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!!!!
What a way to honor our Vietnam Veterans at the Central Texas Airshow, than with the mind blowing aerial demonstration of the MIG 17F piloted by Randy Ball. This cold war jet fighter flew predominately in Vietnam. It is one of the first production fighters to use an afterburner, which powers this MIG to a top speed of 715 mph and climbs to 30,000 feet in approximately three minutes. This weekend you will experience the earth shaking power of the afterburner as Randy put this aircraft through its paces.
Before and after Randy’s powerful demonstration the MIG will be on display for hands on interaction and the opportunity to meet Randy face to face. Randy’s passion for flying becomes evident when you meet him. Soloing his first airplane at 18 years of age, Randy has pursued his dream of flying into a career as an airline captain, but leaves the weekends to wow the crowds with his 500 knot passes. You may want to bring ear plugs because loud doesn’t describe the inferno of vertical afterburning climbs you will witness in Central Texas the first weekend in May.
Matt has one of the most unique solo aerobatics acts flying today. He will amaze spectators with dramatic maneuvers his Twin Beech 18 was never designed for, but which Matt executes with impressive precision and control. With its distinctive black-and-red paint scheme, the roar of its twin radial engines, and striking silhouette, the sight and sound of Matt’s Twin Beech is unforgettable.
And for the Friday evening night show, there is an extra treat, when Matt takes to the air to reveal that his Twin Beech is a riot of lighting: 17 spotlights and 13 strobes! Not only will you see his astonishing aerobatic maneuvers, but you will also see his aircraft lit up in the night sky like no airplane you have ever seen. It’s a show you will never forget, and look forward to seeing again. No one who sees this act forgets it! As Matt’s father Bobby always said,“ An air show act has to be unique & original to be great!” This one certainly is.
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.
Dan Buchanan performed in 2018 a spectacular night show. We lost Dan Buchanan to the heavenly skies last year lest then a month after his awesome performance, The Central Texas Airshow is dedicating our 2019 Night Show in his name....You will be missed my friend.
– On display she is silent and dark blue, a fierce Marine Corps 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 Nation's history.
Tom "Lark" Larkin with Mini Jet Airshows will wow the crowd with the spectacular SubSonex Mini Jet. “Tom, a Top Graduate veteran of 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.
When most people turn 50, they figure it’s time to relax and settle into neutral while coasting toward retirement. Not Jacquie B! When Jacquie turned 50, she launched her solo aerobatic career with her one-of-a-kind Pitts Special biplane. During the centennial celebration of powered flight in 2003, Jacquie finally quit the humdrum of a white collar profession and realized her dream as an air show performer, becoming the first female pilot to enter this business at the age of 50.
Her inspiration to young girls is BE FIT, BE STRONG, FLY LIKE A GIRL!