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Performers

IN THE AIR.

The 2022 Lake Cumberland Air Show will feature a variety of vintage military aircraft, World War II warbirds, and incredible aerobatic performers.  The formal flying display begins at approximately 12:30pm on Saturday, September 17 and runs for approximately two hours.  You won't want to miss this star-studded lineup as it takes flight over the Lake Cumberland Regional Airport!

*All performers are subject to change without notice.

MIKOYAN-GUREVICH MIG-17

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 Jet Demo

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 Fresco is one of the world's most prevalent jet fighter aircraft.  Designed by the Soviets and the USSR in the early 1950s, the MiG-17 went on to serve as the primary rival against American F-4 Phantoms and other military aircraft in the skies above Vietnam. 

 

During the show, Michael Terfehr will demonstrate the MiG's tight cornering capability and brute speed with a series of high speed afterburning passes reaching just shy of the speed of sound.  The MiG-17 can reach speeds in excess of 680 miles per hour, and was one of the first aircraft in the world to feature an afterburner.  Up until the introduction of the F-16 Fighting Falcon in the 1970s, the MiG-17 was the tightest turning fighter anywhere on the planet.

DAVE MODDER'S DRAGONS FYRE JET TRUCK

P-40 WARHAWK "AMERICAN DREAM"

P-40 Warhawk American Dream

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk first flew in 1938 and was America's primary frontline combat aircraft at the outbreak of World War II.  Made famous by the Flying Tigers of the First American Volunteer Group in China led by Colonel Claire Chennault, the P-40's distinctive sharks teeth and iconic green paint made it one of the most recognizable aircraft of the early 1940s.
 

"American Dream" is a special two-place TP-40 Warhawk, and although she primarily served as a training aircraft during World War II, the aircraft is a true war hero, with two confirmed kills and one unconfirmed kill.  Swedish-born pilot Thom Richard will demonstrate the P-40 in the low level environment with a variety of photogenic high speed passes.

Dragon's Fyre Jet Truck

Back by popular demand!  One of the most unique displays at the Lake Cumberland Air Show is in fact, not an airplane at all!   Dave Modder is back in the one-of-a-kind Dragon's Fyre Jet Truck – a 1940s Ford pickup truck outfitted with a General Electric J-85 afterburning jet engine.  The same type of engine used previously on Air Force F-5 fighter jets!
 

Dave Modder will showcase the true power and brute force of the Dragon's Fyre Jet Truck with a high speed run down our runway reaching speeds in excess of 220 miles per hour!  Dave is an accomplished corporate pilot and gets his need for speed driving Dragons Fyre at air shows and special events across the United States each year.

 

BRIAN CORRELL AIRSHOWS

Brian Correll Airshows

Since 2008, Brian Correll has been thrilling air show audiences across the United States.  Inspired by early Kansas aviation pioneers, he hopes to bring his passion for aviation to others as part of his incredibly high energy and low level aerobatic displays.  Flying the Pitts Special S2S, one of the world's most capable aerobatic biplanes, Brian's aerial performance will feature maneuvers and figures once thought to simply be impossible.

 

Brian Correll is an accomplished aviator also serving as a instructor pilot for the United States Air Force flying KC-46 Pegasus aerial refuelers.  Brian is also a production test pilot for Textron Aviation, and has accumulated more than 9,000 hours of combined flight time in both military and civilian aircraft.
 

AIR CORPS AEROBATICS

Air Corps Aerobatics - Skipper Hyle

The North American T-6 Texan is arguably one of the most iconic aircraft of World War II, serving as the advanced trainer for thousands of allied airmen during the 1940s.  The British Royal Air Force and the air arms of Commonwealth countries such as Canada called the aircraft the Harvard, and some 10,000 plus were built by North American Aviation in support of the war effort.

Skipper Hyle from Luthersville, Georgia will display his Harvard MK5 during the air show displaying many of the same aerobatic maneuvers taught to new aviation cadets during World War II.  Skipper will serve as your instructor pilot for the flight as he performs figures such as loops, rolls, and Cuban 8s in his classic military trainer.

GREG KOONTZ AIRSHOWS

Greg Koontz Super Decathlon

The Lake Cumberland Air Show is pleased to welcome Greg Koontz from Asheville, Alabama flying the American Champion Super Decathlon.   The 2014 recipient of the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship, Greg's surface level aerobatic display in the Super Decathlon showcases off the aircraft's nimble flying characteristics combined with fun and entertaining banter from the cockpit with the announcer.

 

At the conclusion of Greg's performance in the Super Decathlon, he will perform a very impressive inverted ribbon cut, cutting ribbons held only thirty feet above the ground.  Greg is one of a few aerial performers anywhere in the world authorized to perform this special maneuver.
 

THE ALABAMA BOYS

Greg Koontz - The Alabama Boys

Greg Koontz has been performing in airshows since 1974, when he joined Col. Moser's Flying Circus and learned his trademark maneuvers from the best in the business.  Teaming up with fellow pilot Fred Masterson, together they become the Alabama Boys - one of the air show industry's top comedy routines.

Greg playing the role of Clem Cleaver demands from the announcer for an airplane ride.  Through much debate, Clem finally gets his ride but not by way he had originally intended.  The comedy performance concludes with Greg (Clem) landing the Piper Cub on the back of a moving pickup truck, effectively making it the world's smallest airport!  

DON FRANKLIN WINGS VS WHEELS

Don Franklin Wings Vs. Wheels

Don Franklin Somerset Family of Dealerships is proud to again serve as the presenting sponsor of the Lake Cumberland Air Show.  In the ultimate showdown of wings versus wheels, the Don Franklin team will take on one of our air show performers for a high speed race down the runway.  With a top speed of 200 miles per hour, who will win is anyone's guess!

Don Franklin Somerset Family of Dealerships serves as your one-stop shop this summer if you're looking for a new or pre-owned vehicle.  Be sure to stop by and see their display at the show.

LUKE CARRICO, AIR SHOW ANNOUNCER

Air Show Announcer Luke Carrico

Serving as the voice of the Lake Cumberland Air Show is Air Show Announcer Luke Carrico.  After attending his hometown air show as a child, Luke began a lifelong love for aviation and air shows which is shown in his enthusiasm and demeanor announcing aerial events across North America and internationally. ​

 

Luke has served as the principal commentator for some of the largest aerial events throughout the country, including various military open houses.  He is a licensed private pilot flying the PA-28 Archer III and annually serves as a presenter and emcee at the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) convention each year.

CHARLIE MORRIS AIRSHOWS

Charlie Morris Airshows

Charlie Morris has been around aviation his entire life.  Starting with his first airplane ride at the age of 6 with his father and grandfather off their grass airstrip in Vine Grove, Kentucky, Charlie is now a fourth generation aviator.  Charlie served in the U.S. Army serving as a Drone operator and after his tour of duty, went on to pursue his goals of becoming an air show pilot.  

Charlie serves as a chief flight instructor at his family's grass airport providing instruction for tailwheel airplanes and for basic aerobatic training.  Flying the classic 8KCAB Decathlon, you'll see a display of airmanship in an aircraft that serves as one of the world's most popular aerobatic training platforms. 

*All performers are subject to change without notice.