- Mike Goulian – For the past two decades Goulian has entertained crowds, having earned the U.S. National Advanced Champion title (the youngest ever at age 22 in 1990) and the Unlimited National Aerobatic Championship and represented the United States three times in the World Aerobatic championships. He also was one of the Red Bull international race pilots. www.mikegoulian.com
- Matt Chapman – Sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an airline pilot when not performing, Chapman began flying aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the highest level of competition aerobatics – the Unlimited category. At the 1998 World Aerobatic Championships, Chapman was the highest-ranking American pilot, finishing third in the world with a bronze medal and led the Men’s Team to a silver medal. www.mattchapman.com
- Rob Holland – Flying the MX2 Aerobatic Aircraft by MX Aircraft Ultimate Airshows, Holland earned his title as current U.S. National Unlimited Aerobatic Champion and World Gold Medal winner in freestyle aerobatics by pushing the envelope of advanced aerobatic aircraft with a mixture of high and low altitude maneuvers. www.ultimateairshows.com
- John Klatt – Sponsored by Air National Guard, Lt. Col. Klatt flies the C-130 Hercules and the F-16 for the Guard and competes in aerobatic contests on both the regional and national level. During his more than 20 years with the Air National Guard, he flew combat, air support and humanitarian missions in the F-16 “Fighting Falcon” and the C-130 “Hercules.” www.johnklattairshows.com
- Corkey Fornof – A test pilot, corporate pilot, aerial coordinator, fixed-wing camera pilot, technical advisor, actor and stunt pilot, Fornof has 17,000-plus hours in over 287 different types of aircraft. His resume includes more than 2,600 low-level aerobatic performances, and he formed the first civilian high-performance aerobatic flight demonstration team, using World War II fighters. He also formed and led the first civilian jet demonstration team, flying BD-5Js. www.corkeyfornof.com
- Jason Newburg – Instructed and mentored by numerous top air show performers in the industry (including Michael Goulian, Sean D. Tucker, Jim Leroy, Clint McHenry, Nikolai Timofeev and Bill Stein), he flies high-performance solo and formation performances in several types of aircraft, including the Pitts S1C. He also is the former vice president of the Embry-Riddle Sport Aviation Club and builds aircrafts as well as flies them. www.viperairshows.com
- Cheryl Stearns – A Embry-Riddle alum and former U.S. Airways captain, Stearns also is one the most successful competitive skydivers globally with 30 world records in parachuting (including a Guinness World Record for the most parachute jumps in 24 hours by a woman, 352 jumps Nov. 8-9, 1995), more than 17,000 jumps logged and was the first female member of the U.S. Army’s elite parachuting team, the Golden Knights. www.stratoquest.com
- The Plunkett WW1 Aviation Collection – Great Britain’s Sopwith F.1 Camel and German Fokker DR.I Triplane will both hit the skies for this special performance. The Camel, named so because of the humped fairing over its twin machine guns, shot down more German aircraft (1,294) than any other Allied plane. The Dreidecker, a small, lightweight and highly maneuverable dogfighter, is best known for its image as the “Red Baron’s” aircraft during WWI as it was flown by ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen.
Longtime air show favorite and former airline pilot SkyTalker Danny Clisham (www.dannyclisham.com) will serve as master of ceremonies, and there is a scheduled U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration. There also will be an Air Show performers autograph session and special concert by country band Little Texas at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Peabody Auditorium. Tickets will be on sale soon at the Peabody box office and online at Ticketmaster.com.
The free event on Oct. 13-14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day is the only air show in the United States to host three jet demonstration teams including the world-renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
ER is sponsoring aerobatic pilot Matt Chapman, and two high-tech Embry-Riddle training aircraft, a Diamond DA-42 and a Cessna 172, will be on display.
Tecnam P-92 Echo Classic (S-LSA) on Display at Sun 'n Fun.
Classes to Begin in Fall 2013 for Jefferson High School Students