MEET THE PERFORMERS

United States Air Force Thunderbirds

America's Ambassadors In Blue

The Thunderbirds have the honor of representing nearly 700,000 active duty, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, and civilian Airmen across America and deployed around the world.

The U.S. Army Parachute Demonstration Team

The Golden Knights

In 1959, the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, began representing the United States on the international competition circuit. Since then, they have conducted more than 16,000 shows in 50 states and 48 countries, reaching an average of 60,000 people per show. The team has earned the U.S. Army thousands of medals in national and international competition. Team members have also broken 348 world records. The demonstration teams, which use five dedicated aircraft, perform at more than 100 events per year.

F-22 Demonstration

USAF Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team

The Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team, based at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, performs precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the world's only operational fifth-generation fighter aircraft. From coast to coast, Raptor Demo showcases the world's most dominant fighter, and the Airmen who keep them flying.

F-16 Demonstration

USAF Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team
The Pacific Air Forces F-16 Viper Demonstration Team, based at Misawa Air Base, Japan, performs precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities of one of the Air Force's premier multi-role fighters -- the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The team demonstrates the awesome power and maneuverability of the aircraft to the delight of aviation enthusiasts everywhere, and exhibits the professional qualities the Air Force develops in the people who fly, maintain and support these aircraft.

C-17 Demonstration Team

United States Air Force Pacific Air Forces C-17 Demonstration Team

The C-17 Globemaster III is the most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force, capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo. The PACAF C-17 Demonstration Team displays the capabilities of this versatile workhorse with precision flight and maneuvers.

Joint Force Demonstration

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Joint Force Demonstration

Watch the precision with which our U.S. Army and Air Force members from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson work together to simulate infiltrating, seizing, and commanding an airfield, as an aggressor aircraft, F-22, C-17, UH-60, and Army paratroopers all combine for this spectacular display. Each plays a crucial role in taking over an airfield, and this demonstration emphasizes the importance of the ability for the different branches of our Department of Defense to join together to embody the mantra of “one team, one fight”.

Joint Jumpers

Melissa Dawn Burns

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Melissa is a professional aerobatic pilot, display skydiver and B.A.S.E. Jumper. In 2006, at 22 years old Melissa became the youngest female member of the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Team in history. She placed 3rd overall in the 2015 World Aerobatic Championships after 10 years of competing at the Unlimited World Level. Melissa was named the Fastest Woman in the World at the World Champion Wingsuit B.A.S.E. Jumping Race in Norway in 2015 and has participated in numerous Skydiving World Records. She was also named as an inductee to the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Chancellor's Hall of Fame in 2015 in Prescott, AZ. Today she travels with her team performing in Airshow Displays for audiences worldwide.

Undaunted Airshows

Undaunted Airshows, a Pacific Northwest airshow team that goes by call sign “Orca Flight”, was formed in 2020. This two ship formation/aerobatic team demonstrates fluid aerobatic formation flying, dynamic head-to-head merges and dog-fighting like rejoin sequences. Stephen Christopher flys the lead pilot position and Todd Rudberg flys the wing position. Todd and Stephen began flying together in 2010 with the Blackjack Squadron. Stephen is a leader in the formation flying community and has flown in air shows with the West Coast Ravens and the Lightning Formation Airshows. The team flys the extremely popular Vansaircraft RV series of homebuilt sport aircraft.

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