THE OREGON INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW SEPTEMBER 28-30, 2018 AT THE HILLSBORO AIRPORT
Canadian Forces Snowbirds
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 supersonic CF-188 Hornet, popularly known as the CF-18, can engage both ground and aerial targets. Its twin engines generate enough thrust to lift 24 full-size pick-up trucks off the ground. As the Royal Canadian Air Force's frontline multi-role fighter, the modernized CF-188 is used for air defense, air superiority, tactical support, training, aerobatic demonstration, and aerospace testing.
The CF-188 went through a phased modernization program to ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces have a modern and interoperable fighter fleet. Because of its power, speed and target tracking capabilities, the CF-188 has had great success in many military operations at home and abroad.
As a significant contribution to NORAD, Canada's fighter force is committed to protecting North America from airborne threats. As part of Operation NOBLE EAGLE, our CF-188s maintain a constant state of alert to safeguard North American skies. In 2014 CF-188s began patrolling European skies alongside our NATO partners to ensure security in the region, in support of Operation REASSURANCE.
The A-10 Thunderbolt II has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and is a highly accurate and survivable weapons-delivery platform. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions. The wide combat radius and short takeoff and landing capability permit operations in and out of locations near front lines. Using night vision goggles, A-10 pilots can conduct their missions during darkness.
Thunderbolt IIs have Night Vision Imaging Systems, or NVIS, goggle compatible single-seat cockpits forward of their wings and a large bubble canopy which provides pilots all-around vision. The pilots are protected by titanium armor that also protects parts of the flight-control system. The redundant primary structural sections allow the aircraft to enjoy better survivability during close air support than did previous aircraft. The aircraft can survive direct hits from armor-piercing and high explosive projectiles up to 23mm. Their self-sealing fuel cells are protected by internal and external foam. Manual systems back up their redundant hydraulic flight-control systems. This permits pilots to fly and land when hydraulic power is lost.
The first production A-10A was delivered to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., in October 1975. The upgraded A-10C reached initial operation capability in September 2007. Specifically designed for close air support, its combination of large and varied ordnance load, long loiter time, accurate weapons delivery, austere field capability, and survivability has proven invaluable to the United States and its allies. The aircraft has participated in operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Provide Comfort, Desert Fox, Noble Anvil, Deny Flight, Deliberate Guard, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
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.
This SL633 from the Historic Flight Foundation, features the elliptical design and power-to-weight ratio that has made the Spitfire a pilot’s dream to fly, a lethal fighter, and a delight to watch. It flew in turn for dogfights, escort missions, aerial performances, front-line defense, and combat training.
The Spitfire is the iconic British symbol of resolve from World War II. It is said that the Spitfire was the most important reason the British were able to prevent a German invasion of World War II.
The Oregon International Air Show will have a very special formation flying display this year. The U.S. Air Force and the Canadian Forces have been enduring partners in North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) since 1958. It is quite rare to see aircraft from both nations fly in formation together but this year you are going to see it in Oregon! It is even more rare to see multiple aircraft from both nations fly in formation. We will have an unprecedented 4-ship formation consisting of the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188, the Oregon Air National Guard F-15C, the U.S. Air Force F-16 from Luke AFB, and a South Dakota Air National Guard F-16.
2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Since 1958, the United States and Canada have partnered together to protect the North American airspace. The command has evolved from its Cold War infancy to face new threats that include intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and terrorism. This is a year you won’t want to miss at the Oregon International Air Show.
In 1997, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), the Heritage Flight program was founded. The performances of the Heritage Flight program feature modern day fighter and attack aircraft flying alongside World War II, Korea and Vietnam-era aircraft in a dramatic display of our nation's air power history. In December 2010, the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation (AFHFF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed to keep this popular program flying, with the primary charitable mission of providing Heritage Flights to the public.
