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F-22, The Raptor
The Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team at Langley Air Force Base performs precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the world’s only operational fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The team also teams up with Air Force Heritage flight exhibiting the professional qualities the Air Force develops in the people who fly, maintain and support these aircraft.
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CF-18, Royal Canadian Air Force
The CF-18 Demonstration Team will return to the North American 2016 air show season with Captain Ryan Kean and his specially painted CF-18 Hornet commemorating the 75th anniversary of the pan-Canadian effort to train aircrew for the Second World, including pilots, wireless operators, air gunners, and navigators through the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.
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F-18, The Super Hornet
Air shows are the best place to see a F-18 Super Hornet in action. The Tactical Demonstration, or “Tac Demo” team flies as close to the “edge of the envelope” as safety and prudence allow. The routine highlights the maneuverability and slow-speed handling characteristics and has been very well received around the country.
The Heritage Flight pairs a U.S. Air Force aircraft with a historic warbird. At Wings Over Wine Country 2016, the U.S.A.F. F-22 Raptor that flies the flight demo will be joined by an historic aircraft and make several passes. This simultaneous look at past and present is a tribute to our nation’s airpower history, our veterans, and all the women and men currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.
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U.S.A.F. Wings of Blue Skydivers
The Wings of Blue is the parachuting unit at the United States Air Force Academy, near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Over the last several decades, the Wings of Blue has been one of the most outstanding parachute units in the United States. Since 1967, cadets have dominated national intercollegiate parachuting, winning 21 national championships. They have shown off their skills at the BCS National Championship, Orange Bowl, Copper Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Pro Bowl and at most Air Force Falcons football games. The team travels locally, nationally, and internationally to perform in air shows and competitions. Only 20 civilian air show appearances are approved each year, so Wings Over Wine Country is very fortunate to have them at our show this year.
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T-33, Acemaker Airshows—Greg Colyer
After flying with his friend Kay Eckhart, in one of Kay’s Lockheed T-33s in 2007, Greg set his sights on an upgrade to the U.S. Air Force’s first operational jet and a real piece of U.S. aviation history. Acquiring a T-33 and naming it Ace Maker in 2008. Then founding the nonprofit (501c-3) T-33 Heritage Foundation to help in the preservation of the type. He holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with instrument, single and multi engine ratings as well as being a Certified Flight Instructor. Type rated in Aero Vodochody’s L-29 Delfin, L-39 Albatros and the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. A level I Aerobatic low level card and FAST lead formation card round out his qualifications.
Vicky Benzing is an accomplished pilot, skydiver, Reno racer, and prize-winning aerobatic competitor. She’ll be flying her 1940 Boeing Stearman, originally a trainer, then a crop duster, and now an aerobatic machine with a great big radial engine. Vicky will show you how very aerobatic this classic can be.
While most aerobatic performers have one basic program, Kent executes three storied acts that leave spectators mesmerized. These include a dead-stick (turning the engine off) routine from 6,000 feet and a rooftop landing on a moving RV! However, Kent is best known for a comedy act that features a detached aileron (wing flap) and a mesmerizing wingtip-scraping pass down the runway that you must see to believe. When Kent is at the controls of his plane, it is impossible not to watch him perform. Kent loves to fly, but the audience is always his number-one priority. “If you can’t entertain, you have no business being out there,” he said. “The gratification is in knowing that people are enjoying themselves.” Kent’s humble nature and willingness to interact with fans make him a crowd favorite wherever he performs.
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The Red Stars are a group of pilots who fly the Cold War era Chinese CJ-6 trainer. They are the one of the only civilian groups approved for flying in close formation and wow, do they ever fly close! You’ll appreciate their precision as they fly wingtip-to-wingtip in their carefully choreographed routine.
Scott Slade, Announcer
Scott has been with WSB Radio in Atlanta, GA since 1984 as a producer, show host, and helicopter traffic reporter. His background includes a career in all facets of media since 1970. He was won numerous news, programming and advertising awards. He is an Atlanta native.
He took over host duties for Atlanta’s Morning News in January, 1991, with snow on the ground in Atlanta and war breaking out in the Persian Gulf. The show has grown in audience ever since and at times has been the number-one rated news-talk program in the nation. Wings Over Wine Country is thrilled to have Scott joining us in 2016.
Air Boss Donna Flynn
Donna has completed over 315 show and media days at over 35 sites in Canada and the United States. She has worked with all the North American jet and skydiving teams. Some of her show sites include the Catalina Air Show, San Francisco’s Fleet Week, Saskatoon’s famous Veteran event, The Canada Remembers Air Show, Niagara Falls, ON, Fort St. John, BC, Peace River, AB, Vandenburg AFB, CA and Klamath Falls, OR.
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