There is a chance of Thunder at this year's Field of Flight Airshow & Balloon Festival. The world famous US Air Force Thunderbirds Jet Demonstration Squadron return to Battle Creek following a sequestration hiatus.
Celebrating their 61st Anniversary in 2014, the Thunderbirds will showcase the pride and precision of today’s US Air Force with over 70 performances at several different show sites. The team will proudly perform on behalf of the nearly 700,000 active-duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve & civilian Airmen serving at home and abroad. It’s from that diverse group of Air Force professionals that the Thunderbirds team is formed.
The Thunderbirds were first activated on May 25th, 1953 as the Air Force’s Official Air Demonstration Team. They were designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit and were stationed at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona flying the F-84G Thunderjet. Over the years, the Thunderbirds flew famous US Air Force Aircraft that have gone down in history such as the F-84F Thunderstreak, the F-100C Super Sabre, F-105B Thunderchief, F-100D Super Sabre, F-4E Phantom II, T-38 Talon…and into the Mighty F-16 Fighting Falcon (Block 52 model) that the team flies today.
According to Indian legend, the Thunderbird was a giant eagle (some envisioned a hawk) that was spoken about with great fear & respect. When it took to the skies, the earth trembled from the thunder of its wings and bolts of lightning shot from its eyes. Nothing in nature could challenge the bird of thunder, the story of the Thunderbird was repeated across generations…and today, it is now a legend.
The legend will take to the skies this summer in Battle Creek, Michigan as the thunder (known as the Sound of Freedom) and will represent not only the professionalism of the US Air Force, but the patriotism of our great nation of the United States.
The “thunder” will come from six F-16 Fighting Falcon jets painted in Red, White & Blue colors with the Thunderbird emblem on the bottom. Their show will rock the skies as the Diamond formation (Jets 1-4) perform a series of precision maneuvers, keeping their aircraft just INCHES from each other. This is in concert with the high speed & high G maneuvers performed by the Solos (Jets 5-6). This includes a series of head-on passes & solo maneuvers showcasing the tactical profile of the Block 52 Viper. In the end, all six jets team up and showcase the pinnacle of formation flying, the Delta Formation.
Battle Creek's own Tim Brutsche will take to his hometown skies this summer in his Soviet Bloc L-39 Albatros. He will not be alone, however, as he will be joined by Hopper teammates to perform a SPECTACULAR L-39 Jet Team performance.
The L-39 is one of the most popular jet warbirds in the United States. The aircraft was built by the Czechoslovakian Aero Vodochody in the 1960s to replace the L-29 Delfin. The aircraft was the first of the second-generation jet trainers and the first to use a turbofan engine. The aircraft began mass production in 1971 and concluded production in 1999. It experienced service in many locations around the world (some still using L-39s) including the Soviet Air Force, Czechoslovak Air Force, Libyan Air Force, Royal Thai Air Force and many others. Here in the United States however, they are all civilian owned.
Tim "Dawg" Brutsche is the owner and president of Brutsche Concrete. He has been flying for 34 years (12 of those in jets) and holds an ATP commercial pilots license as well as an instrument rating. Over the years, he has accrued over 5800 hours of flying. Dawg loves encouraging kids to follow their dreams. This is proven by his 28 year volunteer check pilot and instructing service he has done with the Civil Air Patrol. Tim is married to wife Beth-Franklin Brutsche and resides in Battle Creek.
The Hoppers performance in Battle Creek will consist of amazing maneuvers that showcase what the L-39 was capable of in both training and attack settings. It's a demonstration that will surely be amazing. From solo passes to formation passes, this is a demonstration that has become well known with the Field of Flight since the Hoppers began performing here many years ago.
Don't miss this performance on July 4th, 5th & 6th.
Beauty has become the Beast! Bob Carlton returns to Battle Creek after appearing here in 2012. He will take to the skies in a plane that was meant to be powerless, but has become very powerful. We, of course, are talking about Vertigo Airshows’ Jet Super Salto Sailplane.
