NOTE: ALL PERFORMERS ARE TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
The 2019 Olympic Air Show includes the following aircraft performances:
Performers are not listed in order and are subject to change
Flying has been a part of Bud's life since he was 9 years old. He and his brothers were playing when they saw a Tiger Moth biplane glide to a landing on their uncle's farm. They ran to see the plane, and were amazed to find that their Dad was the pilot. He had secretly earned his flying license. Bud and his two brothers were hooked on aviation after that. Their father made a career of flying, and saw his three children begin their lives in aviation Bud lives in Bellevue Washington. He flew for United Airlines until retiring in 1997. He has six children.; three of them served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Two flew with the Snowbird aerobatic team, and are now airline pilots. Ross flies with United, Chris with Air Canada. Deb flies the 737 for Alaska Airlines. Bob chose the Navy, and is now a Captain with BC Ferries, but also ferries the T-6 or Yak-55 to airshows. The T-6/Harvard, Yak-55, or the Fouga Magister are the usual airshow planes. He also flies a formation aerobatic act with his son Ross using his Yak-55 and Ross in the Yak-18T. You may see Bud flying museum airplanes around Seattle; classic warbirds like the Mustang, P-40, P-47, TBM Avenger; maybe a British Hawker Hurricane or Spitfire; a German ME-109E, Feisler Strorch; or an old biplane; a Russian “ night witches” Polikarpov PO-2; a World War One JN-4 Jenny, N3N, or Stearman. http://budgranleyairshows.com
SUNDAY ONLY Mark Peterson of Mustang High Flight LLC and The Alpha Jet. The Alpha Jet series of aircraft was a joint Franco-German initiative to produce a highly-advanced tactical trainer with close-air support combat capabilities. The French firm of Dassault-Breguet generated the initial evaluation model under the designation of “TA501” (which combined the qualities of two earlier French and German proposals). The concept was accepted for further development by the two participating nations and ultimately was finalized to become the “Alpha Jet” of the late 1970’s. Since then, the type has gone on to see service with several other nations including Belgium, Egypt and Thailand. http://www.mustanghighflight.com
Greg started flying in 1974, doing odd jobs at the airport to pay for flying lessons. He got his private pilot’s license and eventually was able to afford his own plane – a 1947 Luscombe. He used the Luscombe to commute to work every day the Northwest weather would allow it. Like any commute, it quickly became boring. To combat the boredom, Greg started doing basic aerobatics on his way to and from work. After the Luscombe and a few Pitts’, Greg now flies the G-200. At 900 pounds with 200 HP this carbon fiber aircraft is high energy and high performance. Greg has been performing precision aerobatics in the Northwest since 1980 and has over 3,800 aerobatic hours logged. He is 5 time Northwest Regional Aerobatic Champion in the Unlimited category and is a former member of the US national aerobatic team. Greg's sequence is constantly moving and virtually all the action is tightly packed towards show center.
The Ravens are a group of pilots from our nation's western states who fly their RV airplanes in formation at air shows and various other aviation events. We adhere to strict formation flying standards that were originally developed by the military, and fly with a degree of discipline and precision that rivals any other realm of civilian aviation. Our performance is a demonstration of skill and dedication to the art of formation flying. http://www.westcoastravens.com
1957 Chevy Pickup capable of speeds of 350+ MPH. Entertaining fans across the country for over 20 years, the truck creates a ground-shaking heart-pounding performance where you can feel the reverberations of mini sonic booms. The powerplant consists of two Westinghouse J34 engines, previously used on a Navy T-2A Buckeye aircraft. The truck boasts 25,000 horsepower, with 12,500 pounds of thrust with afterburner. Before beginning his show, driver Bill Braack parades past the crowd, coming to a standstill at the end of the runway. Bill will receive a signal from his crew that an aircraft has challenged him to a race. He will kick in the afterburner and accelerate, achieving incredible speeds which overtake the aircraft in mere seconds. As he deploys the parachute to bring the truck to a stop, he experiences a significant negative g-force. Bill's crew will tow him back to the taxiway where Bill is available to sign autographs and answer questions. He has made over 4,000 performances in his distinguished career. http://smoke-n-thunder.com
The Tenino Motorcycle Drill Team will post colors at 12:00 noon Saturday Only. After welcoming remarks the drill team will perform maneuvers to kick of the show. The Tenino Motorcycle Drill Team was formed in 1984 in Washington State. What started as a novelty has changed much over the years. They are dedicated riders who have fun and enjoy doing their precision drills and maneuvers. The TEAM is a non-profit organization that promotes motorcycle safety and awareness. They support other non-profits with fundraising and entertainment plus sponsor an annual scholarship fund. They believe in Family first, Work Second, then the TEAM.
