USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog!
Are we excited about the A-10 Thunderbolt II coming to #SBDfest2018 on November 3rd and 4th? You bet we are!
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, twin turbofan engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic for the United States Air Force (USAF).
Commonly referred to by the nicknames "Warthog" or "Hog", its official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, a World War II fighter-bomber effective at attacking ground targets.
The A-10 was designed for close air support (CAS) of friendly ground troops, attacking armored vehicles and tanks, and providing quick-action support against enemy ground forces. It entered service in 1976 and is the only production-built aircraft that has served in the USAF that was designed solely for CAS.
Patriots Jet Team | Aircraft: L-39 Albatross
Passion, Precision and Dynamic are words that come to mind when watching the spectacular formation aerobatic flying performed by this awe-inspiring six-ship Patriots Jet Team. As one of the most demanding disciplines and fascinating sights, aerobatic flying is a concentrated blend of technique, mastery and style which requires professional and highly experienced pilots. The Patriots Jet Team features talented pilots who were formerly part of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds. They have logged over 105,000 hours of flight time and performed in more than 1,500 air shows. The group was brought together in 2002 by Randy and is based in Byron, CA. The civilian pilots all share the same genuine passion to entertain audiences at air shows and other events, while encouraging the nation’s youth towards careers in the aviation and aerospace fields.
John Collver | Aircraft: AT-6 Wardog
John Collver has an aviation career spanning more than three decades and over 14,000 hours of flight time in over 50 types of aircraft. His career includes time in the Goodyear Blimp, flying for television, as well as teaching and competing in the aerobatic arena. In addition, John formally flew for the Northrop/Grumman corporation Supporting the U.S. Military for over a decade.
The aerial demonstration performed by John and War Dog is without a doubt an act that thrills spectators young and old. It stirs their patriotic hearts and generates a high level of excitement within each spectator.
A native Californian, Greg took his first flight at the age of 7 and has been hooked ever since. Greg has been a licensed pilot since the age of 18 after learning how to fly while serving in the U.S. Army from 1982 to 1987. After leaving the service, he was employed by the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller at Oakland ARTCC from 1988 to 2015.
One of his favorite aircraft as a youngster was the T-33 Shooting Star, so he set his sights on acquiring America's first operational Jet Fighter and Trainer. He acquired the T-33 "Ace Maker" in 2008 and founded the "T-33 Heritage Foundation" a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to help in the preservation of the type. As America's first operational jet fighter and jet trainer, these aircraft represent a piece of American history that ushered us into a new generation and helped pave the way for the lives and freedoms we can enjoy today.
Rob Harrison, known world-wide as “The Tumbling Bear,” a stunt and aerobatics airshow professional, currently flying local air shows in his red, white and blue Zlin 142C, a Czech Republic military trainer airplane.
Rob started flying with his Dad, a career Naval officer, at the age of six. By age 13, he was doing aerobatics. Now in his 70s, he’s been a marquee airshow attraction for nearly 25 years flying the bright yellow Zlin 50 “The Tumbling Bear.”
Rob earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of La Verne. He’s done graduate work at UCLA; and attended U.S. Navy Test Pilot School. He added a certificate in flight test engineering from the University of Tennessee Space Institute and an FAA Statement of Aerobatic Competency, which allows him to fly aerobatics in waivered airspace. Harrison traveled to the Czech Republic, graduated from the Zlin Air School’s advanced aerobatics school. He is known world-wide as one of the few Zlin airshow pilots.