Military Performers

U.S. Navy Blue Angels

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Blue Angels, has been the indisputable “star of the show” since the 1940s. Flying F/A-18 Hornets painted in Navy Blue and Gold since 1986, these masters of the sky have demonstrated aerial excellence in the Navy’s top piston and jet aircraft. Click here for more about the Blue Angels and their traveling companion, the Marine Corps C-130 named “Fat Albert.”
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U.S. Army Golden Knights

Cutting away a parachute on purpose. Passing a baton at 120 mph. Flying the American flag at 12,000 feet. Landing dead center on the target. The Golden Knights have been holding audiences in the palm of their hands all over the world with their feats of aerial acrobatics. Now in their 55th year of entertaining both young and old with their amazing aerial skills, the men and women of the Golden Knights continue to show why they are considered the world’s best parachute team. 
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U.S. Navy Leap Frogs

“The U.S Navy Parachute Team is a fifteen-man team comprised entirely of U.S. Navy SEAL and SWCC commandos. Each member comes to the team for a three year tour from one of the two Navy Special Warfare Groups located on the east and west coasts. On completion of the tour, members return to operational units.The parachute team began in 1969 when the Navy SEALS and Frogmen volunteered to perform at weekend air shows. The team was officially commissioned as the U.S. Navy Parachute Team “Leap Frogs” in 1974 by the Chief of Naval Operations and assigned the mission of demonstrating Navy excellence throughout the United States. The Leap Frogs support Navy recruiting efforts and promote the Naval Special Warfare community to the American public.
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Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning

Designed to operate from austere bases and a range of AVIATION-capable ships with its short takeoff/vertical landing capability, the F-35B can also takeoff and land conventionally from longer runways on major bases. F-35B aircraft have been delivered to the U.S. Marines and the United Kingdom, whose forces are training together at the Integrated Training Center at Eglin Air Force Base. STOVL aircraft are also stationed at the first operational F-35 base, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., and are completing flight test at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD.
The Italian Air Force will also operate the B-variant.
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Boeing AV-8B Harrier II

The Marines’ AV-8B Harrier vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft is an amazing piece of aviation technology designed to attack and destroy surface targets under day and night visual conditions. The Harrier can be armed with MK-82 series 500-lb. bombs, MK-83 series 1000-lb. bombs, GBU-12 500-lb. laser guided bombs, GBU-16 1000-lb. laser guided bombs, AGM-65F IR Maverick missiles, AGM-65E Laser Maverick missiles, CBU-99 cluster munitions, AIM-9M Sidewinders and the LITENING II targeting pod to deliver GBU-12 and GBU-16 bombs with pinpoint accuracy. (Photo courtesy of Sean Stell, MCCS.)
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Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey

An American multi-mission, military, tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.
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AAI Corp., Textron RQ-7 Shadow

The RQ-7 Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System is intended to replace the aging RQ-2 Pioneer for the U.S. Marine Corps and will also be deployed with U.S. Army units for reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting, and battlefield assessment. AAI manufactures the Shadow 200 TUAS using the latest avionics technology and manufacturing processes. The aircraft can see targets up to 125 kilometers away from the brigade tactical operations center, and recognize tactical vehicles up to 8,000 feet above the ground at more than 3.5 kilometers slant range, day or night. The RQ-7 Shadow ground control station transmits imagery and telemetry data directly to the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System, All Sources Analysis System, and Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System in near real time. It also provides targeting data for precision weapons. An entire Shadow TUAS – including all spares, personnel, and other components required to support sustained operations – can be deployed quickly to any location using three C-130 Hercules aircraft. Short-duration operations require only a single C-130. The RQ-7B Shadow, is deployed in squadrons as an asset of the Marine Expeditionary Force or Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Designed to provide reconnaissance, relay communications and assist in target acquisition, the RQ-7B Shadow keeps an eye above the battlefield for extended periods of time, constantly relaying information between Marine air and ground controls. The Shadow enhances the capabilities of Marine commanders across the spectrum of military operations and was first deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom in September 2007.
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Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Demo

The Marine Air-Ground Task Force Demonstration displays the coordinated use of close air support, armor, artillery and infantry forces. Hornets and Harriers provide cover for Marine Corps paratroopers as helicopters bring in platoons of riflemen. C-130’s provide aerial re-fueling overhead while M1-A1 tanks and LAV’s support the ground offensive. Spectacular special effects simulate air-to-ground explosions.
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Civilian Performers

Sean D. Tucker “Oracle Challenger”

Since beginning his air show career in the mid-70s, Sean Tucker has flown more than 1200 performances at more than 475 air shows, in front of more than 105 million fans. In the upcoming season alone, Tucker and Team Oracle will entertain nearly 8million fans at 13 shows throughout North America. “I like to think that I bring the fans’ dreams of flying into the plane with me, and there’s nowhere I’d rather be than in the cockpit. That’s why I train so hard to keep the edge!” Sean has logged over 25,000 hours flying, which if done all at once, would take almost three years to complete. In 2013 Sean D. Tucker was named Chairman on the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles program. Since 1992 the Young Eagles program with its 40,000 volunteer pilots has provided more than 1.8 million rides to children ages 8 to 17. Sean is honored to lead an organization that inspires the next generation of pilots to follow their passion.” 
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Anthony Oshinuga

MCAS Miramar proudly welcomes local aerobatic and competitive air race pilot, Anthony Oshinuga. Flying a Pitts Special Custom S-1S Aerobatic Biplane dubbed “Black Hawk”, crowds can expect a best-in-class performance showcasing an impressive display of precision and speed. Anthony is currently training for the Red Bull Air Races, and has placed 2nd in the ’15 and ’16 Reno National Championship Air Races. 
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Shockwave Jet Truck

