In honor of National Aviation Day, we’re helping you plan your next getaway to the Air Capital ahead of a favorite past time: the Wichita Air Show. Wichita is showing its dominance as king of the aircraft industry with a free event for all ages at McConnell Air Force Base. The Frontiers in Flight Open House & Airshow on Sept. 8-9 allows the public a unique look at different planes as many skilled aerobatic pilots take to the skies to showcase their talents with jaw-dropping loops, rolls and spins. Here are just some of the performers you can expect:
United States Air Force Thunderbirds
These airmen wow crowds with incredible performances including synchronized maneuvers that will leave the audience on the edge of their seats.
United States Army Golden Knights
The U.S. Army’s parachute team will be in Wichita to show off their skydiving skills with group formations and tandem jumps.
Redline Airshows brings an exciting formation aerobatic flight team to thrill families and leave people in awe. Veteran pilotsKen Rieder and Jon Thocker create impressive inverted and formation maneuvers.
Brian Correll Airshows
Brian Correll is a solo performer bringing both military and civilian flight experience into his performances. He flies the KC-135R aerial refueler for the Kansas Air National Guard Kansas Coyotes and holds an unrestricted aerobatic waiver for air shows.
Scott Francis Airshows
Scott Francis was born and raised in Wichita and got his pilot’slicense while he was still in high school. He began competing in aerobatic competitions in 2003 and performs in the “Flying Circus” in Bealeton, VA,every Sunday in May through October.
Smoke N Thunder Jet Shows
It’s a car that tries to outrun a plane to the finish line!You won’t want to miss Smoke N Thunder as Bill Braack races from zero to nearly 400 miles per hour. Come watch how he seamlesslyhandles a vehicle with a 12,000 horsepower engine!
Tora Tora Tora
History comes to life as this flight crew reenacts the tragic events of the Pearl Harbor attack. This emotional and factual narration accompanied by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s address to the nation will take people back in time during this living history presentation about WWII.
Fighter Jets, Inc.
Speaking of wars, Fighter Jets, Inc. pilots Randy Ball and Greg Howell fly over in a MiG-17F, made famous during the Vietnam War for being the first jet fighters in the world with an afterburner. These planes carry guns, rockets and extra fuel tanks. It can maintain 8g turns and can climb to 30,000 feet in only three minutes.
This entertaining and educational performance by Gerald Conley showcases a deHavilland DH-115 Vampire with the maximum speed of 548 miles per hour. It can climb 4,800 feet per minute, meaning it takes six minutes to reach 30,000 feet.
Greg Shelton Airshows
This father-daughter duo puts on an extraordinary performance at airshows across the country. Greg Shelton and daughter Ashley thrive on aerobatics as they fly their 450 Super Stearman and FM-2 Wildcat. You can catch Ashley on top of the plane while her father flies it.
Kent Pietsch Airshows
One of the best pilots in the country, Kent Pietsch is known for several routines including the dead-stick, where he shuts off the engine of the plane mid-air and incredibly lands the plane in the palm of someone’s hand.
Ace Maker Airshows
Gregory Colyer has been hooked on flying since the age of 7. He served 27 years withthe FAA. Colyer showcases the first American operational jet, the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star at airshows across America.
Don’t miss these breathtaking performances, and spectators also will be able to watch demonstrations by an A-10 Warthog, C-17 Globemaster and KC-135 aerial refueling tanker. Plus, all ages will enjoy seeing the aircraft up close. Vendors will be serving food during the two-day event.
For other events happening in September, visit our calendar of events page.