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.
World-renowned aerobatic superstar Rob Holland is coming to the 2019 STIHL National Championship Air Races.
Holland’s aircraft can pull 16 positive and negative g’s and can roll at an astonishing 500 degrees per second! Don’t miss your chance to see some of the most spectacular, gravity-defying aerobatics in the world as Rob Holland performs Thursday, September 12 through Sunday, September 15.
Michael Wiskus and the Lucas Oil Airshow
See world-class aerobatics with Michael Wiskus in the Lucas Oil Airshows Pitts Biplane as he performs double hammerhead rolls to slowing the airplane down to zero airspeed. Michael has owned the Lucas Oil Pitts S-1-11B since 2000 and, with the help of Tom Kerns, rebuilt it after purchasing it on Ebay as a wreck.The Lucas Oil Pitts has been extremely modified from its original build, adding full span ailerons for a 400º per second roll rate, 60% larger rudder and elevator for more authority, and a longer gear allowing Michael to stand the aircraft up in place without hitting the propeller.
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 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.