Bill Braack - Smoke-n-thunder
Out on the taxiway you can hear the deafening roar of an engine and see billowing clouds of smoke. You can feel the reverberations of mini sonic booms. You look up and realize it’s not an aircraft. In front of you is the Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Car preparing to accelerate. Before beginning his show, Bill Braack, driver, slowly drives past the crowd. He engages the afterburner which shoots 20-foot flames, produces billowing smoke and mini sonic booms. At the end of the runway, the jet car comes to a standstill. An airplane above has challenged Bill to a race. Jaws drop as the aircraft approaches. He kicks in the afterburner and accelerates the jet car—he’s races at speed approaching 400 mph and overtakes the overtakes the plane in seconds. Bill is pulling 4.5 Gs. As he deploys the parachute to bring the car to a stop, he experiences 11 Gs of negative force.
Miles above the ground, 22 professional skydivers from the Golden Stars Parachute Team will exit an aircraft, deploy their parachutes and activate colorful smoke as they spiral down over the crowd with streamers, banners and last, but not least, the American Flag. This spectacular bomb-bursting show is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
With an aviation career spanning for than 3 decades and over 14,000 hours of flight time, John Collver joins the French Valley Air Show. His career includes time in the Goodyear Blimp, flying for TV, as well as teaching and competing in aerobatic arenas. Collver brings expertise and skill that will entertain all ages.
Kent Pietsch will amaze crowds with his acts that most airshow viewers don’t expect to see. Pietsch will perform a dead-stick (turning the engine off) from 6,000 feet and a rooftop landing on a moving RV! He also brings the humor and is best known for his comedy act that features a detached aileron (wing flap) and wingtip scraping pass by down the runway!
Performing in his modified Pitts S-1-11B bi-plane, Jon Melby joins the French Valley Air Show. Melby is known for his extreme freestyle aerobatics at Airshows and hopes to encourage adults and children to pursue their dreams.
Featuring Andrew "Limey" Webb, Mark "Weed" Weidhaas, Darrell "Condor" Gary, Duke"MADDAWG" Molter and Mark "Flex" McKinnon the Red Eagles. The Red Eagles fly the Yak-52 in a one of a kind formation act. These distinctive aircraft add a unique flavor to the performer lineup at the French Valley Air Show