Third Strike Wingwalking

Carol Pilon is the owner, operator and primary wing-walker of Third Strike Wingwalking. This aerial adventure at the Battle of Britain Air Show will be incredible.

This is one of the most challenging and entertaining acts, and certainly a highly anticipated highlight of the Air Show. This 15 minute aerial act includes precision flying and death defying wing walking before your eyes.

You can visit her website: http://www.thirdstrike.ca/

Dan Buchanan

Dan was a New England home builder and flat-track motorcycle racer, and enjoyed the thrill of flying off mountain tops, when in 1981, he paralyzed his legs trying to land in stormy weather. Losing his ability to walk, he returned to college to pursue a career in mechanical engineering and worked in Silicon Valley, CA.

Despite his handicap, Dan returned to flying within six months, and since then his tenacity and adventurous spirit has allowed him to accrue more than 2,800 hours of flight time in hang gliders and sailplanes. His recreational flights are typically 3-6 hours long thermal soaring as high as 18,000 feet over the western mountains.

After his first air show performance at Medford, OR in 1989, his appearances increased each year, and now he shares his thrill of flight with millions of people around the world during his annual 25+ city Airshow tour.
Performing principally across North America, his international venues have included Australia (8 times), Japan, Thailand, El Salvador, The United Arab Emirates, Canada, and Mexico.

Dan is also a Federally and State licensed pyrotechnician trained by Hollywood experts. He installs, wires and sequences all of the special effects on the fabric wing himself. Can you blame him?

He is also a FAA Commercial Glider pilot, enjoying sailplane aerobatics and giving glider rides to friends at Minden, Nevada when not on the Airshow tour. Dan took instruction from Sky Sailing near San Diego, CA from airshow performer Brett Willat, whose school has one of the few “rudder hand control” equipped sailplanes in the US.

Some of his other adventurous pursuits still include flat-water kayaking, SCUBA diving on wrecks and caves, and long distance ATV cross-desert riding and racing.

When asked why he flies, Dan’s usual smiling response is,
“I have to fly… I can’t walk!”

You can visit his website: http://www.danbuchananairshows.com/

Team Rocket

A two ship combination with Eric Hansen in the F1 Rocket, and Ken Fowler in the Harmon Rocket II. Precision, speed, and high performance aerobatics at it’s best….a spectacular show that will bring the crowd to their feet.

Ken and Eric have been performing together in formation for 5 years. As a team they are dynamic and fast. They are the only team of this aircraft type, in the Air Show industry.

Team Rocket has also performed combined routines with Jerzy Strzyz, and Dan Buchanan. If you are planning on booking Team Rocket for your show, don’t forget to ask about combination acts. It is a great way to integrate performances, and provide tons of excitement for your patrons. We’ve been told you can feel the crowd surge.

Ken Fowler
Ken grew up in British Columbia and started his aviation career by first earning his glider license in 1977. In 1978 he joined the Canadian Military as an airframe technician and worked on T-33’s, CF-101 Voodoos, and CF-18’s before becoming a flight engineer in 1988.

Ken has built 5(five) of his own aircraft, and is now building one of his own designs. To date he has over 5000 hours of flying experience as a commercial pilot and flight engineer. Ken retired from the military on May 15/98 with 20 years of service, and is now the Airport Manager at Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. During his last five years with the military he toured the air show circuit with the Skyhawk Parachute Team as one of the crew members of the Buffalo aircraft. Ken has flown air shows from coast to coast, and can be seen throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Eric Hansen
Rumor has it..Ken has a partner. Many claim to have see him perform with Ken from time to time. However we have not been able to confirm any information on him, and even pictures remain elusive. There is talk of him losing his soul to a photo op, so it is understandable he would be a little gun shy.

As far as we know there is a small bio on him. We will try to fill in the gaps where necessary. If you or anyone you know can help us in providing detailed or current information on Eric’s wherabouts, life, occupation, or existence please don’t hesitate to contact our web designer. This is what we know so far…..He’s a Dentist!

Harmon Rocket II
Ken flys a Harmon Rocket II, which he built and maintains. This aircraft is a highly modified RV-4. Power is from a Lycoming IO-540, custom built by Progressive Air of Kamloops, British Columbia and produces 300 H.P. at 2800 RPM. The aircraft’s empty weight is only 1146 lbs, which gives it excellent high-speed aerobatic performance and awesome vertical performance. Although not an unlimited aerobatic aircraft such as the Extra 300 or Pitts, this Harmon Rocket will outperform all such aircraft going vertical.

F1 Rocket
Eric flys the F1 Rocket which is a sleeker, modified version of the Harmon Rocket II

You can visit their website: http://www.rocketaerobatics.com/

Jon Melby

Jon Melby has over 34 years of flying experience fling dozens of aircraft types and currently perform in a highly modified Pitts S-1-11B bi-plane.

He first learned to fly at age 8, when he created a pile of leaves in his Duluth, Minnesota lawn, climbed onto the roof of his 2 story home, and jumped like a bird into the leaves.

At the age of 12, he had the opportunity to meet the legendary airshow pilot Bob Hoover at a local airshow. Bob Hoover

Screaming Eagles: U.S. Army Parachute Demo Team

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Command Parachute Demonstration Team, the “Screaming Eagles”, is a full time aerial demonstration unit in the United States Army. Headquartered at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the soldiers who make up the Screaming Eagles come from diverse backgrounds and hold various military occupational skills.

The team can trace its history as far back as the late 1950s, during the infancy of precision freefall. The original team members were a group of soldiers who volunteered their personal time to practice and perform quality parachute demonstrations. Noticing the success, the command group opted to form a full time team in 1984.

The team

Wings of Blue: USAF Parachute Demo Team

The 98th Flying Training Squadron (98 FTS) is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Education and Training Command 306th Flying Training Group. It is stationed at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado.

The mission of the 98 FTS is to provide parachute training to cadets. The basic program trains 1,200 students per year with the majority of positions given to USAF Academy cadets. ROTC cadets are assigned positions on a availability and timing basis.

The 98th Flying Training Squadron (98 FTS) is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Education and Training Command 306th Flying Training Group. It is stationed at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado.The mission of the 98 FTS is to provide parachute training to cadets. The basic program trains 1,200 students per year with the majority of positions given to USAF Academy cadets. ROTC cadets are assigned positions on a availability and timing basis.

You can visit their website: http://www.usafa.edu/superintendent/pa/factsheets/wingblue.htm

The Snowbirds: Canadian Airforce

The Snowbirds Demonstration Team is a Canadian icon comprised of serving members of the Canadian Forces. Their pilots and technicians work as a team to bring thrilling performances to the North American public. Serving as Canadian ambassadors, the Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of professionalism, teamwork, excellence, discipline and dedication inherent in the women and men of the Air Force and the Canadian Forces.

Motto:
THE HATITEN RONTERIIOS (Warriors of the air)

Badge:
An Iroquois Indian’s head

History:
On 11 November 1942, 431 Bomber Squadron formed at Burn, England. They were in England for the duration of the war and moved to RCAF Station Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, after V-E Day, disbanding there on 5 September 1945. 431 Fighter Squadron formed at RCAF Station Bagotville on 18 January 1954 in order to display the Sabre to the public at airshows. They were disbanded on 1 October 1954.

They were re-activated on 1 April 1978 as 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, more commonly known as the Snowbirds, flying the CT-114 Tutor. On 15 October 1999, 431 Sqn was presented their Squadron Colours, for 25 years of service.