An all-Marine Corps crew of three officers and five enlisted personnel operate the Lockheed-Martin C-130T Hercules, affectionately 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 maintenance and support personnel, their gear and enough spare parts and communication equipment to complete a successful air show.
Check out Fat Albert's maneuvers from inside the cockpit! www.blueangels.navy.mil/inside/
The Golden Knights are an elite parachute team that serve as goodwill ambassadors for the U.S. Army. Annually the team performs more than 27,000 jumps before an estimated 14 million people. The Golden Knights will perform multiple free-fall parachute jumps revealing aerial grace, precision and skill as they descend along the flight line or to a perfect bulls-eye landing.
The Golden Knights are not just in the air...spectators can witness formation practice, meet the team and even help pack a parachute!
For more information on the U.S. Army Golden Knights and high-resolution photos click here: http://armygk.armylive.dodlive.mil/
Appearing for the first time in Cleveland will be the renowned British Aerospace Sea Harrier FA2!
Spectators on the air show grounds will witness the 50,000 foot-per-minute climb rate of the British Sea Harrier.
Advanced Jet Trainer
The Aero L-39 Albatross is a Czechoslovakian high-performance jet trainer aircraft. Entering production in 1972 the L-39 has had great success as a jet trainer and light attack aircraft throughout the world, at one point being used by nearly forty air forces. It is still flown by numerous militaries including Russia, Ukraine, Thailand, the Czech Republic, and Egypt. The aircraft has a maximum speed of 490 knots (.8 mach).
Shockwave is back...and on Fire!
The World Famous Shockwave Jet Truck is the baddest, mosting impressive jet ground vehicle on the planet. Shockwave, is a triple jet-engine truck that currently holds the Guinness record for top jet-truck speed at an incredible 376 mph. Streaking and screaming down airport runways, Shockwave races airplanes that are flying above it at 300 mph.
Air Show fans jump to their feet to watch this mind blowing act as the flame-tipped semi scorches the runway. Spectators will feel the heat, smell the smoke and feel the roar of the turbines as Shockwave tries to outrace a speeding airplane.
And for all you motorheads out there...you can get a close up look at the three jet engines which produce 36,000 horsepower!
For more information visit Flash Fire Jet Truck.
The 2014 Air Show will go full throttle with when the Screamin' Sasquatch Jet Waco makes its first appearance in Cleveland. Brand new to the air show circuit it has a General Electric CJ610 jet engine producing 3,000 pounds of thrust tucked underneath the airplane's Pratt & Whitney 985 radial engine, the Screamin' Sasquatch is certainly an unconventional biplane. A brainchild of John Klatt Airshows and Jack Link's Beef Jerky, this aircraft will put on an amazing show with impressive vertical maneuvers.
In addition to the jet engine installation, several modifications have been made to the airframe and control surfaces to allow the Screamin' Sasquatch to withstand extra forces. The cockpit has also been moved three feet aft to accommodate additional fuel tanks and it features MGL Avionics' iEFIS Challenger 10.4-inch touchscreen avionics.
The Screamin' Sasquatch was named after its sponsor Jack Link's Beef Jerky's advertising mascot, the Sasquatch. "Matching up the wildest airplane in the air show business with a brand that encourages all of us to feed our wild side every day makes for a perfect fit," said Klatt.
History Takes to the Skies
The North American B-25 Mitchell was an American twin-engine medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation. It was used by many Allied air forces, in every theater of World War II, although the majority of B-25s in American service were used in the Pacific. The B-25 first gained fame as the bomber used in the 18 April 1942 Doolittle Raid, in which 16 B-25Bs led by Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle attacked mainland Japan, four months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. "Georgie's Gal" has been extensively restored both mechanically and cosmetically by the Liberty Aviation Museum located in Port Clinton, Ohio. For more information click here
Restored 1945 Bomber
The TBM Avenger was one of the most famous aircraft of WWII in Navy service. Originally designed as a carrier-based torpedo bomber by Grumman Aircraft, the Avenger found use as a close-support bomber, patrol aircraft, and even a trainer and COD aircraft in post-war use. It was known as the largest single-engine, carrier-based aircraft of WWII. Whether thundering off the deck of the San Jan Quinto under the control of the Navy's youngest aviator, George Bush (Sr.), or roaring out of Henderson field on Guadalcanal, the TBM's were a key player in every carrier versus carrier battle in the Pacific. This TBM was beautifully restored by Charlie Cartledge of Lake Erie Warbirds and featured in the 2014 March/April Warbird Digest Magazine. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/lakeerie.warbirds
Search and Rescue Demonstration
The HH-65 Dolphin is a twin-engined, single main rotor, MEDEVAC capable Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter operated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG). It is a variant of the French-built Eurocopter. The HH-65 Dolphin is used for homeland security patrols, cargo, drug interdiction, ice breaking, military readiness, pollution control, and search and rescue missions.
Gyroscopic Aerobatics in a Custom Built Muscle Biplane!
Skip Stewart returns to Cleveland, performing fast-pace, high-energy gyroscopic aerobatics. A perfect fit for the Rock and Roll Capital of the World, his show has been described as a "hard-hitting, rock and roll blowout." In Prometheus, his custom-built muscle biplane that reaches top speeds of 197 mph, Stewart will perform snarling, flashy maneuvers, thrilling spectators as he soars through the sky.