The Pilot: Bob Carlton is an experienced, professional and versatile pilot. He began flying at the age of 19 in 1979. Since then, he has logged over 2000 hours in a wide variety of aircraft (including hang gliders, airplanes, helicopters and sailplanes) and he holds a commercial pilot certificate. Bob began performing airshows in 1993 and has since flown numerous different acts all over the globe. Over his years in the airshow industry, Bob has flown numerous acts and created many innovative ones including Starduster Biplane aerobatics, the World’s First Helicopter-Sailplane Tow, night aerobatics with strobes & pyro and the world’s first and only twin jet sailplane. The innovation didn’t stop there though. As a retired rocket scientist for a major national laboratory, you can see why he comes up with so many great ideas. Bob presently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife Laurie and their two dogs, Elsa & Cinco.
The Plane: Bob’s Jet Super Salto Plane is the world’s most powerful self-launching jet sailplane. The aircraft is powered by a PBS TJ-100 jet engine (military-grade with 225 pounds of thrust). The aircraft is capable of self-launching and climbs to altitude without a tow-plane. From there, the aircraft can fly like a normal sailplane. After the altitude and airspeed are spent by the aircraft, it doesn’t have to land. Nope, Bob just spools up the jet engine and away the aircraft goes again.
The Act: Bob’s performance in the Jet Super Salto is one that fans will never forget. First, the engine will spool up on the sailplane as he launches from the ground. Then he’ll climb to altitude and begin a classic sailplane aerial ballet filled with graceful maneuvers and a great, classical soundtrack. As he spends up the altitude, he spools up the jet engine, the soundtrack changes to some fast-paced music and the low-level jet aerobatics part of the act begins (complete with that famous smoke system once again). No other sailplane or pilot in the world today is capable of performing an act such as this one.
So don’t miss Bob Carlton in the Jet Super Salto at this year’s Field of Flight Air Show.
Also, don’t miss our Night “PYRO” Air Show as Bob Carlton takes to the skies in the Super Salto for a night flight that no one will ever forget. See our tentative schedule of events for more information.
The Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show will be bringing back Rob Holland again in 2014.
Check out this video here!
Rob Holland has been on a tear. First, he won the gold medal in the 4-minute freestyle at the World Aerobatic Championships in Foligno, Italy. Soon after, he took the top spot after three flights at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships in Denison, Texas. That was in 2011. In 2012, Rob Holland placed FIRST at the U.S. National Unlimited Aerobatic Championships and made the 2013 US Aerobatic Team. Securing his position on the team, Rob represented the United States in the 2013 World Aerobatic Championship which took place in Grayson County, Texas just in October. During the competition, Rob once again finished FIRST PLACE and got the Gold Medal once again in the 4-minute freestyle. Rob was the highest ranking US Pilot taking 5th Place overall. His finishes helped ensure that the US Men's team went on to win the Silver Medal overall.
"I had the honor of watching Rob fly at Nationals, and all I can say is that his craft has become breathtaking. His precision is awe-inspiring and must be witnessed to be believed. IAC members should look for an upcoming feature on Rob in Sport Aerobatics magazine. Until then, enjoy this video. [excerpt from the International Aerobatics Club - October 2011 newsletter "In the Loop".
In 2012, Rob won the Art Scholl Award at the 2012 Air Show Convention in Las Vegas, NV. Also, in 2008, he was voted Airshowbuzz.com's person of the year! Rob will perform his hardcore solo show in the MX-2 (the most advanced aerobatic aircraft on the airshow circuit). Rob is known as one of the best aerobatic pilots in the world. You definitely don't want to miss this aerobatic superstar at this year's Field of Flight.
Matt Younkin will be making his Battle Creek debut this year in the beautiful Beechraft 18 warbird. You will not want to miss this act as it is a performance that will shock everyone in attendance, even those aviation buffs. If you think a World War II transport plane can't perform aerobatics...then think again!
