Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fort Worth Alliance Air Show Presented By Bell Helicopter Finalizes 2013 Lineup

Show Adds Supersonic Jet and Aerobatic Superstar 

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (October 14, 2013) – The Fort Worth Alliance Air Show Presented by Bell Helicopter announced today the addition of aerobatic pilot Michael Goulian and the supersonic T-38 Talon jet to this year's show lineup. They will join an amazing lineup of aerobatic superstars, ground reenactments, and classic military aircraft as well as an aviation festival on the ground with static displays, interactive exhibit booths, food and more. The Fort Worth Alliance Air Show Presented by Bell Helicopter will take to the skies October 19th and 20th at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport. General admission is free.

“We are excited to continue our tradition of being the premier air show in North Texas,” said Tom Harris, president of the Alliance Air Services. “With Michael Goulian's addition to our lineup and the T-38 Talon added to our already robust performer lineup, we are going to have arguably the top air show lineup in the U.S. this year. Our fans are going to love the sound of that T-38 roaring by in high speed passes.”

Goulian will return to the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show Presented by Bell Helicopter once again in
Former Red Bull Air Racer
and air show superstar
Michael Goulian has been added to
the 2013 Fort Worth Alliance Air Show
Presented by Bell Helicopter.
his state-of-the-art Whelen Extra 330SC, performing an impressive array of slick maneuvers.  Composed of high-tech, lightweight carbon-fiber and rugged steel construction, the EXTRA 330SC is the world's most high performance aerobatic airplane. Goulian, a former Red Bull Air Racer, announced this week that he will be rejoining the air racing circuit in 2014. Despite Goulian’s successes he remains humble and accessible to his air show fans. This rare combination has made Michael Goulian an unforgettable air show favorite.

The T-38 Talon is a twin-engine supersonic jet trainer capable of reaching speeds of Mach 1.3 (858 mph). It was the world's first supersonic trainer and is also the most produced. The T-38 remains in service in air forces throughout the world.

Headlining this year's Air Show, The Black Diamond Jet Team is one of the only civilian jet
The Black Diamond Jet Team
will headline the 2013
Fort Worth Alliance Air Show
Presented by Bell Helicopter.
demonstration teams in the world. Flying their three arctic camouflage -painted Aero L-39 Albatros jets, the Black Diamond Jet Team will fly in tight military formation and perform aerobatic maneuvers similar to those of military jet teams. In fact, when not flying air shows, the aircraft and pilots from Black Diamond are contracted by the United States government to serve as the "Aggressor Squadron", acting as adversaries during air combat training for U.S. military pilots.

This year’s air show will have the theme of "Honoring Our Past. Inspiring Our Future.", with a special emphasis on World War II. This will include hosting two WWII historical battle reenactments each day. The morning battle will be a Pacific Theatre-themed battle involving U.S. Marines battling Japanese forces. The afternoon battle will be a European Theatre-themed battle featuring authentic American and German reenactors along with tanks, artillery and aircraft support. Many of the vehicles and equipment used in the battle reenactment will also be on static display at the show.

The War in the Pacific will also be on display as the very popular TORA, TORA, TORA performs a moving historical reenactment of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor featuring Japanese bombers and fighters mixed with an exciting pyrotechnics display. 

Other WWII performers will include the Liberty Jump Team that will demonstrate an airborne jump in vintage WWII uniform as well as a large contingent of classic military aircraft from the Cavanaugh Museum.

In keeping with the show's "Honoring Our Past. Inspiring Our Future." theme, the show will be hosting the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight featuring a P-47 Thunderbolt alongside a P-51 Mustang. Another fast moving classic military aircraft that will perform at this year’s show is the MiG-17 flown by Randy Ball from Tyler, Texas. The Vietnam-era MiG-17 was a mainstay of the Soviet Air Force and other Eastern Bloc countries during the Cold War.

In addition to Goulian, the show will also have an unprecedented group of the world's most celebrated civilian aerobatic superstars headlined by National Aviation Hall of Famer Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle. The show will also feature Red Bull Air Racer and aerobatic star Kirby Chambliss as well as Kevin Coleman, who is known as one of the most talented young aerobatic civilian aviators in the world today. Matt Chapman, who is an internationally-recognized aerobatics competitor and air show performer, and Dallas' own Jan Collmer will round out what will be a very strong civilian performer contingent.

Bell Helicopter won’t just be a presenting sponsor; they will also perform at this year’s show. A Bell 429 helicopter will open the show with a demo.

It won't just be the skies where the show will have fast movers this year. The Shockwave Jet Truck will be on hand and will reach speeds of more than 300 miles per hour as it shoots out flames and smoke. The show also announced the All-Veteran Parachute Team will perform a demonstration as well.

This year’s show will also place an emphasis on children and promoting aviation education with fun, interactive activities for kids and families. The show will be creating a special area called "Aviation Adventures" that will feature hands-on aviation educational activities for kids of all ages, games,  opportunities to meet aviation legends, and lots of fun materials. The show also announced an enhanced Kidz' Zone fun area for this year's show.

The show will have a strong static display area again this year and will include a new exhibit of business jet aircraft representative of the major manufacturers globally.

In addition to the financial support that the show historically provides to the DFW USO and other organizations, this year the show will be providing a limited number of free special premium seats on the flightline each day reserved for active duty military and their guests and the show will be holding special events honoring Veterans throughout the weekend.

"We want to encourage everyone in the Dallas-Fort Worth community to come out and help us celebrate our country's proud aviation history and show support for our military," said Harris.

Although general admission for the show is free, there is a $20 fee per vehicle for parking. The show offers several premium seating options for every budget from flight deck seats to private chalets where spectators enjoy the most exclusive seating, private amenities and the best view of the show. Tickets are on sale now at allianceairshow.com. Fans can also like the show on Facebook or follow it on Twitter to get updates on performer additions and ticket sales.

The family-friendly Fort Worth Alliance Air Show Presented by Bell Helicopter has typically drawn 100,000 to the Alliance Airport and, according to an impact study conducted by the International Council of Air Shows, had an economic impact of more than $5.4 million annually to the Dallas - Fort Worth community. The show has contributed more than $350,000 to charities like the USO DFW since 2006.

Gates open at 9:00 a.m. and aerial performances will start at approximately 11:00 a.m. The same lineup is scheduled for both days.

Additional information is available online at www.allianceairshow.com.

The Fort Worth Alliance Air Show Presented by Bell Helicopter is held annually at Fort Worth Alliance Airport. The airport is the centerpiece of AllianceTexas, a 18,000-acre, master-planned communitythat includes the Fort Worth Alliance Airport, Alliance Global Logistics Hub, Circle T Ranch, Heritage,Alliance Town Center, Saratoga, SageStone Village and Monterra Village. The mixed-use developmentis home to more than 350 companies which have built more than 32 million square feet and createdmore than 35,000 jobs. The 2013 Fort Worth Alliance Air Show will feature the Black Diamond Jet Team along with 20 world-class performers and will take to the skies October 19 and 20. The show's 2013 theme will be "Honoring Our Past. Inspiring Our Future.", with a special emphasis on World War II. The Fort Worth Alliance Airport is managed by Alliance Air Services, a subsidiary of Hillwood Properties, the developer of AllianceTexas.

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