Spectators will be on the edge of their seats when Skip performs his daring knife-edge ribbon cut!
Skip has won multiple gold medals in various regional aerobatic competitions and has been awarded two Pitts trophies, which recognize outstanding contribution to aerobatics. Considered by many to be the premier muscle biplane pilot in the country, Stewart's flying has been featured in many publications, including Smithsonian Air & Space, Sports Illustrated, World Air Show News, American Owners and Pilots Association, and Autopilot . More information on Skip Stewart click here.
World's First Wingsuit Aerobatics
If that was not enough...Rex, Melissa's husband, will also get into the act. Rex will jump in his wingsuit while Melissa circles around him in the Edge 540 performing formation flying between a skydiver and an aerobatic plane. Now that is love!
Melissa is the 4 time winner of the "Pitts Trophy", was the 2004 Northwest and Southwest Intermediate Regional Aerobatic Champion, the 2006 South-Central Unlimited Regional Aerobatic Champion, as well as the youngest female ever to be a member of the US Unlimited Aerobatic Team.
Melissa strives to be a positive role model and inspiration to young people in aviation and women across the world showing them that no dream is too big and nothing is impossible!
For more information and to see their CBS 60 Minutes Interview - Love Twist...check out: sportsgal
A Patriotic Tribute in Red, White & Blue!
Julie Clark's unique and patriotic presentation, "Serenade in Red, White and Blue," is breathtakingly choreographed to Lee Greenwood's "God Bless America". To enhance her routine, multi-colored wing-tip smoke trails her every maneuver and she concludes her performance with pyrotechnics...and dazzling fireworks.
Julie Clark is one of the most celebrated female pilots in aviation history. Inspired by her father, a commercial pilot for Pacific Airlines in the 1960s, Julie took flying lessons while at U.C.-Santa Barbara. She became the first (and only) woman to ever fly for Golden West Airlines in 1976; and in 1977 was hired by Hughes Air West, where she became one of the very first women to fly for a major airline.
Since then, Julie has also become one of the most prolific performers on the North American air show circuit. Known for her graceful aerobatic sequences and her lovingly restored Juice Plus+ T-34 Mentor aircraft, she has flown an average of 20 shows per year for more than 33 years, making her one of the busiest and most recognized air show performers in the world. Julie has received several awards including the prestigious Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award and has been inducted into the International Council of Air Shows Foundation Hall of Fame. For more information visit: julieclarkairshows.com
Set to Explode in Cleveland
What do you get when you team together some of the world's best demonstration pilots and a pyrotechnics program that really packs a punch? Tinstix of Dynamite!
John Klatt Airshows brings world class power aerobatics to air shows all across America and the Air National Guard has teamed with John to bring Clevelanders a truly unique experience. There's no other pilot like John flying air shows today. Weekends he flies air shows; during the week, he's a professional pilot for a major national carrier and his third flying job is as Lieutenant Colonel John Klatt in the cockpit of an Air National Guard F-16. John's flying will excite you, inspire you and will not be soon forgotten. To check out a video of John's performance and additional information visit John Klatt Air Shows.
A Thrill You Don't Want to Miss!
Mad Bomber Airshow Special Effects will add a little KABOOM! to the 2014 Cleveland National Air Show. For more information and cool photos visit The Mad Bomber.
¾ Scale Replica P-51 Mustang
Titan Aircraft is an aircraft kit manufacturer, located in Austinburg, Ohio. They produce kits for the Titan T-51 Mustang which is a 3/4 scale replica of the P-51 Mustang and several versions of the Tornado ultralight/light-sport aircraft. The P-51 replica incorporates material and systems not commonly found in comparably priced aircraft. Titan Aircraft has a renowned reputation for high quality products, superior aircraft performance, and outstanding customer support, which provides the kit builder and pilot a very pleasurable experience. For more information: http://www.titanaircraft.com/
Voice of the Air Show
As you enjoy the air show, listen carefully for the expertise and colorful commentary of SkyTalker Danny Clisham. Danny is
a veteran air show announcer who has presided over hundreds of air shows across the country. Danny also works in
television and movies as an aviation stunt coordinator. Danny Clisham's home page click here: Danny Clisham
Metro Life Flight's four person team is comprised of two pilots and two critical care specialists including nurses and physicians. Each member of the team brings industry state-of-the art experience complemented by the high standard of training required within the Metro Life Flight family.
Metro Life Flight helicopters will perform daily flybys at this year's show along with a display. Metro Life Flight home page clicked here: Metro Health
Cleveland Aeromodeling Society
The Cleveland Aeromodeling Society showcases its radio-controlled aircraft at Burke Lakefront Airport. Watch the model versions of today's most exciting aircraft perform aerobatic maneuvers and stunts.
NASA Glenn Research Center Display
The NASA Glenn Research Center is a pioneer and innovator that has expanded horizons and opened frontiers for explorers in air and space. NASA's display focuses on its role in man's journey in flight. NASA Glenn home page click here: www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn
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