Four days of Air Show Action (July 1-4) during the 2023 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival.
United States Air Force
F-22 Raptor Jet Demo
The world famous U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Jet Demonstration Team will return to Battle Creek Field of Flight Airshow & Balloon Festival in 2023!
The Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor is a fifth-generation fighter incorporating fourth-generation stealth technology, radical maneuvering capabilities, the ability to fly at supersonic speed without afterburners and unprecedented pilot situational awareness, making it the most dominant and advanced air superiority fighter in the world.
The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force’s premier 5th generation fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, supercruise, extreme maneuverability, and integrated avionics represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions that are vital to the 21st century Air Force.
The F-22, a critical component of the Global Strike Task Force, is designed to rapidly project air dominance at great distances while defeating threats attempting to deny access to our nation’s Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps. The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft.
The F-22 Demonstration team will be coming from 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langely-Eustis, Virginia and piloted by Captain Samuel “RaZZ” Larson, the Commander of the team. Captain Larson is a 2015 graduate of the US Air Force Academy and has over 750 hours flying the F-22A Raptor.
United States Navy
F/A-18F Super Hornet Rhino Demo Team
With a thundering roar, the US Navy will take to the skies over Battle Creek Executive Airport in the premier Naval Fighter, the F/A-18F Super Hornet.
Hailing from Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, this year’s F/A-18F Super Hornet is part of Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106) known as the “Gladiators.” The F/A-18F Super Hornet was developed, along with the E Model Super Hornet from the older F/A-18 Hornet models. The plane was planned back in the 80’s by McDonnell Douglas under the project name “Hornet 2000.” McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) decided to initially call it the “Hornet II” to improve early F/A-18 models and serve as an alternate replacement for the aging Grumman A-6 Intruder attack aircraft. The Navy had planned on getting a naval version of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, which was the Navy Advanced Tactical Fighter.
However, that program was cancelled, so the “Super Hornet” was proposed. The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a twin engine, carrier-capable, multi-role fighter aircraft that is based off of the design of the F/A-18 Hornet. The aircraft was initially designed by McDonnell Douglas and first flew in 1995. Full-scale production began in 1997 and the Super Hornet entered service in 1999 to aid in replacing the Grumman F-14 Tomcat. The Super Hornet serves in the fleet alongside the Legacy model Hornets. While the Super Hornet and original Hornet share many similar characteristics, the Super Hornet is a beast in itself, coming in at 20% larger and 7,000 pounds (empty) heavier than the original F/A-18 models. In fact, the Super Hornet weighs only 11,000 pounds less than the massive F-14 Tomcat that it replaced. The Super Hornet is also designed for a heavier payload and higher range and is capable of refueling other aircraft via a system known as “buddy store”. In addition to it filling a tactical airborne tanker role, the aircraft has a payload almost matching the mighty Grumman F-14 Tomcat.
The Super Hornet is sometimes referred to as the “Rhino” to distinguish itself from the earlier model Hornets. The Super Hornet is powered by the General Electric F414 Engine, which provides the loud thunder that you will hear over Battle Creek. Those engines also help propel the aircraft to fly at speeds almost twice the speed of sound.
The Super Hornet is one of the most sought after military demonstrations on the air show circuit each year. This year, you’ll only be able to see the Super Hornet at a handful of air shows, and Battle Creek is proud to have been selected.
United States Air Force
A-10 Thunderbolt II Heritage Flight (7/1-7/2 only)
The A-10 coming to Battle Creek is coming from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The A-10 will be joining up with the F-22 Raptor to showcase the heritage of US Air Force air power during the US Air Force Heritage Flight. This flight is a rare sight and honors those that have served as well as the history of the Air Force.
The A-10 Thunderbolt II, affectionately known as the “Warthog”. Seeing the A-10 in the skies above Battle Creek will be a welcomed sight to many as the OA-10 Thunderbolt II was the aircraft used by the 110th Fighter Wing based at Battle Creek’s Air National Guard Base from 1991 to 2009.
