This year our headline performers will be the Thunderbirds, demonstrating four-jet diamond formations and highlighting the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The show will also include a myriad of other performances including: Team Aeroshell, the Army Special Ops Black Daggers and many more. To learn more about these performances, take a look at the information below. We look forward to seeing you at the show!
Confirmed Air Performers:
Wild Blue Rodeo
Smoke and Thunder Jet Truck
Army Special Ops – Black Daggers
** Not listed in order of performance **
C-130J Hurricane Hunters
C-130J Flying Jennies
The Thunderbirds have the privilege and responsibility to perform for people all around the world, displaying the pride, precision and professionalism of American Airmen. In every hour-long demonstration, the team combines years of training and experience with an attitude of excellence to showcase what the Air Force is all about.
This will be Jeremy’s 2nd appearance at a Keesler Air Show, having performed gravity defying stunts over the Bay in 2015. Jeremy’s love of the skies isn’t just a weekend thing, as he currently is a pilot for the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
Hot Streak II is a twin jet engine 57 Chevy Pickup capable of speeds of 350+MPH entertaining fans across the country for over 20 years. Watch as Hot Streak will face off in a race down the Keesler flightline against one of our other performers! *Note: This portion of the show will only be available for viewing during the morning on-base portion.
Flown in the 1946 Piper J-3 Cub, this act begins as Greg – farmer Clem Cleaver – climbs up on the announcer’s stand, demanding a flight lesson. Later in the show, he “steals” the plane and takes off alone, with his whole crew chasing. Grandpa shoots off a tire to get him down, and Clem lands on his pickup truck driven by Grandpa Fred as it races down the runway.
The Lycoming AEIO-360 engine with 180 horses, inverted fuel & oil systems and large wing allows for an up front and down low performance. Greg Koontz flies this popular plane through a solo aerobatic routine that demonstrates its agility with a full set of outside loops, vertical rolls, snaps & tumbles (not particularly in this sequence) and inverted passes. The grand finale is a down low, in the dirt inverted ribbon cut!
Tiger Airshows combines the best in what a family friendly Circus has to offer with the thrill and excitement of an Airshow. Precision WALKABOUT Tigers formation aerobatics, custom smoke ring special effects, and a comedy act that is so funny it should be illegal.
Wild Blue Rodeo puts on a one of a kind aerobatic show using Wild Blue. In their words, “Wild Blue is the RV-8A that wants to be a fighter jet by day, and a cop car by night.” Get ready to experience a flying cop car soar through the skies.
The MQ-9 Reaper is an armed, multi-mission capable, remotely piloted aircraft. With its multifunctional camera, wide-range sensors, and precision weapons this aircraft has the ability to gather intelligence and perform strikes on targets if needed.
The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron’s main mission is tropical storm surveillance. They are aligned under the 403d Reserve Wing at Keesler AFB. They can fly up to three storms at a time with a response time of 16 hours. To complete this mission they use the WC-130J, outfitted with weather instruments to effectively analyze tropical storm data.
The C-17 Globemaster is the most flexible cargo aircraft that the Air Force has in its arsenal. Its rapid delivery of troops and cargo, and the ability it provides for tactical airlift and airdrop missions is why it is a key to the success of our overall Air Force mission.