About the Pilot: Matt Younkin
Matt Younkin is the son of airshow legend Bobby Younkin and grandson of Jim Younkin (a well-known plane designer and airplane replicator). Bobby had performed numerous times in Battle Creek. His last time was in 2003, when he performed in his Learjet 23 and Samson biplane. Bobby Younkin was known for creating innovative airshow acts, from aerobatics in the amazing and powerful Samson Biplane, to aerobatics in aircraft that weren't designed for them, like the Beech 18 and Learjet. Today, Matt Younkin keeps his father's legacy alive by continuing to fly his father's aerobatic performance in the Twin Beech 18.
Matt learned to fly at the Age of 14 and was taught by the same instructor that taught his father how to fly. Matt soloed on his 16th birthday in his grandfathers 1928 Travel Air 4000 biplane. Matt has accumulated over 3000 hours of total flying time in his career and has flown over 75 types of aircraft, from the Piper Cub all the way to World War II bombers. Matt loves flying radio-controlled model planes and actually learned most of his aerobatic skills while flying them. He later went on to perfect these maneuvers in the Decathlon with the help of his father. Matt currently resides in Siloam Springs, Arkansas with his wife Michelle and daughter Kimmy.
In 2012, Matt Younkin was awarded the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He is the first second-generation recipient of the award (his dad previously won the award in 2004). "Considered young in the airshow industry by some and a veteran by others, Matt continues to amaze airshow goers with his unique ability to capture the crowd in the moment, much the same way his father Bobby and sister Amanda did for so many years".
About the Plane: 1943 Beechcraft C-18S (Twin Beech 18) "Miss Ellie":
The Younkin Family Beech 18 was built in 1943 by the Beechcraft Corporation in Wichita, Kansas (built as an AT-7C for military service). The airplane went into service with the Army Air Corps, being based at Houston's Ellington Army Air Field. The aircraft was re-designated as the C-18S when the Army transferred ownership of the plane to the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA). The plane served with the CAA until 1949 and then went through several owners (from serving as a VIP transport for the Department of Commerce, to being flown by a University). The aircraft was finally purchased by Younkin Airshows, Inc. in 2000. After a complete restoration, it came into service as a replacement for Bobby's original aerobatic Beech 18. After Bobby's untimely death in July of 2005, the Beech 18 spent two years in retirement as a static display in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Matt then debuted his version of his late father's airshow routine in the Beech 18 in Lakeland, Florida at Sun-N-Fun 2007. The Beech 18 is the flagship of Matt's Airshow Fleet. He feels it is the most special of his aircraft because his father first gained national notoriety by performing in the Beech in 1990 and continued to perform aerobatics in Beech 18s for 15 years.
"Miss Ellie" is the mascot for Younkin Airshows and is the nose art/name of the Beech 18. The aircraft, with the exception of the paint scheme, is essentially the same as when it was sold from military surplus in 1945. This classifies the aircraft as a true warbird, hence the reason it features nose art. How did the name come about? Check out more information about the act to learn. Let's just say, the Beech 18 has been referred to as the "White Elephant" of the airshow industry. Jeff Gibbs is the crew chief for the Beech 18 and one of Matt's good friends.
About the Act:
Matt Younkin flies one of the airshow industries loudest and smokiest acts. Not only that, but he performs it in the Beech 18, the largest civilian aerobatic plane on the circuit. The act is considered to be the most unusual act on the airshow circuit today. The performance is almost a mirror image of the one his father flew for many years. The performance begins and ends to light-hearted music ("Pink Elephants" from Disney's Dumbo). Why? Well, it's an overly obese plane executing maneuvers that its designers and airshow patrons never thought it could. The show ends with the "Elephant Waltz" dirty pass, which is a spectacle to believe. "The majority of the performance flows with beauty and grace to equally beautiful music and a tribute to Bobby Younkin". This is a powerful plane doing something it wasn't designed to do, but that doesn't mean it can't be done.