The Shockwave Jet Truck runs over 300 mph, racing airplanes at air shows; it holds the world record in a quarter mile for trucks at 256 mph in just 6.36 seconds; and holds the world record for full size trucks at 376 mph as recorded by Guinness Book of World Records. At 36,000 horsepower, the ShockWave has enough power to accelerate at three G’s vertical, which is as much as the space shuttle!
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John Collver “Wardog”, AT-6 Texan

John A. Collver and his AT-6 “War Dog” are a crowd-pleasing favorite seen by millions of people at Air Shows every year. Collver, who has logged thousands of hours of airtime in more than 50 types of aircraft over 30-plus years of flying, uses the World War II-era AT-6 trainer to show off the aerial maneuvers taught to dog-fighting American pilots more than 60 years ago. 
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Steve Stavrakakis Romanian IAR, “A Tribute to the American Vet”

With nearly 20 years of experience as a professional air show pilot and narrator, Steve Stavrakakis is considered a proven entertainment package. Stavrakakis flies his “Tribute to Veterans” in the aerobatic IAR-823 built by Industria Aeronatica Romania, powered by a 300-hp Lycoming and spinning a Hartzell propeller. The IAR is painted in Air Force jungle camouflage colors and the markings of the 8th Special Ops Squadron stationed at Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam in 1970. 
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Bret Willat “Sailplane Magic”

Since 1979, Bret Willat has been performing professional Airshows in sailplanes. Bret and and his wife Karen were married in a sailplane in 1980, so it would seem the Willat family is born into aviation. Now their sons, Garret and Boyd Willat have earned their Low Altitude Waviers, allowing them to fly at Airshows also. Karen is the towpilot pulling the sailplanes at most shows, completing this family of performers. The Willat Family is the only known performing Airshow family. Bret flies “Sailplane Magic,” based here in Southern California. If you think all a sailplane can do is big lazy circles, wait till you see Bret add some loops and rolls (with smoke). The show is set to music.
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Dan Buchanan “Hang Glider”

Dan Buchanan flies some of the quieter aircraft on the air show circuit, with a smooth, silent tow-launched hang glider and also a quiet, agile motorized wing for remote performances that are not near airports. Dan was a custom-home builder with an avocational love of flying until 1981, when he became paraplegic due to consecutive sporting accidents. Despite his handicap, Dan returned to flying just a year later and since then, his tenacity and adventurous spirit has allowed him to accrue more than 2,400 hours of flight time in hang gliders. 
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Patriots L-39 Jet Team

Dedication, Precision and Dynamic are words that come to mind when watching the spectacular aerobatics performed by this awe-inspiring six-ship PATRIOTS JET TEAM. As one of the most demanding disciplines, and fascinating sights, aerobatic flying is a concentrated blend of technique, mastery and style which requires professional and highly experienced pilots. The Patriots perform a 26-minute aerobatic routine that consists of highly-skilled choreographed maneuvers including the signature maneuver the “Tail Slide”!

First debuting in 2003 as a two-ship team, the 2004 season saw the addition of a third aircraft creating even more fun and excitement at air shows. With the success of the 2005 season, the Patriots Jet Team added a fourth jet for the 2006 season. Finally, in 2011 with the introduction of two more beautiful black L-39s, Randy Howell’s vision of a world-class, professional six-ship team for the air show circuit became a reality!

The Patriots Jet Team features talented pilots who were formerly part of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds. They have logged over 105,000 hours of flight time and performed in more than 1500 air shows. The volunteer pilots all share the same, genuine passion to entertain audiences at air shows and other events, while encouraging the nation’s youth towards careers in the aviation and aerospace fields.

A breathtaking sight without a doubt! The Patriots Jet Team, unique in its kind represents an all-encompassing blend of passion, inspiration, integrity and professionalism captivating audiences from all over North America with their exhilarating aerobatic performances!

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Musical Performers

3rd MAW Band

The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band was established for service during World War II. Soon after WWII ended, the band was deactivated and its members were sent to serve in Marine units in China and at Marine Corps Air Station Ewa, Hawaii. In 1952, the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band was officially reactivated at Marine Corps Air Station Miami, Florida in support of the Korean conflict. In 1957, while the Third Marine Aircraft Wing relocated to Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in California, the band remained in Miami and was assigned to Marine Air Group (MAG) 31. Later, the musicians attached to MAG-31 were integrated into the Air Fleet Pacific Band, in Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California. It was at this time that the band received the title of Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band. The Third Marine Aircraft Wing remained at El Toro until 1997, when Naval Air Station Miramar was converted to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. From 1997 through 1999, all units relocated from Marine Corps Air Station El Toro to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar as part of the base realignment process. The band reported to its current location at MCAS Miramar in January 1999.
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Rob Reider

Entertainer, pilot, Midwest television personality, singer, performer, writer, and winner of five Emmy awards, Rob Reider brings vast experience to an air show’s production. As an announcer, Rob helps air show audiences get ‘up close and personal’ with the action. Rob got his start in show business at age 19, touring the country as a singer with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians.
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Matt Jolley

Matt’s an experienced entertainer, former television news anchor and current host of the world’s only daily talk radio show for military aviation fans…Warbird Radio LIVE. Along with his work in the media, Matt also enjoys flying vintage military airplanes. He recently completed a 7000 mile solo flight across the US and Canada in a former Royal Air Force DHC-1.
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