The Nakajima B5N2 – Allied reporting-name ‘Kate’ – was the sole shipboard torpedo-bomber of the Japanese Navy at the start of the Pacific War. It was by then quite old, having been designed to meet a specification of 1935, and was already judged to be obsolescent. However, when first put into production it was a very advanced aircraft, and in war it out-performed any Allied ship borne torpedo-bomber until the arrival of the Grumman Avenger in mid-1942. In particular it was greatly superior to the Douglas TBD Devastator – the carrier-borne torpedo-plane of the US Fleet at the Battle of the Coral Sea and the decisive Battle of Midway.
The AT-6 Texan "The Pilot Maker"
The AT-6 Texan first appeared in 1938. Originally designed as a basic trainer for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC), the Texan was the primary training platform for all U.S. airmen such as the P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair P-40 Warhawk, and others.
Gary developed an interest in airplanes as an early teenager, soloed at age 16 in a Piper J-3 Cub and has been passionate about aviation ever since. After high school and a tour with the USAF as a jet engine mechanic, Gary graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He worked as a design engineer on the Cessna Citation for Cessna for about a year before "switching hats" to work in a family operated lumber manufacturing business. Gary started flying airshows in 1998 in a Pitts S2-B and then flew airshows in the Giles 202 from 1999 through 2005. In 2006 he became the first pilot to fly airshows in the awesome and exciting new MX2! The MX2 is an all carbon fiber monoplane powered by a 6 cylinder Lycoming engine "pumped up" by Lycon and is truly "state of the art" in all out aerobatic aircraft.
NIGHT PYRO SHOW LIGHT! SMOKE! PYRO!
Bob Carlton night pyro aerobatics
Dazzling the night sky in the world's only SubSonex JSX-2
Microjet. Since 1903, airplanes and fire have been mortal enemies. Bob Carlton coaxes them into a snarling truce with the spectacular Fire & Lights sets the night sky ablaze sparks, smoke, fireballs and bomb bursts, Fire & Lights set the night sky ablaze with color and action.
The SubSonex MicroJet is capable of speeds of 300 mph, and can perform all the classic aerobatics, including maneuvers like tailslides, normally considered tabo in a jet. Bit it's not just about high speed. With its incredibly wide range, it can turn tight and stay close so your spectators aren't waiting for a turnaround.
Matt Younkin Saturday Night Show
Worlds Smallest Airport
Flown in the 1946 Piper J-3 Cub, this act begins as Greg - farmer Clem Cleaver - climbs up on the announcer's stand, demanding a flight lesson. Later in the show, he "steals" the plane and takes off alone, with his whole crew chasing. Grandpa shoots off a tire to get him down, and Clem lands on his pickup truck as it races down the runway.
Imagine the airshow circuit’s largest, noisiest, and smokiest airplane lit up like a Christmas tree and performing aerobatics at night! Imagination has become reality! Keeping with Younkin Airshows tradition of pioneering the unusual, this new variation of an existing amazement will surely be the highlight of any night airshow.
Matt Younkin’s Beech 18 performance is likely the most unusual act on the airshow circuit today. The Beech 18 was never designed for aerobatic flight; however that doesn’t make it incapable of doing just that.
The performance is almost a mirror image of the one his father Bobby pioneered and flew for over 15 years.
Bob Carlton Aircraft: SubSonex
The Corsair served in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, Fleet Air Arm and the Royal New Zealand Air Force, as well as the French Navy Aéronavale and other, smaller, air forces until the 1960s. It quickly became the most capable carrier-based fighter-bomber of World War II. Some Japanese pilots regarded it as the most formidable American fighter of World War II,and the U.S. Navy counted an 11:1 kill ratio with the F4U Corsair. As well as being an outstanding fighter, the Corsair proved to be an excellent fighter-bomber, serving almost exclusively in the latter role throughout the Korean War and during the French colonial wars in Indochina and Algeria.
The North American B-25 "Mitchell" Bomber was one of the most versatile and widely used aircraft and considered the best medium bomber of the Second World War. Over 11,000 were produced with a wide number of variations and armament configurations.
The short-field takeoff and landing characteristics of the B-25, its ruggedness, ease of maintenance under primitive combat conditions, and the ease with which field modifications could be made to meet each combat-group’s unique needs, resulted in the B-25 eventually replacing the Martin B-26 Marauder as the standard medium bomber in the Pacific.
Driver: Jerry McCort Vehicle: Home Wrecker
Jerry 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. He has competed in over 1,300 races.
The Homewrecker Jet Truck had it's debut season in 2016 and returns again to the Greenwood Lake Air Show.
Greg Koontz flies this popular plane through a solo aerobatic routine that demonstrates its agility with a full set of outside loops, vertical rolls, snaps & tumbles (not particularly in this sequence) and inverted passes. The grand finale is a down low, in the dirt inverted ribbon cut! We make it easy on the annoncer as well. Announcing Greg's maneuvers play-by-play is not necessary, and he will address the crowd from the cockpit during his routine.
The North American P-51 Mustang is perhaps history’s most celebrated fighter aircraft. Certainly, for ex-service pilots of the World War II generation, it retained its reputation as “the Cadillac of the sky.” There was just something about the airplane, its look, its sound – that captivated people, both then and now. It therefore comes as no surprise that the CAF’s first airplane would be a P-51Mustang.
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