TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — A host of civilian aerial performers such as Bill Cornick, Spencer Suderman and Eddie Andreini, will perform at this year’s Travis Open House on May 3-4, Travis AFB’s public affairs office announced this week.
They will compliment the two headliners: The United States Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team and the United States Army Golden Knights parachute team.
The lineup of static current and vintage military aircraft will be equally impressive, with plans to show the T-6 Texas II, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, the RC-135, the B-52 Stratofortress, the MQ-1 Predator, the A-10 Thunderbolt, the C-17 Globemaster III, C-5 Galaxy, the KC-10 Extender, the P-51 Mustang, the AT-6 Spiral and the PT-19.
Some of the Commemorative Air Force’s historic warbirds will be on display. The CAF is the largest flying museum in the world, with squadrons located in 24 states and a fleet of 156 historic American and other countries’ aircraft, some of which are located in California.
Cornick, a retired Air Force pilot who started flying in 1953 and has 26,000 hours in the air under his belt, flies the Pitts S-2C h nicknamed The Big Bad Green. Suderman, who has been flying since the late 1980s, will fly his Meteor Pitts. Andreini will fly either his Super Stearman biplane, P-51 Mustang or his World War II-era Russian Yak-9U.
“A lot of people don’t get the chance to come on base and witness the mission,” said Maj. William Kerr, the 2014 Travis Open House deputy director. “This gives them the opportunity to come out, touch and airplane and talk with aircrew members. We provide the community with the experience of a lifetime.”
In addition to confirmed performances, open house officials also released the airshow’s event schedule. For both May 3 and 4, gates to the free event open at 9:30 a.m. with performances running from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information about the Air Expo, go to www.travisfss.com/openhouse or to www.facebook.com/TravisOpenHouse.
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