The A-10 is an aircraft that was designed by Fairchild Republic for a close-air support role. The aircraft, originally designed to improve on the performance of the A-1 Skyraider, was designed around the 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary gatling gun that protrudes from the nose of the aircraft. The pilot essentially sits in what is known as a “titanium bathtub”, made with 1200 pounds of titanium armor. This protects the cockpit and aircraft systems, which essentially means the A-10 was designed to absorb significant amounts of damage yet still continue to fly. One such story has a connection to Battle Creek. While serving in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, Major Gary Wolfe was piloting an A-10 from the 110th in Battle Creek when Major Gary Wolfe’s aircraft was struck by an enemy surface-to-air missile. The missile impacted one of the engines. Major Wolfe was able to get the aircraft back to Talil Air Base, a testament of how great these aircraft were designed. This moment is still remembered in the halls of the 110th with memorabilia, and the outer cowling of the engine that was struck can be seen at the AIR ZOO just down I-94 in Kalamazoo/Portage.
The aircraft is given the nickname of “Warthog” because it has no problem “getting down and dirty”. The aircraft provides close air support of friendly ground troops, attacking armored vehicles and tanks and providing extremely quick and efficient support against ground forces of the enemy. Being able to fly low, with the durability of the aircraft and its support close to the action, it definitely lives up to its name. In addition, with its quiet turbofan engines that provide a whistling noise, the A-10 can sneak up to targets.
Firewalkers International Pyro “Feel the Heat”
Are you ready to FEEL THE HEAT? Because Firewalkers International Pyro will be coming to Battle Creek, and they are planning to blow up the airfield! Firewalkers International LLC is one of the most renowned pyro teams in the airshow industry today. With years and years of experience in both the military and civilian world, they know so much about pyro that they can certainly be dubbed professional “pyromaniacs”. At this year’s Field of Flight, they’ll provide pyrotechnical explosions during our air show, including a 1,000 foot WALL OF FIRE where you will surely feel the heat. The explosions won’t stop with the massive Wall of Fire though….you’ll also see strafe runs, bombs, mini-walls, double bombs, attention getters and the Almighty F-BOMB, which is designed to form a smoke ring!
Kirby Chambliss Red Bull Edge 540
As a child, Kirby was always playing and running around with toy planes. “I don’t ever remember saying I wanted to be a pilot, I just always wanted to be a pilot.” At only 13 years old, he began flying. By 24, he was the youngest commercial pilot at Southwest Airlines and made captain by 28. Although he enjoyed flying commercial, it became a means to pay for his true love for aerobatics.
Kirby continuously trained to perfect his aerobatic skills and routines, which he was able to display at various air shows. There, he began to establish his continuously growing fan base and earned recognition for his skills with an acceptance onto the U.S. National Aerobatic Team. To date, Kirby has accumulated 13 medals in world competition. By the early 2000’s, Kirby was recognized as one of the top 15 aerobatic pilots in the world and was asked to compete in the very first Red Bull Air Race. He transferred his explosive, aggressive flying style to the racetrack and is now a two-time Red Bull Air Race World Champion.
Kirby flies the very recognizable Red Bull Edge 540 at air shows around the world. He is an in-demand performer that is also the most recent recipient of the coveted International Council of Air Shows Art Scholl Showmanship Award. This award is given to an act or performer which best exemplifies the qualities of showmanship demonstrated by Art Scholl.You’ll know the performance will be unlike anything you have ever seen the moment that Kirby lifts off the runway. He is the ONLY pilot in the WORLD to begin a sequence with a Cobra Maneuver (where the aircraft is pulled rapidly into a vertical pitchup from level flight without initiating a climb before pitching forward back to level flight) on takeoff!
Red Bull Skydiving Team
The Red Bull Air Force is a team assembled from the most accomplished and experienced aviation experts on the planet. They specialize in highly coordinated aerial jump demonstrations and continually push the limits of human flight.
The Red Bull Air Force Skydiving Team is the world’s most elite skydive team. With gold medals in virtually every discipline and numerous world records to their credit, the team members combine for over 100,000 skydives and 6,000 BASE jumps. The team has pulled off some impressive feats during the day and night, flying regular canopies or in wingsuits. Their display in Battle Creek will be highly-choreographed and exhilarating. This is a skydiving show you will NOT want to miss!
