Jets, Mono-Planes, Bi-Planes and more take to the sky!
This is going to be a hair-raising performance with formation flying like you’ve never seen before! This two-ship formation team features Stephen and Todd who’ll demonstrate fluid aerobatic formation flying, dynamic head-to-head merges, and dogfighting-like rejoin sequences. This act features head-to-head passes, near impossible rejoins, towering separations, and more!
Stephen “Christo” Christopher, Orca lead pilot position flies the red Vans aircraft RV7 powered by a Lycoming Thunderbolt IO390. Todd “Woody” Rudberg flies the wing in his orange Vans aircraft RV8 that is powered by a Lycon IO390 race motor. Stephen and Todd began flying together in 2010 with the Blackjack Squadron, a group of General Aviation Pilots that love Multi-Dimensional Formation Flying. Stephen is a leader in the formation flying community and has flown in air shows with the West Coast Ravens and the Lightning Formation Airshows. The team flies the extremely popular Vans aircraft RV series of homebuilt sport 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.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Bob and Vicky return after giving amazing performances in 2023.
Bob will take to the air in his Extra 330LX, N808YF. This is a high performance, certified aerobatic performer made in Germany with capabilities of +/- 10Gs used to execute wild gyroscopic maneuvers.
Bob started flying in 1972 while a junior in high school and has been flying aerobatics since 1981. He started competing in the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) in 1985 and steadily progressed through all the ranks of competition to the Unlimited level. Achieving a life-long goal in 2017, he flew for the US at the World Championships in Unlimited in South Africa. He's been on three U.S. Aerobatic teams through the years, serving as team Captain and finishing 4th in the world in 2002 at the world championships held in Slovenia.
In leaving the competition scene behind, he now focuses solely on his airshow performances, flying shows from the East coast to the West coast, operating out of his home base in Colorado. Bob flies a highly energetic routine displaying unusual and innovative maneuvers that literally bring gasps from the crowd!
Born and raised in California with an earned PhD in Chemistry from UC Berkeley, Vicky is an accomplished pilot, skydiver, aerobatic performer, and air racer. In fact, in 2015 she became the “Fastest Woman Racer” ever in the history of the Reno Air Races when she qualified an Aero Vodochody jet on the racecourse at 469.831 mph.
Vicky will share her life-long passion for flying on June 24 in Truckee in her vintage 1940 450-horsepower open-cockpit, big red biplane! In 2018 Vicky appeared in the Netflix movie, “Mercury 13” while flying the Stearman. The movie tells the story of thirteen women who could have qualified for NASA's astronaut program, but they were “simply the wrong gender.” Vicky will wow the crowd and engage with families and fans awaiting her on the ramp!
The Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing will be bringing these amazing aircraft to the Air Show this Saturday, June 24! Get up close and personal with the pilots and take a look inside the aircraft. They’ll even be performing in the sky!