IT'S AIR SHOW TIME!! We'll have FOUR DAYS of Air Show Action during the 2019 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival. We'll kick off our Air Show portion on Thursday, July 4th with our PRACTICE AIR SHOW. Our Practice Air Show will begin at 12 Noon. This is a practice air show and while all of our aircraft will participate, some of the performances may differ from their show days. You never know, they may want to practice some maneuvers again, you sometimes end up with some more terrific action!
On July 5th (Friday), July 6th (Saturday) & July 7th (Sunday) we'll present THREE MORE DAYS OF AMAZING AIR SHOW ACTION! For up to 5 hours, we'll provide you some of the most thrilling and fun acts on the air show circuit today. And don't forget about our Magical TWILIGHT & NIGHT AIR SHOW on the evening of Friday, July 5th. This will be the third largest Twilight & Night Air Show in the Nation (behind the Aviation Mecca's that are Sun N Fun and Oshkosh).
2019 Air Show Lineup:
- US Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team
- US Air Force Heritage Flight with Charlie "Tuna" Hineline
- Twin Tiger Aerobatic Team "Ringmasters"
- Twin Tiger Aerobatic Team "Salute to Veterans"
- Misty Blues All-Woman Skydiving Team
- Redline Airshows in their Vans RV-8s
- Rower vs. Roetman Duel
- The Immortal Red Baron
- Award Winning Rob Holland in the MXS
- Gary Rower Airshows in the Stearman
- Nathan Hammond "GhostWriter Airshows"
- Matt Chapman in the Extra 330LX
- Wild Horse Aviation featuring Buck Roetman in the Pitts S2S
- Bill Stein in the Zivko Edge 540
- Nathan Hammond "GhostWriter Skywriting"
- SRC Airshows featuring Stephen Covington in the Pitts RAPTOR
- Jack Knutson in the "Firebird" Extra 300
- Patrick McAlee in the Pitts S1SS "Blue Demon"
- Phil Dacy: Air Show Announcer
Hold on to your hats....the United States Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration team will be coming to Battle Creek on July 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th. This USAF aircraft is GUARANTEED to drop your jaw in 2.2 seconds.
Coming from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, the F-22 Raptor Demo Team is the PREMIERE single-ship demo of the Air Force's Air Combat Command. The F-22 made its first Michigan Air Show appearance at the Field of Flight in 2010. Since then, it has appeared in Battle Creek two additional times as well as two other times at two separate shows in the State of Michigan. This shows the rarity of seeing this amazing aircraft perform. In fact, the demo team is only scheduled to perform at 23 shows. Battle Creek is the ONLY show site in Michigan to have hosted this coveted jet demo FOUR times.
Major Paul "Loco" Lopez will take to the Battle Creek skies to showcase the amazing capabilities of the fighter that is leading America into the future of aviation technology. The aircraft represents an exponential leap in war-fighting capabilities with its combination of stealth, super-cruise, maneuverability and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability. The aircraft performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force.
The aircraft is aerodynamically designed and uses a thrust vectoring system, proving it to be one of the most advanced military aircraft around today. It literally performs maneuvers that no other modern military jet can. Along with its stealth capabilities, the aircraft can sneak into target undetected, protecting itself and other assets from air-to-air and air-to-ground threats.
Speaking of dropping jaws, hold on to your hats as the F-22 thunders through our skies on July 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th. The aircraft's engines produces more THRUSTthan any current fighter engine. Get ready Battle Creek....BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT TO GET LOUD!!
The U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight (HF) program presents the evolution of USAF air power by flying today's state-of-the-art fighter aircraft in close formation with vintage fighter aircraft.
An HF performance involves a current USAF fighter piloted by an Air Combat Command trained military HF pilot and flown with a historical warbird piloted by a trained and certified civilian HF pilot. The HF features formations of modern fighters flying with World War II, Korean, and Vietnam era fighters such as the P-51 Mustang and F-86 Sabre, dramatically display our U.S. Air Force air power history and proudly support our Air Force's recruiting and retention efforts. In 2010, the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation (AFHFF) was formed to keep this popular program flying.
