The Blue Angels have flown over 10 different aircraft in the team's 65 year history. Originally, the team flew four aircraft in the signature "Diamond" formation and expanded to six aircraft to showcase both the diamond and solos high performance capability as well as the precision formation flying taught to all Naval Aviators. Today, the squadron flies the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet and the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules. When the squadron receives a F/A-18 Hornet from the fleet, which are at the end of their carrier arrestment functionality, we make a variety of modifications, including removing the nose cannon to install a smoke-fluid system, inverting a fuel pump, installing a stop watch and adjustable constant-tension stick spring, as well as the world-wide recognizable paint scheme.
As the "Official Ambassadors of the Army," the Team annually reaches a third of our nation by performing spectacular live parachute demonstrations for the American public, manifesting the "Band of Excellence" as displayed by all U.S. Army Soldiers around the world. The single main ingredient contributing to the success of the Army Parachute Team is without doubt "teamwork." The Golden Knights have performed more than 16,000 shows in all 50 states and 48 countries, reaching more than 20,000 people per show. Through demonstrations and public speaking with the Army’s target audience, at air shows, schools, sporting events and hospitals the team is able to direct potential applicants to the on-site Army Recruiters.
Launching into the air show circuit at the age of 50 in a one-of-a-kind aircraft certainly qualifies Jacquie Warda as an extraordinary pilot. Jacquie has flown a variety of aircraft, including Cessnas, Stearmans, AT-6, T-28, Beechcraft Duke, Dutchess, King Air, Baron & Bonanza, Aeronca Champ, Citabria, Decathlon, Lancair, Sukhoi, Aircoupe, Baby Ace, Beaver on floats, C-172 on floats, Supercub on floats, Yak 52, Nanching CJ-6, Piper Arrow, Yak 52 and Extra 300L. She holds a Commercial certificate in land-based aircraft as well as a seaplane rating and holds an unrestricted, Level 1 ACE card.
But no aircraft compares to her new Extra EA-300 monoplane. Jacquie has made the switch from a biplane of many years to something new. Her Extra is faster, more capable of gyroscopic maneuvers and has two seats! She can now give rides and share her love and passion of flying with others across the country.
Tim Weber discovered aviation at the age of 13. Having moved within bicycling distance of Turf Soaring School in Phoenix, Arizona, it wasn't long before Tim was a regular visitor to the airport. By the time Tim was 14 years old he had gone from being the kid looking through the fence to becoming
a line-boy, trading work for flying lessons.
Tim's aptitude for flying was evident early on. Within a short time he had soloed in several different types of gliders and had begun exploring aerobatics. Since that time, Tim has flown a variety of aircraft including: Ultralights; WWII Stearmans; the legendary Pitts Special, the exotic Russian YAK 55M and several types of jets including the F-16. Tim's aggressive flying and natural ability have enabled him to become one of the top airshow performers in the United States.
Dave became interested in flying by attending air shows. Watching airplanes do aerobatic maneuvers has always held a certain fascination. To sit in the place and have the spectacular views from doing air show flying is one of the benefits to this type of flying. Dave likes to take people up for a ride especially when it's their first flight. He enjoys watching the thrill on their face as the place lifts off the ground. Then the relief when they land. Dave has worked for the United States Air Force for the last 17 years. He is a Technical Program Manager on the Air Combat Training System. Dave would like to extend a special thanks to the members of our military who protect our freedoms and way of life.
Kent Pietsch in his 1942 Interstate Cadet, flies a comedy act, which includes extreme maneuvers, such as the aileron falling off in mid air!! In addition, Kent performs a dead stick (total power off) aerobatic routine from an altitude of 6,000 feet. The finale of this performance includes Kent landing in front of the crowd and placing the spinner into the hand of an individual! Kent has thrilled and entertained crowds with this unique act. Everyone with an RV has added aftermarket items to suit their individual taste. Kent has added a runway to the top of his RV and lands on it during his RV Top Landing show. This is one awesome act. While landing on his RV, Kent cannot see the RV, making this landing very difficult.
The WWII B-25 bomber, "Maid in the Shade" is scheduled to be on display and available for rides and tours, July 26 thru 30, 2012 at Magic Valley Regional Airport, Twin Falls, Id.
The bomber is maintained and operated as a flying museum and memorial by the all-volunteer non-profit Commemorative Air Force. The CAF Arizona Wing Aviation Museum is located in Mesa, Arizona at Falcon Field Airport. The WWII "Maid in the Shade" is a veteran with 15 combat missions flying out of Corsica during WWII. The restoration to bring "Maid in the Shade" back to flying condition took 28 years and was completed May 2009.
Flying the MXS-R aerobatic aircraft by MX Aircraft, Brad brings power and performance in to each airshow. Watch as he pushes the envelope of one of the most advanced aerobatic aircraft in the world today. Brad will delight and amaze the audience while remaining well within his tight margin of safety.
Sit back, and strap in and enjoy...