Since then, the foundation has been celebrating U.S. air power history by providing 40–60 annual Heritage Flight demonstrations around the world. Heritage Flights are flown at events ranging from open houses and air shows to sporting events, parades and funerals. The team currently consists of nine civilian pilots qualified to fly vintage warbirds in formation with modern USAF single-ship demonstration teams and F-4 pilots. Their formations serve as a living memorial to the men and women who have served—or are currently serving—in the U.S. Air Force, proudly flying in support of USAF recruiting and retention efforts.
The C-17 Globemaster III is the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. The aircraft can perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions and can transport litters and ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations when required. The inherent flexibility and performance of the C-17 force improve the ability of the total airlift system to fulfill the worldwide air mobility requirements of the United States.
The C-17 measures 174 feet long (53 meters) with a wingspan of 169 feet, 10 inches (51.75 meters). The aircraft is powered by four, fully reversible, Federal Aviation Administration-certified F117-PW-100 engines (the military designation for the commercial Pratt & Whitney PW2040), currently used on the Boeing 757. Each engine is rated at 40,440 pounds of thrust. The thrust reversers direct the flow of air upward and forward to avoid ingestion of dust and debris.
Maximum payload capacity of the C-17 is 170,900 pounds (77,519 kilograms), and its maximum gross takeoff weight is 585,000 pounds (265,352 kilograms). With a payload of 169,000 pounds (76,657 kilograms) and an initial cruise altitude of 28,000 feet (8,534 meters), the C-17 has an unrefueled range of approximately 2,400 nautical miles. Its cruise speed is approximately 450 knots (.74 Mach). The C-17 is designed to airdrop 102 paratroopers and equipment.
Manufactured by Douglas Aircraft, the first prototype for the Skyraider took to the skies in 1945. It would be the mid-50’s though, during the Korean conflict, before the Skyraider saw front-line service with the US Navy and Marines. This single-seat, prop-driven attack aircraft found its niche carrying 14,500lbs on take-off and delivering its payload with precision, often enduring significant battle damage in the process. Later during the Vietnam conflict, when most other propellered fighters and attack aircraft had been traded in on the latest and greatest jets, the venerable ‘Spad’ with it’s long loiter time, ‘low and slow’ delivery system, and ability to get home despite being in less than one piece carved out yet another niche for itself. Indeed, the Skyraider proved itself to be so good that the USAF added some to their helicopter Search and Rescue missions. It served as the ‘Sandy’ helicopter escort, providing close air support, forward air control, and anything else that required the special brand of support that the Skyraider provided. By the end of 1972, all Skyraiders in the US inventory had been taken out of service. Many went to the South Vietnamese Air Force and later to the French l’Armee de l’Air.
While with the French l’Armee de l’Air, our Skyraider was based at Chateaudun but served in Algeria in 1962, Djibouti in 1968, Madagascar in 1971, and Chad in 1976. It was sent to storage with Sogerma in September 1979 where it remained until 1983. The Musee de l’Air at Le Buurget acquired the aircraft in 1984, and sold it to a private owner in Belgium in 1985. This aircraft was purchased by Heritage Flight Museum in February of 2004 and very arduously flown, towed, cargoed, towed again, and flown again back to Bellingham from Belgium!
Because of HFM’s USAF background, and because the Skyraider was used with great success by the Navy and the Air Force, we chose to ‘dress’ our Skyraider in typical USAF colors thus the reason we refer to it by it’s USAF designation of A-1.
Aviators will tell you the B-25 is a delight to fly, even though it's got no insulation, no pressurized cabin, and no mufflers (many pilots ended up with permanent hearing loss). But as one veteran notes, "The Air Force trains you to be tigers. You strap in and get the job done." Both military and civilian pilots say that after a "grumpy" taxi, the B-25 is easy to maneuver and forgives a rough touch. During wartime duty, it could withstand real damage—"blow a jug" flak, engine fires, belly landings. The plane could continue flying if one of the engines failed.
Along with serving as bombers and later, as low-flying strafers, B-25s were great trainers. Grumpy's flight path began in 1943, training US Army Air Force pilots. In 1944, she was transferred to the Royal Air Force as part of the Lend\Lease program and worked for the Royal Canadian Air Force. Though her work was quiet, she trained crews to fly B-24 Liberators for the critical aerial offensive in Southeast Asia.