It really is amazing to see our “old” and “new” in formation. It helps show the span of over 75 years of American Aviation Technology. Seeing a nice, historic warbird flying alongside the ONLY fifth generation fighter on Earth, the F-22 Raptor, is certainly a spectacle to see. It is also a touching tribute to those who have served our country.
The 2019 Heritage Flight in Battle Creek will feature the US Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team flying alongside a World War II P-51 Mustang flown by USAF Lt. Col. (Ret) Charlie "Tuna" Hainline
Do not miss this chance to see history in flight during our air shows on July 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th.
The Twin Tiger Aerobatic Team will be making their Michigan Debut in 2019 at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival. This is a team that has taken the air show industry by storm and is one of the most creative acts to hit the industry.
Mark Sorenson & Mark Nowosielski will take to the Battle Creek skies in their Tiger Painted Russian Yak-55Ms, a rare aircraft to see out on the circuit. Both Mark's are Boeing 737 pilots for Southwest Airlines and enjoy inspiring the next generation of aviators when they are not connecting LUVed ones across the country with the airlines. Mark Sorenson created Tiger Airshows and the innovative stable of acts that is offered. He is truly an innovator in the industry. Mark Nowosielski competed for the US Aerobatic team during the 2015 World Aerobatic Championships. He was also the 2013 US National Advanced Aerobatic Champion.
Get ready for a true Circus in the Sky...literally! "The Ringmasters" will be their second act and it is truly out of this world. Tigers Airshow Founder Mark Sorenson wanted to "give the audience not only something to watch, but something that would intrigue them and make them actually get involved during my show". This act combines the best of air shows and circuses into one thrilling, fun, and amazing show! After the Bengal Tiger striped aircraft take to the skies, an exciting formation and duel act will ensue. But it doesn't stop there, Tiger Airshows brings their own custom smoke-ring generator with them to their shows for this "Ringmasters" routine. You know at the circus where the cat jumps through a ring of fire? Well, that has transformed into the sky with aircraft. As the flames blow the smoke skyward in smoke rings, the competition of who can fly through the most smoke rings follows. This is truly one of the most amazing and fun acts you will ever experience.
Luke Carrico will serve as the announcer for the Twin Tiger Aerobatic Team, providing another level of amazing entertainment!
Don't miss Tiger Airshows at the 2019 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival performing July 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th
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Mark Sorenson & Mark Nowosielski of the Twin Tiger Aerobatic Team, will fly another performance that will be a "Salute to Veterans" performance. This performance is a nice teaser act that showcases the graceful maneuvers of the two Yak-55s. In addition, it is a terrific salute to those who have served in the Armed Forces. It features some terrific skywriting and formation acro maneuvers that every one will remember. It's a performance that thanks our military and veterans. See it at this year's Battle Creek Field of Flight!
During his Salute to Veterans performance, Mark narrates a very patriotic introduction to his act from the cockpit as he is climbing above show center. Once in position, it’s SMOKE ON, and the first letter of his routine begins to take shape. Along with his Skywriting routine is a beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace and God Bless America designed and choreographed perfectly to his routine.
What is very unique to the trained airshow eye, is that Mark flies the first part of his Skywriting act on the Horizontal plain, in a non-aerobatic style, by Skywriting the letters “USA”. The music ends right on queue and the crowd spontaneously bursts into a loud applause.
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There are approximately 35,000 active skydivers in North America, and only 15% are women! The Misty Blues, a 100% all women team will be making their Battle Creek debut in 2019. The ladies on the team come from all across the US to demonstrate their amazing skydiving skills and act as role models to inspire the younger generations. Since the early 1980s, The Misty Blues All Woman Skydiving Team has been thrilling audiences at air shows, corporate events and other special occasions around the world. These exceptionally talented and brave ladies delight in displaying their parachuting talents that make them some of the most skilled skydivers in the world. They do things in the air that make people look up into the sky and feel excitement, patriotism, and the thrill of a shocking visual treat!
