2020 LINE UP
VICKY BENZING AEROSPORTS
Returning for the second year in a row is Vicky Benzing Aerosports! Vicky Benzing loves to share her passion for flying with others. Her performance in the Stearman is an aerial display of power and grace in the spirit of vintage barnstorming. Passionate about flying her entire life, this accomplished aerbatic competition pilot will be joining us once again for our 2020 Moses Lake Airshow!
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MINI JET AIRSHOWS
Mini Jet Airshows is a lifelong dream of the pilot Tom "Lark" Larkin. Having watched the BD-5J perform as a child at a local airshow, and then later becoming a fighter pilot, airline pilot, and aerobatic pilot; it was always his dream to do airshows in a "mini" jet.
What started off as a half partnership in an RV-6 with his brother Larry, eventually turned into time in a Christen Eagle, Panzl, Staudacher, and several other aerobatic aircraft...culminating in the once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase and perform in a SubSonex Jet. At only 500 lbs with speeds up to 300 mph, it puts on one of most unique and exciting airshows in the country!
Returning for yet another year, check out Mini Jet Airshows at our 2020 Moses Lake Airshow.
BLACK DAGGERS AIRBORNE
For the first time at the Moses Lake Airshow, the Black Daggers will be among the 9 acts. The Black Daggers are the Official U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) Parachute Demonstration Team.
The USASOC is the largest of the service components that make up U.S. Special Operations Command. They provide about 70 percent of the special operations personnel in Central Command's theatre and combine a vast range of warfighting skills, from raiding and airfield seizures to human-terrain mapping and cultural analysts.
Derek Allen grew up in the Rubber Capitol of the world; Akron, OH. His life was not surrounded by aviation at all, and he did not attend his first air show until much later in life. He was however involved in theater during high school and contemplated a career in acting and comedy. Not fully sure what direction he wanted to take after high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force right after graduation in 2004. He entered as an F-16 Viper Crew Chief and had various assignments in the US and the Pacific. This is when Derek saw the “Black Eagles” from the Republic of Korea Air Force as well as the PACAF Viper Demo Team and he caught the air show and demonstration bug.
Derek’s love of airpower and people led to his decision to continue to announce air shows after his time on the Demo Team. His goal is to get people interested in aviation; either as a flyer or as a maintainer. He hopes that air shows will motivate and inspire today’s youth to take to the skies.
Currently, he is the Commandant of the Airman Leadership School at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ where he lives with his wife Ercilia and three children Hailey, David and Noah.