Thunder On The Lakeshore Performers
John always thrills crowds with his classic Barnstorming act including rolls, spins, and a spectacular take off. You will hold your breath as John pushes his airplane to the limit performing 4 and 8 point rolls that cause the engine to quit! Performing the one and only "LynCecvak", John will keep you on your toes. Get ready to see one of best performers on the airshow circuit today in the skies over Manitowoc.
Fowler Cary has only missed one show in Manitowoc in 18 years - a sign of how much crowds love this thrilling, "Big Dog" of an airshow performer. Piloting a beautiful vintage warbird T-33A Thunderbird jet, Fowler performs rolls, loops, a Cuban 8, inverted flight, and more. Racing across the skies this remarkable performance is sure to please one and all. The "Big Dog" is welcomed with open arms and returns the favor each year to keep air show crowds heads and hands pointed up to the skies in awe. Welcome back, Big Dog!
Jim's airshow routine is filled with thrilling maneuvers and precision flying! In the "Super" Chipmunk, Jim provides spectacular aerobatic entertainment in a style that is exciting...in an aircraft that is legendary.
Bob Davis and his Sukhoi S-29 will provide top level aerobatic entertainment. In over 39 years of Airshow performances, Bob, who is from Lake Geneva, WI, has performed before more than 21,000,000 spectators. He has accumulated over 39,000 hours piloting all types of aircraft, including 5,000 aerobatic hours. Bob has performed in Airshows around the country including EAA's Airventure Airshow in Oshkosh. He is a retired Boeing 747 Captain with a major airline. Bob was a member of the US Aerobatics team in 1975, 76, 77, 84, 88, and 89 as a world champion. Bob will put his Sukhoi S-29 through its paces in both a day show and night show on Saturday.
The Aerostar Team is a precision aerobatic demo team whose maneuvers captivate airshow audiences. The combination of graceful aerobatics flown in tight formation makes this a thrilling show to watch. Performing in Yak 52's, a former Soviet Aerobatic trainer, the Aerostar team puts the airplanes through their paces at high speeds and will keep everyone with eyes glued to the skies.
Tuskegee Airmen TA-292
The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted to become America's first black military airmen, at a time when there were many people who thought that black men lacked intelligence, skill, courage and patriotism. They came from every section of the country, with large numbers coming from New York City, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit. Each one possessed a strong personal desire to serve the United States of America at the best of his ability.
Indy Boy's Extreme Jet Vehicles
Indy Boys, Inc. is motorsports entertainment at its most extreme! Vehicle builder and driver Paul Stender has created some of the fastest and most unique jet powered vehicles that perform at air shows and events worldwide. Some of his most popular creations currently include a 367 MPH Jet Powered School Bus, a 70 MPH Jet Outhouse, and a 350 MPH Jet Humvee.
Joe Shepherd & Electra Jr.
Returning again is the beautiful, shiny airplane used in movie "Amelia", NC2072. The all metal twin engine 1936 Lockheed 12 Electra Jr. will be on static display on the grounds of the show. It will also be flying as part of our Warbird review prior to the start of the show. This award winning airplane was one of several used in the film "Amelia" starring Hillary Swank and Richard Gere, which told the story of Amelia Earhart and George P. Putnam, her husband and business partner. Joe Shepherd of Fayetteville, GA is owner and pilot of the Electra Jr. Joe purchased the airplane in Texas and faithfully restored it complete with its original interior. This gorgeous airplane has two 450 HP Pratt & Whitney R-985 radial engines, the same as the larger Electra 10 version flown by Earhart in 1937 on that fateful attempt to fly around the world. Because it is smaller than the Electra 10, the Electra 12 Jr. was much faster and could cruise with a top speed of 225 MPH at 5,000 feet. We are very fortunate to have Joe back again.
Grant Nielsen was turned onto aerobatics when he took his first airplane ride at 20 years old. Flying airshows on the weekends and one of the big "birds" for a major US Airline during the week, Grant has honed his aviation skills to the highest level. Watch as he puts his beautiful 1994 Pitts through the paces with his thrilling aerobatic act. Loops, rolls, hammerheads, and other maneuvers are all part of Grant's act which keeps folks on the edge of their seats. We are proud to welcome this Wisconsin native to our show
Dave Dacy & Tony Kazian
The Dave Dacy & Tony Kazian Super Stearman wing walking team are good for some old fashioned barnstorming fun. Thrill, excitement, smoke, and noise are all trademarks of the Super Stearman act.A favorite of Airshow acts around the country, Dave Dacy has been performing in Airshows for over 30 years. Dave soloed an Aeronca Champ at the age of 16, and was in the cockpit of a 220 H.P. Stearman teaching himself aerobatics by the time he was 20. Not only does Dave fly Airshows, but he has also appeared in movies and television documentaries. He once landed his Stearman on Lakeshore Drive in Chicago as part of a production for the Science and Industry Museum.