The 2018 Wings Out West Air Show took place on Saturday, October 6th, before a huge crowd of airplane and aviation enthusiasts that performers and spectators alike will not soon forget! Everyone was treated to an incredible airshow display that featured aerobatics, World War I dogfight recreations, and demonstrations by Embry-Riddle's own Golden Eagles Flight Team. The event was held in collaboration with the City of Prescott and featured a tech fair, regional fly-in, food vendors and concessions, and a static aircraft display!
If you missed any of the Wings Out West Airshow events this year, mark your calendars for October 2019, which will see the return of many more exciting air show pilots and death-defying stunts that will take your breath away! Here were some of 2018's Wings Out West Air Show performers:
Matt is recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot who thrills millions of airshow fans each summer. He began flying in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the highest level of competition aerobatics - the Unlimited category. Recognized for his skills, he won one of only five slots on the U.S. Unlimited Men's Aerobatic Team in 1996 and 1998.
Matt has won the prestigious International Aerobatic Club Championships in 1994 and the Fond du Lac Cup in 1995, in addition to being a respected airline captain at a major US based air carrier with tens of thousands of flight hours. With a reputation for safety and diligence, Matt enjoys performing at aerobatic events year-round.
Bill Stein has logged over 5,000 hours of aerobatic and formation flight. Bill began flying aerobatics when he was still a student pilot and has been dedicated to perfecting his skills ever since. Bill has performed at air shows all across the United States, and has entertained millions of air show fans.
Bill carries a Commercial Pilot Certificate with airplane multi-engine and single-engine instrument ratings. He has flown air shows in the Pitts Special, Globe Swift, Boeing Stearman, and in his current airplane: the state-of-the-art Zivko Edge 540.
Rob's rise to the top started as a young airshow fan in his native New England. Earning his pilot's license while still a teenager, Rob began flying aerobatics almost immediately, all while building valuable flight time and experience as a corporate pilot, commuter pilot, banner tower, flight instructor, ferry pilot, and operating his own aerobatic flight school.
Now in his 17th year as a full-time airshow pilot, Rob has distinguished himself by blazing a trail of innovation, developing maneuvers never before seen at airshows. But while his impact and influence on the airshow community is undeniable, his remarkable skills at the controls of his MXS-RH are matched with a humble and approachable demeanor that has forged a unique connection with countless fans the world over.
Aerobatic flying and being a Shriner are his passions. Combining both is a dream come true. Steve Bennett’s mission is to inspire a love of flight with his air show performances and raise awareness of the Shriners Hospitals for Children, hospitals that are committed to providing the best care for children in their specialty areas of Orthopedics, Burn Care, Spinal Chord Injury, and Cleft Lip and Palate, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
Steven Bennett has been a professional pilot for 30 years.
There are approximately 35,000 active skydivers in North America, and only 15% are women! The Misty Blues team is 100% women. The ladies on the team come from all across the U S to demonstrate their amazing skydiving skills. As a member of the Misty Blues, Cindy Irish has been thrilling audiences at air shows, corporate events, and other special occasions around the world.
Gary Rower began flying at age 16 from an apple orchard in upstate New York. Since that time he has accumulated more than 18,000 hours of flying all over the world.
While a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy, he became a soaring instructor and was Captain of the USAF Academy Soaring Team. Following graduation from the Academy, Gary attended USAF pilot training at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma from which he was a Distinguished Graduate.
The Immortal Red Baron is a theatrical airshow performance about the most famous fighter pilot in history. This new approach to entertainment in aviation combines narrative story-telling with live-action aerial dog fighting maneuvers, characters in authentic costumes, propane machine guns, as well as special theme music and sound effects. The Immortal Red Baron will be engaging another aircraft in a real dogfight.