For the first time ever the country’s newest fighter jet will take to the Reno, Nev. skies at the 57th STIHL National Championship Air Races. Fans will see America’s Airmen display the skill, capabilities and technology of the F-35A Lightning II. 

The F-35A is the world’s most advanced multirole stealth fighter, boasting 43,000 pounds of thrust reaching up to Mach 1.6 (about 1,200 mph). The demonstration profile will last approximately 18 minutes and feature the jet’s extreme agility, speed and maneuverability.

The demonstration team is part of the 388th Fighter Wing out of Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The 388th Fighter Wing is currently the Air Force’s first combat-ready operational F-35 wing in the service. The team is made up of approximately 15 Airmen, to include the pilot, wingmen, maintenance and public affairs Airmen.

Tucker’s Air Patrol 

We’re excited to announce the addition of Tucker’s Air Patrol to our 2020 lineup. Pilot Eric Tucker’s aviation performance is a throwback to the glory days of barnstorming. His aircraft was built in 1941 and designed in the late twenties.

Tucker will be performing two distinct acts. The first is an eight-minute Dead Stick Aerobatics Act, where he will intentionally halt the engine from a mile high in the sky, stop the propeller and glide safely to the ground. That’s not the end of the first act though! While soaring through the air to the roar of the crowd he will also perform loops, rolls, spins and hammerheads. The second act is a 15-minute Comedy Act and Car-Top Landing, which you are going to have to see to believe.

Eric Tucker has flown in airshows across the world, in aircraft ranging from the J3 Cub to the Columbia 400. The J3 he currently flies is hard to miss with its bright yellow paint job sporting the logo of the STIHL National Championship Air Races’ official sunglass sponsor, Method Seven.

More excitement and performer announcements, COMING SOON!