Don't miss this SHOW-STOPPING performance at this year's Field of Flight Air Show.
And yes, Matt Younkin will also be performing his critically acclaimed "Magic by Moonlight" Night Show during our NIGHT AIR SHOW this year. Look for more information on our Tentative Schedule of Events when we finalize the dates and acts for our Night Show.
Ladies, Gentlemen & Kids of All Ages will enjoy this act that has become a favorite of Battle Creek patrons. Roger Buis will be returning in the famous Helicopter Clown OTTO, their last appearance here was in 2010.
OTTO is a Schweizer 300C Helicopter and is the Mickey Mouse of the Airshow Industry. In Battle Creek, OTTO will fly faster than the speed of smell, demonstrate maneuverability & agility, mimic airplane aerobatics and perform the HARDEST maneuver in the airshow industry, the hover. If you think that's amazing, there is so much more in store. OTTO will also blow a bubble from bubble gum, play with a yo-yo and even race barrels like a horse. Kids and Adults alike will be amazed by this 15 minute performance by OTTO the Helicopter Clown. It all culminates with a great patriotic salute to our veterans and present defenders.
OTTO Pilot: Roger Buis has been flying since 1980 and has over 18,000 total flight hours. In addition, he has been nominated for Army Aviator of the Year in Helicopters. The first helicopter that Roger ever flew solo actually was the Hughes TH-55 Osage (which was the predecessor to the Schweizer 300C). Roger has flown all types of helicopters, but got his start just like any other pilot, in fixed wing aircraft. He even now has his seaplane rating. In helicopters, Roger has done pretty much all there is to do from firefighting to movie filming (yes, flight instruction too). In addition, he is one of the only helicopter pilots in the world to tow a sailplane/glider with a helicopter. He is one of the best and most respected pilots in the industry.
Don't miss Roger fly in OTTO the Helicopter at this year's Field of Flight Air Show.
Kyle Franklin will return to Battle Creek this year for his first appearance since 2005. The last time Kyle performed here, he was a wing-walker atop his late father’s (Jimmy Franklin) Jet WACO. This year, he’ll perform in his new aircraft that just made it’s industry debut in 2013.
About the Pilot: Kyle Franklin
“Some people follow in the footsteps of their parents, some blaze a new trail – Kyle Franklin has done both. For nearly 50 years, the Franklin family name has been synonymous with creative, theme-based airshows that pack the grand stands and bring the crowds to their feet.” Being the son of Jimmy Franklin, Kyle grew up around the airshow industry and quickly fell in love with it. He grew up around some of the industry’s best performers and aircraft. As a child, Kyle had few limits, spending time riding BMX bikes and skateboarding. At age 13, he really got into motorcycles and even decided that a DeLorean needs a flamethrower and smoke system to be “truly cool”. At age 8, he began learning to fly in the Super Cub. Kyle’s legendary father Jimmy set an example for his son-“hard work, creativity, business sense, passion, and a commitment to the fans would be the standard that Kyle would have to meet and exceed”. It was through this, and at the young age of 10, that Kyle realized an airshow act had to be unique and a performer has to constantly be innovating. Kyle mastered wing-walking as the world’s first jet wing-walker and was a part of the industry’s only Father & Son Wing-walking team. Kyle mastered the Comedy Routine he and his father put on as well as the motorcycle to airplane transfer. He even flew the Jet WACO. Following his father’s tragic death in 2005 and the loss of the Jet WACO, Kyle returned to performing in the Super Cub Comedy act, which helped establish him as an innovative performer and captured the attention of everyone the industry over. In 2009, Kyle debuted a new act in “Pirated Skies” which went on to gain massive attention as one of the most innovative wing-walking acts of all time. Between the amazing theatrical storyline & themeing, the act went on to be one of the best acts in the industry. But the innovation didn’t end there.
