Wings of Freedom, founded by Mr. Chuck Miller, is dedicated to providing a collection of flyable warbirds that played a role in shaping Alaska’s aviation heritage. Housed in a WW-II era hangar at Merrill Field, Wings of Freedom will be providing a T-6 and L-13 at Arctic Thunder 2016. Wings of Freedom had previously been the home of one of the world’s last remaining Mitsubishi Zero, which flew in the 2012 Arcitc Thunder Air Show as well as in the 2013 Alaska Aviation Centennial Celebration.
The AT-6 Texan is a single-engine, advanced trainer aircraft used during WWII. The prototype first flew in 1935, and the first models were put into production in 1937. More than 17,000 were built. The aircraft being flow at Arctic thunder was built in 1943, and is in the Aleutian colors of aircraft flying there in WWII.
The L-13A was manufactured by Consolidated Vultee, and first flown in 1945. It was used for observation, liaison, and air ambulance duties. Like the L-2, man were later converted for civilian use in the Alaska bush.
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/
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.
Bob began flying in 1979 at the age of 19. He has since logged over 2000 hours in a wide variety of aircraft and holds a commercial pilot certificate. Bob has flown hang gliders, airplanes, helicopters, and sailplanes from hundreds of sites in the US, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Bob has flown airshows professionally since 1993. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife Laurie and their two dogs, Elsa and Cinco. He is a member of SSA and ICAS. Bob & Jet Salto
Bob is one of the most versatile airshow performers in North America. He began flying airshows in his Salto sailplane, and over the years has continued to add innovative performances such as barnstormin’ biplane aerobatics, helicopter sailplane tow, night aerobatics with strobes & pyro and the world’s only twin jet sailplane. The tradition of innovation continues with the recent addition of the Super Salto jet sailplane, with more power, more speed and more aerobatic capability than any other sailplane on the planet! Bob is a retired rocket scientist for a major national laboratory.
You can visit his website: http://www.vertigoairshows.com/
As the world’s only operational fifth-generation fighter, the F-22 Raptor is, and will remain, unprecedented in its total integration of stealth and advanced avionics. It quite simply is a revolutionary leap in lethality and survivability over any aircraft in production or design anywhere in the world. With its built-in reliability and maintainability, this fighter will be able to rapidly deploy anywhere on the globe.
You can visit the website: http://www.f22-raptor.com/
Melissa’s air show routine is a high energy and action packed display of Unlimited Aerobatics in the Edge540 Aircraft. The show will give your audience everything from the thrill of gyroscopic maneuvers to the extremely complex and technical maneuvers learned through competition. Melissa believes that mastering the skills of both competition and air shows will make her the most skilled and safe pilot that she can be. You will be provided with a full and entertaining display for every type of audience.
Melissa views each venue as a new palate where she can create a beautiful painting in the sky to please the eyes, ears and imaginations of all. As a young female in aerobatics, Melissa attracts the harder to reach audiences. The younger viewers can relate to her and be encouraged to pursue their own dreams of aviation!
You can visit her website: http://www.sportsgal.com/
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!
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/
Gary 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! The MX2 is an all carbon fiber monoplane powered by a 6 cylinder Lycoming engine “pumped up” by Lycon and is truly “state of the art” in all out aerobatic aircraft.
You can visit his website: http://www.garywardaerobatics.com/
Gary Ward’s performance in the MX-2 at the 2010 Alaska Airshow is now live on youtube. Check it out!
Gary Ward – MX-2