U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds*

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

Making a return appearance from their 2014 performance, the Association is very excited to have the USAF Thunderbirds as the featured jet team for Arctic Thunder 2018

The Thunderbirds are proud to represent Air Force Airmen who make America’s Air Force the most advanced and respected air, space and cyberspace force the world has ever seen. They continually provide consistent and credible Global Vigilance, Global Reach and Global Power, giving a critical edge to today’s joint warfighting and coalition teams. As Air Force ambassadors, the Thunderbird team strives to showcase the integrity, selfless service and excellence embodied by American Airmen everywhere.

The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron plans and presents precision aerial maneuvers to exhibit the capabilities of modern high performance aircraft and the high degree of professional skill to operate those aircraft. As Air Force ambassadors who travel the world over, the Thunderbird team strives to showcase the integrity, selfless service and excellence embodied by American Airmen everywhere.

 


You can visit their website: www.afthunderbirds.com

 



Oregon Aero® SkyDancer *

Steve Oliver and Suzanne Asbury-Oliver create a three-for-one extravaganza with Oregon Aero® SkyDancer, offering aerobatics, pyrobatics and skywriting with every booking. As the world’s only
husband-and-wife professional aerobatic and skywriting duo since 1980, the Olivers have distinguished themselves internationally. They received the Sword of Excellence award from the International Council of Airshows in 1999 for their extraordinary level of professionalism in the airshow industry. With Oregon Aero, Inc. as their title sponsor, they perform in airshows from Alaska to Central America, and many points in between, including Lakeland’s Sun ‘n Fun and Oshkosh’s EAA AirVenture.

You can visit his website: http://oregonaeroskydancer.com/v2/site.html

Bremont Horsemen

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The Bremont Horsemen Flight Team first took off over a decade ago as the world’s only P-51 Mustang formation aerobatic team. Since that time, the team has grown into flying other platforms including F8F Bearcats, F4U Corsairs, F-86 Sabres and most recently, the P-38 Lightning. Despite changing the aircraft they pilot through a 12-minute routine set to award winning composer James Horner’s music, the Bremont Horsemen continue to embody a basic philosophy of flight: ESCAPE LIFE’S GRAVITY. They fly because they love it. They fly because it’s their getaway. They fly to honor the historic aircraft they are privileged to ride. 

The Bremont Horsemen for 2014 are Steve Hinton flying lead with Dan Friedkin and Ed Shipley sticking tight to his wings. The Team’s spirit is not represented by individual pilots, particular airplanes, or specific routines. Instead, they are always looking up, searching the skies for life’s next adventure. 

 

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

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Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

b-52-bomberThe Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, in service today, almost sixty years after its first test flight, is one of the most versatile and successful aircraft ever designed. Originally conceived as a replacement for the Convair B-36, with a long-range, high altitude, free-fall nuclear delivery mission, it has adapted over the years to changing technological and political conditions, assuming a wide variety of tasks and requiring tactics unforeseen by the engineers and airmen responsible for its design and procurement in the late 1940s. Today, it is still flying and fighting, and will probably do so until 2040 or longer. One saying that is popular with today’s aircrews is: “The last B-52 pilot hasn’t been born!”

North American Aviation AT-6 Texan *

This is a single-engine, advance trainer aircraft used during WWII. The prototype first flew in 1935, and the first models went into production in 1937. More than 17,000 were built. Our aircraft was built in 1943 and is in the Aleutian colors of aircraft flying there in WWII.

Mitsubishi A6M Zero *


The Zero was a long-range fighter aircraft operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service from 1940-5, and was considered the most capable carrier-based fighter in the world. It had excellent maneuverability, long range and a legendary reputation as a dogfighter. The Zero was involved in the air raid over Dutch harbor on June 4, 1942. Many flight characteristics were learned from recovering a Zero that crashed landed on Akutan Island.

Harvard MkIIB *

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 History

The Royal Air Force initially ordered what would be designated by the USAAF as the AT-6 Texan in 1938 and named it 'Harvard'.  In 1940, the Harvard MkIIB was built under license in Montreal for the Royal Canadian Air Force, the RAF and the USAAF, with a total 2,557 built.  It is reported that in WWII an occasional Harvard would fly in to Annette Island, Alaska, where Canadian units were stationed, adding to the strength of the 11th Air Force.