Static Aircraft & Displays

Please note: Static Displays will not be open for viewing on Friday November 2 during the night show and Dirty Flight Suit Party due to safety concern.

Saturday & Sunday |   November 2 - 3

In addition to the aircraft that will be performing in the airshow, Witham Field will be home to countless aircraft that will be statically displayed. Static aircraft confirmation is ongoing and as they are confirmed they will be listed below. Be sure to check back regularly for updates. All aircraft on static display subject to change without notice.

 
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The Memphis Belle

We are thrilled to be welcoming ‘The Movie Memphis Belle’ B-17 to the 2019 Audi Stuart Air Show. Not only will you be able to tour this aircraft, but you will also be able to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a ride in it! Repo Man, Mike Kennedy of Discovery Channel’s Airplane Repo, will be flying Second-In-Command for the National Warplane Museum.

Learn more about this aircraft’s amazing history here.


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1936 Lockheed 12A (Amelia Earhart Movie)

The Lockheed Model 12 Electra Junior, more commonly known as the Lockheed 12 or L-12, is an eight-seat, six-passenger all-metal twin-engine transport aircraft of the late 1930s designed for use by small airlines, companies and wealthy private individuals. A smaller version of the Lockheed Model 10 Electra, the Lockheed 12 was not popular as an airliner but was widely used as a corporate and government transport. Several were also used for testing new aviation technologies.

A Lockheed 12 appeared as the French airliner in the climactic final scene from the 1942 film Casablanca. (The aircraft carries the Air France seahorse logo, although Air France did not actually operate the type.) A "cut-out" stood in for a real Lockheed 12 in many shots.

Lockheed 12s have also appeared in movies as stand-ins for the Electra 10E used by Amelia Earhart in her round-the-world flight attempt. Two played this role in the NBC 1976 TV miniseries Amelia Earhart, and another did so in the 2009 movie Amelia.


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Strikemaster

Developed in the early 1950's as the Jet Provost, the BAC Strikemaster carried out its role as a training and light attack aircraft well into the 1990's.

The BAC 167 Strikemaster was a further development of the Jet Provost, designed and built in the 1950's by Hunting Percival in Luton. The Jet Provost was primarily a jet powered trainer for the RAF but it was also a successful light attack aircraft which saw success in the Middle-eastern export market.

The Jet Provost T5 production continued alongside the development of the Strikemaster and the first prototype (G-27-8) flew from Warton on 26th October 1967.

Strikemaster was a weaponized version with an uprated Rolls-Royce Viper turbo-jet engine, a strengthened airframe and wing hard-points and fuel tanks together with a completely new communications and navigational system in the cockpit alongside dual ejector seats.

Initially marketed as a counter-insurgency aircraft, the Strikemaster also maintained its advanced trainer profile although most Middle-eastern users opted for the militarized version. Its rough airfield capability and low-maintenance costs made it a favorite amongst many third world governments.

A total of 146 Strikemaster aircraft were built at Warton between 1967 – 1984 with the 2 major production types and 12 variants seeing service in 10 different countries as late as 2009.

In the UK, the RAF opted to continue with its Jet Provosts until the early 80’s which it subsequently replaced with the British Aerospace Hawk.

Today most surviving Strikemasters are in private hands and are in the care of enthusiasts and museum groups.


Beech AT-11

The AT-11 was the standard U.S. Army Air Forces World War II bombing trainer; about 90 percent of the more than 45,000 USAAF bombardiers trained in AT-11s.

Like the C-45 transport and the AT-7 navigation trainer, the Kansan was a military version of the Beechcraft Model 18 commercial transport. Modifications included a transparent nose, a bomb bay, internal bomb racks and provisions for flexible guns for gunnery training.

Student bombardiers normally dropped 100-pound sand-filled practice bombs. In 1943 the USAAF established a minimum proficiency standard of 22 percent hits on target for trainees.

Typical combat training missions took continuous evasive action within a 10-mile radius of the target with straight and level final target approaches that lasted no longer than 60 seconds. After Sept. 30, 1943, the AT-11 usually carried a Norden Bombsight and a C-1 automatic pilot, which allowed the bombardier student to guide the aircraft during the bombing run.

When production ended, 1,582 AT-11 aircraft had been ordered by the USAAF between 1941 and 1945.


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Dream Big Entertainment

The A-7 Corsair was the staple of the Vietnam War. The attack and light bomber workhorse has carried out combat sorties as recently as Desert Storm. We own 1 fully-restored A-7D cockpit.

There is nothing in the world that can match the experience of piloting a fighter jet. So few people receive the opportunity to fly these magnificent machines; most of us can only dream of the experience. Consider what it would mean to merely sit in the cockpit of a fighter. Then imagine getting into a flight suit, putting on a helmet, adjusting your oxygen mask, getting strapped into an ejection seat and holding the controls. Smell the fuel and oil that past pilots have smelled as they prepared for a mission. Place yourself in their time and space. No conventional aviation museum exists today where you can touch, let alone sit in, the cockpit of a fighter jet and experience this unique aviator feeling.

