Last Cleveland Solo Appearance in Oracle Challenger III
The 2018 Air Show season marks Sean D. Tucker’s last as a solo performer and Cleveland is a stop on this historical tour.
Sean D. Tucker is one of the world’s premier aerobatic pilots and a living legend. He has been flying airshows world-wide since the mid-70’s and performed in front of more than 80 million fans. Sean’s airplane, the one-of-a-kind Oracle Challenger III bi-plane, is a highly modified fire-breathing monster with over 400 horsepower, weighs just over 1200 pounds and responds to the slightest pressure on the control stick even at 300 mph. His performance includes feats that are truly death-defying and include flying backwards, straight down and tail first at more than 100 mph. More than half of Sean’s maneuvers are original and have never been duplicated by another aerobatic pilot.
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Veteran of D-Day Allied Invasion
A historic Douglas C-47 Skytrain troop transport aircraft will make a special appearance at the 2018 Air Show. The restored plane, “Placid Lassie,” participated in the D-Day invasion of Europe, operation Market Garden in Holland, supplied Patton’s 3rd Army and dropped desperately needed supplies to troops in the Battle of Bulge…plus was hit by enemy fire! Ground tours will provide Air Show attendees with a close-up look at this authentic aircraft from a momentous event in history.
“Placid Lassie” was delivered to the United States Army Air Corps in early 1943, assigned to the 74th squadron of the 434th Troop Carrying Group in England to prepare for D-Day. The C-47s, also known as Dakotas, towed massive cargo gliders and dropped more than 24,000 paratroopers on the morning of June 6, 1944 (D-Day). Lassie and her crew flew several missions on that fateful morning, first towing gliders and later carrying paratroopers.
“Placid Lassie” is in her original WWII paint scheme and proudly displays the name her crew gave her, along with her left engine “Idling Ada”, after the Crew Chief’s wife and the right engine “Eager Eileen”, after the Radio Operator’s wife. The 74th Troop Carrier Squadron marking was “ID” and her radio call sign was “N”.
Get Ready to Rumble!
The 2018 Cleveland National Air Show presented by Discount Drug Mart will feature the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Tactical Demonstration and will take place Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1, 2 & 3) at Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland.
The U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demonstration Team from Shaw AFB, South Carolina, will perform precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities by one of the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighters, the F-16 Fighting Falcon. With its lightweight airframe and powerful General Electric engine generating 31,000 pounds of thrust, the F-16 can fly at speeds in excess of Mach 2. This incredible demo is returning to the Cleveland skies for the first time since 2008.
Air Show fans will also witness a rare commemorative Heritage Flight when the F-16 Fighting Falcon and WWII P-51 Mustang “Bald Eagle” join in the skies over Cleveland. The Air Force Heritage Flight program presents the evolution of the U.S. Air Force’s air power by flying today’s state-of-the-art fighters in close formation with vintage fighter aircraft.
The Cleveland National Air Show presented by Discount Drug Mart has been named one of four participating air shows featured in the inaugural 2018 Grunt Style Air Show Majors tour. The tour showcases a collection of America’s most prestigious air shows including: SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Florida, the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, Cleveland National Air Show, and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Wings Over Houston Airshow.
The mission of the Grunt Style Air Show Majors is to celebrate aviation, honor the military, and increase mainstream awareness of the air show industry. By becoming an official show stop on the tour, the Cleveland National Air Show will receive national promotion through a variety of marketing efforts, visibility for the event at the other participating air shows, and additional mainstream recognition and benefits through partnering with tour creators, Red Frog Events, and title partner, Grunt Style.
For more information, and to enter to win a trip for two to a participating air show, please visit the Air Show Majors tour website.
Cleveland will host the U.S. Navy Blue Angels as headliners of the 2018 Cleveland National Air Show presented by Discount Drug Mart on Labor Day weekend (Sept. 1, 2 & 3) at Burke Lakefront Airport. Cleveland is among 31 select U.S. cities chosen to host the U.S. Navy Blue Angels in 2018.
The six “Blues” demonstration pilots will thrill Air Show fans with a one hour choreographed presentation that includes the graceful aerobatics of the four plane Diamond Formation and exciting high energy opposing solo maneuvers by the two solo pilots.
Two members of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels were in Cleveland Tuesday, November 21, in preparation for the 2018 Air Show. Blue Angel #7 LT Andre Webb and Blue Angel #8 LT Dave Steppe made their advance visit to meet with the air show officials and supporting organizations.