US Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team
The 4CE Formation Aerobatic Team - Holland, Knutson, Stein & Chapman
The Immortals EXTREME Air Show Act - Franklin, Stewart, Stender & Firewalkers
Award Winning Rob Holland "Ultimate Airshows" MXS
Jack Knutson "Firebird" Extra 300S
Bill Stein Zivko Edge 540
Matt Chapman Embry Riddle Eagle 580
Firebirds XTreme - Holland & Knutson
Kyle Franklin - "Dracula": The Rise of Vacul WACO
Skip Stewart Pitts "Prometheus"
Paul Stender SPITFIRE Quadruple Engine Jet Truck
Firewalkers International Pyro
The Hoppers L-39 Jet Warbird Team - Tim Brutsche & Paul Wood
OTTO the Helicopter - Roger Buis
Phil Dacy - Announcer
Twilight & Night Pyro Air Show - Saturday, July 4
Hold on to your hats....the United States Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration team will be coming to Battle Creek on July 3rd, 4th & 5th. This USAF aircraft is GUARANTEED to drop your jaw in 2.2 seconds.
Coming from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, the F-22 Raptor Demo Team is the PREMIERE single-ship demo of the Air Force's Air Combat Command. The F-22 made its first Michigan Air Show appearance at the Field of Flight in 2010. Since then, it has only appeared one other time in the state. This shows the rarity of seeing this amazing aircraft perform. In fact, the demo team is only scheduled to perform at less than 20 shows this year and the Field of Flight is the ONLY place in Michigan you will be able to see the World's ONLY Fifth-Generation Fighter IN ACTION.
Captain John "Taboo" Cummings will take to the Battle Creek skies to showcase the amazing capabilities of the fighter that is leading America into the future of aviation technology. The aircraft represents an exponential leap in war-fighting capabilities with its combination of stealth, super-cruise, maneuverability and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability. The aircraft performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force.
The aircraft is aerodynamically designed and uses a thrust vectoring system, proving it to be one of the most advanced military aircraft around today. It literally performs maneuvers that no other modern military jet can. Along with its stealth capabilities, the aircraft can sneak into target undetected, protecting itself and other assets from air-to-air and air-to-ground threats.
Speaking of dropping jaws, hold on to your hats as the F-22 thunders through our skies on July 3rd, 4th & 5th. The aircraft's engines produces more thrust than any current fighter engine. Get ready Battle Creek....BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT TO GET LOUD!!
Returning to Battle Creek in 2015 will be the ever-popular "4CE" Aerobatic Team. Battle Creek was one of the first air shows to host this team formed by world renowned aerobatic pilots back in 2012 (before they even had a name, jokes ensued) and we can't wait for them to thrill you again in 2015. The team is lead by Matt Chapman in the Embry Riddle Eagle 580 with Jack Knutson ("Firebird" Extra 300S) and Rob Holland (MXS) flying the wing positions. Bill Stein rounds out the formation flying his Zivko Edge 540 in the slot position. This performance is filled with tons of aerobatic formation passes, solo maneuvers, squirrel cage maneuvers and the heart-stopping switchblade cross. You will not want to miss this act during our air shows on July 3rd, 4th & 5th.
While Skip Stewart, Kyle Franklin & Paul Stender are no strangers to the Field of Flight, this is the first year they will bringing their all new "IMMORTALS" act to Battle Creek. This extreme air show act is literally taking the air show industry by storm. In a dramatic and thrilling storyline depicting a battle of good versus evil, Skip Stewart will take to the skies in his "Prometheus" Pitts Biplane and square off against Kyle Franklin in his "Dracula" Demon-1 WACO. After a series of heart-stopping opposing passes and maneuvers that will leave you on the edge of your seat, it ends up becoming more daring as Paul Stender rolls out onto the runway in his ALL-NEW "SPITFIRE" Jet Truck. Did we also mention that explosions provided by Firewalkers International Pyro will be exploding left and right the entire time? Following adrenaline pumping crosses, the show culminates in a finale that no one will ever forget, knife-edge flight, a Jet Truck vs. Airplane race and a pyrotechnic explosion of epic proportions...THE GREAT WALL OF FIRE! Get your cameras ready and don't miss this act on July 3rd, 4th & 5th.
