrenaline filled, solo aerobatic performance that will delight all ages! With a roll rate close to 360 degrees per second and a 370 HP radial engine, the Yakovlev YAK-55M has been a remarkable airshow aircraft for close to 35 years! Martin is a former CF-18 pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces and will maneuver the YAK to its limits.
Pre-show aerial banner: look to the skies for our aerial banner on your way to our event.
Rick Volker and the Sukhoi 26
Rick is an unlimited category International Aerobatic Club pilot and has competed in aerobatic competitions for many years in high performance aircraft such as the Pitts and Sukhoi. Rick has won numerous regional aerobatic events. He is a former competitive swimmer, speed skater, bicycle racer, cross-country skier, and body builder. Such is the type of
conditioning required to fly at this level, as Rick alternates between plus 11 and minus 6 Gs, often in the same maneuver.
Rick is a practicing dentist in Niagara Falls, New York and
currently teaches advanced aerobatics to pilots in their own aircraft.
GERONIMO Skydiving Team
GERONIMO! Skydiving Team members are some of the most experienced and skilled civilian show jumpers in North America. As disciplined professionals, the members are committed to performance excellence, safety, professionalism, and personal integrity. In addition to high standards as performers they are dedicated to giving back to the community and strive to be role models for today's youth.
Have your cameras ready as the team conducts two jumps each day, one with the American flag during our National Anthem and then later in the day as superheroes. Be sure to have the kids ready as the superhero's love to sign autographs.
T-34 formation flying
Have your camera ready for a DOZEN
T-34's flying in perfect formation
Flybys and other aerial displays
Numerous aircraft will be conducting photo passes & flyovers during the event many of which will be on display. Get up close and personal with these planes and their pilot in between demos. Below are some of the aircraft that are planning to be in the air.