Their day show is incredible…but their NIGHT SHOW is even more thrilling and mesmerizing! The team has performed numerous night jumps that have been reported as UFOs.
World Champion Rob Holland MXS-RH
The Award Winning Rob Holland will return to Battle Creek this year. Rob Holland is one of the most famous and popular aerobatic pilots on Earth. He is highly sought after and almost every air show wants him. We are so lucky to continually have this WORLD Champion perform here every year. He truly is one of the most anticipated acts each year for the Field of Flight. We’ll let his accomplishments do the talking:
- Ten-time, consecutive, U.S. National Aerobatic Champion
- Five-time, consecutive, World 4-minute Freestyle Champion
- Eleven-time, U.S. 4-minute Freestyle Champion
- 2015 World Air Games Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2012 Art Scholl Award for Showmanship Recipient
- 2008 World Advanced Aerobatic Champion
- Eight-time U.S. Aerobatic Team Member
- 28 Medals in International Competition (14 Gold)
Watch as Rob showcases his incredible talent in his MXS-RH.
Susan Dacy “Big Red”
Step back in time as Susan Dacy puts her 450 horsepower Super Stearman “Big Red” through its paces with a dazzling display of barrel rolls, slow rolls, Cuban eights, hammerhead turns, loops and much more, in a style reminiscent of the barnstorming era of flying.
Susan is one of only a few females performing airshows in a biplane, and is the only woman flying exhibition in the Super Stearman. Attending airshows as a child, Susan remembers being in awe of the big, loud, smoky biplanes. As a teenager, yearning to fly, Susan felt the only way to fly a Stearman was to have one of her own. At the family airport, located inHarvard, Illinois, Susan worked in the office, fueled planes, and eventually acquired a rebuildable Stearman Project. While in high school, every spare hour was spent restoring the aircraft, which she still owns and operates today. Susan is a Chicago based International Captain, currently flying 787 Dreamliner. Susan has flown more than sixty different types of aircraft, and has logged more than 35,000 hours.
Susan and her Dacy Family Airshows were the 2007 recipients of the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship awarded by World Airshow News annually at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Bill Stein Zivko Edge 540
Bill Stein (a Michigan Native) is one of the most experienced (over 7000 hours of aerobatic and formation flight) and sought after pilots on the air show circuit. Bill began flying aerobatics when he was still a student pilot and has been dedicated to perfecting his skills ever since. He has been performing air shows since 1995 and has entertained millions of air show fans. For years, he performed as a member of the world-famous Red Baron Stearman Squadron (including right here in Battle Creek). He also mentors and coaches many future aerobatic pilots including being a coach for the famed “Stars of Tomorrow” team.
Bill also serves as an Aerobatic Competency Evaluator, proving his dedication to aerobatic safety. When it comes to professionalism, there isn’t anyone quite like Bill. He’ll take to the Battle Creek skies in his Zivko Edge 540 aircraft. This aircraft is popular among aerobatic pilots, but Bill’s plane is different! His Edge 540 uses cutting edge paint technology. Bill has designed the spectacular look of his airplane using a paint that continuously changes color based on the constantly varying angles between the spectators, airplane and the lighting. The plane can be any one color and even be a mix of numerous colors at different times during the performance, changing from green, purple, blue, gold, yellow, pink, orange and everything in between. See how many colors you can count during our air shows.
Bill was also the 2021 Recipient of the International Council of Air Shows Art Scholl Showmanship Award. He was also the 2016 Recipient of what is considered to be the single highest honor an individual air show professional can receive, the International Council of Air Shows Sword of Excellence
Bob Carlton “Vertigo Airshows” Jet Super Salto Sailplane
Beauty has become the Beast! Bob Carlton returns to Battle Creek and will take to the skies in a plane that was meant to be powerless, but has become very powerful. We, of course, are talking about Vertigo Airshows’ Jet Super Salto Sailplane.
