Tacoma Freedom Fair Airshow

Tacoma Freedom Fair Airshow

Airshow Co-Sponsored by Click! Network and Northwest Ford

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If you are looking for spectacular air show entertainment, great food, live music, classic cars, and let's face it, the biggest and best all-day family event of the year… Tacoma's annual Fourth of July Freedom Fair on Ruston Way promises to deliver again. Between 1:30 and 3:30 PM the Tacoma Freedom Fair Airshow will take to the skies over Commencement Bay with some of the best aviation acts in the country.

Support your Tacoma Freedom Fair and Air Show so the tradition can continue. Please donate at the entry gate. Suggested admission donations:

$3 per Person - $7 per Family - $15 PATRIOT - $20 HERO

Souvenir pins and stickers are available on a first come first served basis for those who contribute the suggested amount or more. Pins and stickers are good for discounts with participating Freedom Fair vendors – look for the signs that display the Freedom Fair logo.

For a prime location to view the air show go to Marine Park between the Lobster Shop and Katie Downs. Spectators will have a superior view of the show and soft grass to sit on. Come early and get a good spot! KLAY 1180 AM will broadcast the air show live, so bring your radio and tune into an aerial display that epitomizes a combination of power, skill, and courage.

Don't miss the Wings & Wheels event happening on Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 at the Tacoma Narrows Airport. It's an aviation event with a car and motorcycle show. Read more about Wings & Wheels.

Below: Air Show participants for 2016 - click photos to view larger

AceMaker

One of the hottest air show acts in the country is Greg "Wired" Colyer's T-33 Shooting Star, nicknamed "Ace Maker."

The T-33 was one of the most successful designs of the "golden jet age," with over 6500 built. It was yet another product of legendary Lockheed Skunk Works designer Kelly Johnson. The Shooting Star served for close to 50 years in US service and flew with dozens of countries around the globe. T-33s continue to fly in private hands to today. These jets include a pair of T-33s that serve as Boeing's go-to chase planes, as well as Greg's two T-33s, Ace Maker I and II.

AceMaker

Air Boss

Air Boss One has collectively provided professional-grade Air Boss services for the following:

Our experience with top tier performers includes but is not limited to: USMC Marine Air-Ground Task Force Demo; Air Combat Command’s F-22, F-16 & A-10 Demo Teams; Heritage Flight; US Navy Hornet Demo Team; USMC Harrier Demo Team; C-17 Demo; Patriot Jet Team; Breitling Jet Team’s Inaugural US tour; Sean D Tucker’s Team Oracle; Col. John Klatt’s ANG & Jack’s Links Teams; Mike Wiskus’ Team Lucas Oil; Team Red Bull featuring Kirby Chambliss, Chuck Aaron & Parachute Team; Flying Heritage Collection; Historic Flight Foundation; Heritage Flight Museum; Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car and many others.

We have attended every ICAS Air Boss Academy, training session and safety-stand-down since 2008.

Air Boss

Dr. D

Dr. D recreates the sights and sounds of yesteryear's aerobatics in his 1946 clipped-wing Taylorcraft! Filled with graceful maneuvers, Dr. D's performance features deadstick aerobatics and landing. Also available: A unique strobe light show that lights up the night!

Crowds and organizers love Dr. D’s Old-Time Aerobatics! Here’s why:

Dr. D

HFF - Bearcat

Our mission goes beyond serving as trustees of an era. We want you to experience the roar of our F8F “Wampus Cat” taking off. Watch engineers at work restoring the aircraft to flying condition. Share the rush of viewing international treasures from all angles.

Whether you’re an experienced aviator, a student of history, or a newcomer to our world, we want to spark and fuel your passion—both for aviation and for epiphanies born from hard labor. Our heroes did not leap from the bathtub shrieking, “Eureka!” They scrawled a sketch on a piece of paper. Got interested in an impossible challenge. And then they dove into the work. The reward? Innovation that astonished both them and us, and that continues to change our world.