In 1987, Wien sold the plane to the Duxford Fighter Collection, who worked with Aero Traders to complete the restoration and took it to England for a career as a Warbird classic. The plane now featured RAF markings and became a fan's favorite for many flight exhibitions. Historic Flight acquired the plane in 2008—which leads us to Grumpy's most recent mission—crossing the Atlantic to honor those pilots who gave their lives delivering planes to the European theater. She's back, bearing a sword of honor for all who served.
The utility of the Bell UH-1 series Iroquois, widely renowned as the "Huey," solidified air mobility as the primary means to insert infantry into combat environments. The Huey began arriving in South Vietnam in 1963.
The UH-1H is a late variant of the Huey, the most common utility helicopter used in Vietnam. To save weight, the Slick was fitted typically with M60 machine guns used by door gunners. By the time the conflict ended, more than 5000 Hueys were introduced throughout SE Asia. The Huey was a versatile aircraft and was employed in many aspects of operation. They were used as air assault vehicles, command and control, medical evacuation, gun ships, counter-insurgency, and transport.
For years, the Bell AH-1 Cobra was the centerpiece of the United States Army's attack helicopter fleet. It's a part of the iconic Huey family, and a well known piece of aviation history.
The AH-1 is a two-blade, single-engine attack helicopter and was key part of tactical missions in Vietnam. They were in use at the start of the Tet Offiensive and continued to be integral through the end of the war.
The Para-Commandos are the US Special Operations Command's premier aerial parachute demonstration team. They perform at high visibility events across the nation, informing the public about the US Special Operations Command; the command's mission, and the contributions our 70,000 plus Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Department of Defense Civilians are making across the United States and in more than 70 countries around the globe.
The Para-Commandos are members of and representative of today's Special Operations Forces. The Para-Commandos are comprised of active duty Special Operators, such as Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, Air Force Combat Controllers and Marine Raiders. In addition, the Para-Commandos have a number of support personnel, commonly referred to as Special Operations Enablers. Our enablers come from all four services, and include reserve forces as well.
The Para-Commandos tailor each performance to the individual venue, and can perform from as low as 2000 feet above ground level to as high as 13,500 feet above ground level. Depending on the venue and time of day, The Para-Commandos may jump flags, smoke, sparklers, or a combination of each into the event. The Para-Commandos are proficient in both free fall and canopy formations; and specialize in landing on time and on target in front of the crowd!
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!
Hot Streak II is a twin jet engine 57 Chevy Pickup capable of speeds of 350+MPH entertaining fans across the country for over 20 years. Driver Hayden Proffitt, II sits bravely in front with 25,000 pounds of thrust at his disposal. The truck is powered by two Pratt & Whitney engines rescued from a J 34-48's Navy T-2A Buckeye Airplane. The Smoke-n-Thunder also will envelope itself in smoke and shoot flames to the delight of millions of fans across North America each year.
The C-130 Hercules primarily performs the tactical portion of the airlift mission. The aircraft is capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for airdropping troops and equipment into hostile areas. The C-130 operates throughout the U.S. Air Force, serving with Air Mobility Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Pacific Air Forces, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command, fulfilling a wide range of operational missions in both peace and war situations. Basic and specialized versions of the aircraft airframe perform a diverse number of roles, including airlift support, Antarctic ice resupply, aeromedical missions, weather reconnaissance, aerial spray missions, firefighting duties for the U.S. Forest Service and natural disaster relief missions.
In an aerial delivery role, it can airdrop loads up to 42,000 pounds or use its high-flotation landing gear to land and deliver cargo on rough, dirt strips. The flexible design of the Hercules enables it to be configured for many different missions, allowing one aircraft to perform the role of many. Much of the special mission equipment added to the Hercules is removable, allowing the aircraft to return to its cargo delivery role if desired.
