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Milwaukee Air & Water Show Performers Guide Bradford Beach June 11-13, 2010 www.MilwaukeeAirShow.com www.Twitter.com/MKEAirandWater U.S. Navy Blue Angels A Blue Angels flight demonstration exhibits choreographed maneuvers and skills possessed by all naval aviators. Pilots soar through the sky in F/A-18 Hornets, displaying a series of graceful aerobatic maneuvers including the infamous fourplane Diamond Formation accompanied by the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of its two Solo Pilots. Finally, the team illustrates the pinnacle of precision flying with the renowned six-jet Delta Formation. The Blue Angels are scheduled to fly 68 air shows during the 2010 season. Website: www.blueangels.navy.mil U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Aerial Demonstration Team The F-22 Raptor is the U.S. Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. It was designed as an air superiority fighter, but is capable of ground attack, electronic warfare and signals intelligence roles. The pilot flying this extraordinary fighter aircraft is Major Dave “Zeke” Skalicky. Major Skalicky was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. and is responsible for more than 30 air shows annually. Also coming to Milwaukee is Captain Jerod “Wolf” Rife, a 2002 graduate of Marquette University. This is the F22 Raptor’s first ever performance in Milwaukee. Website: www.acc.af.mil/aerialevents/f22a/index.asp U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team In 1953, 13 men formed the Strategic Army Corps Sport Parachute Team to compete in the then communist dominated sport of skydiving. The team performed so well that on June 1, 1961, the Army officially recognized, designated and activated the team as the U.S. Army Parachute Team. Website: www.usarec.army.mil/hq/goldenknights U.S. Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team The team was formed in 1969 when 15 Navy SEALs and Frogmen volunteered to perform at air shows. The team was officially commissioned as the U.S. Navy Parachute Team “Leap Frogs” in 1974. Jumping from an altitude of 12,500 feet and reaching speeds of 120 mph, the Leap Frogs are known for many exciting formations such as downplanes and diamonds. Website: http://www.leapfrogs.navy.mil/abo_intro.asp Chuck Aaron Red Bull Aerobatic Helicopter Chuck Aaron is the first and only civilian pilot ever to be licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration to perform aerobatics in a helicopter. Chuck is known for his daredevil like maneuvers such as back flips and 360-degree rolls in his Red Bull helicopter. Website: http://www.redbullusa.com/cs/Satellite/en_US/Profile/Chuck-Aaron021242751977720 (more)


Page 2 E-2 Hawkeye Along with the VAW-125 Tigertails, the E-2 is stationed at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Virginia. The E-2's mission is to provide air surveillance and command-and-control of combined forces in the battle space. The command pilot is Lt. Dan Mahoney, a graduate of Marquette University. Website:http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_print.asp?cid=1100&tid=700&ct=1& page=1 The Lima Lima Flight Team The Lima Lima Flight Team is the world's original six aircraft civilian formation aerobatic team! The team demonstrates several configurations including the six ship wedge. The team has developed a series of maneuvers demonstrating the full range of the T-34 performance envelope. Website: www.limalima.com Firebird Aerobatics Firebird Aerobatics is Britain's leading civilian aerobatic performance company, providing formation and solo aerobatic displays for many major events. The company has been operating for 22 years and has flown more than 2,750 displays in front of over 90 million spectators. Website: www.deltaweb.co.uk/firebird/firehome.html AeroShell Aerobatic Team This aerobatic team flies the World War II North American Advance Trainer, also known as the T-6. Four pilots fly four airplanes in a series of maneuvers with impressive skill and flair. Crowds love the roar of the 600 HP Pratt and Whitney engines as the AeroShell Aerobatic Team takes to the skies. Website: www.naat.net Dave Dacy Wing Walking Act Veteran air show pilot and ICAS ACE, Dave Dacy, is in the cockpit of the Super Stearman. He provides spectators with an aggressive display of tactics in his self-styled routine. There are no parachutes or nets as Wingwalker Tony Kazian boards the plane for an unbelievable performance on the wings of the aircraft. Bill Stein Bill Stein has logged over 5,000 hours of aerobatic and formation flight. Bill began flying aerobatics when he was a student pilot and has been dedicated to perfecting his skills. Since 1995, Bill has performed at air shows across the United States and has entertained millions of fans. Website: www.billsteinairshows.com Mike Wiskus / Lucas Oil Air Show Pilot Mike Wiskus’ passion for aviation started when he was very young. Mike’s dad took him to his first air show at age 10. The show made such an impression that he begged for a job at the airport in Mason City, Iowa. He washed planes, cleaned hangars and eventually traded his work for flying lessons and received his pilot’s license. Website: www.sportaerobatics.com (more)


Page 3 Rob Holland Rob Holland began flying at age 18, and has now accumulated over 10,000 flying hours. Rob has had a diversified career working as a flight instructor, ferry pilot and banner tow pilot. He now works full time as a professional aerobatic performer. Rob has won several awards and his passion for flying is transparent as he soars through the sky. Website: www.ultimateairshows.com U.S. Coast Guard HH-65A Dolphin The HH-65A Dolphin assists the Coast Guard with missions, enforcement of laws and treaties and maritime homeland security tactics. Each year, the HH-65A Dolphin has been instrumental in saving approximately 375 lives and assists in over 2,000 drug interdiction cases. Website: www.uscg.mil/datasheet/hh-65.asp U.S. Navy C-130 – “Fat Albert” An all-Marine Corps crew of three officers and five enlisted personnel operate the Lockheed-Martin C-130T Hercules, also known as Fat Albert Airlines. Fat Albert joined the team in 1970 and flies more than 140,000 miles each season. It carries more than 40 personnel, their gear and enough spare parts and equipment to complete a successful air show. Website: www.blueangels.navy.mil/fat_albert.htm C-17 Globemaster The C-17 is used for the strategic airlift of troops and cargo to main or forward operating bases worldwide. It has the ability to deploy a combat unit to a potential battle area and sustain it with ongoing supplies. The C-17 is also capable of performing tactical airlift, medical evacuation and airdrop missions. Website: www.af.mil/information/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=86 USAF C-130 Hercules The Hercules family has the longest continuous production of any military aircraft in history. In 2007, the C-130 became the fifth aircraft to mark 50 years of continuous use with its original customer, the U.S. Air Force. It is also the only military aircraft to remain in continuous production for 50 years with its original customer. Website: www.af.mil/information/factsheets/factsheet.asp?fsID=92 USAF B-1 Lancer First envisioned in the 1960s as a supersonic bomber to replace the B-52 Stratofortress, it developed into a low-level penetrator with long-range and supersonic speed capability. Its development was stopped and restarted multiple times, as the theory of strategic balance changed from flexible response to assured destruction. It entered service more than 20 years after first being studied. Website: www.af.mil/information/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=81 USAF KC-135 Stratotanker The Boeing KC-135 was the first jet-powered aerial refueling tanker of the U.S. Air Force, replacing the KC-97. Similar in design to the Boeing 707 airliner, it was initially tasked to refuel strategic bombers. During the Vietnam War and later conflicts, it was (more)


Page 4 used to extend the range and endurance of both Air Force and Navy tactical fighters. Website: www.af.mil/information/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=110 Herb Hunter Fans who have attended any Midwest air shows have learned to appreciate announcer Herb Hunter, known as the smoothest "microphone jockey" in the business. Herb’s ability to keep an audience informed and entertained at the same time is quite unique. Website: http://www.proairshow.com/Herb%20Hunter.htm ###

Air and Water Show 2010 Performers Guide  

Media / performer guide written for the 2010 Air and Water Show event. Written during spring 2010 PR internship.