Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team
The Blue Angels flight demonstration team is more than just a group of individuals; brought together to represent the United States Navy and Marine Corps. This team combines the best and brightest, at the top of their craft. Their camaraderie and chemistry assure the team mission is more than just a job – it’s a passion! For the first time in almost 30 years, the Blues will be returning to Kentucky to showcase their skills over the river in downtown Owensboro.
Their aerobatic demonstration will be kicked-off by the world-famous Fat Albert demo showcasing the skills of the USMC crew in the C-130 that supports to the Blue Angels team throughout their season. Then the skies will roar as the Blues fly six F/A-18 aircraft, split into the Diamond Formation and the Lead and Opposing Solos showcase the capabilities of the famed Hornet aircraft and the incredible skills of the pilots who fly them.
The SkyHawks, the Canadian Armed Forces only military parachute demonstration team, is coming to Owensboro. The team is making only 3 appearances in the United States and we are thrilled that they selected Owensboro. For more than 40 years, they have represented the Canadian Armed Forces to over 75 million spectators worldwide.
Supported by the Canadian Army, the SkyHawks members come from the Canadian Army, Navy, and Air Force. Showcasing their signature Canadian maple leaf logo parachutes in close proximity, the team builds incredible formations in the sky, creating a spectacular show.
Scooter Yoak and Jim Tobul bring their vintage warbirds to Kentucky to showcase two iconic legends of military aviation. Both aircraft were the pinnacle of military technology at the time, technology that helped win the war in the European and Pacific Theaters in World War Two, and went on to continue the defense of freedom in the Korean War.
Both the Corsair “Korean War Hero” flown by Jim Tobul and “Quick Silver” flown by Scooter Yoak were built in 1945. From this landmark year they present the “Class of ‘45”.
The Paradigm Aerobatic Team, the first powered paragliding aerobatic team to ever perform at the Owensboro Air Show, is a one-of-a-kind team composed of a small group of men who enjoy flying in the open air. The team was founded by Eric Farewall after his first visit to AirVenture in OshKosh. He was inspired to create a “three ring circus in the air” and he has done exactly that with formation flying, graceful rolls, and dramatic spins choreographed for the 6 gliders creating a truly breathtaking and unique demo. Don’t miss their nightshow at the Owensboro Regional Airport on Friday evening.
Bill is bringing his signature paint design Zivko Edge 540 back to the Owensboro riverfront. Bill began flying aerobatics when he was still a student pilot and has been dedicated to perfecting his skills ever since. For more than 20 years, Bill has performed at air shows all across the United States and has entertained millions air show fans in addition to flying in competitive aerobatics and years flying on the world famous Red Baron Stearman Squadron.
In addition to flying his signature solo aerobatic routine in his state-of-the-art Zivko Edge 540, Bill has joined forces with The 4ce in formation aerobatics that will leave you mesmerized.
The sky is NOT the limit… Rob Holland is proof. “How did he do that?!?! ” When you experience the thrill of watching Rob perform, that is exactly what you will be asking yourself. Millions of people have marveled over Rob’s non-stop, action packed airshow routine. Flying the MX2 Aerobatic Aircraft, Rob pushes the envelope of the most advanced aerobatic aircraft in the airshow industry today. Joining the line-up for his second appearance at the Owensboro Air Show flying both solo and as part of The 4ce, Rob brings an incredible list of achievements including 4-time World Freestyle Champion and 7-time US Unlimited Aerobatic Champion, and 8-time US Freestyle Champion.
Matt is recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot who thrills millions of airshow fans each year. He began flying aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the highest level of competition aerobatics – the Unlimited category. Recognized for his skills, he has competed as a member of the U.S. Unlimited Men’s Aerobatic Team. Matt is proudly sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and will make his first appearance in Owensboro flying alongside his friends Rob Holland and Bill Stein for an amazing 3-ship aerobatic spectacle.
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.
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 2018.
Now Gene 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.
The Sky Soldiers are coming back to Owensboro. Due to the great feedback from the 2017 air show and crowds of people wanting to experience flight on these iconic military helicopters, the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation (AAHF) is coming back in 2018. The all-volunteer organization is 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 in mid-summer, 2018.
Matt has become a legend in the air show industry and he is coming back to Owensboro. He brings with him one of the most unique aerobatic performance planes on the planet, his Beech 18 which he flies to the max. His latest and greatest achievement is perfecting the world’s only night aerobatic display in the Beech 18. Equipped with 17 spotlights and 13 strobes, the top of the airplane appears to glow in the dark while the bottom side twinkles violently. Combined with smoke, noise, choreography, and an incredible musical score, the Twin Beech Night Spectacular has become one of the most sought after nighttime acts in the country. You can see Matt fly on Friday night Sept. 14 at the Owensboro Regional Airport in addition to showcasing his unique airplane over the river throughout the weekend.
* All acts are subject to change at any time