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U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
One of the most well-known jet teams, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will showcase their flight expertise soaring across the North Texas sky. The Thunderbirds have the privilege to perform for people around the world, displaying the pride, precision and professionalism of American Airmen. In every demonstration, the team combines years of training and experience with an attitude of excellence to exemplify what the Air Force is all about.
Canadian Forces Snowbirds
The thrilling display of precision flying put on by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds is sure to be a highlight of the 2018 Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show. Serving as ambassadors of the Canadian Air Force, the Snowbirds demonstrate the highest level of skill, professionalism, teamwork, discipline and dedication inherent in the men and women of the Canadian Air Force, and they inspire the pursuit of excellence wherever they go in North America.
We are elated to have title sponsor Bell kick off the 2018 Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show with a fly by! The Bell 429 is truly unsurpassed in its class, and it’s a treat to have it open the performances. Get ready to cheer, whoop and holler because once you see the Bell 429, you know the fun is about to begin at one of the largest air shows in the country.
Wings of Blue Parachute Team
Exhilarating from start to finish, the Wings of Blue Parachute Team travels across the country to air shows, sporting events and other venues to proudly represent the Air Force in precision parachuting. Demonstrating their intricate aerial skills, jumpers can vary from 4-14 and can jump from altitudes varying from 2,500 feet to 15,000 feet above the ground. Watch in awe as the Wings of Blue Parachute Team strives for excellence at each performance, both in the air and on the ground.
Sean D. Tucker
Always a crowd pleaser, Sean D. Tucker is an experienced aviator that brings his breadth of knowledge in high-energy precision aerobatic sky-dance. Named as one of the Living Legends of Flight, he is a member of an elite group of aviators and astronauts that includes General Jimmy Doolittle, General “Chuck” Yeager, and John Glenn. You won’t want to miss his routine, a true experience to behold!
Rob Holland’s rise to the top of the aerobatics industry started with him as a young airshow fan in his native New England. Now in his 15th year as a full-time airshow pilot, Holland has distinguished himself by blazing a trail of innovation, developing maneuvers never before seen at an airshows. We are elated to see him perform and welcome him back to the Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Air Show!
Female Aerobatics Pilot Jessy Panzer
Join us and be amazed by first-time Alliance performer Jessy Panzer, one of the country’s few female aerobatics pilots. Though employed as a corporate pilot for most of her career, Panzer actively pursues her passion for aerobatics and began flying in competitions in 2000. In 2012, she made the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team. She has also flown as a member of the Stars of Tomorrow formation aerobatic team and is a certified air racer in the Sport Class at Reno, flying a Glasair III. We’re thrilled to feature her jaw-dropping performance this year. Photo by: Jim Froneberger
Shockwave Jet Truck
A fan favorite, the world’s fastest jet-powered semi is coming back to the Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Airshow! The triple engine truck generates an incredible 36,000 horsepower and reaches speeds of 300 miles per hour! Look on as the Shockwave Jet Truck sets a blaze streaking down the Fort Worth Alliance Airport runway.
Bob Carlton in the Super Salto Jet Sailplane
Bob Carlton is one of the most versatile air show performers in North America. He began his career flying air shows in his Salto sailplane, and over the years has continued to add innovative performances such as biplane aerobatics, helicopter sailplane tow, night aerobatics with strobes and pyro and the world's only twin jet sailplane. The tradition of innovation continues with the recent addition of the Super Salto jet sailplane, with more power, more speed and more aerobatic capability than any other sailplane on the planet!
Matt Chapman in the Extra 330LX
Matt is recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot who thrills millions of air show fans each summer. He began flying aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the highest level of competition aerobatics – the Unlimited category. Matt’s impressive resume includes a bronze medal from the 1998 World Aerobatic Championships, the Fond du Lac Cup in 1995 and winning the prestigious International Aerobatic Club Championships in 1994. This exciting and successful competition aerobatics career led him to air show performing – and we couldn’t be more excited it did.
Cavanaugh Flight Museum
A definite must see for the historical aviation enthusiast: the flights of warbirds from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. Seeing these beautiful planes in the sky will be a blast from the past that will provide you with a glimpse of what it must have been like to be a part of this era.
T-38 Spirit of Alliance
Named after the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show’s world-class venue, Ross Perot Jr.’s T-38 Spirit of Alliance is a jet you will never tire of seeing in action. Perot Jr. was an Air Force pilot before becoming a successful real estate developer with his company, Hillwood. His T-38 is aptly named “The Spirit of Alliance” since Hillwood was the driving force behind the construction and development of Fort Worth Alliance Airport.
This year, for the first time, we’re bringing you the opportunity to have a thrilling supercar driving experience with Precision Exotics. Watch one of the most unique air show performances as exotic cars race down the tarmac or take a turn behind the wheel yourself and enjoy taking three laps on a coned course to feel every bit of performance these machines have to offer firsthand or hit triple digits as you blast down a closed runway!
Air National Guard Band of the Southwest
One of the premier bands of the Air Force, the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest, historically known as the 531st Air Force Band, has a 40-year history of sustaining the traditions and heritage that have become the hallmark of military bands. This talented, 30-plus member unit maintains a high degree of musical performance skill and supports both official military functions and community relations programs.