2017 Performers

updated 7-13-17

USAF Thunderbirds


Returning in 2017 for the second time to Houston!

The flying unit, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flew its first public flyover of 2017 at Houston, Texas for Super Bowl LI.

The Thunderbirds have the privilege and responsibility to perform for people all around the world, displaying the pride, precision and professionalism of American Airmen. In every hour-long demonstration, the team combines years of training and experience with an attitude of excellence to showcase what the Air Force is all about.

The sharply choreographed, drill-style ground ceremony kicks off the demonstration by showcasing the attention to detail and esprit de corps that defines our enlisted members. As the jets take to the skies and fly only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip, the crowd gets a glimpse of the awesome skills and capabilities that all fighter pilots must possess. The solo pilots integrate their own loud and proud routine, exhibiting some of the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon – the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter jet.

Vietnam War Reenactment

The Vietnam War Tribute demonstration will be one show not to miss. It will take aircraft from crews of the Commemorative Air Force, Vietnam War Flight Museum, the Collings Foundation, Cavanaugh Flight Museum, military ground troop re-enactors from the 6th Cavalry, with the National U.S. Forces Museum and others. Aircraft include F-4, F-100, A-4, Huey, Cobra, Mig 17, Skyraider, 0-2’s & more.

The Vietnam War was a long, costly armed conflict that pitted the communist regime of North Vietnam and its southern allies, known as the Viet Cong, against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. The divisive war, increasingly unpopular at home, ended with the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 1973 and the unification of Vietnam under Communist control two years later. More than 3 million people, including 58,000 Americans, were killed in the conflict.

US Navy F-18 Super Hornet — VFA-122



Air shows are the best place to see a VFA-122 Super Hornet in action. The Tactical Demonstration, or “Tac Demo” team flies the single-seat F/A-18E and two-seat F/A-18F as close to the “edge of the envelope” as safety and prudence allow. The routine highlights the Rhino’s maneuverability and slow-speed handling characteristics and has been very well received around the country.

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 — A-10


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), the Heritage Flightprogram 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.

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.

Shockwave Jet Truck


Shockwave Jet Truck returns to show off it’s assume power.

Shockwave is a custom built race truck equipped with 3 huge J34-48 Pratt & Whitney Jet Engines originally out of the USA Navy T2 Buckeye. The combined horsepower is 36,000! These 3 Jet Engines make a total of 21,000 lbs of thrust which easily propels this truck to speeds over 350 mph while racing planes at air shows all over North America! Shockwave is not only the most powerful truck in the world, it also hold the record speed for Semi Trucks at 376 mph! As one of the most popular air show and drag racing exhibition vehicles in the world, the Shockwave performance is not something you will soon forget! This is truly an assault of all of your senses with huge flames coming out of the 3 after burning jet engines, fire shooting out of the smoke stacks, intense heat, deafening noise, and SPEED! Shockwave is owned by Darnell Racing Enterprises, Inc based in Springfield, MO and driven by Chris Darnell.

MiG-17 Fighter Jets, Inc.

This Mig-17 will fly a solo routine and also in the Vietnam re-enactment as an
enemy of the US Forces.

Randy W. Ball / MiG Pilot, is North America’s Premier Jet Demonstration Pilot. Randy has performed well over 1,000 performances to date! No other North American Jet Demo pilot even comes close to that number of performances. In fact, Randy is the only Jet Demo pilot (military or civilian) to be granted both a day and night unlimited aerobatic rating in jet fighters by the FAA. He has flown over 42 different types of aircraft, manufactured in nine countries.

Debbie Rihn-Harvey


Multi-time world aerobatic champion and airshow board member returns to fly in her home airshow. Debby Rihn-Harvey is one of the highest ranked aerobatics competitors in the United States. In 2011, she won the Betty Skelton “First Lady of Aerobatics” Trophy making 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.

As a tribute to her many accomplishments, she was inducted into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame in 2003, the EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame in 2007, she received the Loyd P. Nolan Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, and the International Ninety Nine”s Award of Achievement for Contributions to Aviation in 2012.

Elias Corey — Suzuki Airshows


Elias Corey is an avid aviation enthusiast and competitor. He has earner top podium positions in all flight categories leading up to advanced international competition.

For 2015, Elias Corey is pleased to announce Suzuki Motor Corporation’s entry into the world of competition flight. Launching in the fall of 2016, Suzuki will introduce their full range of motorcycles for test rides at premier air shows around the USA.

With direct support and training from members of the USA National Aerobatic Team, Elias Corey with his modified Extra 300 Mid-wing has his sights on the 2016 Competition Season and to sharing the Suzuki brand with aviation enthusiasts around the world.

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WW1 JN4H — Jenny Aircraft


The Friends of Jenny present a rare pre-World War I flyable full size replica Curtis JN-4H “Jenny”.

In Celebration of the 100th anniversary of Ellington Field this year we take you back to the early days of military aviation.

A narration of the historic significance of the Jenny will be timed to the aircraft demonstration.

Since early man looked to the heavens and watched birds fly, he’s been captivated by the possibilities. As the 20th century dawned, the dream of powered flight became a reality. And with that reality, the airplane was born.

The Jenny is one of America’s most famous airplanes. It would carry passengers to distant locations in an efficient manner that defied previous limitations. And the military learned quickly that the ‘Knights of the Air’ would provide a distinct advantage to their military strategies. To accomplish this, they needed just the right type of aircraft to train their pilots. The Curtiss Jenny fulfilled that need.

Michael Wiskus — Lucas Oil Airshows


Like many of the show pilots, Mike’s passion for aviation started when he was very young. Mike’s Dad took him to his first air show at their hometown in Iowa at the age of 10. That show made an everlasting impression so deep that at 14, Mike rode his bike to the airport for two weeks straight and bugged the owner for a job washing airplanes and cleaning hangars just to be around airplanes.

In school, Mike had a teacher tell him he would never be a pilot. His grades weren’t great and he got into trouble. Later that year a tutor gave him the book The Little Engine that Could, by Watty Piper. It changed his attitude and it helped Mike believe in himself. He traded his work of washing airplanes for flying lessons and received his Pilot’s License on his 17th birthday.

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!, Gulf Coast Wing-CAFLone Star Flight Museum, Texas Flying Legends Museum, Lewis Air Legends, Vietnam War Flight Museum and Collings Foundation.

Precision Exotics


Thrilling Supercar Driving Experience

When you consider the fact that a car enthusiast and an aircraft enthusiast is separated by only about a half chromosome, then Precision Exotics is the perfect answer for them both. We not only offer you the opportunity to drive the most recognizable exotic cars in the world, but we do so at the most exciting venue possible, a live airshow! Precision Exotics is a proud member of ICAS, the International Council of Air Shows.

We travel to airshows across the country bringing our collection of exotic vehicles to the tarmac. We offer those attending the airshow a chance to test their skills behind the wheel of some of the most recognizable exotic cars in the world.