Saturday June 23, 2018
Join us for this years BGM Airshow.
Greater Binghamton Airport
2534 Airport Road
Johnson City, NY US 13790
Gates Open: 10:00am
Parking: Onsite ($5.00 per car)
General Information: There will be food and activities available for all ages, static displays, acrobatic aerial performances, jets, formation flights and more. This one-day show will feature headlining performances by the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team and the U.S. Air Force A-10 Demonstration Team which will also fly a Heritage Flight, a sentimental tribute that will feature the modern-day A-10 Thunderbolt flying in formation with a WWII era P-51 Mustang.
Want to know how to become an Air Show Partner? Email Mark Heefner at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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The United States Air Force Air Combat Command A-10 Thunderbolt II Flight Team performs precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities by one of the Air Force's best close air support of ground forces. It has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and has highly accurate weapons-delivery platforms. It is a pleasure to witness this aeronautical excellence.
The MH-65 is a Short Range Recovery Helicopter. The Coast Guard is incrementally upgrading its H-65 series, Dolphin, short range recovery helicopter fleet with new engines, avionics and other capabilities. The H-65 Dolphin has been in the Coast Guard’s inventory since 1984. Expected to remain in service through 2027, the Coast Guard is upgrading the helicopters with state-of-the-market enhancements that will extend mission capabilities and improve their reliability and maintainability. The conversion and sustainment project adds digital technology, including GPS and inertial navigation, flight control, weather radar and cockpit instruments. Since 2007, the entire fleet has been equipped with new engines that add 40 percent more power and airborne use of force capabilities, redesignating the aircraft MH-65s.
The United States Army Parachute Team, nicknamed “The Golden Knights,” is the U.S. Army’s official aerial demonstration team. The Team travels around the United States, performing parachute demonstrations at air shows, major league football and baseball games, and special events, connecting the Army with the American people. We are very proud to bring back The Golden Knights to the Greater Binghamton Airshow.
Flying America’s first operational Jet Fighter and Trainer is Californian Gregory “Wired” Colyer. Gregory will perform in a T-33 named “Ace Maker,” displaying his aerobatic expertise and dexterity. Gregory holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with instrument, single and multi-engine ratings as well as being a Certified Flight Instructor. He also holds a level I Aerobatic low level card and FAST lead formatting card, you won’t want to miss Gregory’s exhilarating performance.
The Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team, known as “CHAT,” is a professional 4 plane formation aerobatic team which flies as a tribute to the veterans of World War II, and to inspire others through teamwork and passion. Their act will feature a combination of military and civilian acts that will be sure to wow you!
Vampire Airshows has become a crowd favorite everywhere they fly. Vampire is unique to the Airshow circuit and brings Speed, Noise, Jet Warbird Aerobatics, and a profile that grabs the audience’s attention. While Jerry "Vlad" Conley flies the aircraft, his banter with the announcer draws the crowds into learning about the aircraft. The aircraft is fully aerobatic performing rolls, Cuban eights, Shark tooth’s, inverted flight, high speed passes, and all with a killer smoke system. The Vampire, being the Beginning of ALL modern jet aviation, is truly inspiring to watch fly.
When most people turn 50, they figure it’s time to relax and settle into neutral while coasting toward retirement. Not Jacquie B! When Jacquie turned 50, she launched her solo aerobatic career with her one-of-a-kind Pitts Special biplane. During the centennial celebration of powered flight in 2003, Jacquie finally quit the humdrum of a white-collar profession and realized her dream as an air show performer, becoming the first female pilot to enter this business at the age of 50. She made the switch from her biplane of many years to something new. Jacquie is now flying an Extra 300 monoplane. Her beautiful red Extra is faster, more capable of gyroscopic maneuvers that will make your jaw drop!
Pilot Scott Francis of Wichita, KS, has been flying airplanes for as long as he can remember. He has over 3,000 logged hours in more than 40 types of aircraft and is type rated in the Dash 8. Scott began flying aerobatics and competing in aerobatic competitions in 2003, he rapidly moved up from Sportsman level, to Intermediate, Advanced, and finally the top level -- Unlimited. Scott performs in the ultra-high performance MXS aircraft which has a max speed of 310 MPH and is one of only 12 in existence! Scott possesses a surface level aerobatic waiver and flies in more than 30 airshows each year. He particularly enjoys interacting with spectators before and after each show.
Paul Dougherty has been flying airshows since 1998 and has logged over 21,000 hours in the sky. He offers unique acts in a 230 horsepower Christen Eagle! Spectators will be tapping their feet to modern day music while enjoying torque rolls, tail slides, and tumbles in the Eagle. Paul loves interacting with the crowd and answering questions, and he tries to talk to the audience from the cockpit every show! Based out of Eastern Pennsylvania, he and his crew chief, Caroline, make an excellent father daughter team!
The B-25 played a large part in World War II as North American Aviation’s magnificent medium bomber. The B-25 was designed as a medium bomber to operate at altitudes between 8,000 and 12,000 feet. Powered by two 1700 hp Wright R-2600 engines, the basic configuration stayed the same throughout production. However, there were many changes in armament to improve both offensive and defensive capabilities. These variations included 75 mm cannon, rockets and up to eighteen .50 caliber machine guns. The armament modifications varied on the B-25’s depending on the squadron mission.
