THE OREGON INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW SEPTEMBER 28-30, 2018 AT THE HILLSBORO AIRPORT
The Canadian Forces (CF) Snowbirds, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron are a Canadian icon comprised of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and National Defense Public Service employees.
The team represents all three elements of the military (Army, Navy and Air Force) and work together to bring thrilling performances to the public. Serving as ambassadors of the CAF, the CF Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of skill, professionalism, teamwork, discipline and dedication inherent in the men and women of the CAF and they inspire the pursuit of excellence wherever they go in North America.
The Snowbirds fly the Canadair CT-114 Tutor, a Canadian-built jet that was used by the Canadian Forces as a basic pilot-training aircraft form 1963 until 2000. The Tutor weighs approximately 7,170 lbs (3,260 kg) and is powered by a J-85 engine producing 2,700 pounds of thrust.
The top speed of the aircraft, with smoke tanks attached, is 412 knots (470 mph or 750 km/h). During a performance, the Snowbirds will fly at speeds ranging from 100 knots (115 mph or 185 km/h) to 320 knots (370 mph or 590 km/h). The distance between each Snowbird jet in many of the formations is about 1.2 metres (4 feet). When flying at speeds up to 590 km/hr a large amount of skill is required by the pilot to maintain this distance throughout the performance.
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.
Photo Credit: Lyle Jansma - Aero Capture Images © 2016
The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is an American twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) to gain and maintain air supremacy in aerial combat. The Eagle first flew in July 1972, and entered service in 1976. It is among the most successful modern fighters, with over 100 victories and no losses in aerial combat.
The F-15's maneuverability is derived from low wing loading (weight to wing area ratio) with a high thrust-to-weight ratio enabling the aircraft to turn tightly without losing airspeed. The F-15 can climb to 30,000 ft in around 60 seconds. The thrust output of the dual engines is greater than the aircraft's combat weight, so it has the ability to accelerate vertically. The weapons and flight control systems are designed so that one person can safely and effectively perform air-to-air combat.
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.
Mark Peterson is the owner and operator of this beautifull Dornier GMBH Alpha Jet (S/N 120), which is available for airshows, flybys and film.
In the early 1960s, European air forces began to consider their requirements for the coming decades. One of the results was the emergence of a new generation of jet trainers to replace such classic aircraft as the Lockheed T-33 and Fouga Magister. The two main rivals in this exercise turned out to be the BAe Hawk and the Franco-German Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet.
At the outset, the Alpha Jet had a lead, but the BAe Hawk would prove to be the winner in the race. However, the Alpha Jet has been built in good numbers and served with a number of air forces for several decades.
Greg Shelton has been performing in air shows since 1990. His interest in aviation began at an early age watching fire bombers in northern California and listening to his father’s adventures of flying fighter aircraft in the U.S. Navy. In 1982, Greg began flying lessons in a J-3 Cub, but before he finished his pilot’s license he traded the Cub for a Starduster Too so he could pursue aerobatics. Greg’s next aircraft was an AT-6 Texan project that would take him four years to completely restore. What originally started as a 1952 Canadian Harvard MK IV that served in the RCAF from 1952 until 1965, Greg’s newly restored AT-6 was one of the most beautiful warbirds on the aerobatic air show circuit. He has also performed at air shows in a Yak 52. And from 1994 until 2003, Greg owned and performed in a Yak 55M. In 2003, he decided to add a wing walking act to his growing list of air show performances. He purchased a 450 Super Stearman painted in patriotic colors of red, white, and blue. Greg has wowed audiences all over the United States and abroad with his aerobatic wing walking routine. In December 2006, Greg sold his AT-6 to make room for his newest airplane, the FM-2 Wildcat. Much to the amazement of air show spectators, Greg performs a full aerobatic air show routine in the Wildcat. Greg has often been referred to by many as “one of the best aerobatic warbird air show pilots”.
A native Californian, Gregory "Wired" Colyer took his first flight at age 7 in a Cessna 172 with Dr. Lee Schaller out of the Schellville airport in Sonoma, California. Hooked ever since, Greg has been flying for almost 3 decades after earning his license in 1982 while serving in the US Army from 1982-1987.
After leaving the service he served 27 years for the FAA keeping the skies safe as an Air Traffic Controller at Oakland ARTCC from 1988-2015. His passion for the cockpit never left him as he continued to fly as a hobby and an occasional airshow flying a Beech T-34 Mentor until he imported a Russian L-29 Delfin Jet in 2003.
After flying with his friend Kay Eckhart, in one of Kay's Lockheed T-33s in 2007, Greg set his sights on an upgrade to the U.S. Air Force's first operational jet and a real piece of U.S. aviation history. Acquiring a T-33 and naming it Ace Maker in 2008. Then founding the nonprofit (501c-3) T-33 Heritage Foundation to help in the preservation of the type.
He holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with instrument, single and multi engine ratings as well as being a Certified Flight Instructor. Type rated in Aero Vodochody's L-29 Delfin, L-39 Albatros and the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. A level I Aerobatic low level card and FAST lead formation card round out his qualifications.
Born in small town Wyevale, Ontario, Brent knew from a young age that he wanted to spend his time in the air. Brent’s early flight training was earned through the Air Cadet program. His first solo was in an Air Cadet glider, at age 16. Ten years later, Brent’s dream of becoming a CF-18 Hornet pilot was a reality. And through a fortunate series of events, he was selected to fly as a team pilot with the renowned Canadian Forces Snowbirds jet team in 2011.
Following his tour with the Snowbirds in 2012 / 2013, Brent took his air show career to the next level. Purchasing a beautiful Pitts S-2, he had the good fortune of polishing his aerobatic prowess with air show legend Wayne Handley.
2017 will mark Brent’s fourth season as an unrestricted, surface-rated aerobatic performer. Expect an adrenaline-filled, heart-pumping series of tumbles, torque rolls, and loops. The Pitts Special is THE air show airplane to inspire young and old to pursue their passions!
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