Randy Ball - Fighter Jets

Randy Ball - Fighter Jets

Randy W. Ball / MiG Pilot, is North America’s Premier Jet Demonstration Pilot. Randy has performed well over 1,000 performances to date! No other North American Jet Demo pilot even comes close to that number of performances. In fact, Randy is the only Jet Demo pilot (military or civilian) to be granted both a day and night unlimited aerobatic rating in jet fighters by the FAA. He has flown over 42 different types of aircraft, manufactured in nine countries.

Randy has flown as the enemy aircraft with the USAF F-4 both for air shows and on film. His solo demo is designed to resemble the tactical demo of the F-16 Falcon, the first fighter that could out-turn the Vietnam era MiG-17. During his demo in the MiG-17F, he routinely pulls 8gs, and reaches speeds approaching 700 mph, all while sometimes flying less than 100 feet off the ground.

He likes to spend time with Civil Air Patrol Cadets and the Boy Scouts, and when asked what is his favorite maneuver, he says “the vertical A/B roll”. When asked what his favorite air show is, he says “It’s the one where I can have access to the fans, especially the kids. It is the kids who make all the work worth it. They are the next generation, and the one hope I have is to inspire them in a positive way…to fly.”


Mohawk Air Shows

The Grumman OV-1 Mohawk is a twin engine turboprop armed military observation and attack aircraft, designed for battlefield surveillance and light strike capabilities and was intended to operate from short, unimproved runways in support of United States Army maneuver forces.

The OV-1 served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and during  Operation Desert Storm.

Starting in 1972, the Army National Guard began to receive the Mohawk, eventually operating 13 OV-1Bs, 24 OV-1Cs, and 16 OV-1Ds serving with three aviation units in Georgia and Oregon.

Role:  light attack and observation aircraft
Manufacturer:  Grumman
First flight:  14 April 1959
Introduction:  October 1959
Retired:  September 1996 USA
Produced:  1959-1970
Number built:  380

Rob Reider - Air Show Announcer

#1 Air Show Announcer in North America

Rob Reider is the most sought-after announcer on the North American Air Show circuit. His talents have earned him the highest award in the air show industry, the International Council of Air Shows “Sword of Excellence.” A former midwest television personality, Rob received 5 Emmy awards for his on-air performance and musical compositions.

Rob announced his first air show in 1978 and made it his full-time vocation in 2006. Since then he’s announced over 250 shows from Maine to California to Japan.

He’s known in the flying world as the on-camera host of the award-winning, Sporty’s Pilot Shops “Learn to Fly” videos. He’s an aviation educator who’s helped thousands of people around the world to earn their pilots licenses and advanced ratings.

One of the highlights of his career was in 2015 when he was selected to narrate the “Arsenal of Democracy Capitol Flyover,” commemorating the end of World War II in Europe. At that event more than 50 vintage World War II aircraft flew over Washington, DC., honoring those who served and sacrificed for our freedom.

2016 was also a banner year for Rob as he was tapped to be the voice of the Breitling Jet Team’s American Tour. Based in France, they are the largest civilian aerobatic team in the world flying jets, bringing the message of Breitling timepieces to air show audiences all over the world.

This season, Rob will be on the road announcing nearly two dozen shows from coast to coast. He also serves as the narrator coach for the Navy Blue Angels, USAF Thunderbirds, and the US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team.

His show business acumen, his encyclopedic aviation knowledge, his experience, and his excitement have put Rob Reider at the top of the list as the voice of many of the largest and most important air shows on the continent.

Redline Air Shows



Ken Reider

Ken was inspired at an early age to pursue aviation after seeing the Blue Angels perform at Cincinnati's Lunken Airport.  He is an aerobatic and multi-engine flight instructor and serves as flight-lead for the Redline Team. 


