Get ready for the 2015 Fargo AirSho, July 25 and 26 at Hector International Airport!
We will be featuring thrilling performances from Franklin’s Flying Circus, Paul Stender, Skip Stewart, Kent Pietsch, Lt. Col. John Klatt, Sky Dive Fargo, AV-8B HARRIER II, U.S. Navy Parachute Team “The Leap Frogs” and the world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron back by popular demand.
We are excited to announce that the AV-8B HARRIER II will be joining our show!
Representing, arguably, the greatest breakthroughs in aircraft technology, the Harrier was the first VSTOL-capable (vertical/short takeoff and landing) jet in the Marine inventory, giving MAGTF commanders new flexibility on the battlefield. With the ability to attack anywhere, the Harrier forces the enemy to defend everywhere, exposing vulnerabilities the enemy must divert resources to protect.
22,000 pounds of thrust enable the Harrier II to hover like a helicopter, and then blast forward like a jet at near-supersonic speeds. Like every aircraft in the Marine fleet, this aircraft is used for multiple missions, which include attacking and destroying surface and air targets, escorting helicopters, engaging in air-to-air defense, providing reconnaissance and applying offensive and defensive support with its arsenal of missiles, bombs and an onboard 25mm cannon. Offering the versatility to conduct almost any mission, the Harrier II provides the ideal blend of firepower and mobility to effectively counter enemies engaged by our ground forces.
Fargo Air Sho organizers have challenged aerial enthusiasts to get their earplugs ready for the 2015 Fargo Air Sho, July 25 and 26 at Hector International Airport, featuring thrilling performances from Franklin’s Flying Circus, Paul Stender, Skip Stewart, Kent Pietsch, Lt. Col. John Klatt, Sky Dive Fargo and the world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron back by popular demand.
Kyle Franklin’s Flying Circus
Kyle Franklin’s Flying Circus features a ‘30s racing-inspired biplane known as “Dracula” with blood-splattered paint and a two-color smoke system. The engine is the very first direct-port, fuel-injected R-985 P&W with over 500 horsepower, built by Tulsa Aircraft Engines and Airflow Performance.
Speed for Hire
“Speed for Hire,” featuring Paul Stender’s line of popular jet-powered vehicles includes a 367 MPH school bus, a 70 MPH outhouse, a Polaris RZR, and even a jet-powered Doghouse. Stender’s newest creation, a ’56 Ford Cabover Truck with the looks of a WWII warbird named “Spitfire,” features a Gatling Gun Burner Pop System, allowing the four J-85 jet engines to fire in sequence, resulting in a rapid fire “boom, boom, boom!”
Skip Stewart presents an aerial routine of high energy and brain-melting maneuvers flying his 400 horsepower aircraft, “Prometheus,” a modified Pitts SC2. High performance and high skill, Stewart and his plane will tear through a high alpha pass on takeoff, then proceeds to skim down the runway just one foot off the ground.
Kent Pietsch executes three-storied acts that leave spectators mesmerized with dead-sticks (turning the engine off) routine from 6,000 feet, and rooftop landings on a moving RV.
Lt. Col. John Klatt
Lt. Col. John Klatt is one of the top aerobatic performance pilots in America, serving over 20 years in the Air National Guard flying combat, air support and humanitarian missions throughout the world in the F-16 “Fighting Falcon” and the C-130 “Hercules” aircraft. He thrills air show crowds in his Air National Guard MXS unlimited aerobatic plane through an amazing sequence of unforgettable aerial maneuvers.
Skydive Fargo is a not-for-profit club dedicated to making skydiving safe and fun for everyone interested in the sport. Providing tandem skydives, skydiving instruction, exhibition jumps for celebrations and special events, and promoting safe skydiving in the region, Skydive Fargo has provided training to thousands of people who planned to make “just one jump.”
The U.S. Navy Blues Angels
The U.S. Navy Blues Angels fly Boeing F/A 18 Hornet fighter jets, and have been entertaining air show fans for over six decades with fast-paced maneuvers including unforgettable six-member tight formations.
In addition, many vintage WWII aircraft from the Fargo Air Museum will be flying and on display joined by military and civilian aircraft from current inventory.
The United States Navy Blue Angels have named the Fargo AirSho the number one show for 2009. The announcement was made at the awards luncheon at the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) annual convention in Las Vegas. The award was accepted by Lt. Col. Mike DePree and Fargo AirSho co-chairs Darrol Schroeder and Dick Walstad. Lt. Col DePree (Dupy) is an officer with the North Dakota Air National Guard Happy Hooligans, and served as the liaison with the Blue Angels for their August 22-23 show in Fargo. Read more »