U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the "Blue Angels" & "Fat Albert"
The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach.
The Blue Angels have flown over 10 different aircraft in the team's 65 year history. Originally, the team flew four aircraft in the signature "Diamond" formation and expanded to six aircraft to showcase both the diamond and solos high performance capability as well as the precision formation flying taught to all Naval Aviators.
Today, the squadron flies the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet and the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules. When the squadron receives a F/A-18 Hornet from the fleet, which are at the end of their carrier arrestment functionality, we make a variety of modifications, including removing the nose cannon to install a smoke-fluid system, inverting a fuel pump, installing a stop watch and adjustable constant-tension stick spring, as well as the world-wide recognizable paint scheme.
Bill Cornick started flying in the U.S. Air Force in 1953. After serving ten years in the military, he returned to civilian flying as a charter pilot, a flight instructor and a corporate pilot. Bill joined United Airlines as a flight instructor in 1965. He has logged over 26,000 hours in the air and, until reaching his 60th birthday, Bill was a Captain on Boeing 757's and 767's. A veteran air show performer, Bill has thrilled crowds throughout the Western United States for over twenty five years. He is well known in the aerobatic world both as an outstanding air show performer and as a top Unlimited competition pilot.
A native Californian, Gregory "Wired" Colyer took his first flight at age 7 in a Cessna 172 with Dr. Lee Schaller out of the Schellville airport in Sonoma, California. Hooked ever since, Greg has been flying for almost 3 decades after earning his license in 1982 while serving in the US Army from 1982-1987.
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.
John Collver has an aviation career spanning more than three decades and over 14,000 hours of flight time in over 50 types of aircraft. His career includes time in the Goodyear Blimp, flying for television, as well as teaching and competing in the aerobatic arena. In addition, John formally flew for the Northrop/Grumman corporation Supporting the U.S. Military for over a decade
War Dog was built in Texas in 1944. First stationed at MCAS El Toro, then six months later transferred to Miramar Air Station. Several years and numerous duty stations later, she was retired from the US Armed Forces. Her next duty assignment was with the Japanese Self-defense Force until 1974.
US Navy Leapfrogs
The United States Navy Parachute Team, commonly known as the Leap Frogs, is the parachute demonstration team of the United States Navy. It consists of an all-volunteer team of active-duty personnel drawn from Naval Special Warfare (NSW), including Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) and support personnel. The team is sanctioned by the Department of Defense and recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The primary mission of the Navy Parachute Team is to demonstrate professional Navy excellence by performing precision aerial maneuvers throughout the United States in support of Navy public outreach. Its secondary mission is to support Naval Special Warfare air operations training.
A familiar name at events such as the X Games, Red Bull X Fighters, Rockstar Mayhem Tour, Dew Tour and many more, Metal Mulisha boasts an A TEAM roster of well-known athletesToday, Metal Mulisha continues to fuel the rise of freestyle motocross and is dedicated to improving guidelines for the sport.
Featuring Andrew "Limey" Webb, Mark "Weed" Weidhaas, Darrell "Condor" Gary, Duke"MADDAWG" Molter and Mark "Flex" McKinnon the Red Eagles. The Red Eagles fly the Yak-52 in a one of a kind formation act. These distinctive aircraft add a unique flavor to the performer lineup at NAF El Centro's air show.
Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Shows
One of the most riveting events at an air show is the moment Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car takes on a plane in a race to the finish line. Who is fastest by land or air? Accelerating from zero to almost 400mph in just nine seconds, Smoke-N-Thunder, driven by Bill Braack is the fastest jet car in the air show industry.
Spencer began his flying career while in college in the late 1980's and quickly advanced from private pilot to commercial pilot with an instrument rating. In 2002 he became a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and now holds an FAA unrestricted Statement of Aerobatic Competency (SAC) card allowing him to perform solo and formation aerobatics down to surface level.
Spencer Suderman became the Inverted Flat Spin Guinness World Record holder on March 13, 2014 after completing 81 full rotations from a starting altitude of 23,000' with a clean recovery to straight and level flight at 950' above the California desert!
Spencer's air show performance uniquely showcases the capabilities of the Pitts Biplane with Intense gyroscopic maneuvers like the Double Hammerhead and the Inverted Flat Spin with its signature corkscrew smoke trail as the plane drops towards the ground at over 6000' feet per minute spinning like a frisbee!
VFA-106 Tactical Demonstration
The US Navy's Tactical Demonstration Teams are made up of actual Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) instructors flying the same jets used to train new students. The primary mission of an FRS is to train newly designated aviators as well as transition aircrew into the F/A-18 F Hornet and Super Hornet. The Tactical Demonstration or "TAC Demo" is designed to highlight the mobility, versatility and power of the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet for citizens who look to the Navy for the defense of freedom.
Wall of Fire
This amazing mastery of pyrotechnic wonder is presented by EODMU11 Detachment Fallon, stationed at NAS Fallon. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) conducts counter - IED operations, renders safe explosive hazards and disarms underwater explosives such as mines. EOD personnel are highly trained, skilled technicians who are experts in explosives, diving and parachuting. EOD technicians can handle chemical, biological and radiological threats and are the only military EOD force that can both parachute from the air to reach distant targets or dive under the sea to disarm weapons.
Wings of Blue - U.S. Air Force Skydiving Team
The Wings of Blue have a long standing commitment to personal and organizational excellence as well as a storied history of success. The primary mission of the Wings of Blue is to run the Air Force's Basic Freefall Parachuting course, known as Airmanship 490 (AM-490). AM-490 is the only first-jump program in the world where students can make their first freefall jump without assistance.
The Wings of Blue has both a demonstration team and a competition team. The demonstration team travels across the country to air shows, sporting events and other venues to represent the Air Force in precision parachuting. Similarly, the competition team represents the Air Force by competing with teams from around the country in 6-way speed formations, 4-way relative work, 2-way free fly and sport accuracy.