(all acts are confirmed for 2014)
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, one of the world’s most elite precision flight demonstration teams, will once again thrill crowds at the lakefront for the 2014 Milwaukee Air & Water Show. Led this year by Cdr. Thomas Frosch of Clinton Township, Michigan, the Blue Angels are based at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, They fly six powerful Boeing F/A-18 Hornets during their tightly choreographed, high-energy demonstration—sometimes flying as little as 18 inches apart. A Blue Angels flight demonstration exhibits choreographed refinements of skills possessed by all naval aviators. It includes the graceful aerobatic maneuvers of the four-plane Diamond Formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of its two solo pilots. Finally, the team illustrates the pinnacle of precision flying, performing maneuvers locked as a unit in the renowned, six-jet Delta Formation.
One airplane in the Blue Angels fleet gets its own billing, and it isn’t one of the supersonic Hornet jets. It’s “Fat Albert,” a U.S. Marine Corps C-130 Hercules airlifter. Fat Albert is the team’s support plane, but it flies its own solo performance at air shows, demonstrating the surprising nimbleness of the four-turboprop transport. Fat Albert is best known for captivating millions of spectators each year, starting in 1975. Flying Fat Albert is Marine Corps Maj. John Hecker, a native of New Orleans. He joined the Blue Angels in 2010.
Composed of all former US Army Golden Knights team members, watch for the All-Veteran Parachute team to drop a few local celebrities onto Bradford Beach during the air show! Team leader Michael Elliott has over 25 years of military service, serving in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force. He has also logged assignments with both the esteemed 82nd Airborne Division as well as the 101st Airborne Division. He has earned every instructional and technical rating available in the skydiving community and has over 9,000 parachute jumps which include 3,000 tandem. He has conducted tandem jumps with passengers ranging from high level dignitaries (41st President twice) and internationally renowned celebrities to soldiers returning from combat.
A crowd favorite, Team AeroStars inspires the crowd with thrilling aerobatic formation flying. Precision, Teamwork, and Excellence are their trademarks. The Aerostars aerial ballet captivates air show audiences large and small. They fascinate the crowd with a combination of graceful aerobatics flown in tight formation, spectacular breakaways followed by breath-taking opposing passes and awe-inspiring inverted maneuvers. The Yak 52TW is a tailwheel derivative of the famous Yak-52 aerobatic trainer designed in the late 1970’s. The Aerostars chose the Yak 52TW for its new construction, sturdy airframe capable of withstanding +7 and -5 g-forces and its unique fuel and oil systems that allow for three minutes of inverted flight. The team’s fleet of Yak-52TWs are powered by the M-14PF-XDK, a nine cylinder, supercharged radial engine rated at 400 horsepower. More than 2,000 Yak-52s have been manufactured to date.
Paul Wood (Warbird Heritage Foundation) will perform over the skies of Milwaukee with his vintage Navy A-4 Skyhawk single seat fighter jet – an airplane once flown by the Blue Angels! The Foundation A-4B Skyhawk is currently painted to represent aircraft BuNo 148609, an A-4C flown by LCDR Ted "T.R." Swartz, a member of Squadron VA-76, operating from the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) during the Vietnam War. On May 1, 1967, LCDR Swartz shot down a MIG-17 over North Vietnam with an unguided ZUNI rocket. This was the only air-to-air kill by a Skyhawk during the Vietnam War.
Millions of air show spectators around the globe have witnessed the ferocity of a Mike Goulian air show performance. Every roll, pull, and tumble of his flight is a deliberate execution of precision. With his aggressive approach to the air show arena, Mike Goulian has mastered the ability to convey his message of passion through flight. Mike’s crisp, athletic style of flying is the evolution of his landmark career as an aerobatic competitor. Mike reached the pinnacle of the sport when he won the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Championship at only 27 years of age. As an air show superstar Mike Goulian continues to redefine what is possible in the air. His ability to push the limits while adhering to strict safety standards. He is one of a seven people to have been awarded all three of the air show industries most prestigious awards; the Art Scholl Memorial (2006) Showmanship Award, and the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship (2009), and the ICAS Sword of Excellence (2012). Today, Mike’s performance is the perfect marriage between man and machine. The only airplane capable of delivering a Mike Goulian performance is the EXTRA 330SC. Composed of high tech, lightweight carbon-fiber and rugged steel construction, the EXTRA 330SC is the world’s most high performance aerobatic airplane.
Jack Knutson, Rob Holland, and Matt Chapman will indeed push the limits as they perform their high energy air show! The team will perform a series of hardcore, gyroscopic aerobatic maneuvers all while staying in your sight the entire time. The show is filled with numerous low passes, XTREME head on passes and graceful formation maneuvers. The show is accompanied with professionally choreographed music and cockpit narration. Don't miss the "Firebirds XTREME!
