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: 

Thunderbirds

Team Aeroshell

Alabama Boys

Twin Tigers

Jeremy Holt

Wild Blue Rodeo

Scott Francis

Smoke and Thunder Jet Truck

Army Special Ops – Black Daggers

B-25

P-40

P-51

T-33

F-4U Corsair

MIG-17

OV-1 MOHAWK

 

** Not listed in order of performance **

 

Static Displays

C-130J Hurricane Hunters

C-130J Flying Jennies

MQ-9 Reaper

C-17 Globemaster

B-25

T-6

T-45

 

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds – F-16 Fighting Falcon

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.

Scott Francis Air Shows Ultra Performance MX S

Scott has been performing in airshows since 2006, starting with a Pitts S-1T, then moving on to a Giles 202, and currently flying the ultra-high performance MXS aircraft.

Jeremy Holt Pegasus Pitts Model 12

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.

Smoke N’ Thunder Hot Streak II ’57 Chevy pick-up

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.

Alabama Boys Comedy Act

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.

Greg Koontz Air Shows Decathlon

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!

Twin Tigers Air Shows

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 – RV-8

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.

MQ-9 Reaper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

WC-130J Super Hercules

WC-130J Super Hercules

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.

C-17 Globemaster

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.

The Black Daggers preform live aerial demonstrations in support of Army special operations community relations and recruiting. Composed 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. With the average number of free-fall jumps at 560, the team represents the professionalism and dedication of Army special operations forces.