Tuesday, the Smoky Mountain Air Show held a press conference at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee, where they announced the full performer lineup for the 2016 Smoky Mountain Air Show. This April, the Smoky Mountain Air Show returns to McGhee Tyson Airport for the first time since 2000, and they're making sure that their presence will be known April 16 & 17. Back in December of 2014, air show officials announced that the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, would be headlining the 2016 air show. This week, some of the world's top air show performers were announced as confirmed performers alongside the Blue Angels for this year's show.
Rob Reider was on hand Tuesday to help announce the 2016 performer lineup. Rob is among the air show industry's top ambassadors, and is a full-time air show announcer. He is a recipient of the International Council of Air Shows Sword of Excellence as well as an Honorary Blue Angel. Rob is the voice of the 2016 Smoky Mountain Air Show, and will joined by top air boss Wayne Boggs, who will be in charge of coordinating all of the flying acts at the show.
The 2016 Smoky Mountain Air Show performer lineup is as follows:
The Navy's premier flight demonstration squadron. They travel to 35 cities a year demonstrating the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps through an exhilarating 1-hour flight demonstration consisting of both a United States Marine Corps C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as Fat Albert, and six Boeing F-18 Hornets.
Operated by the Air Combat Command Aerial Events out of Langley AFB, Virginia, the F-16 Fighting Falcon Demo Team is among the world's best single-ship demonstrations. Major Craig "Rocket" Baker is the 2016 demonstration pilot, and will show Knoxville the unique capabilities of one of the United States Air Force's premier multi-role fighters, the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He'll maneuver the Viper through a series of gut-wrenching aerial maneuvers, including loops, rolls, turns, and high-speed passes.
The Aeroshell Aerobatic Team is one of the world's top civilian formation aerobatic teams. With over 25 years of experience, they provide an action-packed demonstration filled with lots of smoke and noise, provided by their AT-6 Texans.
Flying a 1946 Piper J-3 Cub, Greg Koontz brings to you the world's smallest runway. He's the air show industry's ultimate comedian, with over 1200 accident free air show performances.
2012 recipient of the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship, Matt is a third generation pilot and son of legendary air show performer Bobby Younkin. Matt has one of the most unusual air show performances on the circuit. Flying a Beech 18, Matt makes it do things it was never meant to do.
The Commemorative Air Force was founded In order to acquire, restore, and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft flown by all military services of the United States. With aircraft such as the P-51 Mustang, the SBD-5 Dauntless, and the P-47 Thunderbolt, the CAF operates a fleet that averages 70 years of age.
Jacquie Warda, also known as Jacquie B, is not your average woman. At 50 years old, she decided to kick it up a notch as she became a full-time air show performer. Her performance includes intense, high-energy aerobatics in the Extra 300. Jacquie has over 2,800 flight hours and more than 1,000 air show performances.
All proceeds from the 2016 Smoky Mountain Air Show will go to HonorAir Knoxville, an organization that flies veterans from McGhee Tyson Airport to Washington D.C. so that they can view the various veteran memorials, all free of charge.
For more on the 2016 Smoky Mountain Air Show, visit them online at http://smokymountainairshow.com/