Enjoy Nearly Six Hours Of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Action With This Mega-Compilation Video!

That’s right, our annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh mega-compilation video is up, and this year it is nearly six hours long! This video combines all of our ground footage from the show into one long masterpiece, sure to please any aviation fan. The videos are in roughly sequential order, so you start out with the chaos of mass aircraft arrivals on the Sunday before the show. As the week progresses you’ll see more arrivals, portions of the airshow, and then mass departures as everyone reluctantly bids Wittman Regional Airport farewell and heads home.

Airshow performances include the US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team, the USAF Heritage Flight, the US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet demonstration, the arrival of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, a Martin Mars water drop, the final Oshkosh appearance of USAF F-4 Phantom IIs, flybys from a USAF U-2 Dragon Lady, F-15 Eagle, and A-10 Warthogs, massive warbird formations and exciting flybys, the Tora! Tora! Tora! Pearl Harbor reenactment, the arrival and departure of a massive C-5M Super Galaxy, the Oshkosh seaplane base on Lake Winnebago, a maximum performance departure of the Cathay-Pacific 747-8 freighter “Hong Kong Trader”, and much more!

Find a comfortable chair and settle in to watch the video above! You can also view each video individually, as well as special on-board videos from the show, using our EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 video playlist. Enjoy!

Afterburner, Bare Metal, And Sunset – Watch These F-100 Super Sabre Twilight Flybys!

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F-100 Super Sabre

North American Aviation F-100 Super Sabre

Check out this rare and awesome video of one of the only flying examples left of an F-100 Super Sabre! This video was taken at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh back in 2015 and showcases the power and beauty of the F-100 with a stunning twilight backdrop. Be sure to pay particular attention to the afterburner as this powerful fighter-bomber of the 50’s and 60’s streaks by in pass after pass of polished metal glory. Pilot Dean “Cutter” Cutshall will put the F-100 through its paces, and you have a front-row seat to it all. And for a little bit of background on the F-100, read on about how this iconic aircraft cemented itself in aviation history.

History of the F-100 Super Sabre

In May of 1953, an unusual looking aircraft took to the skies for the first time. Sporting a gaping air intake where the nose would traditionally be located, along with a unique 45 degree swept-back wing design, the prototype F-100 Super Sabre took flight.

Building on the success of the F-86 Sabre jet, the North American Aviation F-100 Super Sabre was designed to be an air superiority fighter, and the first production fighter to be able to break the sound barrier while in level flight. The first of the so-called Century Series fighters, the Super Sabre carried four 20mm cannons on the bottom of the fuselage and a Pratt and Whitney J57 engine that propelled it to a maximum speed of about 850 mph. Later versions would receive an updated version of the J57 engine that would propel the “Hun”, as it was called, to a maximum speed of approximately 880 mph. With the exception of a handful of shows flown in the F-105 Thunderchief in 1964, the Super Sabre was the aircraft of choice for the USAF Thunderbirds from 1956 to 1969.

Though the Super Sabre was designed as an air superiority fighter, its ability as a tactical bomber became apparent, especially during the Vietnam war. Trading in the colorful and high-visibility silver lacquer paint schemes of the 1950’s, the Super Sabre began wearing the green and brown paint of the Southeast Asian conflict in its new role. The F-100D, the most produced variant of the Hun, became an adept ground attack aircraft platform and saved many friendly troops in direct action sorties by dropping a variety of ordnance from general purpose bombs, to rockets, to napalm. By the end of the Vietnam war, the F-100 had become the longest-serving fighter of any type, serving from 1961 to 1971. The Super Sabre was also the first aircraft to carry out the dangerous “Wild Weasel” surface-to-air missile suppression missions. Due to the heightened tensions of the Cold War, the F-100 could even pack a wallop with the capability of carrying five different types of tactical nuclear bombs.

