Narration will be provided at the Band Shell Stage: join us to hear about the planes as they fly over the festival grounds.
Planes flying will include:
The Blackjack Squadron: Flying RV Kit Planes
The ‘Founding Fathers’ as we call them are Marty Foy, Wes Schierman and Dick Bentley. All are retired airline pilots with military aviation backgrounds. We once figured out that they had over 75,000 hours logged among them. Their extensive experience, both flying and training pilots, and a studied aversion to ‘mickey mouse’ makes for an entertaining and laid back style of instruction that somehow remains intensive and demanding at the same time. Without these three unique personalities, the Blackjacks would have never happened. In fact, my personal opinion is that the organization will probably dwindle and die without their active participation. Over the years, they have trained something like 36 formation pilots and we currently have 20 active Blackjacks. As the history says, the Blackjacks are an eclectic bunch with widely varying backgrounds, jobs, politics, etc. The common denominator is a love of the RV kitplanes and formation flying.
The Northwest Beechboys: Flying Beechcraft Bonanzas
The “BeechBoys” got started back in 1999. Jim Posner had just purchased a Bonanza and wanted to participate in the “Bonanzas to Oshkosh” event (the largest formation arrival at the largest airshow in the world. Up to 135 airplanes in formation landing within 14 minutes). He looked around the Bay Area to find others who had already done the flight into Oshkosh to get some pointers on how to fly up close and personal.
He was flying out to Rockford with a couple of flying buddies each year and decided that we needed a “name.” He came up with a variation of the Beach Boys rock group – this was in California, don’t forget – and changed the Beach to Beech.
When he moved up to the Northwest, he wanted to infect people up here with the formation bug and thought that the “Northwest BeechBoys” didn’t sound too hokey and so started using that name. The Northwest Beechboys consists of Beechcraft Bonanzas and Barons (twin engine).
The Historic Flight Foundation
They will be flying an aircraft that has not participated in prior events. You will have to be there to see it!
The Historic Flight Foundation was established in 2003 as “John T. Sessions Historic
Aircraft Foundation” with the intention to collect, restore, and share significant aircraft from the period between the solo Atlantic crossing of Charles Lindbergh and the first test flight of the Boeing 707. Throughout the intervening years, the Foundation has acquired at least two aircraft annually and engaged the best restoration resources available to return the collection to original splendor.