Performers in the Air

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Blue Angels U.S. Navy Blue Angels

At the end of World War II, the Chief of Naval Operations, Chester W. Nimitz, ordered the formation of a flight demonstration team to keep the public interested in naval Aviation. The Blue Angels performed their first flight demonstration less than a year later in June 1946 at their home base, Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida. LCDR Roy "Butch" Voris led the team, flying the Grumman F6F Hellcat.

 

By the end of the 1940s, the Blue Angels were flying their jet aircraft, the Grumman F9F-2 Panther. In response to the demands placed on Naval Aviation in the Korean Conflict, the team reported to the aircraft carrier USS Princeton as the nucleus of Fighter Squadron 191 (VF-191), "Satan's Kittens," in 1950.

 

Today the Blue Angels fly the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet.

 

Since 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 463 million fans.

   

Fat Albert

 

Fat Albert

Transporting Blue Angels maintenance and support personnel, communication equipment and spare parts is a United States Marine Corps C-130T Hercules nicknamed, “Fat Albert Airlines.” The aircraft travels at 320 knots – approximately 360 miles per hour – at an altitude of 27,000 feet. Powered by four turbo-prop engines which produce 16,000 shaft-horsepower, Fat Albert has the power to land and depart on runways as short as 2,500 feet. In past Kaneohe Bay Airshows, Fat Albert has demonstrated its jet-assisted takeoff (JATO) capability which enables the plane to takeoff from as little as 1,500 feet of runway, climb at a steep 45-degree angle, and attain an altitude of 1,000 feet within 15 seconds. JATO is made possible with eight solid-fuel rocket bottles (four on each side), attached near the rear paratrooper door. This quick departure is a demonstration of the aircrafts’ capability in hostile environments or on short, unprepared runways.

 
Chambliss Red Bull - Kirby Chambliss

Kirby Chambliss is one of the best aerobatic pilots in the world. A five-time winner of the U.S. National Aerobatic Championship and a former Men's Freestyle World Champion, he's also fast, world-class fast. Kirby is one of only two American pilots ever to win the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, an international series in which pilots push the envelope by executing aerobatic maneuvers with absolute precision while racing against the clock.


Kirby, a native Texan who now makes his home in Arizona, is taking his skills to air shows across North America and beyond, thrilling audiences with performances that subject him to forces spanning a radical 18 Gs. Having earned virtually every aviation license possible, flown more than 70 types of aircraft, and logged over 26,000 hours (three years!) in the air, he's a showman at the top of his game.

 
Bruckner Hank Bruckner

Hank Bruckner was always captivated by aircraft and flying. As a kid growing up in Mexico City, he built model airplanes. After graduating from Tulane University, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served throughout the Pacific, including Vietnam. While in the Air Force, he took flying lessons and first soloed in 1972.

 

He became a flight instructor shortly before retiring from the Air Force in 1990, and began instructing, eventually starting his own flight school—Kaimana Aviation—where he currently teaches aerobatics, unusual altitude recoveries, spins and tailwheel transition training. He also flies for a local commercial air taxi operator and has logged over 10,000 flight hours. He first began flying aerobatics in 1993 and with his wife Linda, acquired his CAP-10B in 1996. He has upgraded the airplane with a new wing that features greater strength, larger ailerons, and a significantly greater roll rate. With the new wing, it is now a CAP-10C. Hank is a director for the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and has been an advocate for general aviation and aviation safety for many years.

 
Churchill Clint Churchill

Clint’s flying career began 45 years ago while attending college at the University of Arizona. Upon graduating, Clint joined the Tucson Air National Guard. Two years later he completed USAF pilot training as a Distinguished Graduate.

 

“Sensing the need to keep pulling some Gs,” as Clint puts it, he founded Acroflight, Inc. in 1996 and acquired an Extra 300L which he named Onipa’a (strong, steadfast). Clint has provided aerobatic rides to more than 500 customers and performed 24 air shows at various locations in Hawai’i. He has 4,200 flight hours, including 1,100 hours in the Extra.

 
Miller Alan Miller

The son of a career Navy man, Alan Miller’s life-long passion for aviation began while growing up aboard Barbers Point Naval Air Station in Hawaii. His father, Bill, a Chief Warrant Officer and maintenance technician, taught Alan to fly on that same airfield – where he soloed a Cessna 150 on his 16th birthday – just before dashing off to report (somewhat tardy) for classes at Campbell High School.

