NEW 2020 AIR SHOW PERFORMERS
Let’s welcome Jerod Florh and his Douglas TA-4 Skyhawk, a two-seat carrier-based attack aircraft that was developed in the 1950s for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps., to the 2020 Air Show! This aircraft was used by the Blue Angels and Top Gun! The Skyhawk 518 has a J52-P8B engine producing 9,300 pounds of thrust which is about 1,000 pounds more thrust than a stock “TA-4J.” Jerod has spent most of his career as an aerobatic instructor in a Pitts, T-28’s and T-6’s, and he originally flew air shows in an Extra 300. He inspires the future of aviation while honoring the past.
Jerod says, “The main idea of showcasing this beautiful piece of history is to honor our veterans and the men and women who keep us free in the greatest country the world has ever known.”
A native Californian Gregory "Wired" Colyer, Ace Maker, took his first flight at age 7 in a Cessna 172 with Dr. Lee Schaller out of the Schellville airport in Sonoma, Calif. Greg was hooked and has been flying close to 3 decades after earning his license in 1982 while serving in the US Army from 1982-1987.
In the 1940’ s General Electric proposed that the Lockheed use its refined “whittle” engine called the I-40. It was so large that the Lockheed would have to have almost an entirely new airframe, so that’s what happened! In 1944, it had 1600 lbs. more thrust and a slick new gray paint job flying at 561 mph.
RETURNING AIR SHOW PERFORMERS FOR 2020
Anna has officially become one of Truckee’s favorite performers! She is a self-proclaimed Sky Dancer, slowly and precisely “dancing in the sky” in her Super Decathlon (Super D plane). The performance is as graceful as her performance on ice. Yes! She is a competitive figure skater too.
Set to classical music, the performance captivates audiences with its elegance; Anna speaks fluently more than 7 languages, owns and operates the Canadian Flight Centre, holds a Ph.D. in Financial Mathematics, and is a Mom too! Anna was born in the Ukraine and spent several years living in Switzerland, Germany and Brazil before moving to Canada in 2008.
Erickson Aircraft Collection from Madras, Oregon will bring 1 of ONLY 6 Lookheed P-38 Lightnings left in the WORLD. This historic P-38L has a unique twin boom design. The aircraft accounted for more Japanese aircraft losses than any other American warplane. The P-38L was America’s truly first modern military aircraft.
Tom speeds through the air in a modified SubSonex Jet, otherwise known as JSX003. This Experimental Jet comes as a kit from the Sonex factory in Oshkosh, WI and weighs 500 lbs. It reaches a speed of 300 mph, and it is fully aerobatic.
This SubSonex Jet was the first kit ever sold and flown, and it’s only been flying for approximately 2 years, so see it while it’s still “new” to tell your friends! The jet is powered by the PBS TJ-100 engine from the Czech Republic, and at full throttle it is capable of producing 258 lbs of thrust while burning 40 gallons/hr of jet fuel. As beautiful as the jet is, there is no paint on it! It is completely wrapped in a vinyl covering, similar to a show car.
Bob will take to the air in his Extra 330C – N330RF, a converted Red Bull Racer Aircraft), so it’s FAST.
Bob started flying in 1972 while in junior high school and has been flying aerobatics since 1981. In 1985, he started competing in the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) events at the Sportsman level. Since 1985, he’s moved up through the ranks of competition and is now a member of the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team. Bob has flown 3 world championships and placed 4th in Slovenia in 2002.
This loud, energy-filled jet performance will mesmerize! Super-fast and huge maneuvers in the sky are highlighted with wing smoke and smoke rings. Performing pilot Mark Peterson started flying at the age of six in a Piper Cherokee Arrow. He soloed at age 16 and received his private pilot’s license at 17. In 2007, he acquired the Dornier Alpha Jet and has since refined his skills in this high performance jet fighter!
2019 PERFORMANCE AND PAID RIDES