The Award Winning Rob Holland will return to Battle Creek in 2015 for his fifth year in a row, now becoming a staple at the event. Rob Holland is one of the most famous and popular aerobatic pilots on Earth.
Rob has won the Gold Medal in the 4-minute freestyle numerous times at the World Aerobatic Championship. In addition, he has placed first at the U.S National Aerobatic Championships as well. In 2013, he was the highest ranked U.S pilot at the World Aerobatic Championships. Later on, in August of 2015, Rob will represent the United States once again at the World Aerobatic Championship. In addition to his numerous first place finishes, he has received the coveted Art Scholl Showmanship Award from the International Council of Air Shows as well as winning "AirShowBuzz's Person of the Year". Anyone who has attended the Field of Flight knows that Rob does things with his MXS that are just unexplainable. Don't miss his adrenaline pumping, gyroscopic show at this year's Field of Flight on July 3rd, 4th & 5th.
Jack Knutson is no stranger to Battle Creek having performed here numerous times since the Mid-90s with the American Firebirds, Firebirds Delta Team, Firebirds XTreme, The 4CE and as a solo performer. Jack will take his "Firebird" Extra 300S and put it through its paces as he flies an amazing and graceful aerobatic routine filled with numerous traditional and hardcore aerobatic maneuvers. The Extra 300 is a popular aerobatic aircraft and with one of the best and most experienced aerobatic pilots in the industry at the controls, you'd better be prepared to be thrilled on July 3rd, 4th & 5th.
Bill Stein is one of the most-experienced 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 ever since 1995and 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 colors numerous 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 on July 3rd, 4th & 5th.
World renowned air show pilot Matt Chapman will return to Battle Creek in 2015. There may be no performer that has performed in Battle Creek more times than Mr. Chapman. Matt began flying airshows/aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up on the competition world. He represented the United States at the 1996 and 1998 World Aerobatic Championships and ended up finishing with a bronze medal in 1998 where he was also a part of the United States' silver medal finish. He also received the coveted Hillard Trophy that year. Matt is sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the nation's leading aviation university. His Embry-Riddle Eagle 580 is a Mudry CAP 580, one of only five that are flying today. During the course of his performance, Matt Chapman will fly tradition aerobatic maneuvers as well as original maneuvers that he has created himself over the years. This is impressive talent by an aerobatic superstar that you will not want to miss! Matt will be a part of our air shows on July 3rd, 4th & 5th.
XTreme is right!! Jack Knutson & Rob Holland return to Battle Creek in 2015 to perform their "Firebirds XTreme" duo act. This nationally and internationally renowned aerobatic team features two of the world's best aerobatic pilots. Having performed around the world, this two ship-act features precision formation flying along with breath-taking crosses and stunts that will thrill even the most seasoned air show goer. XTreme is just one way to explain it! Don't miss this Extra 300S/MXS two-ship act on July 3rd, 4th & 5th.
Coming from the famous Franklin family, Kyle Franklin returns to Battle Creek in the one-of-a-kind "Dracula" Demon-1 biplane flying his "Dracula: The Rise of Vacul" act. The plane was designed by his late father, Jimmy Franklin, who was also a performer in Battle Creek for many years flying his Jet WACO Biplane (with Kyle wing-walking on the beast). Kyle learned to fly at the young age of 8 and realized right away that an air show act had to be innovative and unique. Since he first began performing with his father as a wing-walker, Kyle also went on to pioneer and master numerous other acts including the motorcycle to airplane transfer as well as a comedy act in the Super Cub. He was a part of the industry's own father and son wing-walking team as well a being the world's FIRST jet wing-walker. This year, he'll fly a performance in the powerful and unique "Dracula: Demon-1" biplane, an extremely modified WACO biplane designed around a more powerful engine that makes it sound like a warbird. It's sleek design appears like a classic air racer but performs like a Pitts aerobatic aircraft. This aircraft was designed and built in secrecy and wasn't even seen until December 2012 at the ICAS Convention. When it debuted in 2013, it quickly was known to be one of the most powerful aircraft on the circuit and it took aerobatic performance to the next level. Don't miss this awesome performance of man and machine during our air shows on July 3rd, 4th & 5th.