Do you want to take a ride in this historic aircraft? You can! Rides in the B-25 Panchito are available for purchase. Experience flight from several different positions on the aircraft: behind the pilots, the bombardier's position in the nose, below the top gun turret, waist and tail gunners' positions. This is a rare opportunity to fly on one of the few remaining B-25s and get a real sense of what it was like for the brave men who flew these aircraft in WWII combat. Visit the aircraft on the static display ramp or call 443-458-8926 for more information.
Randy W. Ball is North America’s Premier Jet Demonstration Pilot. Randy has performed well over 1,000 performances to date! No other North American Jet Demo pilot even comes close to that number of performances. In fact, Randy is the only Jet Demo pilot (military or civilian) to be granted both a day and night unlimited aerobatic rating in jet fighters by the FAA. He has flown over 42 different types of aircraft, manufactured in nine countries. Randy’s MiG-17F spent almost four years in restoration, and is one of only a handful of vintage jets flying the North American air show circuit. It has an authentic paint job and is the only MiG available for ground display with fully restored guns. Randy’s MiG has been seen by millions of air show fans across North America and has been featured in numerous publications, appearing on t-shirts, newspapers, posters, and more. It has been filmed on several occasions including performing as the enemy aircraft with the USAF’s F-4 Phantom* for the Discovery Channel and #1611 is now being featured in a new flight simulator program. We are very excited to host Randy at this year’s show.
Christopher Zonio loved aviation since his parents took him to the Broome County airport to watch the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels perform in the early 1970's. Following pursuit of aviation, he was building and flying radio controlled aircraft of all types and sizes at the age of 12. Later in life at age 22, Chris first soloed in a Cessna 150 out of the Lantana airport in West Palm Beach Florida.
Hooked ever since, Chris went on to earn his Degrees and Pilot ratings (Instrument/Commercial pilot) from Embry- Riddle Aeronautical university in Daytona Beach Florida. Currently Chris is a Flight Test engineer at Lockheed Martin with one of his credits was supporting the Deployment of the Unmanned K-Max helicopter.
Chris was one of the test engineers and the original flight instructor for the program. In 2012, he deployed to Afghanistan to help the Marine Corps get the program going. The unmanned K-Max helicopter was used to move cargo between combat outposts, thus replacing conveys and removing the danger for the Marines. The program lasted 3 years and was very successful saving hundreds of lives.
Chris will be flying his 1/5 scale F-16C in Thunderbird colors. This Radio-Controlled Jet has a 50 pound thrust turbine, scale retractable gear, speed brakes, scale lights, smoke system, and working canopy.
The CAF is an organization whose goal is to Honor our Veterans, Educate the public about World War II, and Inspire younger generations to get involved in history and aviation.
The Capital Wing will be displaying aircraft that you can fly in!
TBM Avenger: Our TBM is a carrier based torpedo bomber. It is the largest single engine aircraft of World War II, and was the type flow by President George H.W. Bush (Bush 1). You too can fly in this airplane either before or after the airshow! Come see us on the ramp for tickets.
AT-6: The AT-6 “Texan” is known as the “pilot maker.” Every U.S. pilot in World War II, regardless of fighter or bomber pilot, trained in the AT-6. At the time it was considered the premier trainer for its ability to teach pilots the right (and wrong!) way to handle high-performance airplanes. Come sit in our Texan and get a sense of what it was like to take to the skies during WWII.
L-5: The “Sentinel” was purposely built as a military Liaison, Reconnaissance, and Forward Observer aircraft. Known as “The Jeep” of the sky, it was extremely versatile, and included an ambulance version that could hold a stretcher for emergency evacuations. You can come fly with us either before or after the airshow in our “Sentinel.” Just drop buy for tickets to take a ride in this Warbird.
Come by to sit in the cockpit of our L-5 & AT-6, which the kids will love & remember for the rest of their lives!
We will be giving rides in our TBM and L-5 between 10:15 am and 11:15 am, and resume rides from 5 pm to 8 pm, as well as Sunday morning. Gates open at 10 am.
Call (703) 296-5282 to schedule a ride and find out about prices!
The MH-65 conversion and sustainment project is accomplished in six phases or complementary discrete segments. The Coast Guard upgrades the aircraft at the Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where engineers and technical authorities on the MH-65 product line install, test and evaluate the new equipment. Each segment upgrades and modernizes major components and sub-components and sets a baseline for future upgrades in the helicopters’ mission capabilities. When the final phase of the upgrades is complete, the aircraft will be redesignated as MH-65Es.
In 2006, the US Navy announced it will procure more than 260 of Hawker Beechcraft’s next-generation trainer, the Beechcraft T-6B, which is a significant upgrade to the T-6A already in service with the US Air Force. The T-6B builds on the proven safety and performance of its predecessor with more than 480 T-6A aircraft in service having completed over 650,000 hours of student training.
The Beechcraft T-6B’s open-architecture, advanced avionics suite, including a Head-Up Display (HUD), mirrors the systems and capabilities of current frontline aircraft, enabling the training of complex advanced systems and information management skills.
With effective training extended up to 180 hours, the T-6B training system allows the introduction of advanced concepts and mission skills earlier and in a lower-cost platform, extending the life of more costly advanced training aircraft.