Part of the 311th Marine Attack Squadron (VMF-311) out of Yuma, Arizona, the Tomcats have flown attack missions from forward positions in every major conflict since World War II.
Known for its unique Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing (V/STOL) capabilities, the Harrier II is an exciting and intimidating display of military power. Its ability to operate in small quarters make it extremely versatile as an attack and support aircraft, and it is sure to wow the Airshow with an unforgettable performance!
Pilot Aaron Taylor will bring the sights, the sounds and the thrill of this legendary AT-6 Texan to the Central Texas Airshow. He will provide a crowd pleasing display of the aerobatic capability of the T-6 and perform all of the aerobatic maneuvers that would have been required of an advanced air cadet in the US Army Air Force of the 1940’s. There will be lots of smoke ‘n noise with the solo aerobatic act called…Twisted Texan!!!!
TORA TORA TORA is a re-creation of the December 7th 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. It's accomplished through hundreds of dedicated volunteers -- most belonging to the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) working as ground crew, maintenance, pilots and pyrotechnic experts. The purpose is to create a dynamic history lesson about the event that propelled us into World War II .....and entertain.
World renowned comedy act like no other. Kyle Franklin, son of late airshow legend Jimmy Franklin, has been flying for 27 years, has been an airshow performer since the age of 17, and flying professionally for 15 years. Kyle’s passion for his career and lively hood can be a tangible experience to all those who witness his elaborately constructed performances.
Dan Buchanan flies some of the quieter aircraft on the air show circuit, with a smooth, silent tow-launched hang glider and also a quiet, agile motorized wing for remote performances that are not near airports. Dan was a custom-home builder with an avocational love of flying until 1981, when he became paraplegic due to consecutive sporting accidents. Despite his handicap, Dan returned to flying just a year later and since then, his tenacity and adventurous spirit has allowed him to accrue more than 2,400 hours of flight time in hang gliders.
– On display she is silent and dark blue, a fierce Marine core bulldog on each side and even after 74 years she is mammoth and menacing. But when her two Wright Cyclone 1700HP radial engines roar to life, the Devil Dog, a WWII B-25 Bomber is deafening and ready for action.
Like a burst of sunrays reaching out toward the earth, a brilliant yellow & orange custom-built aerobatic bi-plane maneuvers passionately overhead as an enthusiastic audience watches in expectation for this veteran performer's next move at the Central Texas Air Show. Classic twists and turns combined with climbs that die at their peak then seemingly fall uncontrollable are all part of the joy of aerobatic flight for Paul Fiala. The Great Lakes bi-plane he performs in is reminiscent of the old barnstorming days.
The RE/MAX Skydiving Team, famous for its exciting entrances into football stadiums, NASCAR races, festivals, and other events all across North America will wow the Central Texas Airshow crowd.
The Blastards are a unit of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), with headquarters in Midland, Texas.
The Blastards work with airshows throughout the United States in performing pyrotechnic displays to create a more realistic airshow. You will experience first hand the noise and excitment of simulated ground explosions and special effect pyrotechnics. These well-timed and highly choreographed demonstrations are preformed by dedicated team members who volunteer their time and efforts to help bring you bone rattling reenactments true to our nations history.
Tom "Lark" Larkin with Mini Jet Airshows will wow the crowd with the spectacular SubSonex Mini Jet. Tom, a Top Graduate in F-15 school with 22 missions in North Iraq in support of Operation Northern Watch will demonstrate maneuvers that he routinely used while instructing and flying fighters in the Air Force. The SuBSonex Mini Jet may only weigh in at 500 pounds, but this mighty powerful machine and can reach speeds up to 300 miles per hour.