 

After two years of anticipation and preparation, Alan and his and crew are pleased to bring his uniquely “local style” two-part performance to Oahu for the very first time during the Kaneohe Bay Airshow in 2012. Motivated by his patriotism and love for country, he is particularly honored to perform for the military and their families which have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

 
Jacquie B Jacquie B

When most people turn 50, they figure it’s time to relax and settle into neutral while coasting toward retirement. Not Jacquie B!  When Jacquie turned 50, she launched her solo aerobatic career with her one-of-a-kind Pitts Special biplane.
Why not?  “The sky never runs out of up!” as she says.

 

Established air show professionals were quick to credit Jacquie for her professionalism, spunk and drive, but many expected her to fade away before making much of a mark in this youth-and-male-dominated arena.

 

Nearly ten years later, Jacquie B is still in this game, and her list of performance dates is growing. Moreover, Jacquie is a powerful inspiration to her two million fans who realize that they, too, can accomplish great things later in life.

 
Hope One Hope One

Hope One has currently flown into 49 states for a distance of over 39,000 miles and landed in over 200 airports. The mission message that "It is never, EVER too late to follow your dreams" has now reached over 28,000,000 people and has inspired many to begin dreaming again. Whenever Michael Combs has spoken to military personel, they have embraced this flight and sought out various avenues to promote it. Hope One has become the spirit of American aviation and demonstrates how free the skies in the United States truly are. This flight has especially inspired school children to do their best and has shown what can be accomplished by not giving up. By reaching the 50th state of Hawaii and participating in the Kaneohe Bay Air Show, the freedom of flight will be celebrated, and the spirit of aviation that it took to accomplish this task will be sure to be the inspirational highlight of the show. Due to its compact size and modern carbon fiber construction, this aircraft always attracts notable attention at air shows. The large following of Hope One and the historical significance of this aircraft at the Kaneohe Bay Air Show will provide ongoing promotion of this event for years into the future.

 
Leapfrogs Leap Frogs

The U.S. Navy Parachute Team, "Leap Frogs" will be free falling out of an aircraft 12,500 feet from the ground. This 14-man team is comprised of U.S. Navy Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) and Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC) commandos and is used to recruit and promote the Naval Special Warfare community. The team is based out of the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, California. Each member comes to the team for a three-year tour and then returns to their operational unit.

 

When free falling, jumpers reach speeds of 180 miles per hour as their body straightens, similar to luge racers. Be on the lookout for the following formations: downplanes, sideplanes, dragplanes, diamonds, big stacks, tri-by-sides, and T formations.

 
Leapfrogs The Flying Leathernecks

The Flying Leathernecks are a group of skydivers who share the passion for jumping. Their 10,000-ft. jump will be a patriotic exhibit including a large American flag, smoke trailers and starburst effects.

 
Flash Fire Jet Truck Flash Fire Jet Truck

Check out the action as the fire-breathing Flash Fire Jet Truck hits the runway in competition with planes overhead. Will it be wings or wheels that finish first? This act is sure to be a crowd pleaser for all ages, mixing all the fun and entertaining elements of a family friendly circus with a combination of extreme speed and high intensity, fire breathing excitement!

 

Announcers

Gordon Bowman-Jones

One of the most professional and experienced voices in the air show business, is announcer and narrator Gordon Bowman-Jones. Born in England and raised in Australia, regular air show visitors in many countries recognize his familiar "Aussie" accent from any of the hundreds of air shows that he has narrated all over the world. From New England to New Zealand and Tennessee to Tokyo, air show fans have been thrilled with his vivid narratives and engaging style for more than twenty years.

In 1992 he was recognized by readers of General Aviation News and air show fans across the United States, who voted him their "FAVORITE AIR SHOW ANNOUNCER."

 

 

Hugh Oldham

Integrating experience, knowledge, enthusiasm and humor, Oldham's commentary is accurate and entertaining, designed to add to the average spectators’ enjoyment of the event. His up-beat, high energy delivery takes your spectators into the action, pleases your sponsors, and communicates your message.

Oldham’s narration style draws on a varied background in aviation. He has looped and rolled across the sky in many different types of aircraft and even rode atop the wing of Ron Shelly’s 450 Stearman. Oldham has appeared in several nationally syndicated PM Magazine segments, on the A&E Network’s Dare Devils series and as the 2007 and 2008 on-air commentator for Fox 41's live TV coverage of Thunder Over Louisville. He can narrate in the “first person” ‘cause he has been there, done that, earned the scars and has the tee shirt!