U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight
The F-16 Viper Demonstration Team will team up with the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation for a unique visual representation of the Air Force's history - from the days of the Army Air Corps to the present. What started out as a one-time event has now grown in popularity and demand, and Heritage Flights are now performed at special events and air shows across the world. Thunder Over the Heartland will be treated to various flypasts of the F-16 Fighting Falcon as it flies in formation with a World War II era P-51 Mustang representing nearly 75 years of Air Force heritage.
"Doc" is one of only two Boeing B-29 Superfortresses still airworthy and flying in the world today. Made famous for its contributions to the end of World War II and later the Korean War, the B-29 Superfortress is powered by four Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclone radial engines, producing 2,200 horsepower each. "Doc" was built by in Boeing 1944 in Wichita, Kansas and initially served as a radar calibration aircraft at Griffiss Air Force Base, N.Y.. The squadron's members named their B-29s after the characters in the famed Disney Movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and 44-69972 became was named "Doc". Don't miss the chance to see this incredible World War II bomber as it takes flight over Topeka.
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Two (2) Grand Prize winners will receive a ride in the Doc B-29 plane and Eight (8) Runner-Up winners will receive an Air Show prize pack and photo opportunity!
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U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker
The KC-135 Stratotanker provides the core aerial refueling capability for the United States Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than half a century. Serving as the aerial gas station in the sky, the KC-135 Stratotanker is flown by 190th Air Refueling Wing of the Kansas Air National Guard, based right here in Topeka at Forbes Field. The Stratotanker holds many world records, including a single day record of aerial refueling 90 aircraft in just 24 hours - a record established and remains unbroken since 1981.
U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry
The E-3 Sentry is an airborne warning and control system, otherwise known as an AWACS. Providing real time situational awareness of friendly, neutral, and hostile activities, the Sentry supports with command and control, battle management, surveillance, and early warning of enemy actions during joint, allied, and coalition operations across the globe. Flown by the 552nd Air Control Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, the E-3 Sentry will perform a series of flybys providing a rare look at one of the most intriguing combat aircraft in the U.S. inventory.
Rumbling over the skies of Topeka in their 600-horsepower, Pratt & Whitney radial engines, the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team combines nostalgia, romance, and entertainment in their colorful World War II-era North American AT--6GTexans. Flying in the tight diamond formation, the team performs a series of loops, barrel rolls, and dynamic maneuvers full of tremendous smoke and noise which has made them one of the most sought-after air show performances anywhere in the country.
Matt Younkin’s Beech 18 performance is likely the most unusual act on the airshow circuit today. The Beech 18 was never designed for aerobatic flight; however, that doesn’t make it incapable of doing just that. The performance is almost a mirror image of the one his father Bobby pioneered and flew for over 15 years. It begins with a roll on takeoff followed by a series of Cuban eights, point-rolls, and even a loop. The conclusion is a dirty pass dubbed the “Elephant Waltz” in which Matt rocks the huge transport’s wings more than 90 degrees with the landing gear and flaps extended! The performance begins and ends to light-hearted music which capitalizes on an overly obese airplane executing maneuvers that its designers and airshow audience members alike never conceived possible for a large transport plane. As a contrast, the majority of the performance flows with beauty and grace to equally beautiful music and a special tribute to Bobby Younkin.
Shockwave Jet Truck
By far one of the most unique vehicles in the world, Shockwave holds the world speed record for jet powered semis at 376 miles per hour. Powered by three J34-48 Pratt & Whitney engines, it produces some nearly 36,000 horsepower! Owned and operated by Chris Darnell, this is one show you won't soon forget as Chris challenges the airplanes to the ultimate game of wings versus wheels at speeds in excess of 350 miles per hour down the runway!
Several vintage military aircraft will be on hand to salute our veterans and provide a display of American airpower.
U.S. Air Force RC-135 Rivet Joint
The RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft supports theater and national level consumers with near real time on-scene intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities. All RC-135s are assigned to Air Combat Command. The RC-135 is permanently based at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., and operated by the 55th Wing, using various forward deployment locations worldwide. More recently, RC-135s have also supported Operation Allied Force in Kosovo, and Operation Odyssey Dawn/Unified Protector in Libya