THE OREGON INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW SEPTEMBER 22-24, 2017 AT THE HILLSBORO AIRPORT
The Raptor is the world's most advanced fighter aircraft and one of the most sought-after demonstrations on the air show circuit. Its incredible maneuverability, aided by its computerized controls and powerful, thrust-vectoring jet engines, make the Raptor an astonishing air show aircraft. The Raptor performs maneuvers in its air show demonstration that appear to be impossible for a jet aircraft to perform including hovering, tail slides and paddle turns more common from a civilian bi-plane. The Raptor is also capable of supersonic flight and will demonstrate incredible high speed passes as part of its performance.
The Raptor was developed to counter the increasing sophistication and threat of hostile air forces and integrated air defense systems in use around the world. The Raptor fighter provides air dominance and a precision ground attack capability for U.S. forces for the next 40 years. Air and ground threats that the F-15 can no longer counter are defeated by the lethal and survivable F-22, with its balance of increased speed and range, enhanced offensive and defensive avionics and stealth. The Raptor's design also emphasizes reliability and maintainability of systems.
The Para-Commandos perform precision freefall parachute demonstrations across the United States, informing the public about the Special Operations Command, it's mission, and the great work being performed by the Special Operations Command's Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen deployed to over 100 countries around the world.
The team normally jumps from an altitude of 12,500 feet above the ground, freefalling approximately 2 miles and reaching speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour wearing smoke canisters on their feet to make them visible to the public below. During their freefall, the members of the team maneuver their bodies like an aircraft to form formations in the sky. When the jumpers approach an altitude of 4,000 feet, they break their formation and glide in different directions, opening their parachutes approximately 2,500 feet above the ground. Once open, the members steer their parachutes and land one behind the other with precision accuracy in the landing area.
The Para-Commandos are all active duty military or Department of Defense civilians assigned to the Special Operations Command. Most are combat veterans and have a Special Operations background. Many served with the US Army Special Forces, commonly known as the elite Green Berets. Others served with US Army Rangers, the world's premier light infantry fighting force. The US Air Force is well represented with specialized combat controllers, para-rescue men and combat air crewmen. The US Navy is represented with US Navy SEALs and Special Warfare Combat Crewmen, and the US Marine Corps is represented by Special Operations Marines.
Mike Wiskus's passion for aviation started when he was very young. Mike's Dad took him to his first air show at their hometown in Iowa at the age of 10. That show made an everlasting impression so deep that at 14, Mike rode his bike to the airport for two weeks straight and bugged the owner for a job washing airplanes and cleaning hangars just to be around airplanes. In school, Mike had a teacher tell him he would never be a pilot. His grades weren't great and he got into trouble. Later that year a tutor gave him the book The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper. It changed his attitude and it helped Mike believe in himself. He traded his work of washing airplanes for flying lessons and received his Pilot's License on his 17th birthday.
Mike has accumulated more than 24,000 flight hours and has qualified in more than 40 aircraft. He keeps a very busy schedule flying for Corporate America as well as keeping a full time air show schedule flying the Lucas Oil stunt plane April through November. "It is incredible to be part of the Lucas Oil Team. Their products as well as their integrity make what I do even more rewarding."
Hammerhead Aerobatics pilot Renny Price is a retired airline captain and has logged over 23,000 hours since his first flight in 1969. Renny holds FAA ratings of Airline Transport Pilot, Flight Engineer, Multi-engine instrument flight instructor, Aerobatic competency evaluator, and FAA safety counselor. When he is not performing airshows, he flies an Astra private jet.
World-class aerobatics are a spectacle, but almost nothing comes close to the performance of the Russian designed and built Sukhoi-29. The Sukhoi is considered to be the very best two place unlimited competition aircraft in the world today!
Renny and his SU-29 are based just south of Portland, Oregon at the Aurora State Airport! You will not want to miss this home state talent!
Jacquie B took her 50th birthday as the perfect opportunity to take the world by storm! During the centennial celebration of powered flight in 2003, Jacquie finally quit her job and realized her dream of being an air show performer and became the first female pilot to enter the business at the age of 50.
Jacquie spent years dreaming of flying but was unable to do much about it until working hard for years saving up enough money to become a pilot. At 32, Jacquie decided enrolled in ground school and received her Private Pilot certificate in 1986. Shortly thereafter she was introduced to the world of aerobatics.
Jacquie is now flying an Extra 300 monoplane. This beautiful red Extra is faster and more capable of gyroscopic maneuvers that the biplanes she had been flying. The Extra 300 is the world's most successful performance and unlimited category aerobatic aircraft. Its proven performance in international aerobatic competition, combined with its docile handling and dependable stability, translate into a comfortable cross-country touring machine.
LtCol (Ret) Jerry "Jive" Kerby performs amazing aerobatics in the highly maneuverable RV-8A. Flying for over 39 years and with over 13,000 hours of flight time in over 60 aircraft, LtCol Jerry "Jive" Kerby, USAF (Retired) is a professional air show performer in the United States and Canada. A native of Lancaster, Missouri, Jive has been flying as an air show performer since his final assignment in the United States Air Force in 2005 when he was a Squadron Commander and F-4 Phantom Heritage Flight Pilot stationed at Tyndall AFB in Panama City, Florida.
Since retiring from the USAF in February of 2006, Jive has flown the T-33, MS760, L-39, T-28, F-4, and MiG-17 at air shows throughout North America. His most recent addition to his air show performance schedule has been the RV-8A. The switch to a smaller, more aerobatic and maneuverable aircraft is taking Jive to air shows and locations he has not been able to attend before with the jets and larger warbirds he normally flies on the circuit. The RV-8A allows Jive to take the thrill and excitement of flight to a new audience, and he is thrilled to be flying as a solo performer.
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