HFF - Bearcat

Jim Bourke

Extreme Aerosports Featuring Jim Bourke in the Extra 330LX

The pilot - Jim’s aviation interests go back to his childhood. He loved airshows as a kid and earned his pilot’s license as a teenager. He is an avid enthusiast of radio controlled models and drones. He has appeared on the Discovery channel and has made many media appearances related to aerobatics, aviation, and radio control. Jim is the owner of Knife Edge Software, the makers of flight simulation products including the popular “RealFlight” simulator. Jim also owns RCGroups.com, the world’s largest website for enthusiasts of radio controlled aircraft. Jim competes in the Unlimited category of aerobatic competition, which is the highest category. He is the most active competitor in the country, averaging 10 contests per year from Washington to Florida. Known for his aggressive style he is currently undefeated in freestyle aerobatic competition and is a nationally qualified aerobatic judge. Jim’s show is a high energy display of the capabilities of the Extra 330LX featuring a complete repertoire of aerobatic maneuvers from precision flight to gyroscopic tumbling.

The aircraft - The Extra 330LX is a 315 hp unlimited class composite aerobatic monoplane, built in Germany. The aircraft features a blistering 420 degrees/second roll rate, which is more than 1 roll every second. The aircraft is capable of +/¬ 10gs. During his performance, Jim routinely pulls 9 Gs or more, pushes ¬7 gs, and reaches speeds of 250 mph. Construction Composite, made in Germany Wingspan 26,3 ft / 8,0 m Length 22,8 ft / 6,9 m Height 8,6 ft / 2,6 m Engine 6¬cylinder Lycoming AEIO 580, 315 hp G Limits +/- 10gs.

Jim Bourke

Mrazek

Veteran airshow pilot and performer John Mrazek along with his Harvard Mark IV, "Pussycat II," will dazzle audiences, spectators, or anyone watching with a spectacular aerial ballet. With lots of noise, smoke, and skill, John's aerobatic performance will bring the entire airshow crowd to a standstill.

For a beautiful turbo-jet aerobatic and formation display, John is joined by his son Richard, both flying L29 Delfin's. Richard also flies a graceful aerobatic display in a Yak 18T.

John is a well known aerobatic airshow performer with over twenty five years experience flying the airshow circuit. When John is not flying airshows, he is instructing in the art of aerobatics, formation flying, and float flying. John also acts as an ICAS approved Airshow Certificate Evaluator.

As incredible as their airborne performances are, John and Richard realize that their effort on the ground is just as critical to the success of the show. Before and after each performance, you can find both signing autographs, taking pictures, and conversing with the fans to give even the biggest of events a personal touch that leaves the fans with an experience unmatched by any other professional sporting or entertainment event.

Mrazek

Renny Price

Hammerhead Aerobatics pilot Renny Price is a retired airline captain and has logged over 23,000 hours since his first flight in 1969. Renny holds FAA ratings of Airline Transport Pilot, Flight Engineer, Multi-engine instrument flight instructor, Aerobatic competency evaluator, and FAA safety counselor. When he is not performing airshows, he flies an Astra private jet.

World-class aerobatics are a spectacle, but almost nothing comes close to the performance of the Russian designed and built Sukhoi-29. The Sukhoi is considered to be the very best two place unlimited competition aircraft in the world today!

Renny and his SU-29 are based just south of Portland, Oregon at the Aurora State Airport! You will not want to miss this home state talent!

Renny Price

Ron Morrell

I started out life as a young boy growing up in Michigan. That takes care of the fi rst 18 years. After graduating from High School in 1978, I took my first airplane ride to a small school in Colorado Springs called USAFA. In spite of my awe of the mountains and high altitude, I managed to graduate in 1982 and begged to get the earliest slot to pilot training that I could…the Air Force complied and I spent 11 lovely months at Columbus AFB in steamy Mississippi. The young military Lt. life didn’t kill enough brain cells and I was rewarded by an assignment to the venerable A-10 Warthog. The days of fighter Lead-in and A-10 RTU were fast and furious and then came “Combat Readiness” at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. My time flying the A-10 started with the 353rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, then my blatant volunteering got me to the 25th Assam Draggins in Suwon, Korea.

After my Korean peninsula year, I spent my last 3 years of Hog flying at Eielson AFB in Fairbanks, Alaska.

My flying career did a 90 degree turn in 1989 when the airlines bribed me to start boring holes in the sky and putting up with

passengers and other “crewmembers”. I never knew the definition of “crew” until then. The Airline career has consisted of flying the B-727, A-320, DC-10, and presently the A-330.

