Demonstration Teams and Pilots for 2017

(Additional demonstration teams will be added as confirmed)



Navy
F-18 Super
Hornet

Canadian
CF-18 Hornet

de Havilland
Vampire

Army
Black
Daggers

AD-1
Skyraider

T-33
Shooting
Star

T-28
Trojans

BT-13
Vultee

WWI
Dawn Patrol

WWI
JN-4
Jenny

Mizzou
Joint
Drill Team

 

U.S. Navy VFA-122 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet TACDEMO Team
Hosted by Miller’s Professional Imaging Foundation
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The USN Super Hornet TACDEMO is from NAS Lemoore, California. VFA-122, which is known as the “The Flying Eagles”, will perform a combination of high and low speed maneuvering, rapid rolls, performance climbs and descents that are sure to entertain the audiences. VFA-122 trained aircrews have flown combat missions in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Max takeoff weight: 66,000 lb. Max speed: 1,190 mph (Mach 1.8). 

 

Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Demo Team
Hosted by Miller’s Professional Imaging Foundation
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The 2017 Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Demonstration Team will return to Salute with their specially painted CF-18 Hornet flown by Captain Matthew Kutryk. This year’s Demonstration Hornet is painted to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the confederation of Canada, and will honor the history of the RCAF and Canadian Armed Forces as a part of Canada’s proud history. The main colors are Canada’s traditional colors, red and white.  Max takeoff weight: 51,550 lbs.  Max speed: 1,127 mph (Mach 1.8).

 

de Havilland D.H. 100 Vampire
Hosted by Columbia College
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WWII de Havilland Vampire Jet Areobatic Demo returns for 2017.  The de Havilland D.H. 100 was a single engine fighter aircraft by the British manufacturer de Havilland Aircraft Company. It became combat ready at the end of World War II. It was the first jet aircraft in British service to be powered by a single turbojet engine. First Flown in 1943 it was the 1st Single Engine Jet Fighter, 1st Jet Fighter to Land on an Aircraft Carrier and 1st Jet to Cross the Atlantic. This rare bird will perform aerobatic maneuvers with smoke piloted by Jerry Conley.     Max weight: 12,390lbs. Maximum speed: 548 mph.

 

U.S. Army Special Operations Parachute Team "Black Daggers"
Hosted by Robert Plaster Foundation- Gwen Vanderhoef Foundation
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The United States Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, nicknamed the "Black Daggers", comes to us from Fort Bragg, N.C. Their mission is to perform live aerial demonstrations in support of Army special operations community relations and recruiting. Composed of volunteers 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, and signal and support. With an average age of 33 and an average number of free-fall jumps at 560, the team represents the professionalism and dedication of Army special operations forces.

 

Douglas AD-1 Skyraider
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The Douglas AD-1 Skyraider is an American single-seat attack aircraft that saw service between the late 1940s and early 1980s. The Skyraider had a remarkably long and successful career; it became a piston-powered, propeller-driven anachronism in the jet age, and was nicknamed "Spad", after the French World War I fighter. It was too late for WWII but saw action in the Korean and Vietnam wars.  This AD-1 from Huntington IN is flown by John Shuttleworth. Wingspan: 50ft. Max weight: 25,000lbs. Max speed: 322mph. Power: 2,700hp.

 

U.S. Air Force T-33 Jet from "Ace Maker"
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The Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star (or T-Bird) returns to Salute in 2017.  The T-33 was produced by Lockheed and made its first flight in 1948. The T-33 was developed from the Lockheed P-80/F-80 then designated T-33A. It was used by the U.S. Navy initially as TO-2 then TV-2, and after 1962, T-33B. In 2013 Canadian-built examples are still in-service with the Bolivian Air Force. This T-33 is flown by Gregory "Wired" Colyer. Max weight: 15,100lbs. Max speed: 600mph. Power: 5,400 lbf.

 

T-28 Aerobatic Demonstration Team “Trojan Phlyers”
Hosted by Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Company
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Trojan Phlyers brings us two North American T28B Trojan aircraft to perform formation and solo aerobatics to salute our veterans and the men and women who continue to serve and protect. These aviation professionals are also dedicated to preserving the rich history of the North American Aviation Company’s T28 Trojan. Trojan Phlyers come to us from Mid-Way Regional (KJWY), just south of downtown Dallas and southeast of downtown Fort Worth, TX and are flown by Chip Lamb and John Sledge.  Max weight: 8,500lbs. Max speed: 343mph. Power: 1,425 hp.

 

WWII BT-13 Vultee “Valiant Echoes”   (1942)
Hosted by Marberry & Eagle CPA's and Kasmann Insurance Agency
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It is the only WWII BT-Vultee flying acrobatically! During the 22-minute demonstration you will be transported back to 1942 and experience an Aviation Cadet on his first basic training instruction flight, and then thrill to an elegant and graceful demonstration performed with smoke and a 1940’s musical background. The sound and sight of the BT-13 is like no other aircraft and Valiant Echoes is committed to keeping this very important part of our aviation heritage alive for future generations. Freedom is not free. We must carry on the memories of those that went before to inspire those that will follow. This BT-13 is flown by Michael Kennedy based in Lebanon TN. Michael flew 400 combat missions in Southeast Asia during three combat tours from 1968-1972 in the F-4 and was awarded more than 30 combat decorations. He flew other Air Force jets and his last fighter was the A-10 Warthog. Max weight: 4,496lbs. Max speed: 180mph. Power: 450hp.

 

The Dawn Patrol WWI Replicas
Hosted by Dr. Lowell Miller Kansas City, Mo
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The Famous WWI "Flying Circus" of the Kansas City Dawn Patrol returns for their 25th year.  They will be displaying a dozen planes in their menagerie, including one that was used in filming the Movie "Amelia". Some of these aircraft will fly at the beginning of the airshow (weather permitting).

 

1917 Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny"
Hosted by Mark and Brenda Pierce, and Mary McCleary
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Salute To Veterans is proud to host the "Jenny" for the third year.  This JN-4 Jenny is based in Bowling Green, KY and was built by filmmaker Dorian Walker who obtained the design specs for an original 1917 airplane.  It is operated by Friends of Jenny (FOJ), a non-profit organization formed to educate the public about the first mass-produced airplane.  Besides being used a as WWI flight trainer, the Jenny carried the first regularly-scheduled air mail.  In fact, this FOJ plane bears the same tail number (38262) as the plane that carried the first U.S. Mail from Washington, D.C. to New York on May 15, 1918.  FOJ consists of an all-volunteer group of aviators and aviation aficionados who work diligently to maintain and fly this unique aircraft to bring to life the educational significance of the Curtiss JN-4 Jenny biplane. Wingspan: 43.5 ft.  Loaded weight: 1,920 lb. Max speed: 75 mph.

 

Mizzou Joint Service Drill Team
Hosted by PRIMARIS, Rick Royer, President
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They are the ONLY Tri-Service Drill Team with Army, Navy and Air Force cadets and midshipmen as members. They will be performing their amazing and intricate routines both days of the Airshow during the Salute to the Nation Ceremony at Show Central!

 

 

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