26 Years of Honoring & Remembering
100th Anniversary of WWI

Demonstration Teams and Pilots for 2014

(Additional demonstration teams may be added as confirmed)








Dawn Patrol



Army K-9


Canadian Forces Snowbirds             visit their websiteTop of Page

The Snowbirds are returning to help us celebrate our 26th Salute to Veterans Celebration! The Snowbirds Demonstration Team is a Canadian icon comprised of serving members of the Canadian Forces. Their pilots and technicians will work to bring us a thrilling performance.  Serving as Canadian ambassadors, the Snowbirds demonstrate the skill, professionalism and teamwork inherent in the women and men of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Forces.   They fly the Canadair CT-114 Tutor, which was the standard jet trainer.  Max weight: 11,000lbs. Maximum speed: 486 mph.


Golden Knights - US Army Parachute Team                 visit their websiteTop of Page

THE US ARMY GOLDEN KNIGHTS PARACHUTE DEMONSTRATION TEAM IS RETURNING AFTER A 15 YEAR ABSENCE TO OUR 26TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION!   IN ADDITION TO OPENING THE 2014 AIRSHOW, THE ENTIRE TEAM WILL CLOSE IT WITH A MASS EXIT JUMP! THEY ARE PROUDLY CO-HOSTED BY COLUMBIA COLLEGE AND MISSOURI ORTHOPAEDIC INSTITUTE.  The United States Army Parachute Team, nicknamed the "Golden Knights", is a demonstration and competition parachute team of the United States Army. These demonstration and competition parachutists are drawn from US Army Paratroopers who have demonstrated excellence in their parachuting skills.   This team is part of the United States Army Accessions Command's Accessions Support Brigade, Headquartered at Ft. Knox, KY. The parachute team is garrisoned at Ft. Bragg, NC.


T-28 Aerobatic Demonstration Team “Trojan Phlyers”                      visit their websiteTop of Page

Trojan Phlyers brings us two North American T28B Trojan aircraft to perform formation and solo aerobatics to salute our veterans and the men and women who continue to serve and protect. These aviation professionals are also dedicated to preserving the rich history of the North American Aviation Company’s T28 Trojan. Trojan Phlyers come to us from Mid-Way Regional (KJWY), just south of downtown Dallas and southeast of downtown Fort Worth, TX. Max weight: 8,500lbs. Max speed: 343mph. Power: 1,425 hp


WWII BT-13 Vultee “Valiant Echoes”   (1942)                    visit their websiteTop of Page

It is the only WWII BT-Vultee flying acrobatically! During the 22-minute demonstration you will be transported back to 1942 and experience an Aviation Cadet on his first basic training instruction flight, and then thrill to an elegant and graceful demonstration performed with smoke and a 1940’s musical background. The sound and sight of the BT-13 is like no other aircraft and Valiant Echoes is committed to keeping this very important part of our aviation heritage alive for future generations. Freedom is not free. We must carry on the memories of those that went before to inspire those that will follow. This BT-13 is flown by Michael Kennedy based in Lebanon TN. Michael flew 400 combat missions in Southeast Asia during three combat tours from 1968-1972 in the F-4 and was awarded more than 30 combat decorations. He flew other Air Force jets and his last fighter was the A-10 Warthog. Max weight: 4,496lbs. Max speed: 180mph. Power: 450hp.


T-6 "Radial Velocity" Reno Racing Plane                    visit their websiteTop of Page

"Radial Velocity" is a WWII T-6 trainer owned and flown by John Lohmar of St. Louis, MO, based at Creve Coeur Airport. They have raced the past five years in the fastest motor sport on earth - The Reno Air Races. The North American T-6 Texan was a single-engine advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, United States Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1950s. The T-6 is known by a variety of designations depending on the model and operating air force. The USAAC designated it as the AT-6, the United States Navy the SNJ, and British Commonwealth air forces, the Harvard, the name it is best known by outside of the United States. It remains a popular warbird aircraft. This aircraft is owned and flown by John Lohmar of St. Louis MO, based at Creve Coeur Airport.  Max weight: 5,617 lb. Max speed: 222 mph.


