Performers are not listed in order of appearance. The schedule is decided the morning of the show by the pilots.
Performers are subject to change.
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The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have been astounding audiences since 1946 with their commanding presence and aerial maneuvers in their F/A-18 Hornets. As role models for men and women of all ages this elite group of Navy pilots defy gravity with their famous diamond formation and precision flying. the team has thrilled more than 427 million fans choreographed aerobatic and high altitude performance maneuvers. In their F/A 18 Hornets, the six-jet team is known for its six-jet Delta Formation, as well as the graceful maneuvers of its solo pilots.
For more information on the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, visit www.blueangels.navy.mil
Jumping out of an aircraft 12,500 feet above the earth's surface, racing to North Avenue Beach at speeds exceeding 120 mph and landing with smiles, ready to do it all again; all in a days work for the Golden Knights. For more than 50 years, the U.S. Army Parachute team has amazed and thrilled audiences with their precision parachute demonstrations in more than 14,000 shows in all 50 states and 48 countries.
For more information on the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, visit armygk.armylive.dodlive.mil
A typical Leap Frogs performance consists of fourteen jumpers leaping out of an aircraft at an altitude of 12,500 feet. During free fall, jumpers reach speeds of 120 mph and can accelerate up to 180 mph by pulling their arms to their sides and straightening their legs into what is called a "track."
The jumpers typically open their parachutes at around 5,000 feet by releasing a smaller pilot chute which deploys their main blue-and-gold canopy. After deploying their chutes, the Leap Frogs fly their canopies together to build dramatic canopy-relative work formations.
For more information on the U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs, visit www.leapfrogs.sealswcc.com
The Breitling Jet Team will perform in Chicago for the first time during their debut tour of the United States. The seven plane team will wow crowds in their L-39 C Albatros jets that can reach speeds of up to 565 mph. The team is widely recognized for their precision and seamless coordination displayed throughout high-speed aerobatic performances, the France-based team brings their unmatched flying to North America for the first time.
For more information on the Breitling Jet Team, visit www.breitling-jet-team.com
The General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine multirole fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. Over 4,500 aircraft have been built since production was approved in 1976.
The Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet and related twin-seat F/A-18F are twin-engine carrier-capable multirole fighter aircraft variants based on the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. The F/A-18E single-seat and F/A-18F tandem-seat variants are larger and more advanced derivatives of the F/A-18C and D Hornet. The Super Hornet has an internal 20 mm M61 rotary cannon and can carry air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface weapons. Additional fuel can be carried in up to five external fuel tanks and the aircraft can be configured as an airborne tanker by adding an external air refueling system.
U.S. Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin Helicopter Search and Rescue Demonstration An MH-65D "Dolphin" helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City will perform a simulated air-sea helicopter rescue. Watch as the helicopter's rescue swimmer free-falls from 30 feet into Lake Michigan, recover a simulated survivor, and is hoisted back to safety. U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan was established in 1946 and is a part of the United States Coast Guard's Ninth District, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The Air Station is responsible for a 24/7 watch over the Great Lakes with its five MH-65D helicopters. In addition to its year round rescue capability in Traverse City, the Air Station currently operates a seasonal Air Facility in Waukegan, Illinois from Memorial Day to Labor Day each summer. Air Station Traverse City's area of operations includes all of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
The AeroShell Team has been performing for over twenty years, amassing thousands of hours in front of airshow fans all over North America.
Sean D. Tucker’s life is marked by a search for excellence and perfected skill. He is not satisfied unless he is learning, refining a skill, or conquering a fear. Whether he is heli-skiing, cave SCUBA diving, golfing, or flying his one-of-a kind aerobatic dream machine, Sean D. Tucker is full-throttle and extremely accomplished.
In airshow flying, Sean is the world’s premier performer in terms of entertainment value, piloting skill and most importantly, professionalism. He has been flying airshows world-wide since the mid-70’s and has won numerous aerobatic competitions. In that time, Sean has flown more than 1000 performances at more than 425 airshows, in front of more than 80 million fans. In addition to being a phenomenal aviator, Sean is also a larger than life character who touches the heart of his fans and inspires millions of Americans.
The Firebirds flight demonstration combines the precision of formation aerobatics with radical gyroscopic tumbles and heart stopping head-on madness guaranteed to keep you on the edge.
Matt Chapman is recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot who thrills millions of airshow fans each summer. He began flying aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the highest level of competition aerobatics – the Unlimited category. Recognized for his skills, he won one of only five slots on the U.S. Unlimited Men’s Aerobatic Team in 1996 and 1998.