Jon Thocker

Jon retired from a 25 year career as an airline captain flying heavy jets in worldwide cargo service to pursue a lifelong passion for building and flying experimental aircraft. Jon is a licensed A&P mechanic and owns and operates Redline, LLC, a company specializing in state of the art avionics installations and experimental aircraft builder assistance. Visit his site at www.redlinethegoal.com

  • RedLine Airshows is a dynamic 2-ship formation aerobatic performance team. The opposing, inverted and formation maneuvers are a crowd pleaser.
  • Ken and Jon both reside in Cincinnati and have been flying formation together for more than 12 years.
  • We invite you to ‘like’ us on Facebook…Redline Airshows  and follow us on Twitter 


  • Redline aircraft are Van’s RV-8s.  They are 2 seat, tandem aircraft.  There are more than 8000 Van's series aircraft flying worldwide.
  • The RV-8 is an extremely versatile aircraft, capable of speeds up to 230 miles per hour and can land short as slow as 50 miles per hour enabling them to access almost any airport.
  • The Redline planes have a 200 hp engine, and are equipped with Hartzell Advanced Structural Composite propellers.
  • These Redline airplanes have been to the Dominican Republic, Acapulco Mexico, all the way to Alaska and just about everywhere in between.

Lil Devil BD-5 Micro Jet

“Lil’ Devil”, the world’s smallest manned jet. 

The use of this aircraft is for performing in air shows across North America. The FLS Microjet was originally developed in the 1970's by Jim Bede of Bede Aircraft, Inc. (Newton, KS) and designated the BD-5.  It was a public sensation and fueled homebuilders with dreams of owning a high performance propellor or jet aircraft at a fraction of the normal cost.  

Due to it's unique size, the BD-5J was dubbed the "The World's Smallest Jet" and earned a reputation as James Bond's jet when it was featured in the movie "Octopussy."  Through the years, a few airshow teams have captivated fans all over the world but today, only a few of the older BD-5J's still exist.  

Unfortunately, the aircraft was well ahead of its time and proved difficult for most homebuilders to build.  This and several other reasons caused Bede Aircraft, Inc. to close it's doors in 1979.  

Fortunately, BD-Micro Technologies, Inc (BMT) has worked many years to update the BD-5 and today BMT has successfully incorporated  many improved design features in an aircraft line-up called the "Flight Line Series" or "FLS" kits.  

This aircraft is Serial number #8 in the series and was built by L. D. Jeffries with the help and on-site support of the BD-Micro support team.


  • Top Speed:        320 mph
  • Stall Speed:      67 mph
  • Max Range:       200 nm (or 300 nm)
  • Max Loading:    + 6 g's
  • Wing Span:       17 ft
  • Length:              15 ft
  • eight:               5'9"
  • Empty Weight:  430 lbs
  • Max Weight:       860 lbs
  • Jet Fuel:             30 gal (or 45 gal)
  • Thrust:                280 lbs 
  • Engine:               PBS Velka Bites TJ-100


  •  Improved Wing Aerodynamics and C.G. range
  •  State-of-the-art Fadec Controlled Jet Engine
  •  Instant Angle of Attack System
  •  Advanced Avionics with 2 axis Autopilot
  •  Redundant Vertical Power Electrical System
  •  Increased Fuel Capacity 
  •  Structural Improvements
  •  GRT Avionics technology makes the FLS Microjet cockpit one of the most advanced cockpits in the world. 
  • The FLS Microjet is a fully aerobatic, jet-powered aircraft built from a kit.
  •  The FLS Microjet is a re-engineered design by BD-Micro Technologies, Inc. based on a 1970’s homebuilt kit aircraft called the BD-5.
  • Guinness recognizes the BD-5J design as the “Worlds Smallest Jet.”
  • World’s fastest landing gear fully extends or retracts in a half of
  • a second!!!
  • The FLS Microjet travels to airshows and other events in a small custom built trailer and can be assembled and fully ready to fly in just 20 minutes! 


Vampire Airshows de Havilland DH-115

The Worlds First Single Engine Jet Fighter

Vampire Airshows has became the crowd favorite everywhere we fly. 

Vampire Airshows is a sole source, Wide Area Workflow, Approved Warbird, and Appropriated Funds.

Development of the aircraft began during the Second World War in 1943 as an aircraft suitable for combat that harnessed the new innovation of jet propulsion; it was quickly decided to opt for a single-engine, twin-boom aircraft equipped with the Halford H.1 turbojet engine, which was later known as the de Havilland Goblin. Originally ordered as an experimental aircraft only, the decision to mass-produce the aircraft as an interceptor for the Royal Air Force (RAF) was finalized in May 1944.

In 1946, the first production aircraft entered service with the RAF, months after the conflict had come to a close. The Vampire was the second jet fighter, after the Gloster Meteor, operated by the RAF, and it was the service's first to be powered by a single jet engine. The Vampire was quickly used to replace many wartime piston-engine fighter aircraft. The RAF operated it as a front-line fighter until 1953. About 3,300 Vampires were manufactured.

