Stuart Air Show announces aerial acrobatic performances this year

Get ready to look toward the skies for amazing aerial acrobatics.

The Stuart Air Show, which returns to Witham Field from Nov. 12-14, has announced its featured performer lineup, according to the air show’s website.

The show will include the US Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team, the Red Bull Aerobatic Helicopter, the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team and the Shockwave Jet Truck.

The performers will join Rob Holland Ultimate Air Shows, Kevin Coleman Aerosports and the Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron’s P-51C Mustang. The latter, named Tuskegee Airmen, is an authentic and fully restored operational WWII era fighter.

Here’s more information about the featured performers from air show organizers:

US Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team

As the primary weapons system of the 20th Fighter Wing, the Lockheed-Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon Block 50 model is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in over 30 years of operations, including air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the US and 25 friendly nations.

The F-16 Viper Demonstration Team is one of the featured performers at this year's Stuart Air Show.

Red Bull Aerobatic Helicopter

The BO105 is the only helicopter fit for aerobatics, flying upside down at 2,400 kg. In 1966, the first tests with a hinge-less rotor system began successfully. As innovative materials were key, titanium was used for the main rotor, and rotor blades were fitted with glass-reinforced plastic. These blades are practically made for eternity, and their extreme flexibility allowed the construction of a hinge-less rotor system. It was easier to maintain, kept vibration to a minimum and offered previously unknown maneuverability. As the world’s first light helicopter, the BO105 was fitted with two engines, dual hydraulics and dual electric supply. These innovations paved the way for aerobatics.

Aeroshell Aerobatic Team

Nicknamed “The Pilot Maker,” the North American AT-6 Texan first appeared in 1938. Originally designed as a basic trainer for the US Army Air Corps, the Texan was the primary training platform for all US airmen in World War II that went on to fly fighter aircraft such as the P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair, P-40 Warhawk and others.

Pilot Kyle Franklin races his biplane Dracula against the jet truck Shockwave during the second day of the Vero Beach Air Show on Sunday, June 26, 2016.

Shockwave Jet Truck

It’s claim to fame is being the fastest semi-truck in the world at 376 mph. Shockwave is a custom-built race truck equipped with three huge J34-48 Pratt & Whitney jet engines originally out of the USA Navy T2 Buckeye. The combined horsepower is 36,000. These three jet engines make a total of 21,000 pounds of thrust, which easily propels this truck to speeds over 350 mph while racing planes. The performance features flames coming out of the three after-burning jet engines, fire shooting out of the smoke stacks, intense heat, deafening noise and speed.

Laurie K. Blandford is TCPalm’s entertainment reporter and columnist dedicated to finding the best things to do on the Treasure Coast. Follow her on Twitter at@TCPalmLaurie or Facebook

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