Kyle Franklin and “Dracula”
A biplane named “Dracula” is put through its paces right at show center. Pouring out white and blood red smoke, roaring with over 500 horsepower, it twists and tumbles like a much smaller airplane. It captivates the crowd. The performance is as perfect as the story, and the landing is even better. “Dracula” coasts to a stop in front of the crowd and airshow legend Kyle Franklin emerges from the cockpit.
The Franklin Demon-1 biplane known as “Dracula” was originally conceived by Kyle and his late father Jimmy. The tapering fuselage, speed ring cowling, and sloped windshield harken back to the racing airplanes of the 1930’s. The modern prop, nearly full span ailerons, and attention to detail on the weight are 21st century technology. The nearly full span ailerons give “Drac” a roll rate over 300 degrees per second and the two-color smoke system was custom made for the vampire theme of this act. The engine is the very first direct port fuel injected R-985 P&W with over 500 horsepower, built by Tulsa Aircraft Engines and Airflow Performance. Prepare your souls for a blood chilling performance and an encounter with immortality – prepare yourselves for “Dracula!”
Texas Raiders – B-17 Commemorative Air Force Gulf Coast Wing
Texas Raiders B-17G is one of the most recognized and famous Flying Fortresses currently on the airshow circuit. It is one of only 11 B-17‘s still flying today. Texas Raider B-17G has been recognized by AIR CLASSICS magazine as the best restored B-17G bomber currently flying in the world. The aircraft has been restored to wartime configuration by an entirely volunteer group of dedicated supporters. This aircraft has one of the most unusual histories of any existing Flying Fortresses flying today and is one of the most active and visible.
This aircraft began it’s military career as B-17G-95-DL 44-83872. It was manufactured by Douglas Aircraft Corporation at Long Beach, California. (under license from Boeing Aircraft Corporation, Seattle, Washington) where it was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corps on July 12, 1945. On July 21, 1945, this aircraft was transferred to the U.S. Navy. Following Navy acceptance, ‘872 became PB-1 BuNo 77235. The aircraft was converted from PB-1 to PB-1-W which consisted of sealing the bombay doors, additional long-range fuel tanks and the installation of APS-20 search Radar with the rotating scanner located in a bulbous housing below the former bomb bay. ‘872 was one of the first “AWAC” aircraft.
The Immortal Red Baron
The Immortal Red Baron is a theatrical air show performance about the most famous fighter pilot in history. This new approach to entertainment in aviation combines narrative story-telling with live-action aerial dog fighting maneuvers, characters in authentic costumes, propane machine guns, as well as special themed music and sound effects. The Immortal Red Baron must always be prepared and on the lookout for the enemy. And lives up to his reputation as a master of the skies… don’t miss this incredible aerobatic display.
Steve Covington and The Raptor
Pilot Stephen Covington amazes everyone with his aerobatic performances in his highly modified Pitts s2s named the”Raptor”. Crowds will be mesmerized at Covington’s acrobatic style and grace. He will tear up the sky with dips, loops with the grace of dancer.
Aviation has been in Stephen’s blood since a kid. Airplanes were always his favorite toys when he was little and he could never pass up war movies with planes in them. Stephen has been flying for nearly two decades and now holds his commercial rating.
Justin Lewis and the FLS MicroJet
The FLS Microjet is a high performance, aerobatic, single seat, low-wing, all metal, jet-powered aircraft with a re-engineered design by BD-Micro Technologies Inc. based on a 1970’s homebuilder kit aircraft called the BD-5.
The BD-5 was dubbed “The World’s Smallest Jet” and quickly earned a reputation as James Bond’s jet when it was featured in the movie “Octopussy.” Through the years, a few airshow teams have captivated fans all over the world but today, very few flying BD-5’s still exist.
Pilot Justin Lewis served more than a decade in active duty, he continued to teach in the T-45 as a Naval Reservist until joining the Arkansas Air National Guard in 2011. Today, Justin’s a certified Airline Transport Pilot and currently flying the A-10C as a “Traditional Guardsman.”
Paul Fiala and his Yellow Great Lakes
Yellow Great Lakes” bursts on the scene like sun rays reaching throughout the sky. This brilliant yellow & orange custom-built aerobatic bi-plane maneuvers passionately overhead delighting spectators and bringing images of the old barnstormers. Piloted by retired King Ranch corporate pilot and veteran air show performer, Paul Fiala, the “Yellow Great Lakes” act is reminiscent of the old barnstormer days. He circles, twists, dips and loops around and then climbs straight up.
Paul Fiala scored his first airplane ride on June 17, 1951, and had his first solo flight two years later in Corpus Christi. He received his commercial pilot’s license at the age of 18, while still in high school. Fiala served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958-62 at Bergstrom Field, now Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. After his discharge, he flew for a commercial drilling company until 1975, when he was hired by the King Ranch. In his time as the King Ranch’s pilot, Fiala flew a number of notable dignitaries, including President George H.W. Bush, former Secretary of State James Baker, Sen. Lloyd Bentson and Gov. John Connelly, among others.Yellow Great Lakes” bursts on the scene like sun rays reaching throughout the sky. This brilliant yellow & orange custom-built aerobatic bi-plane maneuvers passionately overhead delighting spectators and bringing images of the old barnstormers. Piloted by retired King Ranch corporate pilot and veteran air show performer, Paul Fiala, the “Yellow Great Lakes” act is reminiscent of the old barnstormer days. He circles, twists, dips and loops around and then climbs straight up.