We’re excited to announce the addition of Tucker’s Air Patrol to our 2020 lineup. Pilot Eric Tucker’s aviation performance is a throwback to the glory days of barnstorming. His aircraft was built in 1941 and designed in the late twenties.

Tucker will be performing two distinct acts. The first is an eight-minute Dead Stick Aerobatics Act, where he will intentionally halt the engine from a mile high in the sky, stop the propeller and glide safely to the ground. That’s not the end of the first act though! While soaring through the air to the roar of the crowd he will also perform loops, rolls, spins and hammerheads. The second act is a 15-minute Comedy Act and Car-Top Landing, which you are going to have to see to believe.

Eric Tucker has flown in airshows across the world, in aircraft ranging from the J3 Cub to the Columbia 400. The J3 he currently flies is hard to miss with its bright yellow paint job sporting the logo of the STIHL National Championship Air Races’ official sunglass sponsor, Method Seven.

Jim Peitz Aerosports


Jim Peitz Aerosports has officially been added to the exciting line-up of performers at this year’s 2020 STIHL National Championship Air Races! Flying his CERTIFIED aerobatic Beechcraft F33C Bonanza, Jim delivers an amazing demonstration that will leave all who see it completely mesmerized! The specialized Bonanza is capable of a wide range of aerobatic maneuvers including loops, point rolls, barrel rolls, snap rolls, Cuban eights, and hammerheads.

Being the recipient of the most prestigious award in the airshow industry, the International Council of Airshows Sword of Excellence. Peitz has performed in a wide variety of airshow aircraft including eight years in a Christen Eagle, followed by a 14-year run in an Extra 300L, and now the F33C Beechcraft Bonanza for over 10 years. Peitz has previously performed at the National Championship Air Races including last year when he answered RARA’s frantic call for help after weather forced two scheduled performers to cancel during race week.

Jim believes, “Aviation is one of the greatest freedoms we enjoy in this country,” and we could not agree with him more!  Come out and see Jim along with the rest of the performers at the 2020 STIHL National Championship Air Races!


Tony Higa was born and raised in Okinawa Japan. In 1979, he made his first trip to the United States in order to watch the National Championship Air Races. Just four years later Tony moved to the United States in order to pursue his dream of racing in the Reno Air Races, becoming an aerobatic airshow pilot and to build his dream airplane, which you see him flying today.

Tony is well recognized in his home country of Japan, and has appeared on television, radio and publications for his achievements in aviation. He has a large following in the Japanese media.

In 1996, he was the first Japanese pilot to compete at the Unlimited World Aerobatic Championships in Oklahoma in a Pitts S2B.

Tony made his racing debut in the prestigious Reno Air Races in 2003 and has competed yearly since his first race flying at speeds over 200 miles per hour. This year will be Tony’s 18th consecutive year competing in Reno.

In 2016, Tony made an air show debut, Tony is also credentialed as an aerobatic pilot in a North American T6 Texan, SNJ & Harvard.

He would like to thank his sponsors and crews for supporting over the years and for helping him to achieve his dreams. Without them, it would not have been possible.

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