Not only will The Misty Blues open up our show with a massive American Flag, they'll also perform a skydiving routine that no one will ever forget. Complete with canopy relative work and huge banners, this is a fun show that will delight air show fans young & old. And you definitely want to make sure you don't miss their Night Performance during our Night Air Show.
See The Misty Blues on July 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th.
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Returning to Battle Creek in 2019 will be the ever-popular "4CE" Aerobatic Team. Battle Creek was one of the first air shows to host this team formed by world renowned aerobatic pilots back in 2012 (before they even had a name, jokes ensued) and we can't wait for them to thrill you again in 2019. The team appearing in Battle Creek this year will consist of Matt Chapman in the Extra 330LX, Bill Stein in the Edge 540, Rob Holland in the MXS, and Jack Knutson in the Extra 300S. This performance is filled with tons of aerobatic formation passes, solo maneuvers, squirrel cage maneuvers and the heart-stopping switchblade cross. You will not want to miss this act during our air shows on July 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th! FOUR TIMES THE 4CE!
Redline Airshows will be returning to Battle Creek in 2019. Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, Redline is a dynamic 2-ship formation aerobatic performance team that flies an exciting formation show that thrills the crowd with displays of skill, nerve and showmanship. The team consists of pilots Ken Rieder, an aerobatic and multi-engine flight instructor and Shaun "Buzz" Roessner, former F/A-18 Demo Pilot and "Ace Maker" T-33 East Coast Demo Pilot. They fly two Van's RV-8s, a 2 seat tandem aircraft that is extremely versatile, can reach speeds of 230 miles per hour and land short at a slow speed. The RV-8s that Redline flies have 200 horsepower engines and are equipped with Hartzell Advanced Structural Composite propellers.
Don't miss Redline performing during our 2019 Air Show. You also will want to make sure you see their AMAZING Night Air Show featuring pyrotechnics. That is some real night magic!
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Want to see an old-fashioned biplane square off against a new one? Look no further than this Duel act featuring Gary Rower in his Stearman and Buck Roetman in his Pitts. This 2-ship act features thrilling formation maneuvers and head-on opposing passes that will leave you on the edge of your seat. The old and the new never looked so good together! With expert pilots and amazing machines, you won't want to miss this Duel at the 2019 Battle Creek Air Show & Balloon Festival!!
The future of air shows is here! Not only will Twin Tigers present a new take on aerial entertainment, but the Immortal Red Baron will do so as well.
The Immortal Red Baron is a theatrical air show performance about the most famous fighter pilot in history. This new approach to entertainment in aviation combines narrative storytelling with live-action aerial dog fighting maneuvers, characters in authentic costumes, propane machine guns, as well as special themed music and sound effects. The Immortal Red Baron must always be prepared and on the lookout for the enemy. Essentially, the Immortal Red Baron takes concepts inspired by live theatre, theme parks, sporting events and the film industry and puts it together with aerial demonstration concepts in a cohesive package that is guaranteed to take spectators' breath away. The act is so creative that the team won the Gold Pinnacle Award for Civilian Performance Creativity at the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Convention in Las Vegas.
After several years of performing on the air show circuit, he saw an opportunity to create a performance that would enhance entertainment value. He gathered a team of marketing and entertainment experts to closely examine proven entertainment concepts and their effect on the audience in other forms of successful live entertainment outside of the airshow industry. They concluded that audiences today are responding to story-based experiential entertainment that makes them feel like they are a part of the show.
The aircraft used in the performance is a one-of-a-kind, custom built, replica World War I fighter plane. It has been re-designed to take the stress of 10G and uses an engine producing three times the power of the original plane. This special aircraft was chosen for its ability to reproduce the high-performance dog-fighting seen in popular movies such as "Flyboys" and "The Red Baron".
We don't want to give too much about the act away, but you definitely will NOT want to miss it. It is an air show act on a completely different level. You'll get to feel like you are a part of the act and not just watching it. The WWI aircraft will duke it out in the skies with Stephen Covington from SRC Airshows with guns a blazin'! You won't want to miss this act at this year's air show!
