June 14, 2018 - One of the exciting acts on the air show schedule for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 is the scheduled performance of the Red Bull trio of aerobatic pilot Kirby Chambliss, EAA 261512, aerobatic helicopter pilot Aaron Fitzgerald, EAA 1272985, and the Red Bull Air Force composed of four skydivers — Miles Daisher, Jeff “Jeffro” Provenzano, EAA 1023537, Jon Devore, and Amy Chmelecki.
“This is what’s really neat about the Red Bull acts,” said EAA Director of AirVenture Air Show Operations Dennis Dunbar. “Aaron has a really cool background and we all know about Kirby. These jumpers are all the best at what they do and they all come together for this performance.”
The performance will consist of Fitzgerald dropping the four skydivers at determined intervals as the MBB Bo 105 Red Bull helicopter begins its ascent. Kirby will follow with his signature cobra takeoff and eventually fly in formation with the final two skydivers, who will be wearing wingsuits. Aaron and Kirby will complete the act with solo performances. In total, the act will last 18-20 minutes.
“This is 20 minutes of a lot of stuff going on,” said Red Bull team coordinator Stanley Gray. “This is the first year we’ve done this. It’s super new. We trained for it this year. We’ve done a new paint job on the helicopter, and Oshkosh is going to be the first performance with the new paint job. We’re pretty excited about that.”
The full Red Bull performances are scheduled for the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoon air shows. The skydivers will also be in the Wednesday night air show and Saturday afternoon air show, as well as performing at Twilight Flight Fest in the Fun Fly Zone on Thursday and Friday evening.
AirVenture 2018 will take place from Monday, July 23, to Sunday, July 29.