Unfortunately, due to the unprecedented destruction and need for immediate relief efforts from recent hurricanes in the U.S. and Caribbean, the USCG aircraft, KY ANG C-130, and Army Reserve H-60 Blackhawk will not be able to participate in the air show this weekend.
US Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team
The Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team at Shaw AFB, S.C., performs precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities by one of the Air Force's premier multi-role fighters, the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-seat, multi-mission fighter with the ability to switch from an air-to-ground to air-to-air role at the touch of a button. With its lightweight airframe and powerful General Electric engine generating 31,000 pounds of thrust, the F-16 can fly at speeds in excess of Mach 2. The F-16 Demo Team will be sure to stun the audience with their impressive aerial tricks over the Ohio River.
US Navy F-18 Hornet Demo Team
After electrifying crowds with the incredible sounds of the aircraft last year, the US Navy Tactical Demonstration or “TACDEMO” is returning to Owensboro. The demonstration is designed to highlight the mobility, versatility and power of the F/A-18 Hornet for the citizens who look to the Navy for the defense of freedom. The famed F/A-18 fighter jet has served our country for 30+ years as a combat strike fighter aircraft for the U.S. military and we are excited to have the team showcase the capabilities of Naval Aviation and its aircraft.
Flying as a team for more than 25 years across North America, the AeroShell Team brings the sounds of the famed AT-6 Texan “The Pilot Maker” back to Owensboro in 2017. Regarded as the best aerobatic warbird formation team in the country, Team Aeroshell showcases the advanced trainer aircraft that launched the careers of thousands of military pilots. The Aeroshell Team will demonstrate their skills at dusk for the Friday evening show at the Owensboro Daviess County Regional Airport and during the air show downtown on Saturday and Sunday.
The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation (AAHF) is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to sharing Veterans’ stories and demonstrating America’s military legacy in flight. The Sky Soldiers will use their UH-1 Huey and AH-1 Cobra helicopters both to demonstrate the capabilities of the aircraft for spectators at the show as well as for paid rides on the choppers at the Owensboro Daviess County Regional Airport throughout the weekend. Prices and times for the paid rides will be posted soon.
Black Daggers Parachute Team
Owensboro welcomes the Black Daggers Parachute Demonstration Team from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command unit back to Owensboro. The mission of the unit is to perform live aerial demonstrations in support of Army Special Operations community relations and recruiting. Comprised of servicemen and women from throughout Army Special Operations the Black Daggers have diverse backgrounds and are skilled in various military specialties including Special Forces, Rangers, civil affairs, psychological operations as well as signal and support. The team represents the professionalism and dedication of special operations forces and will showcase their skills in the skies over Owensboro.
Very few people in the aviation world are more recognized than Gene Soucy. Performing in air shows all over the world for more than 45 years, Gene has won more awards than any other active air show pilot. In addition to being on 2 US Aerobatic Championship teams, he has also won 3 US and 3 Canadian Aerobatic Championships in addition to numerous Showmanship, Lifetime Achievement, and awards of excellence.
Gene is no stranger to Owensboro. Gene flew in Owensboro numerous times back in the late 70’s with the Red Devil’s Aerobatic Team during some of Owensboro’s hydroplane race weekends and we are thrilled to have him back in 2017.
As his flying has progressed, Gene now performs in his "Showcat", a Grumman biplane originally used exclusively in the agricultural environment as a crop duster. Gene brings his decades of aerobatic thrills experience to Owensboro’s riverfront on Saturday and Sunday in addition to his “Fireflight” nighttime pyrotechnic show to the Owensboro Regional Airport on Friday night.
Dell is the quintessential “airport kid”. With a WW2 pilot as a grandfather and a tower controller and pilot as a Dad, Dell has aviation in his blood. Dell learned to fly early on, buying a Cessna with some friends at the age of 16, later becoming a crew chief on the C-130 Hercules with the Air National Guard.
In addition to time spent as a corporate pilot traveling the world and restoring numerous aircraft, Dell’s passion for flight has continued as he now enjoys a fulltime schedule building and restoring aerobatic aircraft at his shop in Boise, ID while performing at air shows throughout the country in addition to flying competition aerobatics.
Don’t miss Dell as he brings the Jack Links Extra to the skies over the Ohio River.