RE/MAX Skydive Team
The Official Open to Wings Over Houston 2018!
The RE/MAX Skydiving Team is delivering it’s show-stopping performance to thousands of Texans this fall at some of our region’s grandest outdoor event venues. This year, the team will officially open the 2018 Wings Over Houston Airshow, October 20 & 21, with a skydive choreographed to the National Anthem.
According to RE/MAX of Texas, between the four jumpers, they have more than 100 years of jump experience and more than 15,000 jumps. These experienced jumpers will leap from a plane at 4,500 feet and experience a 120mph free fall. You can easily find these jumpers in the air by looking for Texan and American flags flying down with them.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels Demonstration Team
Headlining this year’s event:
The Blue Angels are the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, with aviators from the Navy and Marines. The Blue Angels’ six demonstration pilots currently fly the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet, typically in more than 70 shows at 34 locations throughout the United States each year, where they still employ many of the same practices and techniques used in their aerial displays in their inaugural 1946 season.
An estimated 11 million spectators view the squadron during air shows each full year. The Blue Angels also visit more than 50,000 people in a standard show season (March through November) in schools and hospitals. Since 1946, the Blue Angels have flown for more than 260 million spectators.
Phillips 66 Aerostars
The Phillips 66 Aerostars have been performing together, just a few feet from one another, wingtip to wingtip, at around 250 miles per hour for more than a decade. And they will be performing during the 2018 Wings Over Houston Airshow, October 20 & 21.
Flying their Extra 300L aircraft, the four-ship team performs breathtaking barrel rolls, graceful formation loops, and dramatic opposing maneuvers.
The Phillips 66 Aerostars seek to “inspire young people throughout our shows to get involved and get that fire for aviation careers burning again,” pilot Paul “Rocket” Hornick recently told the AOPA. “It’s a good time to be a pilot.”
John Klatt-Screamin' Sasquatch Team
The Jack Link’s Jet Waco “Screamin’ Sasquatch” is powered by dual power plants: a Pratt & Whitney 985 radial engine and a General Electric CJ610 (J85) jet engine with 3,000 lbs. of thrust. Total thrust of the combined engines is rated at 4,500 lbs. A three bladed Hartzell propeller is used to harness the power of the 985 radial.
This system allows the plane to achieve feats other stunt planes are unable to do, along with reaching speeds up to 250 mph. Snap rolls, spins, barrel rolls and the hover are among the list of maneuvers this aircraft can perform. The plane has a thrust ratio of greater than 1 to 1, which allows it to accelerate going straight up
That's All Brother
Nearly 75 years ago, on June 6, 1944, That’s All, Brother carried the first of the paratroopers from the 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions. Piloted by Lt. Col John Donalson, the plane led over 800 C-47s which dropped over 13,000 paratroopers into a battle that changed the course of mankind. Our mission is to bring this great airplane back to the skies over Normandy for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
As part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Central Texas Wing, That’s All, Brother is collaborating with three other CAF C-47/DC-3 airplanes to make the epic journey back over the Atlantic in 2019. We will be retracing the classic ferry path from the United States to Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, and England to join up with over 30 C-47/DC-3 airplanes in Duxford, England as part of the Daks over Normandy project. From there, we will travel to Normandy for the 75th anniversary, then to Germany to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.
Sean D. Tucker-Team Oracle
See Seans last public solo performance demonstration.
Sean has been flying airshows worldwide since the mid-70’s and has won numerous aerobatic competitions. In that time, he has flown more than 1,275 performances at more than 525 airshows, in front of more than 135 million fans.
The level of professionalism and discipline in Sean’s airshows is no coincidence. He practices his airshow routine three times every day. To endure the extreme physical demands of each routine, Sean maintains a rigorous physical training schedule, working out more than 340 days per year.
Named as one of the Living Legends of Flight, Sean is a member of an elite group of aviators and astronauts that includes General Jimmy Doolittle, General “Chuck” Yeager, and John Glenn.
Commemorative Air Force
Air Power Demonstration
Featuring famous battle reenactments with pyrotechnics simulating a near real experience.
Aircraft from Commemorative Air Force, Houston Wing-CAF, Tora! Tora! Tora!-CAF, Gulf Coast Wing-CAF, Lone Star Flight Museum, Texas Flying Legends Museum, Lewis Air Legends, Vietnam War Flight Museum and Collings Foundation.
USAF F-16 Viper Demo
The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-seat, multi-mission fighter with the ability to switch from an air-to-ground to air-to-air role at the touch of a button. With its lightweight airframe and powerful General Electric engine generating 31,000 pounds of thrust, the F-16 can fly at speeds in excess of Mach 2. F-16 Factsheet
Debby Rihn-Harvey is a member of the Wings over Houston airshow board of directors and the winner of multiple world aerobatic championships. She is one of the highest ranked aerobatics competitors in the United States. In 2011, she won the Betty Skelton “First Lady of Aerobatics” Trophy with performances that made her the highest scoring female competitor for the thirteenth time.
Rihn-Harvey is also the longest standing member of the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatics Team, qualifying to represent the U.S. fifteen times in World Aerobatic Championships in North America and Europe. In world competition, Rihn-Harvey has been a Gold Medalist as well as holding many regional titles.
In recognition of her many accomplishments, she was inducted into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame in 2003, the EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame in 2007, received the Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, and, in 2012, the International Ninety Nines Award of Achievement for Contributions to Aviation.
US Coast Guard Air Station — Houston
Air Station Houston will demonstrate the team work it takes to provide rescue services. Providing an all-weather 24/7 Search and Rescue (SAR) capability to the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast since 1963. With three MH-65D “Dolphin” helicopters, AIRSTA Houston’s AOR extends from the Colorado River to White Lake, Louisiana.
138th Fighter Wing — Tulsa Air National Guard
The 138th Fighter Wing based at Ellington will open the show with a full afterburner take off as they depart on a training exercise.
Their mission statement: Maintain combat forces ready for mobilization, deployment and employment as needed to support national security objectives.
US Air Force Heritage Flight — Aircraft T.B.D
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), the Heritage Flight program was founded in 1997. Heritage Flight performances of current fighter/attack aircraft flying with World War II, Korea and Vietnam era fighters dramatically display USAF air power history and honor the brave men and women who have served, or are currently serving, in the USAF. In 2010, the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed to keep this popular program flying.
Mission: The A-10 Thunderbolt II has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and is a highly accurate and survivable weapons-delivery platform. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions. The wide combat radius and short takeoff and landing capability permit operations in and out of locations near front lines. Using night vision goggles, A-10 pilots can conduct their missions during darkness.