Matt also won the prestigious International Aerobatic Club Championships in 1994 and the Fond du Lac Cup in 1995.
Matt’s exciting competition aerobatics led him to airshow performing. Matt is both a solo performer and flies formation in a thrilling show with fellow performer Mike Mancuso.
Matt is also a respected airline captain with tens of thousands of flight hours.
Dave Dacy has been performing in airshows and special events throughout the United States and Canada since the early 1970s. Soloing in a Aeronca Champ at the age of 16, Dave was in the cockpit of a 220 H.P. Stearman teaching himself aerobatics by the time he was 20.
In addition to his over thirty years of experience in the airshow industry, Dave has also lent his talents to movies and commercials, having landed his aircraft on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago as part of an IMAX promotion for the Science and Industry Museum.
Performing on the airshow circuit today in the 450 H.P. Super Stearman, Dave has also performed airshows in a stock 220 H.P. Stearman, a modified 300 H.P. Stearman and the German designed Bucker Jungmeister. As a professional and respected member of the Airshow Community, Dave is an ICAS (International Council of Airshows) ACE (Aerobatic Competency Evaluator.
The Aerostars are a precision aerobatic demo team whose aerial ballet captivates aor show audiences large and small. They fascinate the crowd with a combination of graceful aerobatics flown in tight formation, spectacular breakaways followed by breath-taking opposing passes and awe-inspiring inverted maneuvers. The team performs in the Yak 52 TW, a former Soviet designed, Romanian built, WWII-type aerobatic trainer. The deep roar of their 400 horsepower, supercharged, nine cylinder radial engines singing in harmony is a true crowd-pleaser. The Aerostar's performance is the embodiment of teamwork, professionalism and commitment to excellence.
The A-4 Skyhawk was a post Korean War U.S. attack aircraft intended to be operated from aircraft carriers. It was designed by Douglas Aircraft to satisfy the U.S. Navy's need for a jet powered replacement for the A-1 Skyraider. The Skyhawk was successfully used by both the USN and USMC, with the first model entering service in October of 1956.
Skyhawk's were the Navy's primary light bomber during the early years of the Vietnam War. A-4's carried out some of the first U.S. air strikes of the war and a Marine Skyhawk is believed to have dropped the last US bombs on the country. Some of the notable A-4 pilots during the war were Vice Admiral James Stockdale and then LCDR John McCain. The Skyhawk continued in service throughout the war, with a total of 362 being lost.
For more information on A-4 Skyhawk Jet, visit warbirdheritagefoundation.org
Team AeroDynamix flies RV aircraft from different series designed by Richard Van Grunsven. RV aircraft are kitplanes, as most of the team's planes are home built by the pilots themselves. Every aircraft has a different color scheme, but all of them are equipped with white smoke generators. The pilots are from Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The team's main practice base is Anderson, South Carolina, USA.
Today the Team AeroDynamix is the largest aerobatic team in the world flying 12 aircraft, most of them RV-8, but also RV-7 and RV-8A types.
For more information on Team AeroDynamix, visit aerobaticteams.net
Bill Stein has logged over 5,000 hours of aerobatic and formation flight. Bill began flying aerobatics when he was still a student pilot and has been dedicated to perfecting his skills ever since. Since 1995 Bill has performed at air shows all across the United States and has entertained millions air show fans.
For more information on Bill Stein, visit www.billsteinairshows.com
The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts. The Mustang was conceived, designed and built by North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a specification issued directly to NAA by the British Purchasing Commission. The prototype NA-73X airframe was rolled out on 9 September 1940, 102 days after the contract was signed and, with an engine installed, first flew on 26 October.
The Air Sea Rescue Unit was established in 1965, where they provide search and rescue services for 37 miles of lakefront, an extensive river system, numerous lakefront venues, and the largest harbor system in the U.S.
Chicago’s busy lakefront offers the Air Sea Rescue Unit unique emergency challenges including, assistance to boats in distress, water rescues and air search missions. Divers assigned to the Air Sea Rescue Unit are trained under public safety rescue diver guidelines specific to Chicago’s needs and particular environment. Air pilots are trained in helicopter search and rescue, and hoist rescue techniques patterned after nationally recognized standards. The Air Sea Rescue Unit uses two (2) Bell 412 EP helicopters to aid in their efforts. This equipment is used for multi-mission roles, which include administrative, law enforcement, and primarily search and rescue flights. The unit also has dive rescue vehicles equipped with the latest available communications devices, full facemask and dry suit dive equipment, and lighting for night operations. They also have a dedicated swimming pool for training the members.