Bob Carlton is an experienced, professional, and versatile pilot. He began flying at the age of 19 in 1979. Since then, he has logged over 2000 hours in a wide variety of aircraft, including hang gliders and helicopters. Bob began performing airshows in 1993 and has since flown numerous different acts all over the world. Bob Carlton was the creator of some of the most innovative acts of the Late 90s and early 2000s, leading right up to the Jet Super Salto. Other innovative acts include the Starduster Biplane aerobatics, the World’s FIRST Helicopter-Sailplane Tow, night aerobatics with strobes and pyro and the world’s first and only twin jet sailplane. Bob Carlton is also the 2015 Recipient of World Airshow News’ Bill Barber Award for Showmanship, as well as the 2017 Recipient of the International Council of Air Shows’ Art Scholl Showmanship Award.
Bob will be performing an amazing demonstration in his Jet Super Salto Sailplane, the world’s most powerful self-launching jet sailplane. The aircraft is powered by a PBS TJ-100 jet engine (military-grade with 225 pounds of thrust). The aircraft is capable of self-launching and climbs to altitude without a tow-plane. From there, Bob will spool down the engine and perform graceful sailplane aerobatics in an aerial ballet. As he spends his altitude and air speed up, he will kick the engine back on and perform a low-level jet aerobatic display filled with smoke, power and noise! No other sailplane or pilot in the world today is capable of performing such an act.
Don’t miss his “Fire & Lights” performance at night either. That will surely be one of the most amazing things you have ever seen!
Nathan Hammond “GhostWriter Airshows” Super Chipmunk Aerobatics
Get ready to see some incredible things in the skies over Battle Creek this year! Nathan Hammond will take the GhostWriter Super Chipmunk and write some magic in the sky. Two miles high, and ten miles wide! This skywriting can be seen for 20 miles in every direction. It isn’t sorcery, but it certainly is magic! Gaze skywards and see a truly amazing sight!
Nathan Hammond joined SkyDancer Airshows in 1998 and quickly learned about skywriting and airshow flying. Nathan was born and raised in Rhinebeck, New York; home of the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. The proximity to the Flying Circus Airshows lead to him earning his pilot’s licence at 17, logging over 7000 hours since (in many different airframes, old and new).
Why is the aircraft named GhostWriter? Good thing you asked, we have the answer below.
GhostWriter actually established a career in the Air Show and Skywriting Industry as the Pepsi SkyDancer, then eventually the Oregon Aero SkyDancer (performed quite a few times here in Battle Creek). After Steve Oliver’s retirement in 2015, Nathan K. Hammond took the controls and has been captivating audiences with the smooth lines and raw horsepower of the unparalleled Super Chipmunk ever since. Nathan Hammond’s Day Show is Action Packed and full of Smoke and Noise! The larger size of GhostWriter fills the sky, and with a tightly choreographed ballet of Loops, Rolls, and Verticals, keeps the excitement at the air show center! But this amazing Day Show act isn’t the only thing he’ll be doing. He’ll also be doing some Skywriting.
And then, of course, there is the magical Night Air Show that is truly one of the best in the industry. You will NOT want to miss that!
Kyle Franklin’s Flying Circus
Famed air show stunt pilot Kyle Franklin returns to Battle Creek this year.
The Super Cub known as “Franklinstein” is the centerpiece of Kyle’s act. For the most part, this is a stock PA-18A Super Cub (with an awesome Franklin-style paint scheme), but it has faced some minor modifications. The plane has served as an integral part of Franklin’s Flying Circus over the years for not only training, but numerous acts and stunts. This also happens to be the first plane that Kyle Franklin ever soloed in.
Back to the act, with a talented and well-known pilot such as Kyle gets behind the controls, you know you are in for a treat. Kyle Franklin will portray Ben Whabnoski, an annoying drunk who wants his airplane ride that is promised to him! Much different from your typical flying farmer routine, this routine will get everyone on their feet and roaring with laughter. The effort and skill Kyle displays is amazing to say the least. Most pilots only put a wingtip on the ground during ground loops. Kyle Franklin does it for fun so often, that his Cub needs skid plates taped on the wingtips! This is truly a show “stealing” act! It takes impressive skill to fly a plain this badly!
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind, wild and crazy, wing-tip draggin’, award winning comedy act! Kyle was the recipient of the 2017 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship presented by World Airshow News.
