Rob Holland Ultimate Airshows

Rob’s rise to the top started as a young airshow fan in his native New England. Earning his pilot’s license while still a teenager, Rob began flying aerobatics almost immediately, all while building valuable flight time and experience as a corporate pilot, commuter pilot, banner tower, flight instructor, ferry pilot, and operating his own aerobatic flight school. Now in his 18th year as a full-time airshow pilot, Rob has distinguished himself by blazing a trail of innovation, developing maneuvers never before seen at an airshows. “One of my goals is to take aerobatics to the next level,” Rob explains. “I want to push the limits of what can be done.” But while his impact and influence on the airshow community is undeniable, his remarkable skills at the controls of his MXS-RH are matched with a humble and approachable demeanor that has forged a unique connection with countless fans the world over.

  • Eight-time, consecutive, U.S. National Aerobatic Champion*
  • Rob’s Accomplishments:
  • Four-time, consecutive, World 4-minute Freestyle Champion*
  • Nine-time, U.S. 4-minute Freestyle Champion*
  • 2015 World Air Games Freestyle Gold Medalist
  • 2012 Art Scholl Award for Showmanship Recipient
  • 2008 World Advanced Aerobatic Champion
  • Eight-time U.S. Aerobatic Team Member
  • 24 Medals in International Competition (11 Gold)

*Only pilot in history to accomplish

You can visit their website: Rob Holland Ultimate Airshows

Wild Blue Rodeo act of Pilot Josh “Tater” Boudreaux

Wild Blue Rodeo is Wild Blue’s air show! He’s the little RV-8A that wants to be a fighter jet during the day and a police car at night! A real-life RV-8A, the character Wild Blue is the brainchild of entrepreneur and Team Owner Ms. LM “Lunar” Sawyer, a veteran air show professional who also narrates each show performance. The Wild Blue Rodeo air show performance features a combination of high flying thrills and high-concept children’s storytelling. Wild Blue will be piloted by veteran US Air Force F-16 fighter pilot and former Thunderbird, Lt. Colonel Joshua “Tater” Boudreaux, taking Wild Blue through maneuvers as though he indeed were a fighter jet.

360inFlight w/ Wild blue

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Wild Blue Rodeo

Mark Kirsch and his “Man vs. Impossible”

Kirsh is known for his ability to move and pull large objects like C-130s and other military aircraft down taxiways or in static display areas of military open houses. How does he pull these objects? With a harness, a rope and his bare hands.

Arctic Thunder 2020

The 2020 Arctic Thunder Air Show and Open House

July 10 -12, 2020

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


Arctic Thunder 2020 Flying Schedule:

  • United States Air Force Thunderbirds
  • Rob Holland Ultimate Airshow
  • Wild Blue Rodeo act of Pilot Josh “Tater” Boudreaux
  • Mark Kirsch and his “Man vs. Impossible” feats of strength

*Alaska Air Show Association provided Aerial Act

Open to the public Admission Free

Frequently Asked Questions:   Click Here

Sponsorship Opportunities for Arctic Thunder 2020:  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.

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!


You can visit his website:


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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AASA Scholarshp WinnersThe Alaska Air Show Association supports aerospace educational activities for young people of all ages, as part of it’s educational mission as a non-profit organization. In 2006, AASA established two scholarships for aviation majors at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Alaska residents who are full-time students enrolled in any aviation degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage are eligible to apply for the Alaska Air Show Association Aviation Scholarship.  The scholarship is administered by UAA Full-time students enrolled in the UAA professional piloting program are also eligible to receive an Alaska Air Show Association Flight Training Award.  Flight Training Awards are administered directly by the UAA Flight Operations Department.

For children ages 10-12, AASA provides four scholarships to Anchorage area children to attend week long camp at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai  The Challenger Learning Center inspires students to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math by providing a series of fun, hands-on science experiences during the camper’s week long stay.

AASA has also awarded up to two scholarships to participating teens at the Aviation Challenge Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center located in Huntsville, Alabama

For 2016, AASA is working with sponsors for matching UAA educational grants to broaden the number of scholarships young aviators.

2006 Update: Four children won trips to the week long science and technology adventure camp were drawn by lottery at the 2006 Arctic Thunder Air Show.   They completed “Trainee Selection Cards” by visiting various static displays to learn about the aircraft and get their cards stamped.  Two teens in the 13 – 18 year group that attended Arctic Thunder 2006  earned scholarships to Aviation Challenge.  Three UAA students, Desiree McIntosh, Glenn Roose and Maria Terrazas each received $2000 AASA Aviation Scholarships for academic year 2007-2008.

