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Line-Up

(Credit: Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

(Credit: Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

Note: Official schedule and line-up information for the 2013 Air & Water Show will be available the week of the show.

(Credit: Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

(Credit: Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

HEADLINERS:

Aeroshell Aerobatic Team

The AeroShell Team has been performing for over twenty years, amassing thousands of hours in front of airshow fans all over North America.

Sean D. Tucker & Team Oracle

Sean D. Tucker’s life is marked by a search for excellence and perfected skill. He is not satisfied unless he is learning, refining a skill, or conquering a fear. Whether he is heli-skiing, cave SCUBA diving, golfing, or flying his one-of-a kind aerobatic dream machine, Sean D. Tucker is full-throttle and extremely accomplished.

In airshow flying, Sean is the world’s premier performer in terms of entertainment value, piloting skill and most importantly, professionalism. He has been flying airshows world-wide since the mid-70’s and has won numerous aerobatic competitions. In that time, Sean has flown more than 1000 performances at more than 425 airshows, in front of more than 80 million fans. In addition to being a phenomenal aviator, Sean is also a larger than life character who touches the heart of his fans and inspires millions of Americans.

The Firebirds Delta TeamThe Firebirds Delta Team

The Firebirds flight demonstration combines the precision of formation aerobatics with radical gyroscopic tumbles and heart stopping head-on madness guaranteed to keep you on the edge.

Chuck Aaron in the Red Bull HelicopterChuck Aaron in the Red Bull Helicopter

“Malibu” Chuck Aaron is the first – and only – civilian pilot ever to be licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics in the United States. In fact, he’s one of only three pilots permitted to execute the dangerous maneuvers internationally.

Chuck is also the first helicopter pilot to be presented with the Art Scholl Showmanship Award, an honor bestowed by the International Council of Air Shows to recognize the world’s most outstanding air show performers, and was inducted in 2011 to the prestigious Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

But the blond, mustachioed pilot isn’t one to brag – or to rest on his laurels. Chuck takes to the road much of the year, piloting the one-of-a-kind Red Bull Helicopter through breathtaking air show choreography including backflips, 360-degree rolls, and a heartstopping tumble called the Chuckcilvak. “People can’t believe what they’re seeing, Chuck laughs. “How can a helicopter do all those crazy things?”

Matt Chapman Airshows

Matt is recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot who thrills millions of airshow fans each summer. He began flying aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the highest level of competition aerobatics – the Unlimited category. Recognized for his skills, he won one of only five slots on the U.S. Unlimited Men’s Aerobatic Team in 1996 and 1998.

Matt also won the prestigious International Aerobatic Club Championships in 1994 and the Fond du Lac Cup in 1995.

Matt’s exciting competition aerobatics led him to airshow performing. Matt is both a solo performer and flies formation in a thrilling show with fellow performer Mike Mancuso.

Matt has flown in front of millions of fans at airshows all over.

Matt is also a respected airline captain with tens of thousands of flight hours.

Dave DacyDave Dacy in the Super Stearman

Dave Dacy has been performing in airshows and special events throughout the United States and Canada since the early 1970s. Soloing in a Aeronca Champ at the age of 16, Dave was in the cockpit of a 220 H.P. Stearman teaching himself aerobatics by the time he was 20.

In addition to his over thirty years of experience in the airshow industry, Dave has also lent his talents to movies and commercials, having landed his aircraft on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago as part of an IMAX promotion for the Science and Industry Museum.

Performing on the airshow circuit today in the 450 H.P. Super Stearman, Dave has also performed airshows in a stock 220 H.P. Stearman, a modified 300 H.P. Stearman and the German designed Bucker Jungmeister. As a professional and respected member of the Airshow Community, Dave is an ICAS (International Council of Airshows) ACE (Aerobatic Competency Evaluator.

(Credit: Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

(Credit: Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

GEICO SkytypersGEICO Skytypers (NEW)

The World Famous GEICO Skytypers Airshow Team is a flight squadron of six vintage WWII aircraft performing precision flight maneuvers at select airshows across the US. The diverse flying expertise of the team members aligns perfectly with the unique components of their overall performance.

For more information on the GEICO Skytypers, visit www.geicoskytypers.com.

Team Aerostars (NEW)

The Aerostars are a precision aerobatic demo team whose aerial ballet captivates aor show audiences large and small. They fascinate the crowd with a combination of graceful aerobatics flown in tight formation, spectacular breakaways followed by breath-taking opposing passes and awe-inspiring inverted maneuvers. The team performs in the Yak 52 TW, a former Soviet designed, Romanian built, WWII-type aerobatic trainer. The deep roar of their 400 horsepower, supercharged, nine cylinder radial engines singing in harmony is a true crowd-pleaser. The Aerostar’s performance is the embodiment of teamwork, professionalism and commitment to excellence.