With aircraft technology advancing rapidly in the 1950’s and 1960’s, the F-100 Super Sabres eventually became obsolete and were retired or transferred off to Air National Guard units. Some were even exported to other nations. The Hun was officially retired in 1979, but continued to serve proudly into the 1980’s as QF-100 drones. Despite being replaced by more technologically advanced aircraft in the 1970’s, you can see why the North American Aviation F-100 Super Sabre was one of the most powerful and capable fighter-bombers in history.

Once again, be sure to check out the video, turn up the volume, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the F-100 Super Sabre. You won’t be disappointed!

– Justin Miner

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Heavy Bombers Weekend 2016 – Janesville, WI

B-17 Flying Fortress - Heavy Bombers Weekend 2016

View the full photo gallery: Heavy Bombers Weekend 2016 – Janesville, WI – Ryan Sundheimer

The 2016 edition of Heavy Bombers Weekend was held at the Southwest Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville, WI. The fly-in is a popular stop for warbirds traveling to the EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh. Even on the opening day of the event, many different aircraft were on hand to take passengers for rides, including EAA’s B-17 Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast”, the Commemorative Air Force’s B-29 Superfortress “FIFI”, and the P-51 Mustang “Gunfighter”. Ground tours were included in the price of admission, giving all of the attendees a chance to touch and feel history. The event plans to shift back to its previous home in Madison, WI in 2017 and alternate between the two airports each year.

Check out our coverage of the 2015 Heavy Bombers Weekend as well!

US Navy Blue Angels To Headline EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 With Full Aerobatic Performances

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US Navy Blue Angels

The famous US Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team will headline EAA AirVenture for the first time this July. Although the show was previously listed on the preliminary 2017 schedule released last year, it was confirmed earlier this week when the updated 2017 Blue Angel schedule was announced.

The team has sent jets to AirVenture in the past, but it has never performed a full demonstration due to airspace limitations. In 2014, the show made special arrangements for a full-sized aerobatic box and hosted the US Air Force Thunderbirds. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds performed their full routine in 2016.

In order to establish the sterile aerobatic box, the crowd line is temporarily relocated further from the runway. Unfortunately this leaves numerous aircraft and structures in front of the crowd to block the view, and can create a dangerous stampede when the crowd is released to rush forward.

The event runs from Monday, July 24th through Sunday, July 30th at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI. The team is only scheduled to perform on the final Saturday and Sunday, but typically runs through a full routine as practice on the Thursday and Friday before a show. Any aerobatic practice would require the modified crowd line.

Mentors Over Manitowoc – Pre-Oshkosh Practice And Fun With The T-34 Association

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T-34 Mentor Air to Air - Manitowoc, WI

One of the most amazing sights and sounds of EAA AirVenture every year is the warbird segment of the airshow. On some days, over 100 airplanes fill the sky together in a tremendous display of historical air power. The majority of these aircraft are part of the mass formations that circle and cross overhead, providing a backdrop for the other aircraft below.

The formations are usually organized by aircraft type; the T-6 Texans, the T-28 Trojans, the T-34 Mentors, and the Red Stars formation of Yak-52s and CJ-6s (plus one misfit SF-260 that I have had the pleasure of riding in). These groups represent pilots from across the country who fly and train together throughout the year to put on shows like these. Each of the groups arranges a pre-AirVenture gathering at an airport near Oshkosh in the days leading up to the event as a chance to meet up and get some last minute practice flights in. This year, I had the privilege of joining the T-34 Mentor Association members in Manitowoc, WI for their annual pre-AirVenture meetup.

T-34 Mentor Air to Air - Manitowoc, WIT-34 Mentors - Manitowoc, WI

Manitowoc County Airport (KMTW) is east of Oshkosh, near the shore of Lake Michigan. It is an untowered field with good ramp space and most importantly, EAA Chapter 383. Members of the chapter play host during the gathering, and their hangar and office are the hang out spot for the pilots. This year at least 20 T-34s were in attendance, with two, three, and four-ship flights launching in several waves beginning Saturday morning.

