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Demonstration Teams and Pilots for 2015

(Additional demonstration teams may be added as confirmed)


V-22 Osprey


F-18 Super





Dawn Patrol


Drill Team

Army K-9


Canadian Forces Demonstration Team: The Snowbirds                         visit their websiteTop of Page
Hosted by Miller’s Professional Imaging

The Snowbirds are returning to help us celebrate our 27th 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.


U.S. Marines MV-22 Osprey Aerial Flight Demonstration                 visit their websiteTop of Page
Hosted by S and S Seed Company and an Annoymous Donor

The MV-22B Osprey (one of three coming) will be showcasing it's capabilities with flight demonstrations each day. Designed for expeditionary assault support, raid operations, cargo lift and special warfare, the MV-22B Osprey has Vertical takeoff and landing, and short takeoff and landing (VSTOL) capabilities.   With the speed and range of a turboprop, the maneuverability of a helicopter and the ability to carry 24 Marine combat troops twice as fast and five times farther than previous helicopters, the Osprey greatly enhances the advantages Marines have over their enemies. The Osprey's impact was felt immediately upon its arrival in Iraq. Commenting on its advanced expeditionary capabilities and staggering operational reach. Max takeoff weight: 60,500 lb. Max speed: 316 mph.


U.S. Army Parachute Team "Golden Knights"                             visit their websiteTop of Page
Hosted by The Gwen VanderHoef Foundation

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.


U.S. Navy VFA-122 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet TACDEMO Team                  visit their websiteTop of Page
Hosted by The Bank Of Missouri

The USN Super Hornet TACDEMO is from NAS Lemoore, California. VFA-122, which is known as the “The Flying Eagles”, will perform a combination of high and low speed maneuvering, rapid rolls, performance climbs and descents that are sure to entertain the audiences. VFA-122 trained aircrews have flown combat missions in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Max takeoff weight: 66,000 lb. Max speed: 1,190 mph (Mach 1.8). 


U.S. Air Force T-33 Jet from "Ace Maker"                 visit their websiteTop of Page
Hosted by Columbia College
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Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star (or T-Bird) was produced by Lockheed and made its first flight in 1948. The T-33 was developed from the Lockheed P-80/F-80 then designated T-33A. It was used by the U.S. Navy initially as TO-2 then TV-2, and after 1962, T-33B. In 2013 Canadian-built examples are still in-service with the Bolivian Air Force. This T-33 is flown by Gregory "Wired" Colyer of Ace Maker Airshows. Max weight: 15,100lbs. Max speed: 600mph. Power: 5,400 lbf.


T-28 Aerobatic Demonstration Team “Trojan Phlyers”                      visit their websiteTop of Page
Hosted by Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Company

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
Hosted by Kasmann Insurance Agency and Marberry and Eagle CPA’s

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.


TBM-3E (Torpedo Bomber Martin) Avenger (1945)                    visit their websiteTop of Page
Hosted by Kevin and Dr. Tammy Patsey

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.


The Dawn Patrol WWI Replicas                    visit their websiteTop of Page
Hosted by Dr. Lowell Miller

The Famous WWI "Flying Circus" of the Kansas City Dawn Patrol returns for their 23rd year.  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
Hosted by Mary McCleary and Mark & Brenda Pierce
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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.


University of Missouri Joint Service ROTC Drill Team           Top of Page
Hosted by William Pfeiffer in memory of his wife

They are the ONLY Tri-Service 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
Hosted by PRIMARIS Corporation

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.