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Les Shockley's career began in 1960 at the age of 16 driving stock cars at the San Gabriel drag strip in California. The Shockleys are originally from California, but moved to Galena, Kansas in 1979 to be more centrally located for racing and exhibitions.
By 1963 Les had landed a job driving the Milne Bros. sponsored Plymouth super stocker. Imagine a fully sponsored racing outfit at the age of 19! He went on to drive other stocks for such notables as Hayden Proffitt, the era's super star of stock classes.
While with Proffitt they won the biggest funny car race ever staged. 8.14 elapsed time (et) and 167 mph was more than any of the 84 competitors could handle.
Being the goodwill ambassadors for the U.S. Army is a big job, one the U.S. Army Parachute Team, “Golden Knights” thrives on. Soldiers on the Golden Knights do their best work at 12,500 feet above the earth’s surface, racing to the ground at speeds in excess of 120 mph and landing with smiles, ready to do it all again, in front of 20,000 spectators. For more than 44 years the U. S. Army Parachute Team has been entertaining both young and old with precision parachute demonstrations.In order to compete in the then communist dominated sport of skydiving the 13-man Strategic Army Corps Sport Parachute Team was created in 1959. The parachute team performed so well that on June 1, 1961 the Army ofcially recognized, designated and activated the team as the U.S. Army Parachute Team. A year later the team adopted its nickname, “Golden Knights.” Golden, signies the Team’s reputation of bringing home gold medals from skydiving competitions. Knights, indicate the team had “conquered the skies: and alludes to the fact that Team members are champions of principle and conquest. The team earned a title of the Army’s goodwill ambassadors to the world, by proving time and again that they are the best in the world. The Golden Knights have performed more than 14,000 shows in all 50 states and 48 countries. Annually the Team performs more than 27,000 jumps before an estimated 12 million people. The Golden Knights have a three-fold mission 1) to perform aerial demonstrations to the public and promote the Army and its recruitment effort,
2) to compete in national and international parachuting competitions and
3) test and evaluate new parachuting equipment and techniques for improved operations and safety.
Born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, John attended his first air show at the Shearwater naval air base at the age of eight. Those were the days of the Lockheed Neptune, the Flying Boxcar, and the memorable RCAF Golden Hawks. That event left an indelible impression and ultimately directed John toward a successful career in aviation.
John brings a professional lifetime of impressive credentials to the air show stage. In thirty-four years as an air traffic controller, he has worked at several control towers and is currently employed at the Edmonton Area Control Centre. He has held a commercial pilot licence for over twenty-five years, and in that time he has flown a wide variety of aircraft from light Cessna's to the Tutor jet, and the deHavilland Twin Otter.
His talent for air show narration has kept him in demand across Canada. In coast to coast engagements he has entertained and informed air show audiences from CFB Comox on Vancouver Island to Halifax, Nova Scotia. His air show career spans 15 years and over 100 performances, including Fort St. John, Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge and several returns to both Comox and Halifax. With his strong dedication to what he calls “air show edu-tainment” John’s voice is a favorite among the most discerning of air show audiences. John originated live-from the cockpit conversations with pilots - even during thirty-thousand foot vertical climbs - and he delights in coordinating sneak attacks, comedy routines and air show surprises for fans of all ages.
A commissioned Canadian Forces officer, John is the Squadron Flight Operations Officer for 533 Royal Canadian Air Cadets Squadron. In his time as a squadron pilot he has flown over 200 air cadets, ensuring each one an opportunity to fly.
John is a member of the International Council of Air Shows, and operates his air show narration and operations consulting business from his home near Edmonton.
Daryl Lowey, pilot and owner of Living Sky Aerobatics has been flying since 1991 and obtained his commercial pilot license in 1997.
Having always enjoyed air shows, Daryl became interested in aerobatics when his friend Dave Gillespie took him up for his first aerobatic ride in one of the former Rayban Pitts Specials. (the same aircraft that now resides in the Canadian Aviation Museum in Ottawa).
Since that time, he has been hooked. Using his Citabria he obtained both his aerobatic instructor rating, as well as his performance 'ACE'
Daryl wanted to offer something different to the air show community and using the Citabria, has done so by creating a show that is graceful, easy to follow, and remains in front of the crowd line.
Veteran airshow pilot and performer John Mrazek along with his Harvard Mark IV, "Pussycat II," will dazzle audiences, spectators, or anyone watching with a spectacular aerial ballet. With lots of noise, smoke, and skill, John's aerobatic performance will bring the entire airshow crowd to a standstill.
John is a well known aerobatic airshow performer with over twenty five years experience flying the airshow circuit. When John is not flying airshows, he is instructing in the art of aerobatics and formation flying. Book John Now for your next airshow or event. Need more Information, contact John now.
As incredible as his airborne performance is, John realizes that his effort on the ground is just as critical to the success of the show. Before and after each performance, you can find John signing autographs, taking pictures, and conversing with the fans to give even the biggest of events a personal touch that leaves the fans with an experience unmatched by any other professional sporting or entertainment event.
Capt Kettles was born in Calgary Alberta and grew up in the town of Strathmore, Alberta. He graduated from Strathmore High School in 1990 and enrolled in the Canadian Forces that same year. In 1994, Capt Kettles graduated from Royal Military College in Kingston with a degree in Electrical Engineering and proceeded to Moose Jaw to commence Pilot Training. He received his Wings in August of 1995 and was posted to 414 Combat Support Squadron in Comox, British Columbia where he flew the CT-133 Silver Star aircraft. In 1998, Capt Kettles was posted to 410 Squadron for CF-18 training and was assigned to 441 Tactical Fighter Squadron upon completion of the course.
John has been thrilling crowds for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of both the “Bill Barber Award for Showmanship” and the “Art of School Memorial Showmanship Award” (2000)
He and his wife, Lyn, are from Minnesota, where family tales of his grandfather Fred (who knew Lindbergh) barnstorming across the Midwest after World War I, and his father Bob motivating and teaching him to fly at the early age of 5, destined John to be the aviator he is today. Mohr’s explanation for the success of Mohr Barnstorming, which he owns with his wife Lyn, is simple: “We found a niche in the industry that enabled us to turn our passion into a profession.” He is currently a commercial airline pilot, a helicopter pilot and collector of vintage planes. Even though he is a captain, check airmen, and FAA designated examiner for a major airline, half of his 25,000 hours come from light airplanes and helicopters. You won’t believe what he can make the Stearman do!
Al Pietsch, his family and friends, founded Pietsch Air Shows in 1968. Kent and Warren, Al’s sons, have continued the exciting family oriented air shows.
Kent Pietsch in his 1942 Interstate Cadet, flies a comedy act, which includes extreme maneuvers, such as the aileron falling off in mid air!! In addition, Kent performs a dead stick (total power off) aerobatic routine from an altitude of 6,000 feet. The finale of this performance includes Kent landing in front of the crowd and placing the spinner into the hand of an individual! Kent has thrilled and entertained crowds with this unique act. Everyone with an RV has added aftermarket items to suit their individual taste. Kent has added a runway to the top of his RV and lands on it during his RV Top Landing show. This is one awesome act. While landing on his RV, Kent cannot see the RV, making this landing very difficult. Kent also has a graceful aerobatic routine in his Starduster Too that he built.