U.S AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRDS
SEPTEMBER 18TH & 19TH
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are an official air demonstration squadron proudly serving our country and providing air shows across the world. These U.S. Air Force pilots perform an exhilarating hour-long demonstration showcasing excellence and celebrating American patriotism. As the jets take to the skies and fly only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip, spectators will get a glimpse of the awesome skills and capabilities that all fighter pilots must possess. Attendees on Friday, Sept. 17 will also be treated to a full 40-minute practice show.
F35A LIGHTNING II DEMONSTRATION TEAM
For the first time ever the country’s newest fighter jet will take to the skies of the Reno Air Races. Fans will see Capt. Kristin “Beo” Wolfe display the skill, capabilities and technology of the F-35A Lightning II.
The F35A is the world’s most advanced multirole stealth fighter, boasting 43,000 pounds of thrust reaching up to Mach 1.6 (about 1,200 mph). The demonstration profile will last approximately 18 minutes and feature the jet’s extreme agility, speed and maneuverability.
The demonstration team is part of the 388th Fighter Wing out of Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The 388th Fighter Wing is currently the Air Force’s first combat-ready operational F-35 wing in the service. The team is made up of approximately 15 Airmen, to include the pilot, wingmen, maintenance and public affairs Airmen.
U.S. MARINE CORPS
The U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey is one of the world’s most unique aircraft. Part plane part helicopter, the Osprey has vertical takeoff and landing as well as short takeoff and landing capabilities. Don’t miss this thrilling, one-of-a-kind demonstration.
The demonstration will be given by the VMM-362 “Ugly Angels,” an operational active-duty squadron that recently returned from deployment in the Middle East. The Ugly Angels were formed in 1952 and reactivated in 2018 as the most recent MV-22 Osprey squadron. The team, based out of MCAS Miramar in San Diego, California, will feature the capabilities of the MV-22 Osprey and showcase flight routines both in conversion and airplane modes.
TUCKER’S AIR PATROL
We’re excited to announce the addition of Tucker’s Air Patrol to our 2021 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 2021 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 2021 STIHL National Championship Air Races!
F-35 HERITAGE FLIGHT TEAM
The F-35 Heritage Flight Team celebrates the past, present and future of air power in the U.S. Air Force. Watch the F-35 fly side-by-side with the legendary P-51 Mustang.
The F-35 is the U.S. Air Force’s latest fifth-generation fighter. It will eventually replace the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 Fighting Falcons and A-10 Thunderbolt II, which have been the primary fighter aircraft for more than 20 years. With its aerodynamic performance and advanced integrated avionics, the F-35 provides next-generation stealth, enhanced situational awareness and reduced vulnerability for the United States and allied nations.
The P-51 Mustang dominated the skies over Western Europe after it was introduced in WWII.
This single-seat aircraft has a maximum speed of 437 miles per hour and was used to escort heavy bombers into the heart of Germany. The P-51 and the pilots that flew them were crucial to turning the tide of war in the Allies’ favor.
Together, these two aircraft serve as a living memorial to all the brave men and women who have served – or are currently serving – in the U.S. Air Force.