Arctic Thunder Schedule

2012 Poster

July 28 & 29 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

Gates Open at 9 a.m., flying begins 10 a.m., show concludes 5 p.m. daily

Download Aircraft Static Map here

Schedule for Saturday and Sunday:

Act Starting Time
Gold Knights 10:00
3Wg Flyby 10:31
Skip Stewart 10:52
Warbirds 11:08
C130 Airdrop 11:34
Intermission 11:54
Oregon Aero Sky Dancer 12:15
B-52 Flyby 12:28
Gary Ward 12:44
Warbirds 13:00
Marcus Paine 13:21
AKJFD 13:40
Runway Sweep 14:16
F-22 Demo 14:34
USAF Thunderbirds 15:05

2012 Sponsors

The Alaska Air Show Association recognizes Arctic Thunder 2012, Elmendorf AFB.

The Alaska Air Show Association recognizes Arctic Thunder 2012, PetroStar for their early sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks Weldin Construction for their early sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks DuPoint for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks Coffman Engineers for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks DowlandBach for their early sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks The Atwood Foundation for their early sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks ML&P for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks Kiewit Building Group for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks Lockheed Martin for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks Boeing C-17 Program for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks BP for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks Holland Roofing Co for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks Wells Fargo for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks AT&T for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks Kendall Toyota for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks Morrison Auto Group for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks Chaz Limited Collision Express for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks Alyeska Pipeline Service Company for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks kpb Architects for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks RAM Trucks for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks Meet Me for Lunch for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks GCI for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks Stripling Advertising for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks ConocoPhillips Alaska for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

The Alaska Air Show Association thanks R&M Consultants, Inc for their generous sponsorship of the Association and Arctic Thunder 2012.

B-2 Stealth Bomber

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The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, is an American strategic bomber, featuring low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is able to deploy both conventional and nuclear weapons. The bomber has a crew of two and can drop up to eighty 500 lb (230 kg)-class JDAM GPS-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400 lb (1,100 kg) B83 nuclear bombs. The B-2 is the only aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration.

Marcus B. Paine

Following the footsteps of former Alaskan aviator legends, Alaskan Marc Paine brings the thrill of aerobatic flight to his hometown of Anchorage, where he has lived for more than 40 years. Raised on a homestead in Rabbit Creek, Marc has been a pilot for over 20 years and is the founder and Chief Flight Instructor of Unusual Attitudes LLC at Merrill Field, a flight school that teaches Unusual Attitude Recovery, Stall/Spin Awareness and aerobatic flight. Marc is a skilled instructor adept at teaching pilots of all skill levels new ways of thinking about the principals of flight and mastering the airplane in every attitude. He is an FAA Safety Counselor, and a regular speaker on Stall/Spin Awareness at FAA Safety Seminars held throughout Alaska, and nationally at aviation events including Oshkosh and Sun N Fun.

Marcus Paine’s 2010 Alaska Airshow Super Cub performance is now live on youtube. Check it out!

Marcus Desktop

Historic Flight Foundation

P-51 and B-25

The Historic Flight Foundation is dedicated to bring a bygone era back to life, delivering a hands-on education about the technology and innovation that served as the springboard for today’s aviation. It was established by John Sessions in 2003 with the intention to collect, restore, and share significant aircraft from the period between the solo Atlantic crossing of Charles Lindbergh and the first test flight of the Boeing 707. Throughout the intervening years, Historic Flight has acquired at least two aircraft annually and engaged the best restoration resources available to return the collection to original splendor.

Read more about the P-51

Read more about the B-25

Historic Flight Foundation’s North American B-25 Mitchell , “Grumpy”

Grumpy’s flight path began in 1943, training US Army Air Force pilots. In 1944, she was transferred to the Royal Air Force as part of the Lend\Lease program and worked for the Royal Canadian Air Force. Though her work was quiet, she trained crews to fly B-24 Liberators for the critical aerial offensive in Southeast Asia. Post-war, it’s probable that she spent time in storage, but also joined auxiliary bombing units responsible for defending western Canada.

Read more about Grumpy

Historic Flight Foundation’s North American P-51 Mustang, “Impatient Virgin”

Nicknamed “their little friend” by Allied bomber crews in World War II, the P-51B Mustang emerged in 1942 as the fast, high-altitude North American fighter that could escort bombers deep into enemy territory and turn the tide of losses sustained during long-range missions. The P-51B also saw action in the Korean War and remains a favorite racer and aerobatics performer for today’s aviators. Between 1944–1945, our Impatient Virgin flew more than 700 hours for the 376th North American Fighter Squadron in England. That’s a more than exceptional record—in most cases, the P-51B flew only about 25 hours before sustaining irreparable damage. After a rather interesting crash, our plane lay scattered in a British beet field for more than a half-century, when it was rediscovered and “harvested” by extremely patient archaeologists.

Read more about Impatient Virgin

U.S. Army Golden Knights

The Strategic Army Command Parachute Team, or STRAC, was formed in 1959 by “Airborne” Soldiers from various military units. Brigadier General Joseph Stilwell Jr. was
responsible for gathering these Soldiers with the original intent to compete during the Cold War effort. This new U.S. All-Army team swept the international competition circuit, in what was then the Soviet dominated sport of skydiving. Later that year on November 1st, this newly formed team performed their first demonstration in Danville Virginia.
In 1961, the Department of Defense announced on June 15th, that the STRAC team would become the United States Army Parachute Team. The team is one of three authorized DoD aerial demonstration teams, along with the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels.

On October 15, 1962 the team earned the nickname the “Golden Knights.” Golden, signifying the Team’s stellar reputation of bringing home gold medals; Knights, alluding to the fact that the Team had “conquered the skies,” and portraying that members of the Team are champions of a set of ideals and principals.

You can visit their website: http://www.usarec.army.mil/hq/goldenknights/