Craig Morgan began his career as an 18-year-old EMT, then served 10 years in the U.S. Army and took up performing and songwriting, winning military contests in both. He moved to Nashville after leaving the Army, and was employed as a contractor, a sheriff's deputy and a Wal-Mart assistant dairy manager as he pursued music. Craig Morgan will be performing at Langley’s Open House Friday, April 22, in a free public concert.
F-22 Raptor Demo Team
The Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team at Langley Air Force Base performs precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the world's only operational fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The team also works with Air Force Heritage flight exhibiting the professional qualities the Air Force develops in the people who fly, maintain and support these aircraft.
Serving as "Ambassadors in Blue," the USAF Thunderbirds is based out of Nellis AFB, Nevada. Millions of people have witnessed the Thunderbirds demonstrations, and in turn, they’ve seen the pride, professionalism and dedication of hundreds of thousands of Airmen serving at home and abroad. Each year brings another opportunity for the team to represent those who deserve the most credit: the everyday, hard-working Airmen voluntarily serving America and defending freedom.
Air Force Heritage Flight
The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed on December 6, 2010 with the primary charitable mission of providing Heritage Flights to the public. These performances feature modern fighter/attack aircraft flying alongside World War II, Korea and Vietnam-era aircraft in a dramatic display of our nation’s air power history. The formations serve as a living memorial to the men and women who have served, or are currently serving, in the U.S. Air Force.
U.S. Army Golden Knights
The Golden Knights are one of only three DoD-sanctioned aerial demonstration teams, along with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The team is composed of approximately 95 men & women, which includes four parachute units, an aviation unit and a headquarters. The demonstration teams, which use five dedicated aircraft, perform at more than 100 events per year.
The World Famous GEICO Skytypers airshow team is a flight squadron of six vintage U.S. Navy SNJ trainers. The team performs a thrilling, low-altitude, precision-formation flying demonstration filling the sky to provide spectators a unique viewing experience while showcasing the tactical maneuvers utilized in WWII and the Korean War. In addition to air show performances, the GEICO Skytypers also "type" giant messages in the sky.
DAV Flight Team
Disabled American Veterans is proud to reach out to veterans and their families sharing its message of service and volunteerism in support of our nation's combat-wounded men and women in the company of the iconic World War II era B-25 Mitchell Bomber, "Panchito" at the Air Power over Hampton Roads Airshow at Langley Air Force Base. The air show is one stop on a nationwide tour that aims to increase public awareness of disabled veterans and provide information about DAV programs benefits.
U.S. Navy TAC Demo
The US Navy's Tac Demo Teams are made up of actual Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) instructors flying the same jets used to train new students. The primary mission of an FRS is to train newly designated aviators, as well as transition aircrew into the F/A-18A-F Hornet and Super Hornet. The Tactical Demonstration or “TACDEMO” is designed to highlight the mobility, versatility and power of the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet for the citizens who look to the Navy for the defense of freedom.
SHOCKWAVE Jet truck
Chris is the Driver/Pilot of the Flash Fire Jet Truck and the SHOCKWAVE Jet Truck. Chris has been involved in motorsports his entire life, competing in many different types of racing over the years from drag racing to circle track and beyond. Having experience on the production side of motorsport events as well as a performer/competitor in motorsports goes a long way towards making each show a success.
Flying the MXS-RH Aerobatic Aircraft by MX Aircraft, Rob Holland brings an unrivaled performance to air shows across North America thrilling millions of spectators with his dynamic and breathtaking display.
Air Show spectators around the world have been treated to the unique variety of acts performed by veteran pilot and consummate entertainer Kent Pietsch and his Jelly Belly airplanes. His shows, which include specialty acts designed to thrill audiences of all ages, showcase aerobatic stunts featuring airplanes that lose parts, engines that quit in mid-flight, and landings onto runways mounted on moving vehicles.
Jim Tobul is the man behind the stick in "Korean War Hero," but rather than the owner, he considers himself more the caretaker of this beautiful warbird and her storied history. An avid pilot for over 40 years, Jim takes great pride in carrying the legacy of the veteran Corsair to airshows all over North America. He lives in Jackson, WY.
Wild Blue is a dynamic single aircraft act with a fighter pilot at the controls. From take-off to landing, Lt. Colonel Jerry “Jive” Kerby, USAF (ret.) takes the RV-8A known as Wild Blue through heart-stopping maneuvers in the sky guaranteed to thrill.
Bob is one of the most versatile airshow performers in North America. He began flying airshows in his Salto sailplane, and over the years has continued to add innovative performances such as barnstormin' biplane aerobatics, helicopter sailplane tow, night aerobatics with strobes & pyro and the world's only twin jet sailplane.
A native Californian, Gregory "Wired" Colyer took his first flight at age 7 in a Cessna 172 with Dr. Lee Schaller out of the Schellville airport in Sonoma, California. Hooked ever since, Greg has been flying for almost 3 decades after earning his license in 1982 while serving in the US Army from 1982-1987.
Jeff Boerboon is a highly accomplished competition aerobatic pilot, aggressively executing highly dynamic and challenging aerobatic maneuvers. Jeff is a two-time Advanced National Champion, past member of the US Advanced Aerobatic Team, past member and captain of the US Unlimited Aerobatic Team, and US Unlimited Aerobatic Champion. He's performed in air shows in the US and around the world. He joined John Klatt Airshows in 2012, flying both formation and solo performances.
RedLine Airshows is a dynamic 2-ship formation aerobatic performance team. The opposing, inverted and formation maneuvers are a crowd pleaser. Ken and Jon both reside in Cincinnati and keep their airplanes in adjoining hangars, and have been flying formation together for more than 10 years.
Randy W. Ball, MiG pilot, is a sixth generation Texan who spent his early years in rural Texas, the same as most of his ancestors, graduating from high school with a class of only 29. Even before college, Randy knew he wanted to fly. By the time he was 13 years old, he had already taken off and landed a plane with his father and soloed at the age of 18. Randy volunteered to work in his first air show in 1982 and flew in his first airshow more than 25 years ago.
Andrew McKenna P-51
Owned by Pamela Marie, LLC and flown by avid pilot Andrew McKenna, the P-51 Mustang is powered by a Rolls Royce 1495-Horsepower Merlin engine and maintained identical to how it would have been delivered to the US Army Air-Corps in 1943; a true original.
P-51D Quick Silver
This P-51 is a celebration of our nation’s armed forces. Every aspect of the paint represents those who have served, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. All of the bare metal of this P-51 Mustang is polished. Bill Yoak, an individual with a love and passion for this type aircraft did all of the metal work. The remanufactured parts are handmade.
George Cline, "Airboss," began his aviation career with the USAF in 1969 as an Air Traffic Controller. After serving four years, he then moved to the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller/ Supervisor/ Manager for the next 38 years and retired from the FAA in 2007.
Rob Reider is the most sought-after announcer for North American air shows. His talents have earned him the highest award in the air show industry, the International Council of Air Shows "Sword of Excellence."