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.