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Skip Stewart & PROMETHEUS

 

 

Skip Stewart is one of the most entertaining airshow pilots in the world today. He has over eight thousand hours of flying experience, is an airline transport pilot, certified flight instructor, has owned and operated an aerobatic flight school, earned gold medals in regional aerobatic competitions, served as a chief pilot for a fortune 100 company and has spent more than ten years entertaining airshow fans around the world. Skip practices tirelessly in the airplane he custom built himself to insure the highest level of entertainment. His flying has been featured in magazines that include Smithsonian Air & Space, AOPA, Sports Illustrated, World Airshow News, Auto Pilot as well as in multiple international publications. He is the first pilot to fly an airplane under a jumping motorcycle at an airshow and has also been known to fill in as the driver of the “world’s fastest dodge ram jet truck!”.

 

Kyle Franklin-
"Stunt Pilot, Wingwalker & Stuntman"

 

 

Some people follow in the footsteps of their parents, some blaze a new trail – Kyle Franklin has done both.  For nearly 50 years, the Franklin family name has been synonymous with creative, theme-based airshows that pack the grand stands and bring the crowds to their feet.

Kyle’s story likely began years before he was born.  His father Jimmy started flying airshows in 1967 with a stock Waco UPF-7.  Jimmy’s father Zip was a self-taught pilot who was also a New Mexico cattle rancher.  Zip was a hard working, independent man who valued his family more than anything.  Jimmy took the independence and work ethic of his father, combined it with his dream to become an airshow pilot, and never looked back.  The legendary airshow career that Jimmy Franklin will always be known for was literally Kyle’s playground. 

Kyle was born into a family that embodied classic American values but also embraced the creativity and artistry that would set them apart from the rest of the airshow profession.  Like many pilots, Kyle grew up around airplanes, but not just any airplanes.  The Bellanca Viking he first rode in as an infant was fully aerobatic and later featured in one of Bellanca’s promotional videos.  The Waco biplane his dad bought in the 1960’s grew in horsepower from 220 to 330 to 450 to 600 and finally boasted a jet engine mounted under the fuselage.  The “spare” Waco was modified and became the Mystery Ship.  The rum running Aerostar bought at a Marshall Service auction became the Starship Pride, flown by the mysterious Zar.  The workhorse Super Cub was used for the world’s only motorcycle to airplane transfer and the much beloved comedy routine. Even his grandfather’s Cessna 180 had a unique ranch pedigree.


 

Mike Mower -
Helio Courier Short Take Off and Landing

 

 

Mike Mower joined JAARS in 1981 as a missionary pilot/mechanic.
JAARS exists to make Bible translation possible, even in the most remote
parts of the world. Established in 1948 as the Jungle Aviation And Radio
Service the organization today provides resources in Transportation (Air,
Sea and Land), Technology, Media and Training. As a global resource in so
many areas the organization is known today as JAARS. Mike served as a
pilot in the Philippines between 1984 and 2004, flying the Helio Courier,
Super Cub and Aero Commander into some of the most remote areas of that
island nation. He now directs a public relations outreach of JAARS and
uses his expertise in the Helio Courier to promote the organization. With
over 4,000 hours in the Helio, Mike is JAARS' demonstration pilot and has
flown the STOL demonstration in large and small airshows around the country
including the premier general aviation shows, AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI and
Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, FL.

 

 

Mike "Spanky" Galloway

 

 

Mike Gallaway began flying in 1996.  It was the fear of stalls that convinced Mike to take an aerobatic lesson.  Since then, Mike has earned a spot on 3 advanced aerobatic teams, earned a surface level waiver, and has performed in over 100 airshows.

Mike or “Spanky” as the flying community refers to him, is also an airshow commentator.  In fact, Mike was the live event commentator for the first Redbull Airrace World Series, and currently narrates FAI series events around the world.

 

Randy Henderson -
Texas T-Cart

 

 

 

The Texas T-Cart is a highly modified, clipped-wing Taylorcraft BC12-D, and first rolled off the assembly line in 1946. Randy spent two years modifying this home built taildragger in his hangar at Cotton Patch Aerodrome in Frisco, Texas.

The wings of the Texas T-Cart have been clipped eight feet for a total wingspan of twenty-eight feet, and the engine is an 180 horsepower Lycoming. It also has both an inverted fuel system specially designed for aerobatics and a smoke oil system that Randy uses during all of his air show performances.