We have full flight suits, flight jackets, helmets, oxygen masks, G-suits, parachutes and parachute harnesses to be used by the crew managing and displaying the DreamBIG events. 

This one-of-a-kind jet cockpit and other Military Fighters are increasingly hard to find.  Post-9/11, the government has mandated the destruction of all demilitarized fighter jet aircraft. Private citizens can now only purchase scrap pieces of these magnificent aircraft.  Because of this change in government policy, we have virtually no competitors in the market.  Today, all flyable F-4’s and  A-7’s are now being fitted by the U.S. Air Force with remote control flying devices and are used for ground-to-air and air-to-air missile testing off the Gulf of Mexico near the Florida coast. 2010 (based on unclassified government documents) the Air Force blew over 300 F-4’s out of the sky. This means that even small parts and instruments are no longer available. There are less than 25 flyable A-7's today. (All of which belong to the Hellenic Air Force.)

Stop by the DreamBIG Fighter Cockpit Experience TODAY for your rare opportunity to: Dress as a Fighter Pilot. Then step inside a fully restored Military Fighter Cockpit and EXPERIENCE HISTORY! As a DreamBIG visitor, you’ll receive the opportunity to dawn the gear, which includes (Flight Jacket & Flight Helmet). Then you’ll be able to step inside the Cockpit of an Authentic and Historic War Veteran……. the “A-7 Corsair II”. While there, each visitor then receives a Guided and “Hands-On” Tour.


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Amelia Earhart - Human Statue

Performer, Michelle Hackett, brings Amelia Earhart to life! See Michelle as a human bronze statue of Amelia Earhart this year at the Audi Stuart Air Show!

“When I preform I listen to what the crowd wants. If a dollar goes in the jar I connect with the patron using fist bumps, a wink, or something else.  Often I say quote or telling a story about Amelia depending on the crowd.   Sometimes when someone does not notice me I tap them on the shoulder and startle them with a smile.  This can be a lot of fun. I will have people just sit and watch as other go by.  Also people often ask if they really found me in Japan, coming alive as her I a tell stories from her perspective. I feel I help to keep her alive in the public conciseness as well as make people smile.“

-Michelle Hackett


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C47 Tico Belle

Our much-loved flagship, "Tico Belle" is a remarkable flying memorial to the men who flew her, and flew into combat in her.

More than 70 years ago, on the 5th June 1944, at about 2300hrs she, along with hundreds like her at other airfields all over southern England, was at Station 469 - Ramsbury was at RAF Ramsbury in UK as members of the 82nd Airbourne Division boarded C-47's and gliders for the assault on Hitler's "Festung Europa" - Fortress Europe.

D-Day, "The Longest Day" was on.

At 0407 hours, 6th June 1944, at about 500 feet and in the face of determined flack from the defending German troops, "Tico Belle" lined up on Landing Zone "O" near St Mere-Eglise and dropped these brave men into Normandy and into history.

Her crew on that mission was as follows:
1st Lt Jay E Bloch, O-731802, Pilot, Oregon, 26
2nd Lt Oscar B Hill, O-745093, Co-pilot, New York, 25
S/Sgt John A Quinn, 12203294, Crew Chief, New Jersey, 21
Pfc J D Calhoun, 15353761, Radio Operator, Ohio, 20


Tico Belle went on to serve, and survive, a distinguished record of combat in the Liberation of Europe.

* Normandy - June 1944 – Operation Neptune (D-Day)
* Southern France – July 1944 - Operation Dragoon
* Holland – September 1944 - Operation Market-Garden
* Belgium - December 1944 - Relief of Bastogne (The Battle of the Bulge)
* Germany – March 1945 - Operation Varsity

After the war, she stayed in Europe and participated in the Berlin Airlift before passing to the Royal Norwegian Air Force and finally the Royal Danish Air Force. She came home to the VAC in 1988 after serving as the VIP transport for the Danish AF.

It is our honor to preserve and fly Tico Belle, C-47 42-100591, as a living monument to the men and women who served in WW2.


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C47 Whiskey 7

The National Warplane Museum is proud of the fact that the aircraft is a true C-47, not a DC-3 conversion. The twin-engine, propeller-driven aircraft was built in 1943, one of more than 10,000 produced during World War II.

Skytrains like Whiskey 7 were the standard transport aircraft of the old U.S. Army Air Corps but also saw service with the British, who called the plane the Dakota.

Learn more about this aircraft’s amazing history here.


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The Douglas DC-3, "The Airplane that Changed the World" 

The Douglas DC-3 launched the commercial airlines in the 1930's, flew as a war-time transport in the 1940's, and continues in active commercial service today. No other aircraft has achieved or matched the safety record of the Douglas DC-3 or its rugged dependability. General Dwight Eisenhower listed the Douglas C-47 "Gooney Bird" (DC-3) as one of four pieces of equipment that he considered vital in winning the Second World War. 