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The Award Winning Rob Holland will return to Battle Creek in 2019. Rob Holland is one of the most famous and popular aerobatic pilots on Earth. After a one-year absence, Holland is looking forward to returning to the Battle Creek skies. He is one of the most anticipated acts each year!
Rob has won the Gold Medal in the 4-minute freestyle numerous times at the World Aerobatic Championship. He has placed first at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships as well. In 2013, he was the highest ranked U.S pilot at the World Aerobatic Championships. In 2015, Rob represented the US once again at the World Aerobatic Championship. In 2016, Rob did something COMPLETELY UNPRECEDENTED at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championship. Rob won his 6th Consecutive U.S. National Aerobatic Title and his 7th Consecutive 4-Minute Freestyle Title. In addition to his numerous first place finishes, he has received the coveted Art Scholl Showmanship Award from the International Council of Air Shows as well as winning "AirShowBuzz's Person of the Year". Anyone who has attended the Field of Flight knows that Rob does things with his MXS that just can't be explained. Don't miss his adrenaline pumping, gyroscopic show at this year's Field of Flight!
Gary Rower will be making his Battle Creek debut in 2019. Gary is a former US Air Force F-16 instructor pilot and current airline captain. He has flown all over the world, accumulating over 21,000 hours in every type of aircraft imaginable. He began flying at the age of 16 from an apple orchard in Upstate New York and continues to fly to this day. While a cadet at the US Air Force Academy, Gary became a soaring instructor and the Captain of the USAF Academy Soaring Team. During his time as an F-16 pilot, he became an instructor and flight evaluator, participated in several Red Flags and was awarded Top Gun. In 1986, Gary left active duty and joined a major airline which he has now been flying with for 20 plus years. During the late 1980s, he continued flying the F-16 with the Air Force Reserve in Utah.
Gary Rower's Stearman began life as a basic flight trainer for the US Army Air Corps in 1942, one of nearly 10,000 of its kind. More pilots have trained in the Stearman than in any other aircraft in history. In 1973, the aircraft was completely reconstructed. At this time, the 220 horsepower seven-cylinder engine was replaced with a nine-cylinder 450 horsepower Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior engine. It was also fitted with a fuel and oil system capable of sustained inverted flight, as well as a nine-foot propeller that is nearly supersonic throughout Gary's air show performance. The bone-rattling resonance of a modified Pratt & Whitney R985 radial engine, almost 1000 cubic inches of inimitable vintage character and 450 horsepower. The plane is also equipped with an incredible billowing smoke system! When this amazing bird takes to the skies over show center, you are guaranteed to see an unforgettable demonstration of skill and aerobatics in one of the most beautiful examples of this classic aircraft in the world!
The Stearman is large and loud, yet beautiful and graceful at the same time. Gary's performance in this beautiful bird is filled with giant barnstormer loops, hammerhead turns, slow rolls, a Cuban eight, inverted flight, snap roll and one of his favorite maneuvers, the Outside Humpty Bump.
Don't miss this amazing performance during our air shows in 2019!
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Get ready to see some incredible things in the skies over Battle Creek.
Nathan Hammond will take the GhostWriter Super Chipmunk and write some magic in the sky. Two miles high, and ten miles wide! This skywriting can be seen for 20 miles in every direction. It isn't sorcery, but it certainly is magic! Gaze skywards and see a truly amazing sight!
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World renowned air show pilot Matt Chapman will return to Battle Creek in 2019. There may be no performer that has performed in Battle Creek more times than Mr. Chapman. Matt began flying airshows/aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up on the competition world. He represented the United States at the 1996 and 1998 World Aerobatic Championships and ended up finishing with a bronze medal in 1998, where he was also a part of the United States' silver medal finish. He also received the coveted Hillard Trophy that year. While Matt has performed numerous times in Battle Creek, he has done it in the Mudry CAP 580 in the past. However, he now performs in the BRAND NEW Extra 330LX, and he will be bringing that to Battle Creek in 2019. During the course of his performance, Matt Chapman will fly tradition aerobatic maneuvers as well as original maneuvers that he has created himself over the years. This is impressive talent by an aerobatic superstar that you will not want to miss! Matt will be a part of our air shows on July 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th.
