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Stan Musick -
Corsair

 

 

 

Dr. Stanley Musick of Ridgeland, Mississippi has a fever, but it's not the typical illness that he treats in his patients. Dr. Musick has a fever for aviation, and he says he got it at the age of 12 when he had his first flight in a Bonanza.  Stan had to wait 5 years before he was in an airplane again, but it was well worth the wait. At the age of 17, he was working and saving up his money while taking flying lessons. Stan made his first solo flight, obtained his pilot license, graduated high school, had his 18th birthday, and bought his first airplane - all within 30 days!    Since that time, Stan has been fortunate to fly several of the world's top aircraft, including World War II fighter planes like the P-51 Mustang, the Seafury, and the F4U Corsair, and trainer planes like the Stearman and the T-6.


 
Skip Stewart & PROMETHEUS

 

 

 

Skip Stewart is one of the most entertaining airshow pilots in the world today. He has over eight thousand hours of flying experience, is an airline transport pilot, certified flight instructor, has owned and operated an aerobatic flight school, earned gold medals in regional aerobatic competitions, served as a chief pilot for a fortune 100 company and has spent more than ten years entertaining airshow fans around the world. Skip practices tirelessly in the airplane he custom built himself to insure the highest level of entertainment. His flying has been featured in magazines that include Smithsonian Air & Space, AOPA, Sports Illustrated, World Airshow News, Auto Pilot as well as in multiple international publications. He is the first pilot to fly an airplane under a jumping motorcycle at an airshow and has also been known to fill in as the driver of the “world’s fastest dodge ram jet truck!”.

 
Tora Tora Tora

 

 

 

 

TORA TORA TORA is a re-creation of the December 7th 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. It's accomplished through hundreds of dedicated volunteers -- most belonging to the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) working as ground crew, maintenance, pilots and pyrotechnic experts. The purpose is to create a dynamic history lesson about the event that propelled us into World War II .....and entertain.

TORA's re-creation is usually the feature performance at organized air shows. It involves many Japanese fighters and bombers simulating the Pearl Harbor attack. In addition, TORA provides breathtaking smoke, fire and explosions from the pyrotechnics team. A professional announcer explains the purpose, history and performance to the crowd.

 

 

B-25 Devil Dog

 

 

 

The Devil Dog Squadron is a volunteer organization of the CAF, dedicated to flying, maintaining and preserving a WWII B-25 bomber, the Devil Dog. The Devil Dog represents a PBJ, the Marine Corps version of a B-25.

The squadron's volunteers come from all walks of life and have wide variety of backgrounds. It takes many different skills to make the group successful. http://devildogsquadron.com/

 

 

Stewart Dawson -
Sea Fury

 

 

Stewart Dawson is the owner and pilot of this magnificent Hawker Fury FB.11, based at Grayson County airport in Sherman, Texas. This Warbird is regularly flown at airshows throughout Western and Central USA were Stew displays the "Spirit of Texas" performing a 10-15 minute aerobatic routine and also racing at the Reno National Championship Air Races.

One of the fastest piston engine aircraft ever built, Hawker's magnificent Sea Fury/Fury has always had the ability to inspire awe amongst everyone from airport kids to jet fighter pilots. It continues to attract fans at airshows and air races around the world and leaves most other aircraft of the era well behind.

 

 

 

Randy Henderson - Texas T-Cart

 

 

 

The Texas T-Cart is a highly modified, clipped-wing Taylorcraft BC12-D, and first rolled off the assembly line in 1946. Randy spent two years modifying this home built taildragger in his hangar at Cotton Patch Aerodrome in Frisco, Texas.

The wings of the Texas T-Cart have been clipped eight feet for a total wingspan of twenty-eight feet, and the engine is an 180 horsepower Lycoming. It also has both an inverted fuel system specially designed for aerobatics and a smoke oil system that Randy uses during all of his air show performances.

Texas T-Cart Airshows offers competition style aerobatic demonstrations and truly exciting “Texas Style” air show performances. During our crowd-pleasing shows, the Kid from CottonPatch performs three truly unique maneuvers at air show center: The Texas Two-Step, the Texas Turn, and the Texas Touchdown.

The Texas Two-Step is a fishtail hammerhead that makes the T-Cart’s tail swing from side to side as it “dances in the sky.” The Texas Turn is an original maneuver. Randy turns his airplane 360 degrees without banking the wings, and he is the only pilot on the air show circuit who knows its secret. After his flight, our championship pilot comes down from the sky with his Texas Touchdown – an exciting one-wheeled landing – as the Texas T-Cart blows clouds of smoke down the runway.