About the Plane: Demon-1 “Dracula”
Demon-1, also known as “Dracula” is an aircraft originally conceived by Jimmy Franklin. It is an extremely modified WACO biplane that harkens back to the days of classic air racers. The aircraft, while it sounds like a warbird biplane, performs like a Pitts aerobatic aircraft in a dramatic display. It is one of the most powerful aircraft on the circuit today and definitely took aerobatic performance to the next level when the aircraft debuted in 2013 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida after years of construction. “Dracula combines the crowd pleasing lines of the iconic Waco Mystery Ship with modern aerodynamics and systems, resulting in a smaller, lighter, significantly more maneuverable and powerful airplane.” The airplane was even designed in secrecy and wasn’t seen until the ICAS Convention in December 2012.
About the Act:
“Dracula: The Rise of Vacul” has quickly become one of the most sought after acts on the airshow circuit. With a dramatic storyline, terrific soundtrack and one of the most unique planes on the circuit, this innovative act sets the bar for the future. We couldn’t think of a better way to describe the act than the actual act description seen on Kyle’s website:
“In the dark days of ages past, like-minded men of evil genius gathered to bring to this earth a creature. From the mists emerges an apparition never beheld by mortals – a creature whose power and strength will strike terror in the living hearts of all who behold it. From the depths of mad genius – from both sides of mortality – arising from a heap of forsaken souls - behold the creature Dracula!
Watch closely as the creature rises from the earth – like the bats who transformed into beasts, no longer afraid of daytime skies, Dracula ascends into the heavens that rejected his soul. Commanded by his great master Vacul, the creature claws his way skyward – the engine roaring like the furnaces of hell, the propeller screaming like a wild beast – always climbing higher and higher to seek out and destroy weaker prey.”
Don’t miss Kyle Franklin’s performance in “Dracula” at this year’s Field of Flight.
“Jive and Wild Blue” is a dynamic single aircraft act with a fighter pilot at the controls! From take-off to landing, Lt. Colonel Jerry “Jive” Kerby, USAF (ret.) takes the RV-8A known as Wild Blue through heart-stopping maneuvers in the sky guaranteed to thrill.
With over 13,000 hours of flight time in more than 60 different types of aircraft, Jive has been flying for 39 years and started flying on the air show circuit as a performer in the F-4 Phantom in 2005 while still serving active duty in the United States Air Force. Having flown the F-15C Eagle as well as the F-4 during his 23-year career in the USAF, Jive is still flying fighters as a civilian pilot, including the F-4 Phantom, the A-4 Skyhawk, and the MiG-17.
Despite the heavy iron he’s flown and continues to fly, nothing compares to the fun Jive has flying the 180 horsepower, home-built, RV-8A known as Wild Blue as an aerobatic solo performer on the air show circuit. Wild Blue was built in 2006, has a maximum speed of just over 200 mph, and was equipped with inverted fuel and oil systems this year just so Jive could take him upside down! Wild Blue might just be the only RV-8A that thinks it’s a fighter jet, at least when Jive’s at the controls!
Greg Shetterly will be making his Battle Creek debut this year. He will be flying a unique high-performance home-built monoplane in a performance that will capture everyone’s attention.
About Greg: Greg grew up with an interest in aviation after listening to stories his grandfather told of high-flying adventures. He would spend countless hours at his local airport, standing at the boundary fence, just watching planes. Eventually his dreams became a reality and he began flying at the age of 15. Since then, Greg has become a very experienced pilot with over 18,000 hours of flight time in over 90 different models of aircraft, all accumulated over 39 years of airline, corporate, instructing and private flying. Greg is rated in nine different types of jets, holds an ATP (Airline Transport Certificate) and is certified to instruct in single engine planes, multi-engine planes, seaplanes & gliders. Keeping it in the family, Greg also taught his wife (Micki) and his two sons (Jeff & Joe) how to fly as well. Today, all three of them are flight instructors and aerobatic pilots. Micki often flies her Citabria in to shows as a support aircraft. Jeff & Micki both serve as Greg’s Safety Crew and Announcers.
