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2013 Performers



Yves ‘Jetman’ Rossy, the first jet-powered man, will be attending both the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in and the Reno Air Races, supported by his sponsor, the luxury Swiss watch manufacturer Breitling. After successfully flying over the Grand Canyon as a private demonstration in 2011, this summer’s public performance will mark Rossy’s premiere live show above U.S. crowds.
The innovative Jetman will showcase the cutting-edge of human flight to 500,000-plus crowds in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 29 - August 4 and at the Reno Air Races in Reno, Nevada, September 11 - 15.

Using a carbon-Kevlar® jetwing with four engines, each of which capable of a 22 kg thrust, the Swiss aviator is able to propel himself through the skies at upwards of 150 mph, controlled by a simple throttle in his hand. The rest of the controls are left to the human fuselage -- Rossy himself -- who simply uses his shoulders, body and legs to steer, pitch and descend. This forward-thinking technology has allowed Rossy to achieve many outstanding feats, including soaring above Rio de Janeiro, completing aerobatics from the Breitling Orbiter Balloon, crossing the English Channel and flying in formation with various Breitling Jets, Warbirds and passenger aircrafts.

He will perform Thursday through Sunday.


Patriots Team - L-39 Formation Team

 Photo: Courtesy of Patriot Jet TeamPatriot Team


The Patriots Jet Team first debuted in 2003 as a two-ship team and continued to add Jets until 2006 when they became a team of fast-paced, formation flying, choreographed six-ship diamond formation aerobatic maneuvers. They are retired Blue Angel's and Thunderbird's pilots.

Their signature "Tail Slide" where the aircraft actually slides backwards toward the ground is unique to the Patriots and their performances are highlighted by a computerized red, white and blue smoke system.

 They will perform Thursday through Sunday.



Kent Pietsch

Eddie Andreini
Photo: Courtesy of Clark Cook

Kent Pietsch is a natural entertainer with truly unique aerobatic antics. Kent's father was an air show pilot who exposed Kent to the magic and thrill of stunt shows at an early age. Flying on his own since he was 16, Kent's experience in aerobatic flying is second to none - and it shows. He is a commerical airline pilot with more than 25,000 hours as well as an honorary member of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

Maneuvering his 1942 Interstate S-1 Cadet, sporting the Jelly Belly logo, in ways that defy gravity, not to mention sanity, Kent keeps audiences laughing hysterically at one moment and gasping in shock the next. While Kent's routine isn't one of intense speed, there's no doubt it's as impressive as they come.

He will perform Thursday through Sunday.

David Martin

David Martin
Photo: Courtesy of Mikeshorephoto, Inc.

David Martin's first aerobatics were performed in a 1941 Fleet biplane belonging to his grandfather, a barnstormer in the 1930s who insisted that David learn aerobatics. David started to seriously pursue competition aerobatics in 1994 upon purchasing an Extra 300S. After earning a place on the United States Aerobatic Team in 1997, he has attended four World Aerobatic Championships winning an individual gold medal and three team bronze medals. In 2001, David won the United States National Championship.

He will perform Thursday through Sunday.

Jim Peitz

Jim Peitz
Photo: Courtesy of Jim Peitz

One of the most diverse and unique airshow performance offerings in the industry, Jim's Aerobatic Beechcraft F33C Bonanza is flown to its limit with dazzling, low-level maneuvers and unexpected thrills. Jim believes aviation is one of the greatest freedoms in this country and aerobatics, or as he says, controlling an aircraft that seems totally out of control, is the pinnacle of his aviation career.

He will perform Thursday through Sunday.


Smoke N Thunder

 Out on the taxiway you can hear the deafening roar or an engine and see billowing clouds of smoke. You can feel the reverberations of mini sonic booms. you look up and realize it's not an aircraft. In front of you is Jet Car preparing to accelerate. 

Before the beginning of the show, Bill Braack, driver, slowly drives past the crowd. He engages the afterburner which shoots 20 foot flames, produces billowing smoke and mini sonic booms. 

At the end of the runway, the jet car come to a standstill. An airplane above has challened Bill to a race. Jaws drop as the aircraft approaches. Bill is signaled by his crew member Erik Rickettes, that the aircraft is directly overhead. He kicks in the afterburner and accelerates the jet car - he races at speed approaching 400 mph and overtakes the plane in seconds. He is pulling 4.5 gs. as he deploys the parachute to bring the car to a stop, he experiences 11Gs of negative force. Eyes blinking, the crowd is atonished at what it just witnessed.

He will perform Thursday through Sunday.


Michael Goulian

Mike Goulian doesn’t just fly an air show; he attacks it.

Millions of air show spectators around the globe have witnessed the ferocity of a Mike Goulian air show performance. Every roll, pull, and tumble of his flight is a deliberate execution of precision. With his aggressive approach to the air show arena, Mike Goulian has mastered the ability to convey his message of passion through flight.

Mike’s crisp, athletic style of flying is the evolution of his landmark career as an aerobatic competitor. Mike reached the pinnacle of the sport when he won the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Championship at only 27 years of age. He was honored to represent the United States at the World Aerobatic Championship on three separate occasions.

Mike returned to the competitive world with his participation in the famed Red Bull Air Race series. He was chosen once again to represent the United States on a global stage. Mike’s relentless pursuit of perfection earned him a first place win in Budapest, Hungary in 2009.

As an air show superstar Mike Goulian continues to redefine what is possible in the air. His ability to push the limits while adhering to strict safety standards has earned Mike the reputation of being a true professional in his field. He was recognized for his efforts when the aviation industry bestowed upon him its greatest honors. He is one of a seven people to have been awarded all three of the air show industries most prestigious awards; the Art Scholl Memorial (2006) Showmanship Award, and the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship (2009), and the ICAS Sword of Excellence (2012).

He will perform Thursday through Sunday.


Clay Lacy


 During his career, Clay has been characterized as a show biz glamour pilot, military jock, experimental test pilot, Unlimited Air Race Champion, aviation record setter, United Airlines #1 pilot, a teacher, entrepreneur and the unchallenged holder of the highest number of flight hours of any active pilot. All this and the owner and president of the nation's most respected jet charter company and FBO. Clay Lacy will thrill the air races this year while performing in his Lear 25.