F-35 Lightning II Demo Team
The F-35 Demo is from the 388th Fighter Wing, Hill AFB, Utah. The Demo pilot is Capt. Kristin “Beo” Wolfe. She was an experienced F-22 Raptor pilot prior to transitioning to the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a major in chemical engineering.
The F-35A is the U.S. Air Force’s latest fifth-generation fighter. It will replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging fleet of F-16 Fighting Falcons and A-10 Thunderbolt II’s, which have been the primary fighter aircraft for more than 20 years, and bring with it an enhanced capability to survive in the advanced threat environment in which it was designed to operate. With its aerodynamic performance and advanced integrated avionics, the F-35A will provide next-generation stealth, enhanced situational awareness, and reduced vulnerability for the United States and allied nations.
F-22 Raptor Demo Team
Back in Houston for the first time since 2012!
The F-22 Raptor’s combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team performs precision aerial maneuvers at airshows across the world to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the world’s premier 5th generation fighter aircraft. The team also performs with the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation to showcase modern day fighter jets flying in formation with World War II, Korean, and Vietnam era aircraft.
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
C-17 Globemaster III
The massive Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is the newest and one of the largest aircrafts in the Air Force inventory. Weighing in at a maximum takeoff weight of 585,000 pounds and flying as fast as 590 mph the 200-foot-long C-17 will show off its impressive aerial capability. The C-17’s primary mission is to transport equipment, supplies and troops around the world. The 62nd Airlift Wing is the active duty wing on McChord Field. The 62nd Airlift Wing is joined by its Reserve partner the 446th Airlift Wing. Together, the two wings fly 50 C-17 Globemaster IIIs to provide combat airlift for America.
A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team
The A-10 is the Air Force’s premier close air support aircraft, providing invaluable protection to troops on the ground. The Air Combat Command A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team, stationed out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, brings the aircraft to air shows around the country to showcase the unique combat capabilities of the A-10 “Warthog.” They perform precision aerial maneuvers while highlighting the mission and professionalism of the men and women of the United States Air Force. Additionally, the team brings attention to the Air Force’s proud history by flying formations with historical aircraft in the Air Force Heritage Flight.
US Air Force Heritage Flight-P51, A10, F16, F22, F35
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.
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.
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 2020 Wings Over Houston Airshow, October 10 & 11.
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.”
Jacquie B Airshows
When most people turn 50, they figure it’s time to relax and settle into neutral while coasting toward retirement. Not Jacquie B! During the centennial celebration of powered flight in 2003, Jacquie finally quit the humdrum of a white collar profession and realized her dream as an air show performer, becoming the first female pilot to enter this business at the age of 50. Jacquie is flying a 2-place Extra 300 monoplane. With over 3,500 aerobatic flight hours and more than 1200 coast-to-coast air show performances behind her, Jacquie has proven that she has the talent, stamina, discipline and guts to reach beyond the limits placed on her by naysayers. In fact, she broke even more stringent cultural boundaries when she became the first female solo pilot to perform at the 2010 Al Ain Aerobatic Air Show in the United Arab Emirates.
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.
RE/MAX Skydive Team
The Official Open to Wings Over Houston 2020!
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 2020 Wings Over Houston Airshow, October 10 & 11, 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.
Jason Newberg-Viper Airshows
The Viper is an airshow aircraft designed entertain and leave a lasting impression.
Using the Pitts S2S as foundation, The Viper has taken all the years of aircraft evolution and wrapped it into one exhilaration machine.
Custom Built to performance specifications, powered by Lycoming engine and an MT propeller and coated in premium PPG paint, The Viper dazzles an shines heart stopping performance
Shockwave Jet Truck
Shockwave Jet Truck returns to show off it’s awesome 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 holds 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.