Team AeroDynamix, the world's largest air show team, provides an exciting and memorable performance that combines precision formation flying and formation aerobatics. The group flies 12 Van's RV aircraft and is billed as the world's largest air show team, and features graceful aerobatics and precision formation flying in an action-packed performance. With a combined total of more than 100,000 hours of flying time in military, commercial, and civilian aviation, the professional pilots of Team AeroDynamix bring a diverse background to flight operations. This experience equips the team with the discipline and safety required for close formation flying, as often less than 3 feet separate the planes during the show. The RV-series custom-built aircraft flown by Team AeroDynamix are stressed for 6g and attain speeds of up to 200 mph during their performances. Most of the team's pilots built their own planes, and no two planes are exactly alike. Each paint scheme creates a colorful palette for spectators. Team AeroDynamix was one of the most talked-about acts at Oshkosh in 2012.
Like many of the show pilots, Mike's passion for aviation started when he was very young. He traded his work for flying lessons and received his Pilots License on his 17th birthday.
Thirty years later, Mike has accumulated more than 23,000 flight hours and has qualified in more than 30 aircraft. Today, Mike keeps busy by flying for Corporate America,
but his real passion is strapping himself in to one of the highest performance air show aircraft in the world. The Lucas Oil Pitts show plane. As a 2002 U.S. National Aerobatic
Champion, and a member of the 2004 United States Aerobatic Team, Mike has traveled the World with the same aircraft you will see him performing in at the air show. His excitement for
aviation and willingness to share his aviation experience with people around the country is nothing short of contagious. This year, Mike’s schedule will include more than 20 air shows
with more than 60 performances throughout the U.S. and Canada. This is Mike’s 6th Season flying air shows and his 4rd year to fly for Lucas Oil. “It’s incredible to be part of the
Lucas Oil Team. Their products as well as their integrity makes what I do even more rewarding”.
John Klatt has thrilled millions of air show spectators across America with a unique blend of precision, power and performance.
He has served in the Air National Guard for more than 20 years - flying combat, air support and humanitarian missions throughout the world in the F-16 "Fighting Falcon" and the
C-130 "Hercules" aircraft. At the air show, it can be a challenge to follow along and grasp the nature of each element of John’s flight, so follow along as John puts his amazing MXS
aircraft through its paces in 10 minutes of world class precision power aerobatics.
“Malibu” Chuck Aaron is the first - and only - civilian pilot ever to be licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics in the United States. In fact, he’s one of only three pilots permitted to execute the dangerous maneuvers internationally. Chuck is also the first helicopter pilot to be presented with the Art Scholl Showmanship Award, an honor bestowed by the International Council of Air Shows to recognize the world’s most outstanding air show performers, and was inducted in 2011 to the prestigious Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Chuck takes to the road much of the year, piloting the one-of-a-kind Red Bull Helicopter through breathtaking air show choreography including backflips, 360-degree rolls, and a heartstopping tumble called the Chuckcilvak. “People can’t believe what they’re seeing, Chuck laughs. “How can a helicopter do all those crazy things?” In 2004, he joined forces with Red Bull to take on a daunting challenge: figuring out how to perform aerobatics in a helicopter. After devoting nearly two years with the Flying Bulls team to modify and test a Messerschmitt-Bölkow Blohm BO-105, devise maneuvers, and determine how to make the aircraft perform them, in 2006 Chuck guided the Red Bull Helicopter through its U.S. debut. Today, Chuck has logged more than 20,000 hours in the air and performed aerobatics with the Red Bull Helicopter at more than 150 air shows and events from coast to coast. “I love doing things nobody has ever done,” he declares, “as well as the opportunities the Red Bull Helicopter offers me.”
The HH-65A Dolphin assists the Coast Guard missions of search and rescue, enforcement of laws and treaties, as well as maritime homeland security missions. Each year, the HH-65A Dolphin was estimated by the Coast Guard to be instrumental in saving 375 lives and with assists on over two thousand drug interdiction cases. The Milwaukee Air & Water Show is once again proud to feature the HH-65A from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan.
Herb Hunter returns to announce the 2014 Milwaukee Air & Water Show. Airshow fans who have attended Midwest Airshows have learned to appreciate announcer Herb Hunter as probably the smoothest "microphone jockey" in the business. He has become a household name among Chicago fans and the air show industry nationwide. Herb Hunter was born in Seymour, Indiana. Commissioned in the US Air Force in 1971 and attended Officer Training School in San Antonio, Texas. He continued to pilot training at Vance AFB, OK, graduating in November, 1972. Hunter flew the KC-135 at Grissom AFB, IN from 1973 to 1977, when then Captain Hunter transferred to the Illinois Air National Guard. He was hired by United Airlines in December 1978. He was furloughed for almost 4 years beginning in January 1981. During this time, he served full time with the Illinois Air National Guard as an AGR (Active Guard Reserve) pilot and serving as chief of scheduling and check airman. Herb has flown more than 17,000 flight hours, to include over 5000 in the KC-135. He has flown as Captain for United Airlines in the B-737, 757, 767, 777 & 747. He retired from the Illinois Air National Guard in 1992 as a LtCol and a veteran of combat operations in the South East Asia, Vietnam and in Operation Desert Storm.