Returning in 2019 to Houston!
The flying unit, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, returns to Houston.
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.
Canadian Forces Snowbird Demonstration Team (CANCELLED)
The Snowbirds cancelled their 2019 performance at Houston due to a safety issue at a previous show.
The Canadian Forces (CF) Snowbirds, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron are a Canadian icon comprised of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and National Defence Public Service employees.
Pilots, technicians (aviation, avionics, aircraft structure, supply), mobile support operators, resource management support clerks, an engineering officer, a logistics officer and a public affairs officer representing all three elements (Army, Navy and Air Force), work as a team to bring thrilling performances to the Canadian public. Serving as ambassadors of the CAF, the CF Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of skill, professionalism, teamwork, discipline and dedication inherent in the men and women of the CAF and they inspire the pursuit of excellence wherever they go in North America.
F-35 Lightning II Demo Team
F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona and will be doing a full aerobatic routine this year.
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.
Navy Legacy Flight
About the Legacy Flight Program
The Legacy Flight program matches today’s frontline fighters with their predecessors in close flight maneuvers at air shows nationwide. USN F/A-18 ” Hornet” fighters, F/A-18G “Growler” Electronic Countermeasure aircraft, TA-45 Goshawk trainers and T-6 Texan II trainers fly on the wing of World War II, Korean and Vietnam era fighters.
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.
Sean D. Tucker-Team Oracle
HE’S FLOWN FORMATION WITH THE U.S. NAVY BLUE ANGELS, THE U.S. AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRDS
AND MANY OTHER LEGENDARY PILOTS AND PERFORMANCE TEAMS. NOW, SEAN D. TUCKER IS
TAKING TO THE SKIES WITH ANOTHER INCREDIBLE ACT, ESTEEMED AVIATRIX JESSY PANZER.
So, fasten your seat belts and hold on tight. The 2019 Team Oracle air show season is underway. It’s time for some
heart-charging, high-performance power aerobatics from the new Team Oracle featuring Tucker and the only
civilian female formation airshow pilot in the United States, Jessy Panzer. It is filled with awe-inspiring moments,
thrills and adrenaline.
While the team welcomes Panzer, it prepares to say farewell to the one-of-a-kind dream machine, the Oracle Challenger III.
At the end of the 2019 season in Houston, the Oracle Challenger III is headed to a place of honor in
Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
Matt Chapman & Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Matt Chapman & Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is proud to sponsor Matt Chapman. Matt personifies what we love about aviation – the thrill of expanding the envelope in what is known about flight, the credentials and expertise to make that possible, and the passion for doing it right and doing it well.
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.
Paul has been flying for 63 years and has more than 22,000 flying hours. His professional flying career spans more than 50 years. In August 2012, Paul made his retirement flight and closed his log book on that chapter of this life. Paul served as chief pilot and Aviation Department manager for the World Famous King Ranch for more than 35 years. On his retirement, he was flying the corporate jet based in Houston.
RE/MAX Skydive Team
The Official Open to Wings Over Houston 2019!
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 2019 Wings Over Houston Airshow, October 19 & 20, 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.
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.
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.