Welcome to the Greenwood Lake Air Show Performer Page
2014 Performer Lineup
*Performers are subject to change without notice.
Indy Boys Paul Stender
Paul Stender is the definition of an adrenaline junkie! A native of Big Bend, Wisconsin, Paul
grew up racing motorcycles and snowmobiles. He later made the jump into the big leagues and began racing Badger and USAC Midgets.
He continued life in the fast lane when he became an Outlaw Sprint Car Driver but it didn’t stop there. After seeing
a jet funny car race, Paul took speed to a whole other level when he decided to step into the outrageous world of jet cars.
He raced his first jet vehicle in 1995, the Jazz Jet Funny Car at speeds of nearly 300 MPH. In his first full year of racing,
Paul was honored with the prestigious Pro-Jet Rookie of the Year Award in 1997 and has been setting the jet world on fire
ever since. He is currently the top booking act in the industry today.
Paul has gone on to make international headlines with his
jet powered creations, dazzling and amazing fans at air shows and motorsport events around the world. Paul has owned and built
over 23 jet vehicles since 1995 including a self-designed jet beer truck, a jet semi truck, and the 400 MPH Dodge Ramjet.
Paul has built and currently is racing include the School Time Jet Bus that reaches speeds near 367 MPH, the famous Port-O-Jet
Outhouse, and a Jet Powered Humvee. Paul and all his vehicles are currently licensed with the major drag racing sanctioning
These days, Paul Stender
is as much of a star as the vehicles he builds. Paul and his vehicles have been featured in media including Discovery Channel,
Discovery Channel Canada, Monster Garage, E!, Inside Edition, LA Times, Washington Post, BBC, Car and Driver, Fox Business,
The Sun, CMT, Spike, MSNBC, Drudge Report, ESPN, Popular Science, The Soup, TV Asahi (Japan), Galileo (Germany), The Wall
Street Journal, CBS Early Morning, CNN, E!, Bloomberg, CBS National News, NBC National News, Fox National News, Fox and Friends,
TLC, Ripley’s Believe It or Not (Print Editions 2010 and 2011) and many more.
Paul’s crew chief is his wife, Therese Stender.
Paul and Therese travel together to 30 events a year with their Great Danes, Saber and Atlas.
Paul’s next goal is beating the land speed record.
He is in the process of converting a Cold War era Russian fighter jet into a land speed car that will reach speeds of 800
Lucas Oil Air Shows
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
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 TeamThe 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. They 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 McCartHailing 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.
Gary Ward is Returning Again thanks to JCP&L.
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!
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 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.
JCP&L Sponsored Gary Ward and
Greg Connell Perform Together
Gary and Greg perform together in their Squirrel
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.
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.
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!
T-6 Formation Flight
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.
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.
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.
of the 332nd flew a number of different fighter aircraft, but they are most closely associated with the fast and powerful
Jon Socolof will perform a demonstration of his L-29 Jet