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B-17 - Texas Raiders

 

 

On September 2, 1967, the Commemorative Air Force paid $50,000 for
registration number N7227C, making her the first B-17 bought with the
sole purpose of being restored as a warbird and maintained as a flying
museum!

General Curtis “Bombs Away” LeMay advised the CAF to not commemorate
a particular aircraft, so she was named Texas Raiders to honor all
Texas veterans, and has been restored to the B-17G configuration that
flew with the USAAF in the European Theater of Operations.
Chosen for its colorful red trim, Texas Raiders is painted in the colors
of the 8th Air Force, 1st Bomb Wing/1st Air Division; 1st Combat
Bombardment Wing; 381st Bombardment Group (Heavy) exhibiting
the “Triangle L” tail code. She displays the 533rd Bombardment
Squadron’s plane “hull number” X, but retains her correct Douglas
factory serial number, BuNo. 44-83872. There were four different
B-17s that were marked VP-X.

Texas Raiders is often seen in airshows with the performers of TORA
TORA TORA, re-enacting the historic attack on Pearl Harbor that includes
spectacular pyrotechnics and the excitement of air-to-air combat and
bombing runs.

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 & Dracula

 

 

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 "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 -
Stearman

 

 

 

Texas T-Cart Airshows is excited to announce the addition of The Pratt & Whitney 985 450 H.p. Super Stearman — “Cap’n Smokey” to our Airshow Livery!

The 985 Stearmans are known and loved by Aviators and Crowds alike for their lottsa smoke and lottsa round engine sound that excites! (sounds like an entire “flock” of Harleys)!

 
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.

 

 

 

Jeremy Holt

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

Stan Musick - FG-ID Corsair

 

 

Dr. Stanley Musick of Ridgeland, Mississippi has a fever, but it's not the typical illness that he treats in his patients. Dr. Musick has a fever for aviation, and he says he got it at the age of 12 when he had his first flight in a Bonanza.

Stan had to wait 5 years before he was in an airplane again, but it was well worth the wait. At the age of 17, he was working and saving up his money while taking flying lessons. Stan made his first solo flight, obtained his pilot license, graduated high school, had his 18th birthday, and bought his first airplane - all within 30 days!

Since that time, Stan has been fortunate to fly several of the world's top aircraft, including World War II fighter planes like the P-51 Mustang, the Seafury, and the F4U Corsair, and trainer planes like the Stearman and the T-6.

Musick can fly just about anything, he has the Airline Transport Certificate, the Certified Flight Instructor certificate, and the “All Makes and Models” endorsement for Experimental aircraft. He’s also experienced in flying helicopters and gliders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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