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Red Bull Skydive Team

Posted March 15, 2019 by

The Red Bull Skydive Team constantly pushes the realms of possibility for its spectacular wingsuit and skydiving projects. The wingsuit flyers can reach speeds well over 100 mph while hovering within feet of each other. The team is known for their experimental jumps in which they accomplish stunts that no other group has ever done…

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Red Bull Helicopter

Posted March 15, 2019 by

For years, there was only one pilot in the world licensed by the FAA to perform aerobatics in a helicopter. That pilot, Chuck Aaron, thrilled air show audiences around the world with his feats in the MBB-BO 105 until he retired from flying air shows in 2015. That’s when Aaron Fitzgerald stepped up to fly…

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Vicky Benzing

Posted March 15, 2019 by

Vicky’s beautiful Stearman was manufactured in 1940 by the Boeing Aircraft Company for use as a military trainer in WWII. In 1990, the airplane was taken out of storage and restored by Stadel Aircraft based in Yuba City, California. It was converted back to a standard acrobatic category aircraft. Vicky purchased the airplane in 1998…

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Kent Pietsch

Posted March 15, 2019 by

Kent Pietsch, sponsored by Jelly Belly® will bring his aerobatic comedy act to the skies in his bright yellow, jelly bean-decorated 1942 Interstate Cadet aircraft. Pietsch performs extreme maneuvers during his performance routine, such as a dead stick, or total power off, from an altitude of 6,000 feet. During the performance, the aircraft’s aileron will…

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Joe “Rifle” Shetterly

Posted March 15, 2019 by

There are few pilots on this planet who like to cheat gravity more than Joe Shetterly. He loves to fly. As a young boy, Joe built and flew gas-powered control-line models. Soon he was winning radio-controlled aircraft competitions, performing many of the maneuvers you can see him perform at air shows today. Not surprisingly, Joe…

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Ralph Royce – Air Boss

Posted March 15, 2019 by

Ralph Royce began flying at 17, was executive director of the CAF, joined the Lone Star Flight Museum of 1991 and founded the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. Type rated in the B-17, TBM, F6-F, C-60 (L-18), he holds an unlimited piston powered letter from the FAA, has flown more than 100 air shows, and…

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Warbird dogfight

Posted March 15, 2019 by

The Commemorative Air Force is dedicated to preserving and showing historical aircraft at air shows. They acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States and selected aircraft of other nations for the education and enjoyment of present and future…

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Ric Peterson

Posted March 15, 2019 by

Ric Peterson is an air show announcer and award winning broadcast journalist. He is the voice of Fleet Week San Francisco, The Canadian International Air Show Toronto, Friendship Day Air Show Iwakuni, Japan, the Sanicole International Air Show Belgium and 15 to 20 others annually. Ric is also an honorary member of the Canadian Forces…

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SECAF announces resignation

Posted March 11, 2019 by

Upon a favorable final vote by the regents, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson announced her resignation March 8, after serving in her position as the service’s top civilian since May 2017, to accept the role as president of the University of Texas at El Paso.

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AFMC hiring effort draws new talent faster

Posted March 1, 2019 by by MARISA ALIA-NOVOBILSKI

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — With a command mission that relies heavily on a more than 65,000 person civilian workforce, recruiting, developing and retaining top talent is critical to success. This is the driving force behind the ongoing AFMC effort to transform the civilian hiring process across the enterprise to meet mission needs today…

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