Ken Rieder Redline Airshows Vans RV-8
Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio; Redline Airshows will be returning to Battle Creek for 2023. This year’s show will feature TWO Vans RV-8s that will thrill the crowd with displays of skill, nerve, and showmanship. The RV-8 is a 2-seat tandem aircraft that is extremely versatile, can reach speeds of 230 miles per hour, and land short at a slow speed. The RV-8s that Redline flies have 200 horsepower engines that are equipped with Hartzell Advanced Structural Composite propellers.
What makes the show even better is that it is flown by a father and son team, featuring Ken & Austin Rieder. The show will feature formation acro as well as solo acro at differing altitudes to showcase unparalleled showmanship, skill, and the overall capabilities of the RV-8.
Ken Rieder will also perform an AMAZING Night Show in the RV-8 that you will not want to miss!
Scott Urschel Airbus BO-105 Aerobatics/Pylon Aviation, Inc.
Scott Urschel has over 10,000 flight hours in rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft. In fact, the owner of Pylon Aviation is one of only THREE pilots certified to fly helicopter aerobatics in the Airbus BO-105 Helicopter in the United States. He is one of the expert helicopter pilots of the world and also serves as an Aerobatic Competency Evaluator for the International Council of Air Shows, certifying aerobatic pilots for air show flying. His talent and experience is bar none.
If you have never seen helicopter aerobatics, you’re in for a real treat. We really mean it when we say helicopter aerobatics too….you’ve never seen anything quite like this. We’re talking rolls, flips, you name it…this is a FULL ON aerobatic show in a highly capable helicopter.
Mark Smith in AFTERSHOCK Jet Fire Truck
Mark Smith is our Primary Driver for our newest AFTERSHOCK Jet Fire Truck. With a long career in Drag Racing starting in the early Eighties, he’s pretty much done it all, having driven many types of Drag Cars then moving over to 300 mph Jet Dragsters then to Jet Trucks.
Recently retired with over 25 years at Halliburton Energy in Oklahoma Mark has moved to Springfield to continue his Racing Career driving AFTERSHOCK for Darnell Racing.
Nation’s Third Largest Twilight & Night Air Show
Back by popular demand, our SUPER-SIZED Night Air Show will return this year. On the evening of June 30th, we will present an “Evening of Magic”. As the sun begins to set and Twilight takes over the airport, some of the best performers in North America will take to the skies. With the sun setting and offering different views of the acts, it is truly a unique experience. As it gets darker, aircraft will take to the skies with special lights on their aircraft. But we won’t stop there! After the sun sets, the action heats up again. Bob Seger said it best in his song, “Night Moves”, and now we will present a Spectacular Night Air Show featuring Aircraft with Lights, Pyro and MORE. Flying fireworks displays at their finest. If you have never experienced a Night Air Show before, this is the time to see it!
Twilight Air Show
The Twilight Air Show will feature the United States Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team in a RARE TWILIGHT DEMO! The Twilight Air Show will also feature some of the best civilian acts in the air show industry. Watch as formation acts and aerobatic solos take to the skies to perform against the setting sun.
Night Air Show
The Night Air Show will feature the best-of-the-best in Night Aerial Entertainment. Hold on to your hats, this year’s Night Air Show will even surprise those who have seen our Night Air Show in the past!
Nathan Hammond GhostWriter Night Show
You may have seen a Night Air Show before…but have you ever seen a Nathan Hammond Night Show? He loads his Super Chipmunk known as “GhostWriter” up with LED lights and 200 pounds of pyro and fills the air with tons of sparks, fireworks and more, all while performing graceful aerobatic maneuvers. Seriously, this is basically an entire fireworks display…except it is launched from an aircraft in the sky instead of from the ground! Don’t miss this amazing performance, which has become a Battle Creek staple!
Redline Airshows Night Fireworks Show
Ken Reider of Redline Airshows will be performing his Night Fireworks Show. Watch as the RV-8 dances through the sky with lights illuminating the aircraft and sparks trailing behind. It doesn’t end there, because it heats up when he starts launching the air-launched pyrotechnical fireworks as well!
RedBull Air Force Night Skydiving Show
Have you ever seen a skydiving show at Night? Well, then this will pique your interest.
