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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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)

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Jason Newburg & his Pitts Viper

6894061395_292ff53e8a_b Jason Newburg is an extreme aerobatic pilot who loves sharing his high energy performances nationwide and overseas with air show audiences. Jason’s first solo flight was at age 16 and he earned his pilot’s license at 17. Jason is committed to providing aviation leadership to young people who share his passion in aviation and aerobatics. He has served as Vice President for the Embry-Riddle Sport Aviation Club for numerous years.

Viper Pitts S2S Specifications:

Engine 400 HP
Propeller 3 blade MT-Propeller
Empty Weight 1,150 lbs
Wing Span 20 ft 6 in
Length 18 ft 6 in
Top speed level flight 300 mph
Roll rate: 400 degrees/second
Range 600 miles

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Marcus Paine

Marcus Paine

Following in the footsteps of former Alaskan aviator legends, Marcus 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, 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 will be flying his 1941 Stearman for Arctic Thunder 2016.

Marcus was recently featured in Discovery Channel Canada’s Airshow! Television series, which documented the risks, dangers and lives of air show professional performers. The show provided a unique, behind the scenes look at those who regularly risk it all in performances throughout North and South America.

Stearman Specifications:
Empty Weight 1,931 lbs
Wing Span 32 ft 2 in
Length 24 ft 9 in


Marcus over Columbia Glacier Photographer Joe Prax
Marcus over Columbia Glacier
Photographer Joe Prax