The Blue Angels flying aerobatic team of the United States Navy will be the featured act at the Minnesota Air Spectacular 2012 on June 9 and 10 at the Mankato Regional Airport. This will be the Blue Angels' only Minnesota appearance in 2012.
The mission of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, "Blue Angels," is to enhance Navy recruiting, and credibly represent Navy and Marine Corps aviation to the United States and its Armed Forces to America and other countries as international ambassadors of good will. And estimated 11 million spectators view the squadron during airs shows each year.
The United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, known as the Blue Angels, formed in 1946 and is currently the oldest formal flying aerobatic team. Sixteen officers voluntarily serve with the Blue Angels. An estimated 11 million spectators view the squadron during air shows each year.
The Blue Angels have flown over 10 different aircraft in the team's 66 year history. Originally, the team flew four aircraft in the signature "Diamond" formation and expanded to six aircraft to showcase both the diamond and solos high performance capability as well as the precision formation flying taught to all Naval Aviators. Today, the squadron flies the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet and the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules.
Black Daggers - US Army Special Operations Forces Parachute Team
The Black Daggers are the official U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team. Their mission is to perform live aerial demonstrations in support of Army Special Operations community relations and recruiting. Comprised of volunteers from throughout Army Special Operations the Black Daggers have diverse backgrounds and are skilled in various military specialties including Special Forces, Rangers, civil affairs, psychological operations and signal and support. The team represents the professionalism and dedication of special operations forces.
AeroShell Aerobatic Team
The AeroShell Team has been performing for over twenty year, amassing thousands of hours in front of airshow fans all over North America. The aircraft the team uses is the North American Advanced Trainer AT-6 “Texan”. Nicknamed “The Pilot Maker”, the North American AT-6 Texan first appeared in 1938. Originally designed as a basic trainer for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC), the Texan was the primary training platform for all U.S. airmen in the World War II that went on to fly the fighter aircraft such as the P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair, P-40 Warhawk, and others.
In airshow flying, Sean is one of the world's premier performers in terms of entertainment value, piloting skill and most importantly, professionalism. He has been flying airshows world-wide since the mid-70's and has won numerous aerobatic competitions. In that time, Sean has flown more than 1000 performances at more than 425 airshows, in front of more than 80 million fans. In the upcoming season alone, Tucker and Team Oracle will entertain nearly 10 million fans at 15 shows throughout North America. The level of professionalism and excitement in Sean's airshow displays is no coincidence. He practices his airshow routine three times every day. Sean has devoted his entire adult life to exploring the art of aerobatic flight and after over 10,000 life-time practices, his passion continues to grow. He is more inspired by the magic and discipline of flight every single year and he continues to improve his skills as an aviator. Sean's airplane, the Oracle Challenger bi-plane, has also continued to improve each year. Sean started with a factory built Pitts Special 30 years ago and modified it each year. After reaching the limits of the Pitts, Tucker's team designed a one of a kind airplane that could do anything that Sean asked of it. This resulted in the most high-performance aerobatic aircraft in the world, the Challenger II biplane.
Julie Clark's SMOKIN' T-34 MENTOR
With her sparkling personality and the graceful aerobatics that have endeared her to her legions of faithful fans, Julie Clark’s air show routine takes the MENTOR, her restored T-34, “Free Spirit,” to the limits of its operating capability. Julie’s MENTOR T-34 demands exceptional skill to perform aerobatics and Julie’s experience has honed her co-ordination and responsiveness in delicate balance. Julie’s aerobatic routine is remarkable in its beauty and splendor and even more remarkable in that she exhibits elegance in an airplane with flying manners best described as rugged.
Booked individually, or as a package...Dave Dacy Airshows Inc. has the performers, aircraft and support services to make a professional difference in your event planning and presentation...in the air and on the ground...a difference that only experience, dedication and excellence can make. With more than 250 years of combined and comprehensive experience, Dave Dacy Airshows Inc. is providing the airshow and special event arenas with professional entertainment performances and quality production and support services.
With over 25,000 hours of flying experience (that’s more than two years of his life spent in the air) John Mohr is one of the most talented and exciting pilots on the air show circuit. He performs extremely difficult maneuvers in a meticulously restored 1943 stock 220 Stearman bi-plane which is not only an aircraft that not only weighs twice as much as today’s aerobatic planes, but it also uses half the horsepower.
OTTO The Helicopter
Roger Buis has been flying since 1980. Roger has over 16,500 total hour flights and has been nominated for Army Aviator of the Year in helicopters. Roger first soloed in the Hughes TH-55 Osage, the predecessor to the Schweizer 300C, which is what OTTO the helicopter is. Roger also flies the Bell 206/206 L, the Bell Jet Ranger and Long Ranger, the Bell 407, and the Eurocopter Twin Star. Roger files airplanes and fixed-wing aircraft. He started flying, like many pilots, a Cessna 150, 152, and 172. He also flies multi-engine and Citation jet aircraft. For fun, Roger obtained his seaplane ratings. Flying helicopter has given Roger the opportunity to do all kinds of flying from offshore in the oil industry, to firefighting, search and rescue, forestry, environmental protection, sight seeing, air charter, real estate surveying, power and pipeline patrol, television, movie, and advertising photography and flight instruction. Roger is among the few pilots in the world who has towed a sailplane or glider with a helicopter.
John Klatt has thrilled millions of air show specators across America with a unique blenc of precision, power, and performance. He has served in the Air National Guard for more than 20 years - flying combat, air support and humanitarian mission throughout the world in the F-16 "Fighting Falcon" and the C-130 "Hercules" aircraft.