For more information on Team Aerostars, visit www.teamaerostars.com, facebook.com/TeamAerostars, twitter.com/TeamAerostars and youtube.com/TeamAerostars.

Chicago Fire Department Air/Sea Resue boatChicago Fire Department Air/Sea Resue
Presented by Underwirters Laboratories, Inc.

The Air Sea Rescue Unit was established in 1965, where they provide search and rescue services for 37 miles of lakefront, an extensive river system, numerous lakefront venues, and the largest harbor system in the U.S.

Chicago’s busy lakefront offers the Air Sea Rescue Unit unique emergency challenges including, assistance to boats in distress, water rescues and air search missions. Divers assigned to the Air Sea Rescue Unit are trained under public safety rescue diver guidelines specific to Chicago’s needs and particular environment. Air pilots are trained in helicopter search and rescue, and hoist rescue techniques patterned after nationally recognized standards. The Air Sea Rescue Unit uses two (2) Bell 412 EP helicopters to aid in their efforts. This equipment is used for multi-mission roles, which include administrative, law enforcement, and primarily search and rescue flights. The unit also has dive rescue vehicles equipped with the latest available communications devices, full facemask and dry suit dive equipment, and lighting for night operations. They also have a dedicated swimming pool for training the members.

CIVILIAN AIRCRAFT:

Aeroshell Aerobatic Team

The AeroShell Team has been performing for over twenty years, amassing thousands of hours in front of airshow fans all over North America.

Kirby Chambliss in the Red Bull Edge 540

Kirby Chambliss has spent so much time up flying his Zivko Edge 540’s he now jokes that the plane controls and wings are a mere extension of his own arms.

Red Bull Air Force

The Red Bull Air Force is an elite group of Red Bull Skydivers.

The Firebirds

The Firebirds flight demonstration combines the precision of formation aerobatics with radical gyroscopic tumbles and heart stopping head-on madness guaranteed to keep you on the edge.

Dave Dacy in the Super Stearman

Dave Dacy has been performing in airshows and special events throughout the United States and Canada since the early 1970s. Soloing in a Aeronca Champ at the age of 16, Dave was in the cockpit of a 220 H.P. Stearman teaching himself aerobatics by the time he was 20.

(Credit: Randall Starr)

(Credit: Randall Starr)

Lima Lima Flight Crew

The Lima Lima Flight Team demonstration is flown with six airplanes, It includes several formation configurations, from the six ship wedge and double arrowhead, to the basic finger four and diamond formations.

Matt Chapman Aerobatics

Matt is recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot who thrills millions of airshow fans each summer. Recognized for his skills, he won one of only five slots on the U.S. Unlimited Men’s Aerobatic Team in 1996 and 1998.

Sean D. Tucker & Team Oracle

In airshow flying, Sean is the world’s premier performer in terms of entertainment value, piloting skill and most importantly, professionalism.

Chuck Aaron in the Red Bull Helicopter

“Malibu” Chuck Aaron is the first – and only – civilian pilot ever to be licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics in the United States. In fact, he’s one of only three pilots permitted to execute the dangerous maneuvers internationally.

MILITARY AIRCRAFT

Heritage Flight

The U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight (HF) program presents the evolution of USAF air power by flying today’s state-of-the-art fighter aircraft in close formation with vintage fighter aircraft.

USAF B-1B Lancer Bomber

The B-1B Lancer was developed by Rockwell International, now Boeing Defense And Space Group, and is the US Air Force long-range strategic bomber. The B-1B has the largest internal payload of any current bomber.

KC 135 Stratotanker Aerial Refueling

The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker’s primary mission is to aerial refuel compatible U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft. It also provides refueling support to compatible allied aircraft when required.

C-17

A large military transport aircraft. Developed for the United States Air Force from the 1980s to the early 1990s by McDonnell Douglas, the C-17 is used for rapid strategic airlift of troops and cargo to main operating bases or forward operating bases throughout the world.

U.S.N. F-18 Super Hornet Demo

A twin-engine carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft. The Super Hornet has an internal 20 mm gun and can carry air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface weapons.

USAF Reserve ParaRescue Wing

Saving lives, both military and civilian, is what being a pararescueman is all about. Because of the unique nature of this job, pararescuemen receive exceptional training and qualification in a variety of combat, search and rescue and medical support expertise.

U.S. Coast Guard Air/Sea Rescue

Air/Sea Rescue is the coordinated search and rescue of the survivors of emergency water landings as well as people who have survived the loss of their sea-going vessel.