I was invited to join one of these flights, a four-ship. We headed out over the lake to work through different formations and rejoins, while other groups did the same in different pre-determined areas. Everything was expertly organized and briefed by T-34 Association President Billy “Smitty” Smith. Flights like this are required for each pilot to earn and maintain their “FAST card”, a certification of their ability to fly formation. Without this, they are not allowed to fly formation in waivered airspace, such as during the AirVenture airshows.

T-34 Mentor Air to Air - Manitowoc, WIT-34 Mentor Air to Air - Manitowoc, WI

After several rounds of these smaller group flights, the group starts putting together the large mass formation. This usually begins to come together on Sunday afternoon, but unfortunately this year the weather was less than cooperative and it was delayed. I had to leave for Oshkosh without seeing the mass flight practice.

I’d see the group soon enough though, as they arrived during the airshow in typical dramatic fashion. If you’ve never witnessed it, it is quite shocking to see. All of the formation groups come in from different directions and at different altitudes, all pointed at show center. Last year they nailed the timing, resulting in a thrilling triple cross directly overhead. From the cross, each group begins a carefully calculated orbit to continue passing over and in front of the crowd while avoiding the dozens of other airplanes sharing the sky.

T-34 Mentors Air to Air - Manitowoc, WIT-34 Mentor Air to Air - Manitowoc, WI

The chaos is incredible to witness, and most on the ground have no idea of how much work, practice, and planning is behind the spectacle. Luckily, these pilots are willing to put in the hours necessary to give us all a safe and entertaining show!

Check out the rest of my photos in our photo gallery – T-34 Mentor Gathering 2016 – Manitowoc, WI

T-34 Mentors - Manitowoc, WIT-34 Mentors - Manitowoc, WI

Thank you to Billy Smith, Stephen Bohlig, Adam Silverstein, Malte Lorenz, Tim Kolp, the rest of the T-34 pilots, and EAA Chapter 383 for allowing me to join in the fun!

– Ryan Sundheimer

Video Highlight: Canadian Snowbirds Arrive At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016

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Canadian Forces Snowbirds - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016

The headlining act of this year’s EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, WI was undoubtedly the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. It was the team’s first appearance there in 33 years, and only the second jet team performance with the full aerobatic box. The team put on several spectacular shows, and even called their Saturday performance the best of the season so far. Check back as we continue to edit photos for some amazing shots!

Unfortunately we are not able to post video of their routine due to the music, but we did catch their 9-ship formation arrival flybys earlier in the week. Check out their arrival below, and then watch their full high show routine from earlier this year.

Martin Mars Stars In AirVenture Lineup, Recovers From Damage

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Martin Mars - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016

The famous Martin Mars water bomber was one of the main attractions at EAA AirVenture this year, but it did not survive the show unscathed. The aircraft, which performed in the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday airshows, suffered a bird strike to one of its four engines on Friday. In the ensuing landing on Lake Winnebago, it hit a rock that tore a basketball-sized hole in the flying boat’s hull. The damage forced the plane to miss its planned Saturday airshow appearance, but after extensive pumping and some repair work, it was able to fly home and did so on Tuesday, August 2nd.

Martin Mars - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
Pumping underway to keep the Martin Mars afloat

The “Hawaii Mars II”, the aircraft showcased at AirVenture, is the lone flying example remaining of the type. Only seven aircraft were built in the 1930’s and 1940’s, with with most destroyed or scrapped long ago. She is owned by Coulson Flying Tankers in British Columbia, and has been used to fight wild fires in the region. A second intact Mars, named “Phillipine Mars”, is also owned by Coulson but does not currently fly. Phillipine Mars is painted in the colors she wore during her service in the US Navy as a long range patrol aircraft. There was previously a deal in place to send her to the National Museum of Naval Aviation, but it fell through and Coulson Flying Tankers is currently seeking a buyer for both aircraft as they are no longer being tasked with firefighting duties.

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You can check out the stunning performance of the Martin Mars during AirVenture in our video:

Mighty F-4 Phantoms To Roar Into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016

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USAF F-4 Phantom II - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Prepare to feel the roar of the Phantom at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016!