About the Plane: “As a Vietnam Veteran, Greg offers a special thanks to all military veterans and to those who currently serve and their families who serve with them”. Following that salute and his patriotism, Greg’s One Design is painted red, white and blue. The One Design is a single seat aerobatic monoplane that was specifically designed for aerobatics (recreational and competition). The DR-107 came about when monoplanes began to take over aerobatic competition, but at a large cost to pilots. Dan Rihn decided to design a new aircraft to create a new class for the IAC (International Aerobatic Club). From there, the One Design was born. An aircraft that the pilot could build at a low cost and fly aerobatics in. The DR-107 One Design soon began proving itself with its high horsepower engine, their extremely fast roll rates as well as the ability to sustain very high G-loads.
The Performance: Greg Shetterly will perform a very loud and growly solo performance in the One Design and pull upwards and downwards of positive and negative 10 g’s. His performance will provide a “platform for patriotism, and big dreams of young boys and girls. Dreams, that one day become reality for many aspiring pilots and astronauts.”
Greg and Micki would like to encourage all with the dream of flight to pursue it with all their heart. They are proud supporters of the EAA’s Young Eagle program and they, along with us at the Field of Flight, encourage those within the age group to go experience flight through that program.
Don’t miss Greg Shetterly’s AMAZING performance in an AMAZING aircraft.
Paul Stender is returning to Battle Creek in 2014.
This amazingly talented & smart adrenalin junkie will heat up the airfield in the WORLD'S FASTEST SCHOOL BUS....the "School Time Jet Bus". Students have no excuse turning up late in this school bus! It breathes fire and rockets along at speeds up to 367 miles per hour!
Paul has been interested in racing since he was a young boy racing snowmobiles and motorcycles. After racing Badger and USAC Midgets he competed as an Outlaw Sprint Car driver. Not being fast enough for this speed demon he took the reins of his first jet powered vehicle in 1995, rocketing his Jazz Jet-Funny car to almost 300 mph. He won the Pro-Jet Rookie of the Year award in 1997 and his success and fame hasn't stopped there. Paul has been featured on dozens of major media outlets including Monster Garage, Discovery Channel, E!, Inside Edition, Spike T.V. and ESPN.
Paul has taken the airshow industry by storm, creating amazing vehicles that no other human could have thought up. Since 1995, Paul has built over 23 jet vehicles, with a few still being developed. It’s a sure thing that we will continue to see amazing and crazy innovations from Paul in the future.
Therese Stender is Paul’s wife and crew chief. She began a college sports career playing volleyball and sailing. She completed her marketing degree from Indiana University and then worked in Indianapolis. From there, she came on tour with Paul and then they married. Now she still tours with Paul as well as their two Great Danes, Saber and Atlas.
Paul and Therese make up the Indy Boy’s Motorsports Entertainment Racing Team. The team has become one of the most sought after teams on the airshow circuit, traveling to over 30 events each show season. They also provide some of the most adrenaline-pumping jet vehicle experiences in the world. Their new “SPITFIRE” Jet Truck was supposed to make its WORLD DEBUT at the 2014 Field of Flight. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the truck will not be able to appear. At any rate, the Jet School Bus will be a welcomed appearance this year as will the TWO other jet vehicles (neither seen before in Battle Creek) that will be appearing.
About the Bus
This standard school bus was fitted with a 42,000 HP GE J-79 jet engine lifted from a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom fighter jet. Paul Stender built this "Hot Rod Styled" Bus that races along at amazingly fast speeds for its size, belches out 80 foot flames and sends huge clouds of smoke billowing from the tail pipe.
