New Photo Album – Battle Creek Airshow 2016

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USAF Thunderbirds - Battle Creek Airshow 2016

A new album is now available in our photo gallery! Check it out here: Battle Creek Airshow 2016 – Ryan Sundheimer

The 2016 Battle Creek Field of Flight Airshow and Balloon Festival featured the USAF Thunderbirds, Hoppers Jet Team, Matt Younkin, Rob Holland, and more. For more coverage of the show, take a look at our earlier blog post.

Breitling Jet Team 2016 North American Tour Schedule Released

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Breitling Jet Team

The Breitling Jet Team from Europe will be continuing their North American tour in 2016! Will you see them in 2016? Let us know! Post on our Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

April 8-10: Lakeland, FL

May 7-8: Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 14-15: McGuire AFB, NJ
May 28-30: Wantagh, NY

June 3-5: Smyrna, TN
June 25-26: Hill AFB, UT
June 18-19: Rockford, IL

July 23-24: Hillsboro, OR

August 6-7: Seattle, WA
August 13-15: Abbotsford, BC
August 20-21: Ypsilanti, MI

September 3-5: Toronto, ON
September 24-25: San Diego, CA

October 8-9: San Francisco, CA
October 22-23: Huntington Beach, CA

Red Bull Air Racer Mike Mangold Killed In Plane Crash

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Mike Mangold
Photo: mikemangold.us

Mike Mangold is dead after he was involved in an L-39 Albatros crash Sunday afternoon. Witnesses to the crash say that the aircraft was attempting to takeoff from Apple Valley Airport in Apple Valley, CA when it encountered an issue and crashed.

Apple Valley Fire and Police Department spokesman Jason Nailon said that as “the jet was taxiing down the runway, someone spotted flames coming out of the engine.”

A second person onboard at the time of the crash was also killed, but authorities have not released their name.

Mangold was famous for his airshow flying and for his time as a Red Bull Air Race pilot. During his flying career, which spanned 38 years, Mangold flew for the USAF as well as commercially and as an airshow pilot. He won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in 2004, 2005 and 2007, and took home gold, silver, and bronze medals at the US National Aerobatic Championships.

He is survived by his wife and two children. AirshowStuff sends our sincere condolences to Mike’s family and friends. Godspeed.

[Updated] Breitling Jet Team 2015 North American Tour Schedule Released

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Breitling Jet Team

The Breitling Jet Team from Europe will be making a North American tour in 2015! They will be preforming for almost the entire season and covering both coasts with plenty of stops in between.

Update: As of June 2nd, the schedule on the Breitling site and the Cleveland airshow website no longer lists Cleveland as a show site.

April 20-26 Sun-n-Fun, Lakeland, FL

May 2 Manassas, VA
May 23-24 Jones Beach, NY
May 30-31 North Kingstown, RI

June 13-14 Ocean City, MD
June 20-21 Dayton, OH

July 22-24 Oshkosh, WI
July 25-26 Milwaukee, WI

August 1-2 Seattle, WA
August 8-9 Abbotsford, Canada
August 15-16 Chicago, IL

September 2 Atlantic City, NJ
September 5-7 Toronto, ON
September 6-7 Cleveland, OH
September 12-13 Alliance Ft. Worth, TX
September 16-20 Reno, NV
September 26-27 Ventura, CA

October 3-4 MCAS Miramar, CA
October 17-18 Houston, TX