CAF Red Tail Squadron

CAF Red Tail Squadron

The CAF Red Tail Squadron is committed to telling the inspirational story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel.

They are on a mission to educate people of all ages about these important American icons so their strength of character and ability to triumph over adversity may serve as a means to inspire others to rise above obstacles in their own lives and achieve their goals.

We invite you take a deeper dive to learn more about the remarkable Tuskegee Airmen, and be inspired to tap into the ability within yourself to overcome barriers and find success.


James “Cookie” Crum, air Boss

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Jim "Cookie" Crum is an Air Boss in the air show industry. He brings a vast airshow experience level as a former USAF Demonstration Team member, a military airshow organizer and Air Boss. Jim is a rated Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), CFII/MEI and airframe mechanic with 5000+ total flight hours. Cookie has mentored/studied under the BEST Air Bosses in the business for the last 8 years. He has completed all of the ICAS certification courses and schools and has been an Air Boss at some of the biggest events in the country. His air show experience includes: 

  •  2017 Vermilion Air Expo Air Boss
  • 2017 USAF Air Tattoo Air Boss
  • 2017 Travis AFB Air Boss
  • 2017 Virginia International Tattoo Air Boss
  • 2017 Sun n' Fun Air Boss
  • 2016 USAF Air Tattoo Air Operations Director/ Air Boss
  • 2016 Baltimore Airshow Assistant Air Boss
  • 2016 ICAS Air Boss Academy graduate
  • 2016 Jones Beach Airshow Assistant Air Boss
  • 2015 Andrew's AFB Airshow Air Operations Director/ Air Boss
  • 2015 USAF Air Tattoo Air Operations Director/ Air Boss
  •  2014 ICAS Air Boss 101 / 201 course
  • 2012 Andrew's AFB Joint Service Open House Performer Liaison
  • 2011 Travis AFB Air Expo Performer Liaison
  • 2009 Barksdale AFB Airshow Assistant Air Boss
  • 2008 Sacramento Airshow Assistant Air Boss
  • 2008 Travis AFB Air Expo Air Operations Director/ Air Boss
  • 2005-2006 USAF T-6A Texan II Aerial Demonstration Team Narrator/ Safety Officer

Chef Pitts


The airplane is a Pitts S1S. Chef Pitts built it in his garage over a three year period while he was working as a professional Chef. That is why it's called the "Chefpitts".  Pitts test flew it in February of 2013.  He flew it to Sun n Fun in Lakeland, FL a few months later and was honored to win the "Best Homebuilt Biplane" award! The single place Pitts design has been flying since 1945. Chefpitts incorporates many modifications, including : Precision wings with longer ailerons, larger tail surfaces, integral gap seals,  one piece plexiglass floor, many hand formed custom fairings,  spring gear, and many more. The engine is a lightweight IO-360 from Barrett Precision Engines. About 200 hp spinning a Prince Carbon Fiber Prop.

The paint scheme is what sets this airplane apart. It is unique to this airplane. I designed the scheme and painted the airplane myself. The bottom surfaces feature a 3 dimensional cube design inspired by the German WW 1 " Lozenge " camouflage....The face on the nose is an homage to Cole Palen, who started "The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome" in NY.  The face was on his Fokker Triplane. It was also on the Triplane of German Ace Werner Voss during WW1.

The Builder/Pilot
Chef Pitts started out in aviation like many others...Model airplanes. From hand launch gliders, to rubber powered stick and tissue free flight, to control line, to radio control. Hewent to his first airshow at Quonset Point in RI when he was 8. He saw The Red Devils, (later to become the famous Christian Eagles) do a formation snap roll in three Pitts Specials!  That was the moment that led him to where he is today. Check out some cool facts about Chef Pitts:

  • Got glider license before driver’s license
  • Worked his way up from dishwasher to Chef over the next twenty years
  • Started flying aerobatics while working in Country Clubs up north and in Florida
  • Won the second Pitts Trophy ever awarded with less than 30 hours of Pitts time
  • Now working as an aircraft mechanic at Precision Jet in Stuart, FL
  • Currently working towards his flight instructor rating
  • He is available as a ferry pilot for single engine piston aircraft 

Chef Pitts is the builder, pilot, publicist, advertising designer, agent, photographer, web designer, accountant, secretary, and cook for Chefpitts Airshows!