An exciting formation aerobatic flight team that thrills crowds with a display of skill, nerve and showmanship at low, crowd level, altitude. They offer a dynamic 2-ship formation aerobatic performance. The opposing, inverted and formation maneuvers are a crowd pleaser.
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."
Bob Freeman is a factory pilot for the Suzuki Competition Flight Team. He performs in a special Extra 330SC Unlimited Aerobatic Aircraft. Originally a Red Bull Air Race plane, it is a one-of-a-kind ultra-lightweight version of the Extra 330SC. Bob has been an aerobatic competitor for more than 33 years. He is a current member of the US Unlimited Aerobatic Team and has represented the United States in three World Championships. A Top 4 finisher in world competition, he won the Silver in the 4 Minute Free, and the Bronze overall, at the US Nationals. Even more impressive than his flying career, Bob Freeman is a two-time cancer survivor. He is a living example of persistence, determination and the "can do" spirit. The Suzuki Flight Team is proud to fly with Bob Freeman for the 2018 season.
Dividing his time between Italy and the United States, Elias Corey is an avid aviation and motorcycle enthusiast targeting Gold at the highest levels of competition flight. Corey has over 150 race starts in Motocross, Jet Ski and AMA Pro Road Racing. In 2010 he set out to learn how to fly and become one of the top aviators in the world. In his new Extra 330SC, and with the support of Suzuki Motor of America, that mission continues with gold medals achieved in all flight categories leading up to Advanced level competition. You can meet Elias Corey to share his passion for aviation and motorcycles at select airshows around the US where a full line of Suzuki motorcycles will be on hand for airshow spectators to ride.
The Elias Corey Competition Flight Team is community focused, donating time and financial resources to support military and children’s causes around the United States and beyond.
One of the most famous living Veterans from WWII will be appearing at this year's air show. Lt Col Richard "Dick" Cole, who was the co-pilot for Jimmy Doolittle during the U.S. military's daring WWII raid on Japan, will appear at this year's show as part of a "Salute to Doolittle's Raiders". display!
A "Salute to Doolittle's Raiders" will include the B-25 Mitchell "Grumpy" flying a demonstration with a tribute pass honoring the Doolitttle's Raiders. The B-25 will also be on ground display during the show. Lt. Col Cole will be available at a display in front of the parked B-25 on Saturday and Sunday to meet with and sign autographs for air show guests.
Cole, at 103 years of age, is the last surviving member of Doolittle's Raiders. In 1941, as a 27-year-old 1st Lieutenant, Cole was selected to co-pilot the lead plane in the most audacious air strike in WWII. Following the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, the U.S. determined to strike back at the Japanese mainland. At the time, the U.S. did not have forward bases close enough to allow an attack on Japan, so a plan was devised to launch 16 B-25 Mitchell Bombers from the deck of the USS Hornet that would sail to within 450 miles of Japan. The plan was for the B-25's to have just enough fuel to launch from the aircraft carrier, make their attack, and then hope to land their aircraft in territory controlled by friendly forces in China. The normal takeoff distance for a loaded B-25 was around 3,000 ft but the B-25's on the Doolittle Raid had to be airborne from the carrier in just 500 feet. To make matters more difficult for the Raiders, their ship was detected by a Japanese picket ship 200 miles from their planned launch point so they had to launch not being sure that they would have enough fuel to reach China after their attack. The Raiders successfully launched their B-25's and made their attack on Japan. Although most of them made it to China, many of them had to crash land or bail out, including Cole, who got hung up in a tree. The attack, while causing only modest damage to Japan, was a signature moment in the war that gave hope to a nation still reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Ladies for Liberty is a singing troupe dedicated to performing the Andrew Sisters style of music with a patriotic salute through their own rendition of vocals, costumes, hairstyles, and the spirit of patriotism reminiscent of the 1940s.
While entertaining and honoring Veterans - especially those that served in WWII - is the prime purpose of the group, they also hope to not only stir up old memories for some, but to create new memories for the younger generations to come.