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Welcome to the Greenwood Lake Air Show Performer Page

2014 Performer Lineup
*Performers are subject to change without notice.

Lucas Oil Air Shows

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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. He traded his work for flying lessons and received his Pilot’s License on his 17th birthday.​Thirty two years later, Mike has accumulated more than 24,000 flight hours and has qualified in more than 40 aircraft.

 

 As a 2002 U.S. National Aerobatic Champion, and a member of the 

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2004 U.S. Aerobatic Team, Mike has traveled the World with the same aircraft you will see him performing in at the air show. His excitement for aviation and willingness to share his aviation experience with people around the country is nothing short of contagious. 

 

 

 

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Raiders Demo Team

webassets/3ship.jpgThe Raiders are a highly skilled team of three aircraft performing precision formation flying. The Raider Pilots are based out of Southern New Jersey. They have been active on the Air Show circuit since 2005. With an average of over 10,000 flight hours per team member, including heavy commercial aircraft and military jet fighters, the team is comprised of highly experienced, professional aviators. webassets/raiders3.jpgThey fly both the Yak 52 and the Nanchang CJ-6. The Yak 52 is a 2 seat tandem aircraft with fully inverted flight and aerobatic capabilities. It is powered by a 360 HP M-14 radial engine. The Nanchang CJ-6 is powered by a 285 HP Housai 9 cylinder radial engine. It has a higher top speed than it's Russian counterpart. 

Jerry McCart

webassets/wickedwilly.jpgHailing from Ellenton, Florida, Jerry McCart is one of the fastest men alive! Starting a long racing career with Go-kart Racing in 1964 at the age of 8 and moving through the ranks and divisions. Jery McCart has competed in over 1,271 races. He has had some notable accomplishments in his racing career. Wicked Willy is powered by a GE J-85 jet engine. It produces over 6000 Lbs of thrust, equating to more than 12,000 hp and produces 4.6 g's of acceleration force. 

 

The Original Batcopter & BatMobile

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Gary Ward is Returning Again thanks to JCP&L.

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Gary began his airshow career in 1998 in a Pitts S2-B. In 1999, he moved to the Giles 202 and in 2006, he became the first pilot to begin flying airshows in the awesome new MX2! The MX2 is the absolute latest in unlimited aerobatic aircraft. It is strong, fast, and very agile! 

The entire airframe is constructed of aerospace quality carbon fiber to provide maximum strength and stiffness with minimum weight. The MX2 is powered by a Lycoming engine modified by LYCON to produce more than 350 HP!

Gary puts the MX2 through one of the most exciting performances you will ever see. The action starts on take off as Gary pulls steeply up and goes into a spectacular take off maneuver! The entire sequence is jam packed with breathtaking gyrations that range from zero speed hovers to dives in excess of 250 mph!

The MX2 is so powerful that at the end of an inverted flat spin, rotation is stopped and the MX2 will fly out, inverted, without the nose ever dropping below the horizon! Gary makes full use of the power and agility of the MX2 to perform many maneuvers that an "airplane just isn't supposed to do!" 

Greg Connell

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Greg is a commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings. He also has an FAA aerobatic waiver card. His encouragement towards his instrument and commercial ratings came from his mentor, the "infamous" Charlie Davis. Charlie was also the one who initiated Greg's aerobatic training. His good friend, Gary Ward is now his aerobatic instructor. Greg also helps Gary, part-time, with the globally recognized Gary Ward Airshows team.

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JCP&L Sponsored Gary Ward and Greg Connell Perform Together

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Gary and Greg perform together in their Squirrel Cage Act.

Greg Koontz

Veteran Airshow guru Greg Koontz puts his American Champion Super Decathlon though its paces in one of the most down low, in your face airshow routines you will ever see! He also shows off his skills in his Piper Cub doing a comedy routine. 

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The FLS Microjet is a high performance, aerobatic, single seat, low-wing, all metal, jet-powered aircraft built from an amateur homebuilder kit. The design was originally developed in the 1970's by Jim Bede of Bede Aircraft, Inc. and designated as the BD-5. It was a public sensation and fueled homebuilders with dreams of owning a high performance propeller or jet aircraft at a fraction of the normal cost.

The BD-5 was dubbed "The World's Smallest Jet" and quickly earned a reputation as James Bond's jet when it was featured in the movie "Octopussy." Through the years, a few airshow teams have captivated fans all over the world but today, very few flying BD-5's still exist. 


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Kevin Russo Airshows

A mainstay of the Greenwood Lake Airshow, Kevin returns again for the 2014! Watch him put his beautifully restored SNJ through its paces!

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T-6 Formation Flight

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P-51 Mustang

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The Red Tail Squadron's P51 Mustang will be piloted over the field in a graceful display of its speed and agility. More information on the plane and the Red Tail Squadron can be found on http://www.redtail.org 

996 men completed the Tuskegee flight training program and earned their wings. 450 of them were sent to fly and fight in North Africa and Europe as fighter pilots. The others were trained as bomber pilots, but the war ended before they could be deployed to the Pacific theater. Of those who went into battle, 66 gave their lives and 32 became prisoners of war.

The 99th Fighter Squadron was the first FS activated as part of the Tuskegee program.  As pilots graduated from the Tuskegee program, they would be assigned to three other Fighter Squadrons as well:  the 100th, 301st, and 302nd.  These four Fighter Squadrons would become part of the 332nd Fighter Group.  Like all Fighter Groups, the Tuskegee-trained pilots of the 332nd flew fighter aircraft with distinctive paint schemes to assist with identifying friend from foe.  The 332nd’s identifying marking was bright red tails on their fighters.

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The 99th Fighter Squadron was sent to North Africa in April 1943 for combat duty. The transition from training to actual combat wasn’t always smooth given the racial policies within the military as well as the personal prejudices of many enlisted personnel and line officers. However, the Airmen overcame the obstacles posed by segregation through hard work and commitment to their role as military aviators. After a few months in North Africa, the 99th was ordered to support the Allies’ campaigns in Italy and later, Germany.  The other three Fighter Squadrons of the 332nd soon joined them.

Although the Airmen always flew courageously and well, it was as bomber escorts on missions deep into Germany and its neighbors that they really made a name for themselves.  Soon their reputation for staying with the bombers they were assigned to protect spread.  It wasn’t long before the white bomber pilots were requesting the Tuskegee-trained “Red Tail Angels” to fly escort for them.

The Pilots of the 332nd flew a number of different fighter aircraft, but they are most closely associated with the fast and powerful P-51 Mustang.

Jon Socolof will perform a demonstration of his L-29 Jet

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Greenwood Lake Air Show  is a rain or shine event, but the safety of pilots and attendees is paramount. Inclement weather may occasionally delay flying activities, but every effort will be made to produce the afternoon air show unless safety margins cannot be met.
Greenwood Lake Airport
126 Airport Rd.
West Milford, NJ 07480