You want extreme? Then you got extreme!! Skip Stewart is one of the best pilots on the circuit as well as one of the most EXTREME! Flying the one-of-a-kind "Prometheus" Pitts biplane complete with an awesome hot-rod paint job, Skip performs a high-performance aerobatic act that keeps the audience thrilled right from the beginning.
To begin his show, Skip will begin his takeoff sequence and immediately put "Prometheus" in knife-edge flight, just inches off the ground. It doesn't end there as he continues to perform one of the highest energy routines known to air show fans culminating in a ribbon cut that will leave you in awe. Since debuting in the aerobatic world, Skip Stewart has won gold medals in aerobatic competition as well as receiving the Bill Barber Award for showmanship in 2013. Don't miss this amazing, award-winning pilot performing in an all-muscle biplane during our air show on July 3rd, 4th & 5th.
Since the dawning of Jet Vehicles, everyone has been searching for "MORE POWER!". Paul Stender has built the answer. The ALL-NEW "SPITFIRE" JET TRUCK is the ONLY JET-SEMI to have FOUR jet engines. That's right...FOUR! This jet truck will make its air show debut in 2015 and may thrust itself right into the record books with speeds that may approach 400 miles per hour with its quadruple engines and light aerodynamic design.
This classic '67 Ford Cabover Truck takes on the appearance of a World War II warbird with a checkered tail, the classic 'shark face' paint scheme, pop-riveted paneling and even fuel tanks that lived a former life as a drop tanks on an aircraft. The truck even comes complete with two propane-fueled machine guns on the front, which will pepper the air with loud gunfire noise. That's just the icing! The truck will be powered by FOUR J-85 jet engines (the same engines used on the T-38 Talon) and even feature a Gatling Gun Burner Pop system, allowing the jet engines to fire off in sequence, resulting in a rapid fire "boom, boom, boom!". Paul Stender, the driver of SPITFIRE has brought some crazy and unique contraptions to Battle Creek in the past including the Jet School Bus, Dodge Ram Jet Truck, Jet Portajon and Jet RZR. The "Master of Jet Vehicles" is looking forward to bringing this all-new SPITFIRE jet truck to Battle Creek this year on July 3rd, 4th & 5th.
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 the newest Air Show Pyrotechnics team, but its members have a long history working for some of the most renowned pyrotechnic companies on the circuit. 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 numerous pyrotechnical explosions for THE IMMORTALS, including a 1000 foot WALL OF FIRE where you will surely feel the heat. It doesn't just end with our day shows on July 3rd, 4th & 5th though....Firewalkers will also heat things up during our Night Air Show on July 4th with some Willy Pete Phosphorus effects and a NIGHT-TIME WALL OF FIRE! Now that's HOT!
A mainstay in our air show lineup, Battle Creek's own, and Field of Flight Director on the Board Tim Brutsche will take to the skies with his Hoppers teammate Paul Wood (from the Warbird Heritage Foundation) in their ever-popular Aero Vodochody L-39 Jet Warbirds. Painted in awesome Soviet bloc paint schemes, the team will perform a series of formation passes, crosses, solo passes and low to the ground high-speed passes to show off every single angle of their beautiful birds. Don't miss this graceful and powerful warbird formation act during our air shows on July 3rd, 4th & 5th.
Ladies, Gentlemen & Kids of all ages will enjoy this air show act that has become a favorite of Battle Creek patrons. Roger Buis will be returning to perform in the famous Helicopter Clown OTTO. OTTO is a Schweizer 300C Helicopter and is the Mickey Mouse of the air show industry. The OTTO Pilot is Roger Buis, a pilot since 1980 that can literally fly almost every type of aircraft known to man. He has acquired over 18,000 total flight hours and was nominated for Army Aviator of the Year in Helicopters. When flying OTTO, his piloting skills will be known as he flies faster than the speed of smell, demonstrating maneuverability and agility all while mimicking airplane aerobatics and performing the HARDEST maneuver in the airshow industry, the hover! If you think that's amazing, there is so much more in store. OTTO will also blow a bubble from bubble gum, play with a yo-yo and even race barrels like a horse. Kids and adults alike will be amazed by this 15 minute performance by OTTO the Helicopter Clown. It all culminates with a great patriotic salute to our veterans and present defenders. Don't miss this show on July 3rd, 4th & 5th.