2008 Update: In 2008, AASA contributed $12,000 to UAA to support aviation Scholarships. There were four $2,000 scholarships and a $4,000 flight training incentive award.

2010 Update: For 2010, AASA again contributed $12,000 to UAA to support aviation scholarships. In 2010, there were four $2,500 scholarship and $2,000 in flight training incentive awards.

2012 Update: In 2012, AASA supported 4 scholarships to the Challenger Learning Center, and $2,500 to UAA Aviation Technology program, supplemented with a $7,500 matching grant by the Historic Flight Foundation.

2014 Update: AASA provided $4,000 to UAA in support of the AASA Aviation Scholarship, and four scholarships to the Challenger Learning Center.

2016 Update: AASA intends to fully support four scholarships and flight training incentive awards to the UAA aviation technology program, as well as to provide scholarships to the Challenger Learning Center. Check back for further updates.

US Navy Blue Angels

Blue Angel-SingleMaking their first appearance since Arctic Thunder 2010, the Association is thrilled to have the Blue Angels as the featured jet team for Arctic Thunder, 2016 at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. The Blue Angels showcase demonstrate the Unites States Navy and Marine Corps’ commitment to professionalism, excellence and service through these world-class flight demonstrations and community outreach.

The Blue Angels are comprised of 16 officers fill the flying and support positions. Jet pilots have aircraft carrier qualifications and at least 1,250 tactical jet flight hours. Over 100 enlisted personnel support the demonstration squadron, with such specialties as airframes, avionics, aviation medicine, crew chiefs, logistics, among others.

The Blue Angels fly the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet and the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules.

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Please visit their website at for more great information and exciting videos.

Gregory W Colyer & Ace Maker II *

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Gregory “Wired” Colyer took his first flight at age 7 in a Cessna 172 with Dr. Lee Schaller out of the Schellville airport in Sonoma, California. Hooked ever since, Greg has been flying for almost 3 decades after earning his license in 1982 while serving in the US Army from 1982-1987. His passion for the cockpit never left him as he continued to fly as a hobby and an occasional airshow. After flying with his friend Kay Eckhart, in one of his Lockheed T-33s in 2007, Greg set his sights on an upgrade to the U.S. Air Force’s first operational jet and a real piece of U.S. aviation history, acquiring a T-33 and naming it Ace Maker in 2008. Greg holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with instrument, single and multi engine ratings as well as being a Certified Flight Instructor. Type rated in Aero Vodochody’s L-29 Delfin, L-39 Albatros and the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. A level I Aerobatic low level card and FAST lead formation card round out his qualifications.

Lockheed T-33/Canadair CT-33 Specifications:
Engine: Allison J-33/Rolls Royce Nene 10
Power: 5200/5400 lbs thrust
Max Speed: 505 kts/.80M
Ceiling: 45,000 ft
Range: 1350 nm
Length: 37′ 8″
Height: 11′ 8″
Wing Span: 42’5″ w/tip tanks
Max weight: 16,800 lbs
Max Fuel: 677 imp/810 U.S. gallons

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Please visit Greg’s website at for more cool information and videos.

Gary Ward

GaryWardGary developed an interest in airplanes as an early teenager, soloed at age 16 in a Piper J-3 Cub and has been passionate about aviation ever since. After high school and a tour with the USAF as a jet engine mechanic, Gary graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He worked as a design engineer on the Cessna Citation for Cessna for about a year before “switching hats” to work in a family operated lumber manufacturing business.

Gary started flying airshows in 1998 in a Pitts S2-B and then flew airshows in the Giles 202 from 1999 through 2005. In 2006 he became the first pilot to fly airshows in the awesome and exciting new MX2, an all carbon fiber monoplane powered by a 6 cylinder Lycoming engine producing 350 HP.

Gary puts the MX2 through one of the most exciting performances you will ever see. The action starts on take off as Gary pulls steeply up and goes into a spectacular take off maneuver! The entire sequence is jam packed with breathtaking gyrations that range from zero speed hovers to dives in excess of 250 mph!

MX-2 Specifications:

Engine Lycoming/LYCON IO540 350 HP+
Propeller 3 blade MT-Propeller
Empty Weight 1,307 lbs
Wing Span 24 ft
Length 21 ft 6 in
Cruise Speed 190 knots (218 mph)
Top speed level flight 210 knots (241 mph)
Max speed in dive 230 knots (264 mph)
Roll rate: Exceeds 400 degrees/second
Range 750 NM (862 miles)

Please visit Gary’s website at for more cool information and videos.