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.
Vanguard Squadron is a must-see act performing at this year’s Moses Lake Airshow. The Vanguard Squadron uses only eco-friendly biofuel and has been powered by ethanol since they began flying together in 1993.
The Squadron flies across the country attending 10-15 airshow events each year promoting ethanol as the fuel of the future. The Vanguard Squadron flies a dazzling four-ship formation aerobatic airshow powered by ethanol which adds power and performance to the Squadron's aircraft without any major engine modifications.
Kyle Fowler, a small-town guy with big dreams and founder of Go EZ aerobatic will be one of the eye-catching performers you can see at this year’s Moses Lake Airshow. Following in the footsteps of his father, Ken Fowler of Team Rocket, Kyle moved forward with his dreams of becoming an Aerobatic Pilot. By the time he was 12 years old, he was announcing his father’s performance at several Airshows. At the age of 21, his dreams became reality after he getting his Private Pilot’s License. In 2015, Kyle dedicated his time to evolve as a pilot and completed his Commercial Pilot’s License. This opened more doorways and drove Kyle to complete his Commercial Multi IFR Rating the same year.
Kyle successfully manages his aviation time between flying a PA-31 Navajo Chieftain, a 1946 Cessna 120 and his unique 1986 Long EZ. When he is not evolving as a pilot, Kyle divides his time between his full-time job as a Red Seal Journeyman Automotive Mechanic, and his family. Kyle’s family is incredibly proud of his accomplishments and will always be his biggest fans.
As a competitor in two World Aerobatic Championships in Malelane, South Africa in 2017 followed by Chateauroux, France in 2019, Jim Bourke with Extreme Aerosports will be this year's Moses Lake Airshow, June 19th - 20th. As an avid enthusiast of radio controlled models and drones and a member of the Unlimited US Aerobatic Team chosen from the top 8 pilots from the US National Aerobatic Championships, Jim’s career began after getting his pilot’s license as a teenager and has made many media appearances related to aerobatics, aviation, and radio control.
As a competitive aerobatic pilot, Jim flies at the highest level. He is the most active competitor in the country, averaging 10 contests per year from Washington to Florida and known for his aggressive style. Jim’s Extra 330SC also known as “Fuzz Machine” is a 315 hp unlimited class composite aerobatic monoplane, built in Germany. The aircraft features a blistering 420 degrees/second roll rate, which is more than 1 roll every second and is capable of +/- 10gs.
Returning for the second year in a row at the 2020 Moses Lake Airshow is Mark Peterson from Mustang High Flight Aerobatics. Mark grew up surrounded by aviation, his father, was a B-24 Liberator pilot during World War II and flew 29 missions for the Army Air Corps in the European Theater. After returning to civilian life, he found ways to keep aviation in his business and personal life. Mark soloed at age 16 and received his private pilot’s license at 17.
Owning and flying P-51 Mustangs and Classic Jets has been a dream of Mark’s since he was a child. In November of 2005, Mark was fortunate to acquire a P-51 Mustang, since then, he has accumulated over 800 hours in the P-51 and strengthened his love and admiration for the aircraft. In 2007, Mark acquired a Dornier Alpha Jet and has worked to refine his skills in high-performance jet fighters. A new addition for the 2020 Airshow Season that will be a featured act at the Moses Lake Airshow will be the A-37 Dragonfly.
USAF C-17 DEMO TEAM
The C-17 Globemaster III is the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force and you’ll be able to see it in action during the 2020 Moses Lake Airshow from June 19th to 20th at the Grant County International Airport. The U.S. Air Force is providing this aircraft to the Black Daggers to use during their performance. The Black Daggers are the Official U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) Parachute Demonstration Team. The Mission of the USASOC Parachute Demonstration Team is set to perform live aerial demonstrations in support of Army Special Operations community relations and recruiting.
The C-17 can perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions, operated by a crew of three, the pilot, co-pilot and loadmaster. The C-17 can take off and land on runways as short as 3,500 feet and only 90 feet wide, even on such narrow runways, the C-17 can turn around using a three-point star turn and its backing capability.