Smoke on! Buck Roetman will be making his Battle Creek debut in 2019.
Buck Roetman has been flying for over 41 years - he has flow more than 155 different types of airplanes from Piper Cubs to Corporate Jets, resulting in more than 18,000 hours of flight time. In addition, he is an Airfrmae & Power Plant mechanic with an Inspection Authorization and is an Aerobatic Competency Examiner (ACE) for the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS). He is currently the president of Wild Horse Aviation, a company that specializes in aircraft acquisition, maintenance, fabrication and export. It is based at the Flying N Estates airport in Luthersville, Georgia (1GA2). As an air show performer since 1998, Roetman currently flies a modified Pitts S2S. The airplane was built in 1994 and has been slowly modified to its current status as one of the premier airshow biplanes in the world! It differs from most planes out there today in that it has a Lycoming AEIO-540 engine putting out 375+ horsepower!
Get ready for the exciting, high energy aerobatic performance by Buck Roetman in his highly modified Pitts S2S! Amid the smoke and the roar of his 375+ horsepower Lycoming engine, you will see Roetman perform amazing maneuvers in the sky that will have you gasping in awe. One of his favorite parts of the show is the Ribbon Cut, performed at 200+ miles per hour less than 20 feet above the ground. You won't want to miss this performance!
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Bill Stein is one of the most experienced and sought after pilots on the air show circuit. Bill began flying aerobatics when he was still a student pilot and has been dedicated to perfecting his skills ever since. He has been performing air shows since 1995 and has entertained millions of air show fans. For years, he performed as a member of the world famous Red Baron Stearman Squadron (including right here in Battle Creek). He also mentors and coaches many future aerobatic pilots including being a coach for the famed "Stars of Tomorrow" team.
Bill also serves as an Aerobatic Competency Evaluator, proving his dedication to aerobatic safety. When it comes to professionalism, there isn't anyone quite like Bill. He'll take to the Battle Creek skies in his Zivko Edge 540 aircraft. This aircraft is popular among aerobatic pilots, but Bill's plane is different! His Edge 540 uses cutting edge paint technology, Bill has designed the spectacular look of his airplane using a paint that continuously changes color based on the constantly varying angles between the spectators, airplane and the lighting. The plane can be any one color and even be a mix of numerous colors at different times during the performance, changing from green, purple, blue, gold, yellow, pink, orange and everything in between. See how many colors you can count during our air shows on July 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th.
Nathan Hammond will be making his Battle Creek debut in 2019 in the Super Chipmunk known as "GhostWriter". Why is it named GhostWriter? Good thing you asked, we have the answer below.
The GhostWriter may look familiar to many who have attended the Battle Creek Field of Flight in the past. GhostWriter actually established a career in the Air Show and Skywriting Industry as the Pepsi SkyDancer, then eventually the Oregon Aero SkyDancer. After Steve Oliver's retirement in 2015, Nathan K. Hammond took the controls and has been captivating audiences with the smooth lines and raw horsepower of the unparalleled Super Chipmunk ever since. Nathan Hammond's Day Show is Action Packed and full of Smoke and Noise! The larger size of GhostWriter fills the sky, and with a tightly choreographed ballet of Loops, Rolls, and Verticals, keeps the excitement air show center! But this amazing Day Show act isn't the only thing he'll be doing. He'll also be doing some Skywriting.
And then, of course, there is the magical Night Air Show!. Don't miss this terrific and fun act July 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th at the 2019 Battle Creek Field of Fight Air Show & Balloon Festival.
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SRC Airshows is another Battle Creek debut, and an amazing, edge of your seat performance at that! This one will blow you away!
SRC Airshows is owned and operated by Stephen Covington. Stephen is also the pilot and he amazes everyone with this aerobatic performances in his highly-modified Pitts S2S named the "RAPTOR". Stephen ha been flying for 15+ years now and holds his commercial rating. Aviation has been in Stephen's blood since he was a kid. Airplanes were always his favorite toys and he could never pass up war movies with planes in them. Cars are also a passion of Stephen's. In fact, he owns a business in Longview, Texas where he customizes cars.