Anna Serbinenko is a class 1 aerobatic instructor. She trains aerobatic pilots and aerobatic instructors. Anna flies airshows and trains Canadian Flight Centre’s aerobatic team for competitions. Anna was born in Ukraine and after several years of living in Switzerland, Germany and Brazil, she moved to Canada 5 years ago to make it her home. In her other life, Anna has a PhD in financial mathematics, speaks fluently six languages and is running multiple businesses. But her passion for flying lifts her away from the daily routine into the sky with a three-dimensional freedom. The one she calls “Sky Dancing”. Anna is flying Canadian Flight Centre’s Super Decathlon, a plane built by American Champion Aircraft for the purpose of aerobatic training. It has inverted fuel and oil systems for upside down flight and can handle severe g-forces typical for aerobatics. You can meet Anna and her Decathlon later after the flight. http://www.annaskydancer.com
Renny Price is a retired airline captain and has logged over 23,000 hours since his first flight in 1969. He holds FAA ratings of Airline Transport Pilot, Flight Engineer, Multi-engine instrument flight instructor, Aerobatic competency evaluator, and FAA safety counselor. When he is not performing air shows, he flies an Astra private jet. World class aerobatics are a spectacle, but almost nothing comes close to the performance of the Russian designed and built Sukhoi-29. The Sukhoi is considered to be the very best two-place unlimited competition aircraft in the world today. Renny and his SU-29 are based just south of Portland, Oregon at the Aurora State Airport. Renny’s other interests are hunting, fishing, guitars, baseball, and of course, teaching, talking and learning about flying aerobatics. The Sukhoi-29 has a 9 cylinder radial, 360 horse powered engine. The normal climb rate is 3,150 feet per minute at 1 G. The vertical speed indicator can’t keep up when Renny pulls the stick back to 9 G’s. Today you will see him perform all the graceful classic maneuvers, plus loops with snaps on top, inside-outside snaps, torque rolls, tumbles, and just to keep it interesting, a few flat spins.
The AH-1 Cobra/UH-1H Huey demonstration has become an icon in the Pacific Northwest having been exhibited at many regional aviation events. Meticulously restored to original condition and markings, this dynamic helicopter duo from the Olympic Flight Museum will demonstrate authentic maneuvers as they were utilized in military service, and are techniques all Army aviators must mast. Speeds and altitudes of these precision maneuvers range from zero miles per hour at ground level, to 140 miles per hour at 1,000 feet. This demonstration contributes to the public understanding of the role of Army aircraft by demonstrating proficiency and versatility in the performance of precision helicopter flight. You will see formation photo ops and solo demonstrations from these vintage warrior helicopters made famous by the Vietnam.
The Olympic Flight Museum’s North American P-51D Mustang captures the hearts of the young and old alike. Gaining fame during the WWII era, this fighter aircraft is fast, well-made and highly durable. A supercharged Rolls Royce Merlin engine creates the recognizable sound of power and speed. It has maximum speed of 437 mph, a cruising speed of 362 mph, and a service ceiling of 41,900 ft. Piloted by Bud Granley, the performance you will see is the only low level P-51 Mustang demonstration exhibited in the Pacific Northwest. This historic aircraft calls the Olympic Flight Museum home where it remains a favorite for museum members and visitor.
A6M 'Tora' Zero
The Mitsubishi A6M Zero was a long-range fighter aircraft operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJNAS) from 1940 to 1945. The A6M was designated as the Mitsubishi Navy Type 0 Carrier and also designated as the Mitsubishi A6M Reisen and Mitsubishi Navy 12 Carrier Fighter. The A6M was usually referred to by the Allies as the “Zero”, from the ‘Navy Type 0 Carrier Fighter’ designation. The official Allied reporting name was Zeke. When it was introduced early in WWII, the Zero was considered the most capable carrier-based fighter in the world, combining excellent maneuverability and very long range. In early combat operations, the Zero gained a legendary reputation as a dog fighter, achieving the outstanding kill ratio of 12 to 1, but by mid 1942 a combination of new tactics and the introduction of better equipment enabled the Allied pilots to engage the Zero on more equal terms.
Kaman HH-43 Huskie
The Kaman HH-43 Huskie was a helicopter used by the United State Air Force, the United States Navy and the United State Marine Corps from the 1950s until the 1970s. It was primarily used for aircraft firefighting and rescue in the close vicinity of air bases, but was later utilized as a short range overland search and rescue aircraft during the Vietnam War. The Huskie has an unusual inter-meshing contra-rotating twin-rotor arrangement with control affected by servo-flaps. The first prototype flew in 1947 and was adopted by the U.S. Navy with a piston-engine. This aircraft saw use in the Vietnam War with several detachments of the Pacific Air Rescue Center, the 33rd, 36th, 37th and 38th Air Rescue Squadron, and the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, where the aircraft was known by its call sign moniker “Pedro”. During Vietnam, the two-pilot HH-43 Huskie, flew more rescue missions than all other aircraft combined because of the unique hovering capability. The HH-43 was eventually replaced by newer aircraft in the early 1970’s. The museum’s HH-43 is the only fully restored and flying example in the world today.
The Czechoslovakian built Aero Vodochody L-39ZO Albatross was built as a successor to their earlier trainer, the L-29 Delfin. Design work began in 1966, with the first prototype flown in 1968. The design idea was to marry an efficient, powerful turbofan engine to a sleek, streamlined fuselage, resulting in a strong economical performer which would become the next standard jet trainer for the Warsaw Pact. Production was temporarily delayed until 1972 due to issues with air intakes, but difficulties were overcome and the aircraft went on to be a great success with the Soviet, Czech, and East German air forces, among other. The practical suitability of the L-39 for training tasks is demonstrated daily in military service of more than 30 air forces in Europe, Asia, Africa and America.