AirshowStuff has learned that plans have been finalized for not one but two mighty F-4 Phantoms to appear at the 2016 EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The plan is for both aircraft to fly in from Holloman AFB in New Mexico as a two ship formation. They will arrive Monday and depart on Thursday, with hopefully some flybys each time. Of course plans can always change, so stay tuned to AirshowStuff for any further updates we get.

As we reported in May, this is likely the final year for the F-4 in USAF service. At that time 21 of the QF-4 drone aircraft remained but some have certainly been shot down since. The program will likely come to an end before the calendar hits 2017.

Luckily, there are still a few airshows left where you will hopefully be able to see one of this legendary jets for yourself. Watch our interview with the QF-4 detachment commander and likely final USAF F-4 pilot, “Elvis” King, below to hear more.

EAA Webinar Reveals Exciting Details About AirVenture Oshkosh 2016

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

The Experimental Aircraft Association hosted a webinar last night to give some updates on plans for this years EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which is rapidly approaching. Updated daily airshow schedules were released along with some extra details that should excite the many fans who will attend.

Interesting tidbits mentioned during the presentation:

  • The Martin Mars will be performing water drops as part of the show, dropping 7,200 gallons of water to show off its firefighting capabilities.
  • A grass runway will be set up for WWI aircraft, which are being highlighted this year, roughly near the ultralight strip.
  • A US Air Force U-2 spy plane will perform a flyover on Friday.
  • Pearl Harbor reenactment group Tora! Tora! Tora! will perform in the evening show on Wednesday, and a special “Final Countdown” pass will see US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornets fly with the Tora Zeros.
  • The B-29 Superfortress “Fifi” will be in attendance, and hopes are high that the B-29 “Doc” will be able to complete flight testing in time to appear as well.
  • A rare North American P-64 will attend and will fly during the show. Other cool aircraft appearing include an A-20 Havoc, Super Guppy, TWA MD-83, Boeing YL-15, and Airbus eFan.
  • Pilot and actor Harrison Ford will be on hand to introduce a showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Friday night.
  • The Canadian Snowbirds will perform Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They will require a special crowd line similar to when the Thunderbirds appeared in 2014. This will also allow fully aerobatic F-16 demonstrations on those days, and likely the same for the Super Hornet demonstration on Friday and Sunday. The box and show center are shown in the image below, followed by the daily airshow lineups

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 - Canadian Snowbird Show Box

Monday

National Anthem/Flag Jump
Paul Poberezny Tribute/P-64
Canadian Harvards
Matt Chapman
Warbird Arrivals
Bill Stein
Vintage review
Kent Pietsch
Seaplane Showcase
Martin Mars
GoPro Bomb squad
Jerry Kerby
Gene Soucy
David Martin
Paul McCowan
Kevin Coleman
Class of ’45
Greg Shelton and Ashley Key
Kyle Franklin
Rob Holland
International Aerobatic Club
Aeroshell Aerobatic Team
Aeroshell Aerobatic Team - EAA AirVenture OshkoshJeff Boerboon - Screamn Sasquatch - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Tuesday

National Anthem/Flag Jump
Warbirds of America
Sean D. Tucker
Electric Aircraft
GoPro Bomb Squad
Debby Rihn-Harvey
Homebuilt Review
Greg Shelton and Ashley Key
Jeff Boerboon
Matt Younkin
Skip Stewart
Greg Koontz
Bob Carlton
Manfred Radius
USAF Heritage Flight (F-16/P-51)

Wednesday (Day Show)

National Anthem/Flag Jump
Warbirds of America
Vintage Review
Kent Pietsch
Vicky Benzing
Patty Wagstaff
Gene Soucy and Teresa Stokes
Snowbirds Arrival
Canadian Harvards
Kent Pietsch
Martin Mars
Kirby Chambliss
Geico Skytypers
Jim Pietz
GoPro Bomb Squad
Michael Goulian
Kent Pietsch
Texas Flying Legends
USAF Heritage Flight (F-16/P-51)
Kirby Chambliss - EAA AirVenture OshkoshTexas Flying Legends - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Wednesday (Evening Show)