Texas T-Cart Airshows offers competition style aerobatic demonstrations and truly exciting “Texas Style” air show performances. During our crowd-pleasing shows, the Kid from CottonPatch performs three truly unique maneuvers at air show center: The Texas Two-Step, the Texas Turn, and the Texas Touchdown.

The Texas Two-Step is a fishtail hammerhead that makes the T-Cart’s tail swing from side to side as it “dances in the sky.” The Texas Turn is an original maneuver. Randy turns his airplane 360 degrees without banking the wings, and he is the only pilot on the air show circuit who knows its secret. After his flight, our championship pilot comes down from the sky with his Texas Touchdown – an exciting one-wheeled landing – as the Texas T-Cart blows clouds of smoke down the runway.

 
Tora Tora Tora

 

 

 

 

TORA TORA TORA is a re-creation of the December 7th 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. It's accomplished through hundreds of dedicated volunteers -- most belonging to the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) working as ground crew, maintenance, pilots and pyrotechnic experts. The purpose is to create a dynamic history lesson about the event that propelled us into World War II .....and entertain.

TORA's re-creation is usually the feature performance at organized air shows. It involves many Japanese fighters and bombers simulating the Pearl Harbor attack. In addition, TORA provides breathtaking smoke, fire and explosions from the pyrotechnics team. A professional announcer explains the purpose, history and performance to the crowd.

 

 

B-25 Devil Dog

 

 

 

The Devil Dog Squadron is a volunteer organization of the CAF, dedicated to flying, maintaining and preserving a WWII B-25 bomber, the Devil Dog. The Devil Dog represents a PBJ, the Marine Corps version of a B-25.

The squadron's volunteers come from all walks of life and have wide variety of backgrounds. It takes many different skills to make the group successful. http://devildogsquadron.com/

 

 

Gene Soucy -
"Mr. Airshow"

 

 

Gene Soucy is one of the most well-respected airshow pilots in the US and was honored in 2006 when he was inducted into the prestigious IAC Aerobatic Hall of Fame. He is a former member of the record-setting Eagles Aerobatic Flight Team, he has been a member of two World Champion U.S. Aerobatic Teams, and he has won more awards than any other active airshow pilot. Innovation and versatility are Gene Soucy’s style. It is no wonder as to why he has rightfully been nicknamed “Mr. Airshow.”

Gene Soucy is a wonder in the sky and one of the most remarkable aerobatic pilots ever to have lived. In addition to his numerous competition achievements, Gene has won many individual titles throughout his career. In 1997, he received the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship, as well as the Rolly Cole Memorial Award. In 1998, Gene was presented with the prestigious ICAS Sword of Excellence for his service to the airshow industry. Gene is also a past recipient for the Clifford L. Henderson Achievement Award. Whether Gene is performing in his Extra 300S, flying his wingwalking act with Teresa Stokes, performing a spectacular night aerial pyrotechnic display in the ShowCat, flying jets, or setting records with his formation aerobatic flying, there is no doubt that he can do it all. And Gene Soucy definitely has done it all!

 

 

 

Jeremy Holt - Skybolt

 

 

 

 

Jeremy grew up watching his father build and fly remote control airplanes. This became the inspiration for flight. He lived at the remote control flying field on the weekends and would travel to different competitions with his Father.

He attended college at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University at Daytona Beach. Jeremy received his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and enrolled in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. He received a pilot slot through the Air Force and upon graduation, he went to Valdosta, Georgia for pilot training in the T-6. After graduating, he finished up fighter/bomber training in the T-38C at Columbus, Mississippi, and it was there that he found out his assigned weapon system would be the B-52.

While at Barksdale, full scale aerobatic flying seemed to be the next logical step in his ultimate quest to become an Air Show pilot. He received his tail-wheel training in a Decathlon and started working on basic aerobatics with his squadron commander who owns a Pitts S2A. He purchased the Skybolt in the spring of 2012 and it has been love ever since.

 

Al Saylor & The Re/Max Skydiving Team

 

 

 

Soaring through the clouds, the RE/MAX® Skydiving Team is a show-stopping start that leaves crowds wide-eyed and breathless. The jump team will "officially" open the Airshow with an artistic multi-jumper parachute leap over the airfield.  The team is lead by Skydiving Veteran Al Saylor.

 
 

 

 

 

 

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