 

 

Steve "Lizard"Richmond

 

 

 

Steve learned to fly in the United States Navy in 1966. During his 20 year career, he flew the A-6 Intruder accumulating 3,000 hours and two combat tours in Vietnam. He was an instructor in the A-4 two-seater version in Pensacola, Florida teaching aerobatics and air combat maneuvering. His last assignment at the end of his career was as commanding officer attack squadron 35 in the A-6 aboard the USS
Nimitz. In his career, he made eight cruises, six to the Pacific Ocean and two to the Mediterranean. He made a total of 830 carrier landings. Steve
retired from the navy as a Commander in 1986 and went to work for American Airlines. He flew the Boeing 727, 757, 767 and McDonnell Douglas MD-80. Home base was Dallas/Ft Worth for his entire career. His shining claim to fame was that his number of take-offs equalled his number of successful landings. No passengers were hurt on any of his flights.

Steve eventually retired from American in 2003 and, while looking for a good hobby, discovered Van's RV series of aircraft. His RV-8 was built by a retired Boeing engineer and is stressed for positive 6 and negative 3 G's. Steve flies both formation as well as solo aerobatics at many of the teams engagements.

 

 

Pat "Glider" Tuckey

 

 

 

Pat Tuckey started flying in 1977, riding his bicycle to the airport until he got his drivers license. Although Pat's first solo was in a powered airplane, he was a glider instructor during his years at the University of Michigan. After graduating with a degree in aerospace engineering, Pat flew air freight for several years in several types of airplanes including the Beech 18 and Lear Jet.

Pat was hired by Simmons Airlines in 1985, which has since been incorporated into American Eagle. He has flown the EMB-110, SD-360, ATR-42, ATR-72 and CRJ-700 for the airline, and has been an instructor and check airman for the past 25 years.
Flying gliders cross country became a passion for Pat when he moved to Texas in the early '90's, and he became successful enough at racing to win 7 national titles and be selected to represent the U.S. at 5 World Soaring Championships; flying in Poland, Spain, Slovakia, France and Italy.

Pat built his RV-8 in three years, finishing in November of 2008. He started flying with Falcon Flight in the spring of 2009. In addition to formation flying, Pat also has an aerobatic demonstration routine he often flys at the same shows as Falcon Flight performances.

 

 

Jimmy Fordham - P51 Mustang

 

 

 

Jimmy started flying at age fourteen. He was taught by his Dad and by the age of eighteen he had obtained his commercial, instrument, multi-engine, sea plane, and flight instructor ratings. He graduated from Northeast Louisiana University in 1975 with a BS degree in Aviation. In his early career, Jimmy flew as a corporate and charter pilot in various multi-engine, Lear Jet, and Falcon 20 aircraft. In the 1970s he flew airshows in a Pitts Special, Midget Mustang,and Schweitzer Sail Plane. He was mentored by the late airshow greats, Marion Cole and Merle Gustafson.  Jimmy was hired in 1984 by Northwest Airlines. 

He flew for Northwest and Delta Airlines for 27 years.  Jimmy retired as a senior Airbus A-330 captain from Delta Airlines in 2011.  After retirement he began flying the slot position in the North American AT-6 with the world famous Aeroshell Aerobatic Team.  Jimmy is also the chief pilot for the Southern Heritage Air Foundation, and flies their P-51 Mustang, Charlotte's Chariot II, at airshows around the country.  Jimmy holds Airline Transport Pilot Certificates and Instructor Certificates for both airplanes and helicopters.  He has over 22,000 hours of flight time.  His hometown is Monroe, LA.  He and his wife Susan have two married daughters, Melissa and Laura.

 

 

Jeremy Holt - Skybolt

 

 

 

 

Jeremy grew up watching his father build and fly remote control airplanes. This became the inspiration for flight. He lived at the remote control flying field on the weekends and would travel to different competitions with his Father.

He attended college at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University at Daytona Beach. Jeremy received his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and enrolled in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. He received a pilot slot through the Air Force and upon graduation, he went to Valdosta, Georgia for pilot training in the T-6. After graduating, he finished up fighter/bomber training in the T-38C at Columbus, Mississippi, and it was there that he found out his assigned weapon system would be the B-52.

While at Barksdale, full scale aerobatic flying seemed to be the next logical step in his ultimate quest to become an Air Show pilot. He received his tail-wheel training in a Decathlon and started working on basic aerobatics with his squadron commander who owns a Pitts S2A. He purchased the Skybolt in the spring of 2012 and it has been love ever since.

 

Al Saylor & The Re/Max Skydiving Team

 

 

 

Soaring through the clouds, the RE/MAX® Skydiving Team is a show-stopping start that leaves crowds wide-eyed and breathless. The jump team will "officially" open the Airshow with an artistic multi-jumper parachute leap over the airfield.  The team is lead by Skydiving Veteran Al Saylor.