“The Pearl” Interstate Cadet
Tora! Tora! Tora!
P-64
Final Countdown Pass
Paradigm Parabatic Team
Aeroshell Aerobatic Team
Randy Ball – MiG-17
Redline Airshows
GoPro Bomb Squad
Bob Carlton
Matt Younkin
Gene Soucy
Fireworks
Wall of Fire

Thursday

Two Millionth Young Eagle
National Anthem/Flag Jump
Warbirds of America (Jet Day)
Centennial of USCG Aviation
Sean D. Tucker
Sammy Mason
Jim Pietz
Bill Stein
Van’s RVs
Jerry Kirby
West Coast Ravens
Redline Airshows
International Aerobatic Club
Rob Holland
Kirby Chambliss
Geico Skytypers
Skip Stewart
Texas Flying Legends
F/A-18F Super Hornet
Skip Stewart - EAA AirVenture OshkoshMatt Younkin - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Friday

National Anthem/Flag Jump
Warbirds of America
Matt Chapman
Aeroshell Aerobatic Team
Jeff Boerboon
Kirby Chambliss
David Martin
Philipp Steinbach
Martin Mars
Michael Goulian
F/A-18F Super Hornet
F-16 Fighting Falcon
USAF Heritage Flight (F-16/P-51)
Canadian Snowbirds

Saturday (Day)

National Anthem/Flag Jump
Warbirds of America
Geico Skytypers
Vicky Benzing
Michael Goulian
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Jim Pietz
Kyle Franklin
Sean D. Tucker
F-16 Fighting Falcon
USAF Heritage Flight (F-16/P-51)
Canadian Snowbirds
Canadian Forces SnowbirdsB-29 Superfortress "Fifi" - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Saturday (Evening)

F/A-18F Super Hornet
Martin Mars
Paradigm Parabatic Team
Team Aerostar
Aeroshell Aerobatic Team
US Customs and Border Patrol
Manfred Radius
Bob Carlton
Redline Airshows
Patriot Parachute Team
Steve Oliver
Gene Soucy
Fireworks
Wall of Fire

Sunday

National Anthem/Flag Jump
Departures
Debbie Rihn-Harvey
US Customers and Border PAtrol
Greg Shelton and Ashley Key
Matt Chapman
F/A-18F Super Hornet
Redline Airshows
Sammy Mason
Jeff Boerboon
Bill Stein
Team Aerostar
Patty Wagstaff
Scott Yoak
Patriot Parachute Team
F-16 Fighting Falcon
USAF Heritage Flight (F-16/P-51)
Canadian Snowbirds

Hat tip to Nathan Truninger for providing us the info.

2016 EAA AirVenture Daily Airshow Schedules Announced

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Warbirds at EAA Airventure 2015

AirVenture is nearly here again, and another interesting show is planned once more! The annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh gathering will be commemorating the coming 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, and hosting the Canadian Forces Snowbirds among other exciting events. Today the EAA released the anticipated schedule for the week’s aerial performances with some very interesting participants.

Notable highlights include:

  • Monday’s Seaplane Base Showcase will feature the Coulson Flying Tankers’ visiting Martin Mars water bomber while that evening will see a few World War I aircraft flying.
  • Tuesday will feature further aerobatic performances and conclude with the USAF Heritage Flight featuring a Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon and Vlado Lenoch’s North American P-51D Mustang “Baby Duck.”
  • Wednesday afternoon the CAF Snowbirds will arrive, making their AirVenture debut, and that evening’s show will be dedicated to the Pearl Harbor commemoration featuring “The Pearl” Interstate Cadet, Tora! Tora! Tora!, and a mysterious “Final Countdown Pass”.
  • Thursday, the show will feature a presentation honoring the US Coast Guard’s aviation centennial early on and the US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet demo at the end.
  • Friday will open with a USAF Lockheed U-2 flyover, a special demo by the Martin Mars, and finishing with the USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon demo/heritage flight and the first Snowbirds performance.
  • Saturday will be dedicated to the Boeing Company centennial featuring a Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-8F, as well as the repeat of the Viper and Snowbirds demos. Saturday evening will begin with the Super Hornet demo followed by another Martin Mars performance.
  • Sunday will feature a US Customs and Border Patrol Demo, the Super Hornet, Viper, and Snowbirds.
  • USAF Heritage Flight - F-16 Fighting Falcon and P-51 MustangUS Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet Demonstration - Vapor Cone

    The complete schedule is as follows:

    Monday, July 25, 2016 – Opening Day

    Day: National Anthem/Paul McCowen, Paul Poberezny Tribute, Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team, Matt Chapman (Extra 330LX), Warbird Arrival (Warbirds of America), Bill Stein (Edge 540), Vintage Review, Kent Pietsch (Interstate Cadet), Seaplane Base Showcase followed by Coulson Flying Tankers (Martin Mars), Jerry Kerby (RV-8A), Gene Soucy (Grumman Showcat), David Martin (Bucker Jungmeister), Hartzell Jump/Paul McCowan, Kevin Coleman (Extra 300SC), Luca Bertossio (Swift S-1 Glider), Class of ’45 – Jim Tobul & Scott Yoak (Corsair and P-51 Mustang), Greg Shelton and Ashley Key (450 Super Stearman), Kyle Franklin (Dracula Demon-1), IAC “Grassroots to Top of the World” – The Shetterlys and Rob Holland (Two RV-8s and Edge 540), Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans), GoPro Bomb Squad

    Evening: World War I aircraft flying and giant scale RC airplanes (across from Vintage airplane parking at south end of flightline)

    Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Innovations Day

    Day: National Anthem/Paul McCowen, Warbirds of America Showcase, Sean D. Tucker (Oracle Challenger III), Various Electric Airplanes, GoPro Bomb Squad, Debby Rihn Harvey, Homebuilts Review, Greg Shelton & Ashley Key (450 Super Stearman), Jeff Boerboon (John Klatt Airshows – Screamin’ Sasquatch), Bill Barber Award Winners: Matt Younkin (Twin Beech 18), Skip Stewart (Pitts S2S Biplane, Prometheus), Greg Koontz (Xtreme Decathlon), Bob Carlton (Sub Sonex JSX-2) and the 2016 Bill Barber Award Winner, USAF Heritage Flight (F-16 and Vlado Lenoch P-51 Mustang)

    Evening: Valdez STOL Demonstration (Ultralight area)

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary, WomenVenture

    Morning: World War I aircraft flying and giant scale RC airplanes (across from Vintage airplane parking at south end of flightline)

    Day: National Anthem/Paul McCowen, Warbirds of America Showcase, Interstate Cadet 75th Anniversary Celebration, Kent Pietsch (Interstate Cadet), Vicky Benzing (Stearman), Patty Wagstaff (Extra 300LX), Gene Soucy and Teresa Stokes (Grumman Showcat), Canadian Snowbirds Arrival, Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team, Coulson Flying Tankers (Martin Mars), Kirby Chambliss (Edge 540), Geico Skytypers, Jim Peitz (Beechcraft Bonanza), Mike Goulian (Extra 330SC), Texas Flying Legends, USAF Heritage Flight (F-16 and Vlado Lenoch P-51 Mustang), GoPro Bomb Squad

    Evening: The Pearl Interstate Cadet, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Final Countdown Pass, ParaMotors (Powered Paragliders), Luca Bertossio (Swift S-1 Glider), Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans), Randy Ball (Mig 17), Team Redline, GoPro Bomb Squad, Bob Carlton (Sub Sonex JSX-2), Matt Younkin (Twin Beech 18), Gene Soucy (Firecat), Fireworks and Wall of Fire sponsored by Cirrus Aircraft

