October 16th and 17th
Punta Gorda Airport
Punta Gorda, Florida
USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon Demo
USAF Heritage Flight - F-16 Fighting Falcon/P-51 Mustang
USAF C-17 Globemaster III Demo
Clemens Kuhlig [Chefpitts Airshows] - Pitts S1S
Patty Wagstaff - GB-1 Gamebird
Jim Peitz - F33 Bonanza
Scott Farnsworth - SIAI Marchetti S.211
Mick Thorstenson - T-28 Trojan
Announcer: Matt Jolley
Updated as of 10/7/2021, 10:12 PM EST
https://www.eventsprout.com/event/flori ... l-air-show
Scott Farnsworth is returning to the Florida International Air Show October 16th & 17th. Scott has been a FIAS favorite since first performing in 2019. He and the Team will be flying new jets and a favorite, the Virtual Reality Exhibit will be back also. Tickets are on Sale Now - www.floridaairshow.com
More About Scott Farnsworth - From Racingjets.com
Scott Farnsworth’s obsession with aviation started as early as he can remember. Ever since his first flight in a small Piper aircraft on his 15th birthday Scott has passionately pursued everything that flies. Scott’s adventurous spirit led him into the Baja Bush pilot lifestyle while attending college in San Diego, CA.
His unique flying opportunities, into some of the most challenging environments, provided the experience that allowed Scott to be hired for his first airline job at a very young age. At just twenty-two years old Scott began flying jet airliners, and continues in this career with successful dedication and enthusiasm. Scott’s position,both as an Airbus 321 captain for Jetblue Airways and founder of AircraftWraps, has allowed him to explore and pursue his passions in both aerobatics and low-level competition pylon racing. In 2015, Scott competed in his XtremeAir XA42 and earned the position of Champion in the Reno National Air Races Sport Medallion Class.
2016 proved to be another exciting year for Scott. In July 2016 Scott once again captured the title of Air Race Champion while competing in Lisbon Portugal against pilots from around the world. Utilizing both aerobatics and pylon racing on the air race championship course, Scott obtained another victory while piloting his XtremeAir XA42. Following this victory, Scott Farnsworth competed in the Reno National Air Races in 2016 in both the Jet Class and Sport Class.
Save $10.00 on the Family Pack to the the Florida International Air Show, October 16th or 17th at the Punta Gorda Airport (PGD)
(2 adult and up to 5 child tickets
ages 12 and under.)
Tickets good for Saturday or Sunday.
It's Official! The DOD has authorized the C-17 to appear at the Florida International Air Show, October 16th-October 17th at the Punta Gorda, FL Airport (PGD) Tickets On Sale Now: www.floridaairshow.com
C-17 Details https://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/c-17.htm
JB Charleston’s C-17 demonstration pilots showcase capabilities worldwide
By Airman 1st Class Helena Owens Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. –
Picture this: the sounds of jets roaring past, smells of grilled food filling the air and the sight of the United States military branches showcasing their capabilities in the air and on the ground. Air show season is well underway and Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts, took the opportunity to showcase to the public how they defend the nation by inviting Joint Base Charleston’s C-17 demonstration pilot team as well as others to perform in the Great New England Air Show.
“This is our third air show this summer and we have a couple more coming up,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Brad Polender, 15th Airlift Squadron flight commander. “We perform about one to two times a month depending on the needs and manning available.”
Joint Base Charleston’s C-17 demonstration pilot team performs at air shows around the world. They demonstrate the various abilities the C-17 has including extended range tanks allowing it to fly all over the world with the ability to refuel in flight, minimum use of the runway to get in and out of austere locations quickly, reverse capability allowing it to land on any surface safely and the ability to hold over 170,000 pounds of cargo.
“We transport anything America needs to anywhere in the world,” said Polender. “We provide the global reach necessary to help people around the world and to get the warfighters where they need to be.”
Becoming a C-17 demo pilot, requires extra qualifications and training. There are academic classes needed to learn the regulations specifically for demo pilots. The pilots have to practice quite a few times in a simulator before going out and flying with the squadron commander for his or her certification. Then the group and wing commander interview the pilots and from there pass their selections up to Air Mobility Command for final approval.
“The demo team consists of six pilots and four loadmasters,” said Polender. “The certification process for the whole team took about six months to complete.”
Pilots are not the only necessary personnel required to showcase the capabilities of the C-17. The demo team has a maintenance crew who travels along with them, ensuring operations run smoothly and efficiently.
“When we are at a demonstration site and the jet breaks, I’m the only one there to fix it,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lance Wright, 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief. “I coordinate with the aircrew to determine the status of the aircraft and what parts or personnel are necessary to fix the jet. I am the liaison between maintenance operations and the aircrew itself.”
Although the work is hard and tiring, the aircrew said they enjoy what they do and are proud to showcase the abilities of their aircraft to the community.
“I think it’s very important to come out and show the community some of the jobs we do,” said Polender. “I think any Air Force base will find it hard to be effective in its mission if they don’t have the consent of the public around them. I enjoy coming out and showing the taxpayers exactly what they are supporting."
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