Performers

*Performers are subject to change without notice

NORTH AMERICAN P-51D MUSTANG

North American P-51D Mustang

The North American P-51 Mustang is arguably one of the most iconic aircraft of World War II.  From the drawing boards to a flying prototype in just 117 days, the North American P-51 served primarily as an escort fighter to support allied bombers making their way into Hitler's German heartland.    

This 1944 North American P-51D Mustang will be flown by Tom McCord of Indianapolis, Indiana.  During the air show, this P-51 known as "Hi-G" will be flown at high speed and in parade review for spectators to take in and appreciate the sights and sounds of this magnificent World War II fighter.

THE VANGUARD SQUADRON

The Vanguard Squadron

The South Dakota based Vanguard Squadron will join the festivities at this year's Lake Cumberland Air Show.  Demonstrating precision formation aerobatics, the aerobatic team will display formation loops, barrel rolls, dynamic breaks, and vertical bomb-bursts sure to excite all in attendance during this year's event.

The Vanguard Squadron flies the Vans RV-3, one of the most popular experimental homebuilt aircraft in the world.  Built as kits and capable of a staggering 200 miles an hour, the RV-3 series precedes a lineage outstanding aerobatic sport aircraft designed by Richard VanGrunsven.  

DRAGON'S FYRE JET TRUCK

Dragon's Fyre Jet Truck

By far one the most unique performers at this year's Lake Cumberland Air Show is - in fact, not an airplane at all! It's a classic 1940s Ford pickup truck outfitted with an afterburning General Electric J-85 turbojet engine!  Owned and operated by Dave Modder, Dragon's Fyre will bring the heat.

Dave will demonstrate this unique jet truck in a high speed run down the runway with speeds reaching in excess of 200 miles per hour.  Later in the show, he will take on Bob Richards in his Pitts S-1SS biplane for the ultimate game of Wings versus Wheels!

NATHAN HAMMOND - SUPER CHIPMUNK

Nathan Hammond Ghostwriter Airshows

Nathan Hammond is from Danville, KY flying a highly modified 1956 DeHavilland Super Chipmunk.  Originally designed as a trainer for the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Ghostwriter has been specially modified for air show aerobatics and sky writing. 

Nathan began flying at a very young age and has now has accumulated more than 7,000 hours of flight time from 1917 Curtis Jenny biplanes to Cessna Citation jets.  On top of being a commercial rated pilot and national air show performer, Nathan is also an A&P mechanic and displays the Ghostwriter at air shows across North America annually.

NORTH AMERICAN AT-6G TEXAN

Affectionately known as the Pilot Maker, the North American AT-6 Texan was one of the most prevalent advanced trainers during World War II.  The Texan went on to help train thousands of airmen during the 1940s and beyond, serving as the stepping stone before the front-line combat aircraft.

The Spanish Lady AT-6G saw service with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the 1940s, where it served later as a trainer with the U.S. Air Force in Hondo, Texas.  At the conclusion of American use, it operated with the Spanish Air Force up until the mid-1980s as a trainer and close air support aircraft.  Today, it is owned and operated by JP Mellor of Terre Haute, Indiana. 

NICK COLEMAN - TAYLORCRAFT

The Lake Cumberland Air Show welcomes Kentucky native Nick Coleman and his vintage 1939 Taylorcraft.  Taking us back in time to the days of the barnstormers and the golden age of flight, Nick's air show performance combines smoke and precision maneuvers for a magnificent display of aerobatic showmanship.

In addition to flying vintage aircraft, Nick is also a Colonel in the Kentucky Air National Guard flying the C-130 Hercules, and a Captain with UPS flying out of Louisville.  Nick's 1939 Taylorcraft features a dashing red & white scheme, an improved engine producing 160 horsepower, shortened wings for better roll rate, and an air show smoke system.

BOB RICHARDS - PITTS SPECIAL

Bob Richards Pitts Special

One of the most exciting and dynamic aerial performances as part of this year's Lake Cumberland Air Show is Bob Richards and his Bumblebee Pitts S-1SS.  Designed originally by Curtis Pitts in the late 1940s, the Pitts Special design dominated the world of aerobatic competition throughout the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and beyond.  

Bob's Pitts S-1SS is a highly modified, single-seat Pitts Special featuring enlarged control surfaces, four ailerons, and other improvements to allow it perform to Bob's demanding aerobatic requirements.  From hammerheads, torque rolls, knife-edges, and other gyroscopic maneuvers, you will not want to miss this exciting low-level display!

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.

*Performers are subject to change without notice