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Award Winning Rob Holland

The Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show will be bringing back Rob Holland again in 2014.

Check out this video here!

Rob Holland in the MX-2Rob 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. 

Rob Holland Aerobatic Champion

"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'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.


Bob Carlton - Vertigo Airshows: Jet Super Salto Sailplane

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.

Bob Carlton Airshow InnovatorThe 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.

Bob Carlton and the Jet Super Salto SailplaneThe 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. 

Bob Carlton Vertigo Airshows

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.


Kyle Franklin - Dracula: The Rise of Vacul

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, Kyle Franklintheme-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 Demon-1 Dracula flown by Kyle Franklinis 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!

Dracula: The Rise of VaculWatch 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.


G&M Airshows featuring Greg Shetterly in the One Design

Greg Shetterly G&M AirshowsGreg 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.

Greg Shetterly in the DR-107 One Design

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

Greg Shetterly AerobaticsThe 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. While you’ve seen him perform here in different vehicles in the past, you have never seen him in this one. Making its debut for the first time on the airshow circuit in 2014 will be the ALL NEW “SPITFIRE” Jet Truck. You won’t want to miss this truck roar to life at this year’s Field of Flight.

About Paul Stender & Indy Boys Inc.:Paul and Therese Stender
Paul Stender is no stranger to fans of the Field of Flight. Paul last appeared here in 2012 in the Jet Schoolbus & Port-O-Jet (Jet Outhouse). Prior to that, he appeared here in 2004 in his Dodge Ram Jet Truck and Port-O-Jet. Paul, a tall and friendly guy, is the definition of adrenaline junkie! He grew up racing motorcycles and snowmobiles in Wisconsin before he began a career as a car driver. In 1995, he took it all to the next level when he began Jet Funny Cars. In his first full year of racing, he was awarded the prestigious Pro-Jet Rookie of the Year Award (1997). Since then, 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. This team has been featured in numerous shows and news programs including Monster Garage, E!, Inside Edition, Ripley’s Believe it or Not and many more. The team has become one of the most sought after teams on the airshow circuit, traveling to over 30 events each season. Their new “SPITFIRE” Jet Truck is already a great success when it comes to booking. The team provides some of the most adrenaline-pumping jet vehicle experiences in the world.

About the All-New “SPITFIRE” Quadruple Engine Jet Truck:
Paul Stender is at it again, building an innovative vehicle that may take a run at the record books. This one-of-a-kind jet semi will be the first jet truck in the industry and motorsports entertainment world to be powered by FOUR jet engines. The truck is based on a classic ’56 Ford Cabover Truck and will be powered by four J-85 jet engines. All New Spitfire Jet Truck

Paul dubbed the truck “Spitfire” for two reasons. The first reason is that the vehicle looks like a World War II warbird with pop-riveted paneling, a checkered tail-fin, and fuel tanks that were actually previous aircraft drop tanks. In addition, the truck features two propane-fueled machine guns that pepper the air with loud gunfire as well as a painted shark face. The other reason the truck is known as “Spitfire” is because it features a unique Gatling Gun Burner Pop System, allowing the four jet engines to fire off in sequence, resulting in a rapid fire “boom, boom, boom!”.

This jet truck is the lightest and most aerodynamic jet truck ever built and it is expected that it will reach speeds nearing the 400 mph mark. How fast will Paul get the truck going this summer in Battle Creek? Come on out to the air show to find out. 


Indy Boys in the "Snoop-Jet" Jet Powered Doghouse

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).

Indy Boys Snoop-Jet Jet DoghousePrepare 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.

Paul Stender and the Jet Doghouse


Announcer Phil Dacy

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 Award Winning Announcer

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.


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