The Pitts Raptor is one of the most amazing air show aircraft presently on the circuit! With a motor pushing close to 400 horsepower and sporting a 3 blade composite prop, this Pitts is unlike anything you have ever seen before! It's unique paint job is also loved by fans.
Don't miss your chance to see this powerful aircraft tearing up the Battle Creek skies in 2019.
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Jack Knutson is no stranger to Battle Creek, having performed here numerous times since the Mid-90s with the American Firebirds, Firebirds Delta Team, Firebirds XTreme, The 4CE and as a solo performer. Jack will take his "Firebird" Extra 300S and put it through its paces as he flies an amazing and graceful aerobatic routine filled with numerous traditional and hardcore aerobatic maneuvers. The Extra 300 is a popular aerobatic aircraft and with one of the best and most experienced aerobatic pilots in the industry at the controls, you'd better be prepared to be thrilled on July 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th.
Hold on to your hats! Patrick McAlee will be making his Battle Creek debut in 2019. The name of his company is "Extreme Flight" and you will find out why within seconds of him taking to the sky.
While Patrick may be newer to the world of aerobatics, he is extremely experienced in aviation. He grew up in an aviation family and was exposed to flying at the age of 5 and aerobatics at the age of 7. He worked so hard wanting to become a pilot that he started saving for his first plane at the age of 12 and took on two aviation jobs at the age of 16 and was mentored in the aerobatics and air show world by legends such as Sean D. Tucker, Skip Stewart, Debbie Rihn-Harvey, Billy Werth (one of our performers this year) and Greg Koontz. It was only natural, at this point, for Patrick to break into the air show industry. And that he did. Since beginning to fly aerobatics 7 years ago and beginning to perform in airshows 4 years ago, Patrick has becoming a rising star and has traveled all over the US.
Patrick flies an amazing "to the max!" performance in the "Blue Demon", a highly modified Pitts S1SS biplane. He executes maneuvers to a choreographed music playlist; all while practicing precision, professionalism and safety. During his 15 minute routine, Patrick will experience G-Forces in excess of 8.5 positive G's over 65 times. Now THAT is what we call EXTREME!
Patrick would like to invite you all out to the show and encourage everyone, young and old, to follow their dreams. His mantra is simple: "HOLDING ON TIGHT! HOLDING ONTO THE CONTROLS AND GO FOR IT"
Don't miss Patrick McAlee's amazing performance in the "Blue Demon" Pitts S1SS July 4th through the 7th at the Field of Flight in Battle Creek.
Back by popular demand, our Night Air Show will return in 2019. One major difference, however, is that the show has been "supersized" compared to years past! On the evening of July 5th, we will present an “Evening of Magic”. As the sun begins to set and Twilight takes over the airport, some of the best performers in North America will take to the skies. With the sun setting and offering different views of the acts, it is truly a unique experience. As it gets darker, aircraft will take to the skies with special lights on their aircraft. But we won’t stop there! After the sun sets, the action heats up again. Bob Seger said it best in his song, “Night Moves”, and now we will present a Spectacular Night Air Show featuring Aircraft with Lights, Pyro. Ground Launched Pyro and Lasers. Flying fireworks displays at their finest. If you have never experienced a Night Air Show before, July 5th is the time to!
TWILIGHT AIR SHOW
The Twilight Air Show will feature some of the best civilian acts in the air show industry. Watch as formation acts and aerobatic solos take to the skies to perform against the setting sun. List of acts TBA soon!
NIGHT AIR SHOW
The 2019 Night Air Show will feature the best-of-the-best in Night Aerial Entertainment. One act is a returning favorite from 2018 while two of the others have never before been seen in the Midwest. Hold on to your hats, this year's Night Air Show will even surprise those who have seen our Night Air Show in the past!