In exchange for being required to fly straight and level for hours at end, I have taken up the mantle of Warbird enthusiast. I have not missed a single Reno Air Race weekend since 1992, I even attended the cancelled 2001 weekend. I started down the path of experimental homebuilder until I came nose to spinner with a CJ-6 in 2002. I have yet to yearn for the hours of bucking rivets on a non-warbird. My CJ and I have attended Sun-n-fun and done the longest cross-country possible while going in a relative straight line and staying with the borders of the United States. My CJ and I flew from Detroit to Florida, to Mississippi, to Oklahoma, to Colorado, to New Mexico, to California, to Oregon, to Paine Field. Since settling into a life in the Pacific Northwest, I have come to thoroughly enjoy the company and camaraderie of the Cascade Warbirds.

The airshows, fly-ins and meetings have exemplified what it means to be involved with the flying, preservation and education that should be the focus of any warbird squadron. Just to be fair to those who keep up the friendly jesting between American warbirds, and warbirds of a foreign design, I am also the Director of the Northwest Region of the Redstar Pilots Association. I look forward to combining the training, enthusiasm and zest for warbird rivalries with both of ourgroups!

Ron Morrell

Smoke-n-Thunder

One of the most riveting events at an Air Show is the moment Smoke-n-Thunder JetCar takes on a plane in a race to the finish line. Who is faster by land or air? Accelerating from zero to almost 400 mph in just nine seconds, Smoke-n-Thunder is the fastest JetCar in the Air Show Industry.

The JetCar Piot Bill Braack is a 20-year veteran of the Air Force Reserve. He know there is no room for error when handling a car that is equipped with a 12,000 horsepower engine. As a plane flies in low and fast, Braack selects full afterburner and overtakes the plane in just seconds.

Smoke-n-Thunder

Will Allen

Get ready for a different kind of performance as Will Allen, the "Rock n Roll Airshow Man", puts on a show that is a combination aerial display and rock concert! Using state of the art broadcasting equipment, Will is able to sing and announce live from the airplane in a way never done before.

Flying to his custom-written soundtrack, he sings and interacts with the crowd, giving the feel of a lead singer getting the fans on their feet at a concert. The music was arranged and recorded in Will’s home recording studio with the help of his many professional musician friends- even including a full horn section, which gives the rock music an energy and power that compliments the maneuvers of the Rock n Roll Pitts. Our team on the ground, controlling our specialized equipment, adapts music cues dynamically, taking real-time direction from Will, which makes the music sound like a live band. Audience members will want to be up front and by the speakers for this show so they can get up and cheer when the Rock n Roll crew launch T-shirts into the crowd!

Will Allen

Confirmed air show acts:

AceMaker
Air Boss
Dr. D
HFF - Bearcat
Jim Bourke
Mrazek
Renny Price
Ron Morrell
Smoke-n-Thunder
Will Allen

This is not a schedule. The order of the acts is subject to change.


Air Show Announcers

Airshow Announcers

ENTERTAIN and INFORM your guests from the minute your gates open to the minute your airshow ends by hiring this dynamic announcing team from Canada. Roy Hafeli, ICAS member and seasoned airshow announcer, and Ken Hildebrandt, theatre producer, actor and private pilot, are pleased to provide a unique announcing package that will keep your guests entertained and informed through-out the day.

While one of the announcers attends your all-important performer's briefing, the other will be on air the minute your gates open, informing your guests about all the exciting activities, displays and concessions your guests can enjoy through-out the airshow day.

During this entertaining morning show, either Roy or Ken will conduct live interviews with static display participants, giving your audience a unique look in to the military, commercial and home-built aircraft that adorn your airshow grounds. Your sponsors, vendors and corporate clients will also receive extra exposure during the morning show, ensuring their continued support of your airshow year after year.

Once the flying show begins, both Roy & Ken take to the air with their enthusiastic voices and entertaining, easy going airshow commentary, putting airshow fans right in to the cockpit as the pilots fly their amazing machines through intricate routines and exciting flying displays.



Air show will be broadcast live on
KLAY AM 1180