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there’s something in the air

Each year, the Air Races feature spectacular air show performers to keep you entertained all day. Detailed daily air show and racing schedules for the current year are available beginning in August.

Patriot Team - L-39 Formation Team

Patriot Team
Photo: Courtesy of Patriot Jet Team

The Patriot Jets Team first debuted in 2003 as a two-ship team and continued to add Jets until 2006 when they became a team of fast-paced, formation flying, choreographed six-ship diamond formation aerobatic maneuvers. They are retired Blue Angel's and Thunderbird's pilots.

Their signature "Tail Slide" where the aircraft actually slides backwards toward the ground is unique to the Patriots and their performances are highlighted by a computerized red, white and blue smoke system.

Kent Pietsch

Eddie Andreini
Photo: Courtesy of Clark Cook

Kent Pietsch is a natural entertainer with truly unique aerobatic antics. Kent's father was an air show pilot who exposed Kent to the magic and thrill of stunt shows at an early age. Flying on his own since he was 16, Kent's experience in aerobatic flying is second to none - and it shows. He is a commerical airline pilot with more than 25,000 hours as well as an honorary member of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

Maneuvering his 1942 Interstate S-1 Cadet, sporting the Jelly Belly logo, in ways that defy gravity, not to mention sanity, Kent keeps audiences laughing hysterically at one moment and gasping in shock the next. While Kent's routine isn't one of intense speed, there's no doubt it's as impressive as they come.

David Martin

David Martin
Photo: Courtesy of David Martin

David Martin's first aerobatics were performed in a 1941 Fleet biplane belonging to his grandfather, a barnstormer in the 1930s who insisted that David learn aerobatics. David started to seriously pursue competition aerobatics in 1994 upon purchasing an Extra 300S. After earning a place on the United States Aerobatic Team in 1997, he has attended four World Aerobatic Championships winning an individual gold medal and three team bronze medals. In 2001, David won the United States National Championship.

Jim Peitz

Jim Peitz
Photo: Courtesy of Jim Peitz

One of the most diverse and unique airshow performance offerings in the industry, Jim's Aerobatic Beechcraft F33C Bonanza is flown to its limit with dazzling, low-level maneuvers and unexpected thrills. Jim believes aviation is one of the greatest freedoms in this country and aerobatics, or as he says, controlling an aircraft that seems totally out of control, is the pinnacle of his aviation career.

Smoke N Thunder

Michael Goulian

Mike Goulian doesn’t just fly an air show; he attacks it.

Millions of air show spectators around the globe have witnessed the ferocity of a Mike Goulian air show performance. Every roll, pull, and tumble of his flight is a deliberate execution of precision. With his aggressive approach to the air show arena, Mike Goulian has mastered the ability to convey his message of passion through flight.

Mike’s crisp, athletic style of flying is the evolution of his landmark career as an aerobatic competitor. Mike reached the pinnacle of the sport when he won the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Championship at only 27 years of age. He was honored to represent the United States at the World Aerobatic Championship on three separate occasions.

Mike returned to the competitive world with his participation in the famed Red Bull Air Race series. He was chosen once again to represent the United States on a global stage. Mike’s relentless pursuit of perfection earned him a first place win in Budapest, Hungary in 2009.

As an air show superstar Mike Goulian continues to redefine what is possible in the air. His ability to push the limits while adhering to strict safety standards has earned Mike the reputation of being a true professional in his field. He was recognized for his efforts when the aviation industry bestowed upon him its greatest honors. He is one of a seven people to have been awarded all three of the air show industries most prestigious awards; the Art Scholl Memorial (2006) Showmanship Award, and the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship (2009), and the ICAS Sword of Excellence (2012).

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