Kirby Chambliss – Team Red Bull *

Photo by Sam Myers

Kirby’s aerobatic technique has amazed many through out the years. He has always
said that if he can show people something they have never seen before then he
has done his job. While he makes his skills look easy, they don’t always start
out that way! After an idea comes to mind, Kirby heads to the plane to test,
flying at a much higher altitude for safety purposes. However, not all ideas
make the final cut; while a certain skill may feel great from the plane, it
doesn’t always look that way from the ground. Members of the team stand below
and film to help Kirby make this judgment.When satisfied with the overall idea
and look of a new skill, Kirby then practices to perfect it. He progressively
flies lower and lower as he becomes more comfortable, pushing the limits and
increasing intensity! After this process, the skill is now complete; the only
thing left is to show it off!


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Red Bull Air Force*

The Red Bull Air Force – consisting of four exceptionally gifted aerial acrobats -show which possibilities the playground of the third dimension offers. This show builds up the extra rush for sports events, concerts, business parties or product presentations. No matter if day or night, over land or water – with breath taking light and smoke effects this action is a perfect highlight for special occasions.


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Arctic Thunder 2018

The 2018 Arctic Thunder Air Show and Open House

June 30 & July 1, 2018

Gates open at 8:30 a.m.
and Opening Ceremony at 10:00 a.m.


Arctic Thunder 2018 Flying Schedule:

  • Jon Melby & Will Allen’s Opening and Acro Squirrel Cage Act
  • Anthony Oshinuga
  • Kent Pietsch’s Comedy Act
  • Warbird Fly-By the Commemorative Air Force & Wings of Freedom*
  • AV-8B Tactical Demo
  • Joint Force Demonstration
  • Nathan Hammond & GhostWriter*
  • Short Take-Off and Landing Demo, Super Cub & L-13*
  • Kent Pietsch’s Truck Top Landing
  • F-16 Single Ship Demo
  • Will Allen’s Rock & Roll Act
  • Greg Colyer & Ace Maker II*
  • C-17 Single Ship Demo
  • Jon Melby’s Extreme Acro Act
  • F-22 Single Ship Demo
  • Kent Pietsch’s Deadstick Act
  • Red Bull – Kirby Chambliss & Red Bull Air Force*
  • United States Air Force Thunderbirds

*Alaska Air Show Association provided Aerial Act

Open to the public Admission Free

Frequently Asked Questions:   Click Here

Sponsorship Opportunities for Arctic Thunder 2018:  Donate Online

Copyright 2013 by Patty Lafond

Copyright 2013 by Patty Lafond


The Association is dedicated to providing aviation inspiration to all generations of Alaskans.