OSHKOSH, WIS. – Some of the world’s top airshow performers have made their commitments to fly at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, as part of the afternoon and night air shows.
“Over the past several years we’ve dedicated ourselves to create the best air show lineup for both our afternoon and night air shows at Oshkosh,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member benefits who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. “That means using the feedback we collect each year to bring back favorite performers, while adding exciting new acts, unique highlights, and air show attractions connected with particular aircraft and anniversaries. Air show performers know that flying at Oshkosh establishes them as one of the best, performing for the most knowledgeable audiences in all of aviation.”
Among the performers and aircraft already committed to Oshkosh in 2016 are: AeroShell Aerobatic Team (T-6s), Luca Bertossio (Swift S-1 glider), Jeff Boerboon (Sasquatch), Bob Carlton (SubSonex JSX-2), Kirby Chambliss (Edge 540), Matt Chapman (Extra 300LX), Kevin Coleman (Extra 330SC), Kyle Franklin (Dracula), Geico Skytypers (SNJs), Mike Goulian (Extra 330SC), Rob Holland (MX-2), Jerry Kerby (RV-8), John Klatt (MX-S), Greg Koontz (Xtreme Decathlon), Sammy Mason (Pitts S-1S), Paul McCowan (American flag skydiver), Patriot Parachute Team (Skydivers), Jim Peitz (F-33C Bonanza), Rex and Melissa Pemberton (Edge 540/Wingsuit), Kent Pietsch (Interstate Cadet), Gene Soucy/Teresa Stokes (Showcat), Bill Stein (Edge 540), Skip Stewart (Prometheus), Team Aerostar (Yak-52s), Team Redline (RV), Sean D. Tucker (Oracle Challenger III), Matt Younkin (Twin Beech), and Patty Wagstaff (Extra 330LX).
Among warbird performers already confirmed are the Tora Tora Tora demonstration, Texas Flying Legends, “Class of ’45” Mustang flown by Scott Yoak and Corsair flown by Jim Tobul, and Greg Shelton’s Wildcat.
A big draw this year will be the Canadian Forces 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, the “Snowbirds,” who fly nine Canadair CT-114 Tutor jet trainers, including two solo aircraft. The squadron is based at 15 Wing, near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
More performers will be announced in the months ahead (www.eaa.org).