Twin Tiger Aerobatic Team
This BRAND NEW NIGHT AIR SHOW ACT has only been seen a couple of times and this will be the first time it is seen in our State. It debuted for the first time in July 2018 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh and has only been seen a few times since. This Award Winning Act features one of the Tiger Airshows Yak-55s dressed up in special lighting to outline the aircrafts shape. This makes the plane look like it is something straight out of TRON. But wait, the fun doesn't stop just with the plane's lights, but what about an excellent, and challenging, aerobatics routine with a theatrical storyline and soundtrack? That isn't it either....fireballs and flames shot from the ground, a massive laser light and an amazing pyrotechnical fireworks display makes this act one that you won't want to miss. You'll even be shocked at how amazing (and amazingly fun) this show is!
Nathan Hammond GhostWriter Night Show
You may have seen a Night Air Show before...but have you ever seen a Nathan Hammond Night Show? He loads his Super Chipmunk known as "GhostWriter" up with LED lights and 200 pounds of pyro and fills the air with tons of sparks, fireworks and more, all while performing graceful aerobatic maneuvers. Seriously, this is basically an entire fireworks display...except it is launched from an aircraft in the sky instead of from the ground! Don't miss this amazing performance, which has never been seen before in the State of Michigan.
Redline Airshows Night Fireworks Show
Returning after a successful appearance at our 2018 Night Air Show, Redline Airshows will be performing their Night Fireworks Show. Watch as the RV-8s dance through the sky in both formation and solo maneuvers, with lights illuminating the aircraft and sparks trailing behind. It doesn't end there, because it heats up when they start launching air launched pyrotechnical fireworks as well! If you saw it in 2018, then you'll want to see it again. If you missed it in 2018, then don't miss the opportunity to see it this year!
Misty Blues All-Woman Skydiving Team Night Jump
Have you ever seen a Skydiving Show at Night? Well, then this will pique your interest. With lights illuminating their bodies, the Misty Blues will skydive into W.K. Kellogg Airport during our 2019 Night Air Show. This performance has never before been seen in the State of Michigan!
Gary Rower Night Air Show in the Stearman (FIRST TIME IN THE MIDWEST)
Gary Rower will perform an amazing and graceful display in the Stearman at Night. He is presently the only pilot to fly a Night Air Show in an open cockpit Stearman. With the enhanced lighting on his Stearman and the loud roar of the aircrafts Pratt & Whitney engine, this is a night show that you will never forget!
Buck Roetman Night Air Show in the Pitts (FIRST TIME IN THE MIDWEST)
Aerobatic Super Star Buck Roetman will take to the Battle Creek skies in his Pitts that is loaded with pyrotechnical effects and sparks. This is a display that is flown by an amazing pilot in an amazing aircraft.
Duncan Aviation’s Support Team for the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival
“We have so many great sponsors and volunteers that give so unselfishly to the success of the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival, that it can be overwhelming at times,” stated Barbara Haluszka, Executive Director.
The Businesses and T-Hangar Tenants on the actual Airport also give and show their support for this great community event. Those include WMU College of Aviation, FAA, The Tower, WACO, Michigan ANG and of course Duncan Aviation. “Duncan Aviation has gone above and beyond with the Team they have put together to assist with our Air Show,” stated Barbara Haluszka. “They handle all the fueling, parking, and maintenance for all our civilian performers; which will be several solid days of interruption to their normal schedule,” stated Haluszka. “And, what fun to have them be excited, happy, friendly, professional and always willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done,” stated Haluszka.
Congratulations Duncan Aviation and Team for being outstanding in every way! “Ben Hammond and Kelly Leece your friendship just puts the cherry on top,” stated Haluszka.
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Back by popular demand will be Mr. Phil Dacy, "The Voice of the Field of Flight Air Show". This is the 12th Field of Flight that this award winning announcer will be announcing (and he'll be announcing both shows!). Phil 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. Phil is a very experienced pilot in his own right with over 8000 hours of flight time in all different types of aircraft. Even today, when not announcing, he is the Chief Pilot for Priester Aviation out of Chicago, Illinois. Phil will help bring you the ULTIMATE Air Show Experience and he'll even announce our Twilight & Night Air Shows!