Press Release - For Immediate Release
Director of Development & Events
Stuart Air Show gearing up for 2017
New performers, attractions, ticket options; over $25,000 benefits Treasure Coast charitable partners in 2016
STUART, FL (April 24, 2017) -- Planning of the 2017 Stuart Air Show is well underway and show organizers are thrilled to announce this year's performers, new attractions, and ticket options, as well as celebrate the positive impact Air Show proceeds generated for its 2016 charitable partners.
This year's premier act is Screamin' Sasquatch, sponsored by Jack Links, a 1929 Taperwing Waco bi-plane with a jet engine that allows the plane to fly vertically, flip, tumble, and hammerhead torque roll, which is flown by one of the top aerobatic performance pilots in America, Lt. Col. John Klatt. Just a teaser--Sasquatch will have special meaning at this year's show. Details to come!
Other new performers and attractions for 2017 include:
- Jacquie B. The first female pilot to enter the aerobatic arena at the age of 50, and the first female solo pilot to perform at the 2010 Al Ain Aerobatic Show in the United Arab Emirates, Jacquie performs in a bright red Extra 300 two-seat, tandem, mid-wing aerobatic monoplane sprinkled with silver iridescent stars. Her show combines maneuvers as simple as a pull to vertical flight to the most difficult end-over-end gyroscopic tumbling an airplane can pull off.
- Batcopter and Bat Mobile. Loved by all ages wherever it goes, this crime fighting helicopter flew and was filmed in the original 1966 BATMAN movie and the original television series BATMAN. Capt. Eugene A. Nock, A.T.P., has fully restored this nostalgic flying machine to complete airworthy condition and it appears at air shows, state fairs, special events and comic book events around the United States. Definitely not to be missed!
- Wild Blue Rodeo. Jerry "Jive" Kerby, a retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, will perform a special night-time dedication to first responders on Friday evening in Wild Blue, a RV-8A that wants to be a fighter jet. The performance combines music, lights and aerobatic maneuvers.
- U.S. Army Black Daggers. The official U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, the Black Daggers are a team of highly-skilled staff noncommissioned officers who perform free fall parachute demonstrations worldwide, completing an average of 1,250 practice and performance jumps every year. Audiences can expect smoke grenades, pyrotechnics and flags during the team's demonstrations.
- AeroShell. This five-man AT-6 Texan Advanced Trainer unit are real crowd-pleasers and has performed before at the Stuart Air Show. The North American AT-6 Texan, nicknamed "The Pilot Maker" first appeared in 1938, originally as a basic trainer for the U.S. Army Air Corps, and was also the primary training platform for all U.S. Airmen in World War II that went on to fly other fighter aircraft, such as the P-51 Mustang, F4U corsair, P-40 Warhawk and others.
Returning performers and attractions include:
- U.S. Navy Leap Frogs. The official parachute demonstration team of the United States Navy. The team is part of the United States Naval Special Warfare Command, and is made up of active-duty Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) and support personnel.
- U.S. Air Force F16 Viper Team and U.S. Navy F18 - Hornet Demo Team. These air combat comand demonstration teams perform precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities of these multi-role fighters. They are fast and they are loud, and crowds love them!
- Chefpitts. This Stuart, FL based pilot, Clemens Kuhlig, flies a Pitts S1S, built in a garage over a three-year period while he was working as a professional chef---hence the name "Chefpitts"! The show Clemens performs is inspired by the pilots he watched as a kid. Jim Parker, The Red Devils, Leo Loudenslager, Al Hauff, Art Scholl, the French Connection. The Pitts Special is an iconic airplane that lends itself well to beautiful rolling, curving lines, snap rolls, and excellent outside capability.
- Redline Airshows. An exciting two-ship formation aerobatic flight team that thrills crowds with a display of skill, nerve and showmanship. Pilots Ken Rieder and Jon Thocker have been flying formation together for more than 12 years. They proudly claim "Redline...the goal...not the limit."
- Greg Shelton Airshows. Made up of the husband-wife team of Greg and Ashley Shelton, Ashley defies gravity and flies on the wing of a colorful and patriotic decorated bi-wing Boeing 450 Super Stearman piloted by her husband, Greg.
- Round Canopy Parachuting Team (RCPT-USA). A hit with the audience last year, this year the RCPT-USA team returns to perform another unique and interactive WWII Airborne demonstration on the flight line, but with twice the number of jumpers.
Tickets are now on sale online at
. The website pre-sale price of $10 is good until Labor Day, $15 online through Nov. 5, and $25 at the gate. Veterans and Military pricing is $5; youth, 6-12, $5; Spectator Seating has been reduced to $8; Dirty Flight Suit Party is $115 (limited availability); Beer Garden Upgrade, $25 (limited availability); Bombers Squadron Upgrade, $60 (limited availability); and Premium parking, $20 per day, may now be purchased online, instead of at the gate. Admission for children 5 and under is free.
Each year, the Stuart Air Show provides financial support to area non-profit organizations. Funds are a combination of show profits, as well as contributions by the show's concessionaire, National Concessions. This past year (2016), more than $25,000 was distributed to the following charitable partners: United Way of Martin County, Road to Victory Military Museum, Buffalo Soldiers, City of Stuart Police Explorers, Venture Crew, Special Olympics, Martin County Community Foundation, Civil Air Patrol, and the St. Lucie Centennial High School NJROTC.
The Stuart Air Show, presented this year by Martin County Airport-Witham Field, Pratt & Whitney - A United Technologies Company, and Sikorsky Aircraft - A Lockheed Martin Company, continues the show's commitment to honoring the past and inspiring the future. The three-day event draws 40,000 spectators annually and is the largest air show in southern Florida.
For the latest Stuart Air Show announcements and entertainment lineup, or to purchase discounted advance tickets and premium parking, please visit
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PHOTOS (High resolution images available.)
Jack Link's Screamin' Sasquatch, a 1929 Taperwing Waco bi-plane with a jet engine that allows the plane to fly vertically, flip, tumble, and hammerhead torque roll. Photo credit: Screamin' Sasquatch, sponsored by Jack Links.
Greg Shelton Airshows, a father-daughter team that defies gravity. Photo credit: Greg Shelton Airshows.
AeroShell five-man AT-6 Texan Advanced Trainer unit. Photo credit: AeroShell.
Stuart, Florida based Chefpitts flying over the Jupiter Lighthouse. Photo credit: Chefpitts Airshows.
Check presentation to Stuart Air Show charitable partner, United Way of Martin County. Photo credit: Stuart Air Show.
Edgy and creative snapshot of select action from the 2016 Stuart Air Show. Video credit: Precision Aerial.
Round Canopy Parachuting Team-USA footage from 2016 Stuart Air Show.
Jack Link's Screamin' Sasquatch B-Roll
AeroShell HD B-Roll
About the Stuart Air Show
The Stuart Air Show is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes a safe, family entertainment event, highlights aviation, and provides financial support to its benefiting non-profit organizations including: Road to Victory Military Museum, Venture Crew #804/Boy Scouts of America, United Way of Martin County, Martin County Community Foundation, Martin County Sheriff's Explorers Post #887, City of Stuart Police Department Explorer Post #878, Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, South Florida, ARC of Martin County, Civil Air Patrol 8024 Stuart Cadet Squadron, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, as well as many other deserving community organizations and charities. The air show offers many different types fundraising opportunities for local non-profit organizations and community groups. Nearly a dozen organizations benefit from the show each year.
For more information about the Stuart Air Show, please contact the main office at (772) 781-4882 or at
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