    Thursday, July 28, 2016 – U.S. Coast Guard 100th Anniversary, Young Eagles Day, RV-6 30th Anniversary

    Morning: Valdez STOL Demonstration (Ultralight area)

    Day: 2 millionth Young Eagle, National Anthem, Warbirds of America Showcase, USCG Aviation 100th Anniversary Celebration, Sean D. Tucker (Oracle Challenger III), Sammy Mason (Pitts S-1S), Jim Peitz (Beechcraft Bonanza), Bill Stein (Edge 540), Van’s RV 30th 30th Anniversary Celebration, Jerry Kerby (RV-8A), West Coast Ravens (Various RVs), Team Redline, IAC “Grassroots to Top of the World” – The Shetterlys and Rob Holland (Two RV-8s and Edge 540), Kirby Chambliss (Edge 540), Geico Skytypers, Skip Stewart (TinStix), Texas Flying Legends, United States Navy Super Hornet Demo Team

    Evening: World War I aircraft flying and giant scale RC airplanes (across from Vintage airplane parking at south end of flightline)

    Friday July 29, 2016 –Salute to Veterans Day, Desert Storm 25th Anniversary

    Day: National Anthem/U-2 Flyover, Warbirds of America Showcase, Matt Chapman (Extra 330LX), Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans), Jeff Boerboon (John Klatt Airshows – Screamin’ Sasquatch), Kirby Chambliss (Edge 540), David Martin (Bucker Jungmeister), Philipp Steinbach (GameBird 1), Coulson Flying Tankers (Martin Mars), Kyle Franklin (Dracula Demon-1), Mike Goulian (Extra 330SC), United States Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team, USAF Heritage Flight (F-16 and Vlado Lenoch P-51 Mustang), Canadian Snowbirds

    Evening: Valdez STOL Demonstration (Ultralight area)

    Saturday July 30, 2016 – Boeing Aircraft’s 100th Anniversary, Salute to World War I Aviation

    Morning: World War I aircraft flying and giant scale RC airplanes (across from Vintage airplane parking at south end of flightline)

    Day: National Anthem/Warbirds of America Showcase, Geico Skytypers, Vicky Benzing (Stearman), Mike Goulian (Extra 330SC), Tora! Tora! Tora!, Jim Peitz (Beechcraft Bonanza), Luca Bertossio (Swift S-1 Glider), Sean D. Tucker (Oracle Challenger III), Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-8F, United States Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team, USAF Heritage Flight (F-16 and Vlado Lenoch P-51 Mustang), Canadian Snowbirds

    Evening: United States Navy Super Hornet Demo Team, Coulson Flying Tankers (Martin Mars), ParaMotors (Powered Paragliders), Team Aerostar, Luca Bertossio (Swift S-1 Glider), Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans), U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Bob Carlton (Sub Sonex JSX-2), Team Redline, Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Steve Oliver (FireDancer), Gene Soucy (Firecat), Fireworks and Wall of Fire

    Sunday July 31, 2016 – Fox Valley Day/Closing Day

    National Anthem/Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Departure Show (Various Aircraft), Debby Rihn-Harvey (Cap 232), US Customs and Border Patrol Demo, Greg Shelton and Ashley Key (450 Super Stearman), Matt Chapman (Extra 330LX), United States Navy Super Hornet Demo Team, Team Redline, Sammy Mason (Pitts S-1S), Jeff Boerboon (John Klatt Airshows – Screamin’ Sasquatch), Luca Bertossio (Swift S-1 Glider), Bill Stein (Edge 540), Team Aerostar, Patty Wagstaff (Extra 300LX), Scott Yoak Bob Hoover Tribute (P-51 Qucksilver), Patriot Parachute Demo Team, United States Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team, USAF Heritage Flight (F-16 and Vlado Lenoch P-51 Mustang), Canadian Snowbirds.

    Getting excited? Quench your AirVenture craving with our videos from last year’s show:

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