U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

The Thunderbirds have the privilege and responsibility to perform for people all around the world, displaying the pride, precision and professionalism of American Airmen. In every hour-long demonstration, the team combines years of training and experience with an attitude of excellence to showcase what the Air Force is all about.

The sharply choreographed, drill-style ground ceremony kicks off the demonstration by showcasing the attention to detail and esprit de corps that defines our enlisted members. As the jets take to the skies and fly only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip, the crowd gets a glimpse of the awesome skills and capabilities that all fighter pilots must possess. The solo pilots integrate their own loud and proud routine, exhibiting some of the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon – the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter jet.


STOL Drag Race Demonstration 

The world’s largest backcountry fly-in is making its way to the 2019 STIHL National Championship Air Races. STOL drag racing gives a new spin to traditional (short takeoff landing) competition top fuel drag racing style. The rules are simple, pilots fly a 3/4 mile straightaway down and back side by side, land on a marker and must come to a complete stop prior to turning around. The first pilot that comes to a complete stop wins.


jim peitz

Jim Peitz

Jim is from Pierre, SD where his father taught him to fly in the 1970’s. He began teaching himself aerobatics in 1992, and has since amassed over 14000 incident-free hours in over 100 aircraft types! His most recent addition to this impressive list is the P-51 Mustang. Jim was checked out in the storied aircraft by Mr. Mustang himself, Lee Lauderback.


Commemorative Air Force

Commemorative Air Force

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will provide a spectacular aerial demonstration of authentic World War II aircraft including a F8F Bearcat, a F6F Hellcat, a PBJ Mitchell, and a A6M Zero. Collecting aircraft for nearly half a century, the CAF now ranks as one of the largest air forces in the world. The CAF was founded to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States, and selected aircraft of other nations, for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans.


F 18 Legacy

F-18 Legacy Flight

The VFA-122 Demonstration Team will bring two FA-18E/F Super Hornet aircrafts to the 2019 National Championship Air Races. The F-18 will be joined by a historical Navy aircraft.

The demonstration portion of their show lasts approximately 8-12 minutes.

We are sorry to announce that world-renowned aerobatic pilot Rob Holland and Michael Wiskus will not be attending the 2019 STIHL National Championship Air Races due to unforeseen travel issues. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.