Douglas produced the DC-3 aircraft from 1935 to 1946. Some 12,000 DC-3/C-47s rolled off the production line; an estimated 1,000 are still flying. MFI's (Missionary Flights International) flagship passenger turbine DC-3 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65AR turbine engines, each of which produces 1,230 horsepower at takeoff. The turbine DC-3 cruises at an average of 225 mph., burning 145 gallons per hour and carrying up to 1,030 gallons of fuel. The cabin of the passenger DC-3s can seat up to 32 in comfortable reclining seats. 

The Douglas DC-3 is a proven workhorse and is ideally suited for missionary service because of its versatility, dependability, and low cost of operation. Fully loaded, it can operate safely off many different sized airstrips. MFI has flown Douglas DC-3s in missionary air support service since 1976 and now operates two turbine DC-3s as well as a Cessna 310N.


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C130J

The C130J is the newest generation of the C-130 Hercules which primarily performs the tactical portion of the airlift mission. The aircraft is capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for air dropping troops and equipment into hostile areas. The C-130 operates throughout the U.S. Air Force, serving with Air Mobility Command (stateside based), Air Force Special Operations Command, theater commands, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command, fulfilling a wide range of operational missions in both peace and war situations. Basic and specialized versions of the aircraft airframe perform a diverse number of roles, including airlift support, Antarctic ice resupply, aeromedical missions, weather reconnaissance, aerial spray missions, fire-fighting duties for the U.S. Forest Service and natural disaster relief missions. 

Features: Using its aft loading ramp and door the C-130 can accommodate a wide variety of oversized cargo, including everything from utility helicopters and six-wheeled armored vehicles to standard palletized cargo and military personnel. In an aerial delivery role, it can airdrop loads up to 42,000 pounds or use its high-flotation landing gear to land and deliver cargo on rough, dirt strips. 

The C-130J is the latest addition to the C-130 fleet and will replace aging C-130E's. The C-130J incorporates state-of-the-art technology to reduce manpower requirements. Compared to older C-130s, the J-model climbs faster and higher, flies farther at a higher cruise speed, and takes off and lands in a shorter distance. The C-130J-30 is a stretch version, adding 15 feet to the fuselage, increasing usable space in the cargo compartment. 

C-130J/J-30 major system improvements include: advanced two-pilot flight station with fully integrated digital avionics; color multifunctional liquid crystal displays and head-up displays; state-of-the-art navigation systems with dual inertial navigation system and global positioning system; fully integrated defensive systems; low-power color radar; digital moving map display; new turboprop engines with six-bladed, all-composite propellers; digital auto pilot; improved fuel, environmental and ice-protection systems; and an enhanced cargo-handling system.

Background: Four decades have elapsed since the Air Force issued its original design specification, yet the remarkable C-130 remains in production. The initial production model was the C-130A, with four Allison T56-A-11 or -9 turboprops. 

The latest C-130 to be produced, the C-130J entered the inventory in February 1999. With the noticeable difference of a six-bladed composite propeller coupled to a Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 turboprop engine, the C-130J brings substantial performance improvements over all previous models, and has allowed the introduction of the C-130J-30, a stretch version with a 15-foot fuselage extension. 

▪ Power Plant: Four Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turboprops; 4,700 horsepower
▪ Length: 97 feet, 9 inches (29.3 meters) 
▪ Height: 38 feet, 10 inches (11. 9 meters) 
▪ Wingspan: 132 feet, 7 inches (39.7 meters) 
▪ Speed: 417 mph/362 ktas (Mach 0.59) at 22,000 feet (6,706 meters) 
▪ Ceiling: 28,000 feet (8,615 meters) with 42,000 pounds (19,090 kilograms) payload
▪ Maximum Takeoff Weight: 155,000 pounds (69,750 kilograms) 
▪ Crew: Three (two pilots and loadmaster). Aeromedical Evacuation Role: Minimum medical crew of   three is added (one flight nurse and two medical technicians). Medical crew may be increased to two   flight nurses and four medical technicians as required by the needs of the patients. 
▪ Date Deployed: Feb 1999 


Note: Static displays will not be available on Friday, November 2 during the night show activities, or the Dirty Flight Suit Party due to safety concerns.

Times for flights maybe subject to change due to the extenuating circumstances such as weather, performers and airshow/aerobatic times, other delays, etc. The Stuart Air Show is not responsible for any delays or any changes in the schedules or changes made by the aircraft ride provider. It is recommended to purchase rides in advance, online to ensure a time and ride as rides and ride times are limited. Rides may sell out at the airshow.

All images are representative of aircraft type and may not be the actual aircraft at the Audi Stuart Air Show.