2021 Performers

2021 Performers

fly_circus_wing_walk_mcwhorter (1)The Flying Circus

The Flying Circus airshow is a demonstration of the “Golden Years of Flight”, which is characterized by the barnstorming era that came about in the years between the two World Wars. The Flying Circus has grown not only in its membership, but also in the variety and number of aircraft in inventory. The aerial demonstrations, thrilling acts, and the ride hopping operations, which were central to the barnstorming era, are still an essential part of their program.

The Black Daggers

The Black Daggers, also known as the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, is comprised entirely of volunteers from throughout the Army special operations community. They have diverse backgrounds and possess various military specialties. The team represents the professionalism and dedication of Special Operations Forces and performs aerial demonstrations in support of U.S. Army Special Operations Command community outreach and recruiting efforts.

 

Jacquie B

When most people turn 50, they figure it’s time to relax and settle into neutral while coasting toward retirement. Not Jacquie B! When Jacquie turned 50, she launched her solo aerobatic career.  Jacquie’s love of flying started at an early age when her pilot father shared his passion for aviation.  By the time she was 32 years old, she decided she was tired of hearing herself say, “I wish I could fly an airplane.”  She enrolled in ground school and the rest is history!  She first earned her Private Pilot certificate and was then introduced to the world world of aerobatic flying over the following years.  In 2003, Jacquie finally quit the humdrum of a white collar profession and realized her dream as an air show performer, becoming the first female pilot to enter this business at the age of 50.  Jacquie is now flying a beautiful red Extra 300 monoplane.  She is powerful inspiration to the millions of fans who realize that they too can accomplish great things in life.

CAF National Capital Squadron

Formed in 1957, the Commemorative Air Force is dedicated to preserving the history of American military aviation. The National Capital Squadron is based at the Culpeper Regional Airport in a hangar/museum building equipped for the maintenance and display of a fleet of aircraft known as the Ghost Squadron. The NCS now has a total of thirteen aircraft assigned or associated with the unit.

Scott Francis

Originally from Wichita, KS and now residing in South Riding, VA, has been a licensed pilot for 29 years. The son of an experimental test pilot and the grandson of an airline pilot, Scott grew up around aviation and has been flying in airplanes as long as he can remember.  His early graduation present in high school was training for and obtaining his private pilot’s license under the tutelage of a very strict instructor – his father.  In 2003, after flying more or less straight and level for 18 years, Scott got the itch to do something different.  He took a few aerobatic flying lessons and the hook was set. Less than a year later he purchased a Pitts Special and began competing at the Sportsman Level in International Aerobatic Club sanctioned aerobatic contests.  Scott sold his beloved Pitts in 2007 and purchased a Giles 202 carbon fiber monoplane and moved up to Advanced Level competition.  After winning a number of contests at the Advanced level, Scott moved up to Unlimited Level competition in 2012.  In April of 2013 he acquired the airplane he currently flies – a 330 hp, all carbon fiber MXS aerobatic aircraft, and continues to fly a number of airshows and aerobatic competitions in it each year. In his “real life”, Scott is an electrical engineer for a defense firm in Alexandria, VA.  He is also President of the Washington DC Area Chapter of the International Aerobatic Club.

 

Mark Meredith

Mark Meredith is a US Navy retired captain and an aerobatic pilot and aircraft re-builder. Today Mark is a full time flight instructor at Navy Annapolis Flight Center in Maryland, teaching private, instrument, commercial and new flight instructors. Mark purchased his N7DW as a project in 2009- it was old and tired. He totally rebuilt it over 5 years and 5,000 hours. Since 2014 Mark has competed in International Aerobatic Club contests and now has returned his world traveler Chippy to airshow flying! Look for his open cockpit Super Chipmunk routine at the Leesburg Airshow this year!

 

Kevin J. Russo

Kevin Russo was born in Montreal, Canada and has been flying since he was 15 years old.  He earned Commercial, Instrument, Multi-Engine and Instructor ratings by the age of 19.  Kevin joined the United States Air Force at age 22, piloting multiple aircraft including the C-141 B Starlifter and the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III.  He is a veteran of Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom among others, flying more than 50 combat missions.  Kevin was a Captain for American Airlines and has flown multiple commercial aircraft domestically and internationally.  He is currently the Chief Pilot for the Managed Fleet at Gama Aviation.  Kevin is in his 22nd year flying air shows with his restored 1944 SNJ-6/T-6 Texan.

 

David Schultz Airshows LLC returns coordinating this year’s airboss, ground operations and announcer. They have produced, consulted for, and conducted operations for the United States Air Force and United States Navy over the past 25 years. Since 1997, David Schultz Airshows LLC has lent their guidance to the operation of over 500 civilian airshows and nearly 100 military airshows. Their continued dedication and knowledge of aviation safety practices makes them an esteemed addition to any airshow demonstration.

*Performers are subject to change*