Bob Carlton “Fire & Lights” Jet Super Salto Sailplane
Since 1903, airplanes and fire have been mortal enemies. Bob Carlton coaxes them into a snarling truce with the spectacular Fire & Lights night pyro show. With sparks, smoke, fireballs and bomb bursts, Fire & Lights sets the night sky ablaze with color and action. Don’t be fooled by so-called twilight shows. This is a true, hard-dark night aerobatic performance, not just a day show sneaking in at sunset.
Bob’s night aerobatic performance features high performance aerobatics with stunning pyrotechnic effects by Ultratech, the same pyro used on stage by superstars such as KISS, Aerosmith and Reba McEntire. It is also flown in the one-of-a-kind Jet Sailplane!
AFTERSHOCK Jet Fire Truck
Seeing AFTERSHOCK run during the day is absolutely amazing! Once you see it at night, YOUR BREATH WILL BE TAKEN AWAY!! Shooting ENORMOUS flames, this powerful Jet Fire Truck will illuminate the airport grounds!
Firewalkers International Pyro
We weren’t joking when we said the night would heat up. It will literally HEAT up! And you will feel it! Firewalkers International Pyro will provide some amazing explosions for the Night Air Show, including a Wall of Fire!
AirBoss Ryan Seiler
The AirBoss for the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival will be none other than Ryan Seiler. Ryan has served as the Battle Creek AirBoss since 2004, and was Assistant AirBoss for many years prior to that. Ryan is a pilot himself, serving as Lead Flight Instructor at the Western Michigan University College of Aviation (his Alma Mater) right here in Battle Creek. He is also the Head Coach for the nationally recognized Sky Broncos flight team, who have continually placed in national competitions for the better part of a decade. In the Air Show world, Ryan is known for his commitment to safety and putting together an almost five hour flying sequence (multiple days) that runs well and transitions smoothly. As the conductor of the air show, it takes a lot of focus to be able to put together a sequence that runs with minimal downtime (except for scheduled downtime) and keep the action going, all while maintaining the highest focal point of safety. With his 17 years of experience as AirBoss, Ryan is an experienced AirBoss that is well liked by all the performers that perform in Battle Creek.
Assistant AirBoss Ken Glidden
The Assistant AirBoss for the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival is Ken Glidden. He got involved in 1997 when he was asked to be a pylon judge for a mock air racing act. Ever since then, he was hooked! The following year, due to his role with aircraft radios at the Air National Guard Base, he started setting up a military VHF/UHF radio on the Announcers Stand to pipe audio from performers right into the PA system for the crowd to hear. In the Year 2000, he started working with performer ramp and all on-field logistics for then AirBoss Steve Brown. He helped coordinate between the performers and the boss to ensure they stayed on schedule as well as marshalled and parked them where needed. After Steve moved away and Ryan stepped into the AirBoss position, Ken was asked to be the Assistant AirBoss, a position he has truly loved, ever since! His wife, Theresa, is in charge of the performer hospitality tent. She is well loved by all performers for her Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Oatmeal cookies and friendliness she provides. Outside of the Field of Flight, Ken is an Instrument Rated Pilot that owns and flies a Yak-52 and is a member of the Redstar Pilot Association. He has participated in the mass formation in Oshkosh and holds Single Engine Land & Sea as well as Helicopter certifications. He is a Chief Master Seargeant at the 110th Fighter Wing working with the MQ-9 Reaper mission. He has served for 34 years in both the ANG and formally the US Navy.
Announcer Phil Dacy
Back by popular demand will be Mr. Phil Dacy, “The Voice of the Field of Flight Air Show”. This is the 15th Field of Flight that this award winning announcer will be announcing (and he’ll be announcing both shows!). Phil will set the pace for the air show and provide announcing that is ‘second to none’. Phil not only provides some of the highest energy announcing on the air show circuit, but he backs up that energy with incredible knowledge. After being on the air show circuit for so long, Phil definitely knows the performers, knows the performances and knows his stuff. Phil is a very experienced pilot in his own right with over 8000 hours of flight time in all different types of aircraft. Even today, when not announcing, he is the Chief Pilot for Priester Aviation out of Chicago, Illinois. Phil will help bring you the ULTIMATE Air Show Experience and he’ll even announce our Twilight & Night Air Shows!