The mission of the bus, besides to be a unique, one of a kind and be entertaining is to inspire kids to follow their dreams and keep away from drugs. That is why the motto on the side of the bus reads "Jets are hot, drugs are not".
The third reason Paul says he's glad he built the bus is... "I guess this is my revenge for all those days riding on the slow journey to school, now it goes at my kind of pace". Make sure you don't miss the bus that even makes Ms. Frizzle jealous.
Making its Battle Creek debut will be the WORLD’S FASTEST OFF-ROAD UTV. The RZR-Jet will be “Putting some Take-Off in Off-Road”.
Just when you thought his contraptions couldn’t get any crazier, the famous “King of Jets” Paul Stender built a Jet Powered Polaris Ranger RZR UTV that made its debut on the circuit in 2013. This highly customized Polaris Ranger RZR features an engine formerly from a Sikorsky Helicopter. The General Electric T58 Jet Engine develops 2,000 horsepower and pushes the RZR to speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour.
Not only can it travel at high speeds but, in the usual jet vehicle fashion, the RZR-Jet will be shooting some massive flames.
Who let the dog out? WOOF, WOOF, VROOOM!
You've seen Paul Stender bring all sorts of crazy vehicles to Battle Creek over the years. But this year, he's bringing something new again, and this something is stranger than the Jet Powered Outhouse (and you thought it couldn't get any crazier than that).
Prepare for the Battle Creek Debut of the WORLD'S FIRST Jet Powered Doghouse. Paul began performing in the "Snoop-Jet" the Jet Powered Doghouse in 2013. The original idea for the Doghouse came when Paul was visiting a school and he asked some kids there for ideas. One kid stated the idea for a "Doghouse". Little did he know that Paul was committed to making that become a reality.
The front door of the doghouse is the intake for a Boeing 502 jet engine. To add jet fuel to the doghouse, the roof is simply lifted and in goes the fuel.
The doggie driver, Snoopy (Paul), sits on top of the doghouse and steers the machine with a set of handlebars on a modified go-cart chassis. He'll run up and down the taxiway on this jet powered gem, producing 1000 horsepower, reaching speeds that no other doghouse has ever reached before, all while spitting massive 30 foot flames.
The kids were expected to love this act, but they loved it way more than expected. Adults do as well. This act certainly is HILARIOUS, following in the footsteps of the hilarious Port-O-Jet. Don't miss it July 4th, 5th & 6th.
Phil Dacy will be returning to Battle Creek to announce this year's Air Show. Phil's voice has become well known here in Battle Creek as he has been announcing here for almost TEN years. He is returning due to popular demand, and this award winning announcer will make sure you get the best air show experience possible.
Phil Dacy will set the pace for the air show and provide announcing that is 'second to none'. Phil not only provides some of the highest energy announcing on the air show circuit, but he backs up that energy with incredible knowledge. After being on the air show circuit for so long, Phil definitely knows the performers, knows the performances and knows his stuff. However, this knowledge is backed by the fact that Phil is a very experienced pilot in his own right. Mr. Dacy has accumulated over 8000 hours of flight time as a pilot in aircraft ranging from taildraggers to jets. Even today, when not announcing, Phil is the Chief Pilot for Priester Aviation out of Chicago, Illinois.
Phil will help bring you the ULTIMATE air show experience. He will let you know history, biographies, you name it. This will all be in sync with an incredible announcing style that will put you in the 'front row' and bring up the energy level for sponsors, media and spectators alike. He will take you into the cockpit, onto the tarmac and onto the wing of the aircraft during each dazzling performance. With over 20 years air show experience ranging from small shows to mega military base open houses, Phil is one of the most incredible and sought after announces on the circuit today.
Phil will be announcing our Twilight & Night PYRO Air Show on July 5th and our Air Shows on July 4th, 5th & 6th.
Are you ready for "A Little Night Magic"?
Bob Seger said it best in his song "Night Moves", and the fun doesn't end when the sun begins to set...instead, it HEATS UP!
