ANNOUNCING THE 2018 TGPA LINEUP!
Returning to Huntington Beach show for a second time is the pride of the Air Force, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. Flying Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons, the Thunderbirds perform with mind-bending precision and choreographed sequences that electrify audiences with every roll, pass and formation.
Jeff is no stranger to The Great Pacific Airshow. Fans may remember him flying the Screaming Sasquatch, the jet-propelled biplane that performed in 2016. Making its West Coast debut and bringing twice the excitement to Huntington Beach at this year’s Airshow is Jeff Boerboon’s Yak 110. This one-of-a-kind aircraft is made of two fuselages, two propellers, one jet engine and one awesome pilot! In addition to flying for fun, Jeff also currently flies for a major airline.
“Sticky” is a retired USAF A-10, F-5, and F-16 fighter pilot with 270 combat hours and 3000 total fighter hours. He served as the Slot #4 pilot with the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” and currently flies for Southwest Airlines.
Seasoned airshow professional and fan-favorite, Bill Stein will be flying his Edge 540. Bill began flying aerobatics when he was still a student pilot and has performed at air shows all across the United States for more than two decades.
Lucas Oil’s Mike Wiskus is another experienced professional who has been flying planes for over 40 years. In fact, Mike has never had any other job. He will be flying Lucas Oil’s stunt plane “Super Stinker,” formally known as the S-1-11B. This plane has been redesigned from its original build to reach new heights.
Matt Chapman is recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot who thrills millions of airshow fans each year. He began flying aerobatics in 1984, and competed for some time. Matt was honored with the Hilliard Trophy when he became the highest finishing U.S. pilot in the World Aerobatic Championships. Sponsored by Embry Riddle, Matt inspired young people to pursue a career in aviation. He also flies for a major air carrier and has logged tens of thousands of hours.
Still in his early 20s, Sammy Mason is one of the younger pilots in the air show scene. He flies aerobatics in a Pitts S-1S that once served as a restoration project for his entire family with Sammy flying the aircrafts first test flight. He first began performing aerobatics in a motorglider at age 16 and in 2014 became the youngest member of the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team at age 19. He has logged 2,000 hours of flight in more than 50 aircraft types.
Known as the “Willa Dean,” the Lyon Air Museum’s C-47 is one of the most complete and original C-47s currently in operation and has been flying since 1941. The Lyon Air Museum was founded by Major General William Lyon and is located in Orange County, CA. On exhibit at the museum are authentic aircraft, rare vehicles and related memorabilia with an emphasis on the defining event of the 20th Century – World War II.
Flying another piece of history is Greg Colyer who will fly a T-33 he named the “Ace Maker,” the U.S. Air Force’s first operational jet. Colyer took his first flight at age 7 and has been hooked ever since. He has been flying for more than three decades after serving in the U.S. Army in the 1980’s. He began flying T-33’s in 2007 and soon after acquired the T-33 he flies in airshows across the country. He founded a non-profit to help preserve these aircraft.
Returning for its third year will be the FedEx 757. This transport aircraft thrilled the crowds in 2017 when during a low, high speed pass the Boeing 757 achieved aerodynamic contrails, or vapor, over the wings.
The SOCOM Para-Commandos are the only joint service parachute demonstration team in the U.S. military. These Special Operations team members are selected after a rigorous training program and participate in this team in addition to their regular duties.
Flying in this year’s airshow is a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, one the largest military transport aircraft, and a KC 135 Stratotanker. These two aircraft will perform a simulated air-to-air refueling demonstration.
Search and Rescue (SAR) is one of the Coast Guard's oldest missions with a top priority of minimizing the loss of life, injury or property in the maritime environment. This highly trained team will display their globally recognized skills for the airshow crowd in Huntington Beach.
Based at the Orange County Airport, HeliStream specializes in Flight Training, Charter/Scenic Flights as well as Aerial Crane Operations. HeliStream will introduce its recently acquired Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk. This Helicopter is primarily intended to support Firefighting activities in Southern California and to help rebuild infrastructure damaged during the recent Wildfires.
Blackstone Airways is proud to offer our Vintage Beech Super 18 for local OC and LA tours and charter flights, as well as photo and video rental opportunities for production crews. Take a flight with us back in time to the beginning of luxury air travel in the 1930s-1960s. This amazing aircraft has a lovely history of corporate ownership and has factory electric AC installed, high grade leather seats and burl wood and even a leather headliner to make you feel the luxury surrounding you and 6 of your friends. Come fly with us to experience air travel the same way movie stars did back in the early days of private luxury aviation. The Beech 18 was the Gulfstream of its day. We are flying to Catalina this Sunday, who wants to fly with us?
Air Combat USA, now located at the Lyon Air Museum at the John Wayne | OC Airport allows civilians the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a Fighter Pilot for a Day! You actually fly our military fighter planes, hands-on, for up to 90% of the flight in formation and in up to 6 dogfights high above the Pacific Ocean near HB/LB/PV! Come find out if you have what it takes to fly at speeds up to 250 mph and pull up to +6/-3 Gs as you maneuver your combat aircraft through the sky using tactics learned in vintage fighter planes from WWI/WWII through today’s modern jet fighter ACM/BFM techniques still employed today." Call 714-525-7590 or visit us at www.aircombat.com