Back by popular demand will be Mr. Phil Dacy,"The Voice of the Field of Flight". This is the TENTH Field of Flight that this award winning announcer will be announcing. 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 on July 2nd, 3rd & 4th. He'll even announce our Spectacular & HOT Twilight & Night Air Show on July 4th.
Happy Tenth Field of Flightaversary Phil!
Are you ready for "A Little Night Magic"?
Bob Seger said it best in his song "Night Moves", and the fun doesn't end when the sun begins to set...instead, it HEATS UP!
Returning for the SIXTH year due to popular demand is the Field of Flight Twilight & Night Air Show. This year's event will take place on SATURDAY, JULY 4th and feature some of the Best & Most unique night acts in the world today. Whether the sky is illuminated with fireworks, sparks & pyro, or lights, this year's Night Air Show will be one you won't forget. Let's not forget about the ground either as you will surely feel the heat from flames being shot out of a jet engine. You won't want to miss this year's Twilight & Night Spectacular. This is OUR WAY of celebrating America's 239th Birthday....and this birthday celebration will BE LIKE NO OTHER!
TWILIGHT AIR SHOW - 8:30 PM
Our Twilight Air Show will start at 8:30 PM on July 4th. While our Twilight Lineup is still being determined, it will feature teaser acts and performances by some of our AMAZING civilian air show performers. Stay tuned here for more information when it becomes available.
BALLOON ILLUME - 9:15 PM
The Balloon Illume will separate the Twilight & Night Air Shows.
NIGHT AIR SHOW - 10:00 PM
Our Night Pyro Air Show will come after the Balloon Illume (the Balloon Illume will separate the Twilight & Night Pyro Air Shows). The Night Air Show will feature:
- SPITFIRE Jet Truck Night Run
Any vehicle powered by a jet engine is amazing....but seeing one at night is a truly different experience. You are sure to feel the heat as the SPITFIRE Jet Truck (fitting name) spits out flames as it rolls by. After some fun on the runways and tarmacs, Paul Stender will throttle up the FOUR ENGINES and do a power run down the runway with afterburning engines illuminating the event grounds and airport. Speeding at speeds potentially approaching 400 mph. This is a demonstration you won't want to miss.
- OTTO Night Time Spectacular
This air show act is surely not to be missed. It is an act that is arguably the BEST Night Show Act in the air show industry today. For 12 minutes, the entire audience will be held captive by magic as Roger Buis takes off in OTTO the Helicopter for an unforgettable experience. This low-level act comes complete with one of the most amazing pyro & light shows that is a fireworks display itself. Set to Celtic music and patriotic music, this display is complete with bright flashes, smoke and that wonderful helicopter sound. Just when you think the show is over, the entire flight line is lit up by a patriotic grand finale. This will be one of the most amazing things you'll see in your life. You do not want to miss it! It is surely the perfect display for Independence Day
- "HOT!" Firewalkers International Pyro and the Nighttime "GREAT WALL OF FIRE"
Are you ready to FEEL THE HEAT? Because you surely will as Firewalkers International Pyro blows up our airfield, capping off our Night Air Show with a SERIOUS BANG! If you thought the GREAT WALL OF FIRE was spectacular during our day shows, wait until you experience it at night. We'll begin with a series of explosions that lead into an epic explosion effect known as "Willy Pete Phosphorous Effects". After a few more explosions, it happens....THE GREAT WALL OF FIRE! You'll feel it before you see it, and see it before you hear it. As the explosion rumbles the ground and the heat warms up the event grounds and all of a sudden it becomes daytime at the airport, just for a split second. As the light fades, the smoke rolls into the air and everyone around is clapping, in shock because of what they just experienced. Everyone loves the Wall of Fire, but, at night, it is a totally different ballgame and it is something that MUST BE EXPERIENCED!