Returning for the fifth year due to popular demand is the Field of Flight Twilight & Night Air Show. This year's event will take place on SATURDAY, JULY 5th and feature some of the Best & Most unique night acts in the world today. Whether the sky is illuminated with fireworks, sparks & pyro, or lights, this year's Night Air Show will be one you won't forget. Let's not forget about the ground either as you will surely feel the heat from flames being shot out of a jet engine. You won't want to miss this year's Twilight & Night Spectacular.
TWILIGHT AIR SHOW - 8:30 - 9:00 PM
Our Twilight Air Show will be from 8:30-9 PM on July 5th. While our Twilight Lineup is still being determined, it will feature teaser acts and performances by some of our AMAZING civilian air show lineup. Stay tuned here for more information when it becomes available.
BALLOON ILLUME - 9:15 - 9:45 PM
The Balloon Illume will separate the Twilight & Night Air Shows.
NIGHT AIR SHOW - 10:00 - 10:30 PM
Our Night Pyro Air Show will come after the Balloon Illume (the Balloon Illume will separate the Twilight & Night Pyro Air Shows). The Night Air Show will feature:
- School Time Jet Bus Night Run
Any vehicle powered by a jet engine is amazing....but seeing one at night is a truly different experience. You are sure to feel the heat as the School Time Jet Schoolbus spits out flames as it rolls by. After some fun on the runways and tarmacs, Paul Stender will throttle up the engine and do a power run down the runway with afterburning engines illuminating the event grounds and airport. Speeding at over 300 miles per hour. This is a demonstration you won't want to miss.
- Bob Carlton"Light! Smoke! Pyro! Fire & Lights"
Bob Carlton will dazzle the night sky in the World's ONLY Jet Sailplane. Since 1903, airplanes and fire have been mortal enemies. Bob, however, coaxes them into a snarling truce with his SPECTACULAR "Fire & Lights" Night Pyro Air Show display in the Super Salto Jet Sailplane. This night show is filled with beautiful, graceful glider aerobatics along with the powerful noise of a jet engine. Along with this is stunning pyrotechnic effects by Lunatech (the same pyro used on stage by superstars suh as KISS, Aerosmith, Reba McEntire & more). The night sky will literally be set on fire by sparks, smoke, fireballs, bomb bursts, fireworks and more. All fitted to an amazing soundtrack. This is a night show like no other, and you will not want to miss it!
- Matt Younkin "Magic by Moonlight"
Imagine the airshow circuit's largest, noisiest, and smokiest airplane lit up like a Christmas tree and performing aerobatics at night! Well, that's exactly what Matt Younkin does in the Beech 18 "Miss Ellie" during his "Magic by Moonlight" performance. This is a performance conceived by Matt Younkin, keeping in the tradition of pioneering the unusual by performing a night airshow act unlike any other. This amazing night show doesn't contain pyrotechnics, no....it consists of lights and smoke that makes the airplane appear like its climbing like the Space Shuttle. The show features an obscene amount of lights, top and bottom featuring military position lights, red and white strobes, spitlights and so much more. UFO enthusiasts would love this show. This powerful airplane's performance along with these stunning lights is set to a wonderful musical soundtrack that fits this exact demonstration. You won't want to miss one of the best night performances in the industry this year.
- OTTO Night Time Spectacular
This act is surely not to be missed. It is an act that is arguably the BEST Night Show Act in the airshow industry today. For 12 minutes, the entire audience will be held captive by magic as Roger Buis takes off in OTTO the Helicopter for an unforgettable experience. This low-level act comes complete with one of the most amazing pyro & light shows that is a fireworks display itself. Set to Celtic music and patriotic music, this display is complete with bright flashes, smoke and that wonderful helicopter sound. Just when you think the show is over, the entire flight line is lit up by a patriotic grand finale. This will be one of the most amazing things you'll see in your life. You do not want to miss it!