TBM-3E (Torpedo Bomber Martin) Avenger (1945)                    visit their websiteTop of Page

This TBM Avenger is brought to us by the Missouri Wing of the Commemorative Air Force from St. Charles County Airport. This TBM-3E came off the production line in 1945 at the Eastern Aircraft / General Motors Corporation's Trenton, New Jersey Plant. For the next few years she would see service on the west coast from San Diego - SO NAS Pearl Harbor - NAF Tillamook - NAF Litchfield - NAS Norfolk. During the years leading to the Korean War TBM-3E #53353 was assigned to VS-27 which was an Air Anti-Submarine Squadron. Designated as a trainer during the Korean War, #53353 and assigned to VS-27 whose aircraft had seen action off the carriers USS Kula Gulf, USS Siboney and USS Boxer Island. All three carriers from WWII were reactivated for use as trainers for pilots heading to the Korean Peninsula.
Loaded weight: 17,893 lb. Max speed: 275 mph.


Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon "Attu Warrior" (1945)                    visit their websiteTop of Page

The Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon was built for the reconnaissance role. It was powered by two Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31 air-cooled radial engines rated at 2,000 horsepower for take-off, and 1,600 horsepower at 11,900 feet. Its max speed at 13,700 feet was 282 mph., at sea level 271 mph and its cruising speed was recorded at 171 mph. The Harpoon’s climbing rate was 1,630 feet per minute, and her service ceiling was 23,900 feet. It weighed in at 21,028 lbs. with 36,000 lbs. being her maximum. The PV-2 Harpoon was a redesign of the PV-1 Ventura which in turn was very similar to its predecessor the Hudson. The US Army Air Force placed its order for the Ventura Mark IIA’s and put them in service as B-34 Lexington’s (later redesignated RB-34). This specific PV-2 Harpoon was built by Lockheed in 1945 . It was used by the Navy until the end of 1956 and then was used in various roles as an insect sprayer. Finally, after sitting derelict for 20 years, it was purchased by Dave Hansen in 2006 and restored to wartime condition. Today, named "Attu Warrior" in honor of all the servicemen who were stationed in the Aleutian Islands, a place from where PV-2’s flew many missions, this beautifully restored warbird is one of the very few still flying in the world.  Max takeoff weight: 36,000 lb. Max speed: 282 mph.


The Dawn Patrol WWI Replicas                    visit their websiteTop of Page

The Famous WWI "Flying Circus" of the Kansas City Dawn Patrol returns for their 22nd year to help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of WWI.  They will be flying and displaying even more planes in their menagerie, including one that was used in filming the Movie "Amelia".


1917 Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny"                    visit their websiteTop of Page
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In honor of the 100th anniversary of WWI, Salute To Veterans is proud to host a "Jenny".  Officials at the Columbia Regional Airport are even cutting a special 1,000-ft-by-50-ft grass strip on which it can land.  This JN-4 Jenny is based in Bowling Green, KY and was built by filmmaker Dorian Walker who obtained the design specs for an original 1917 airplane.  It is operated by Friends of Jenny (FOJ), a non-profit organization formed to educate the public about the first mass-produced airplane.  Besides being used a as WWI flight trainer, the Jenny carried the first regularly-scheduled air mail.  In fact, this FOJ plane bears the same tail number (38262) as the plane that carried the first U.S. Mail from Washington, D.C. to New York on May 15, 1918.  FOJ consists of an all-volunteer group of aviators and aviation aficionados who work diligently to maintain and fly this unique aircraft to bring to life the educational significance of the Curtiss JN-4 Jenny biplane.


Pershing Rifles Drill Team (University of Missouri ROTC)                    visit their websiteTop of Page

They are the ONLY Tri-Service Pershing Rifle Drill Team with Army, Navy and Air Force cadets and midshipmen as members. They will be performing their amazing and incredibly intricate routines both days of the Airshow during the Salute to the Nation Ceremony at Show Central!


U.S. Army K-9 Corps Demonstration Team                    visit their websiteTop of Page

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri Military working dogs first entered the service in March of 1942 to serve in the Army's K-9 Corps. Today, the dogs, who have an actual military service record book assigned to them, are still playing an active role in searching for explosives and seizing the enemy.  The missions these dogs and their handlers perform include: explosives detection; security and patrol; search and rescue; and guard duty. The dogs are considered soldiers, complete with their own service record.  As it's been said by the handlers: These dogs are our partners. We sleep with them and live with them. They are our best friends. Every handler will agree that there is nothing we won't do to protect our dogs.