Riverside Airshow
6951 Flight Road, Riverside CA 92504
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22nd Annual Airshow - April 5, 2014 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Riverside Airport - 6951 Flight Road - Riverside, CA 92504

Doug Jardine

Doug has 35 years flying experience with 29 of those in aerobatics. He started out with hang gliders in late 70's and progressed to power flight in 1983, later that year he went to his first Airshow at the Reno air races after watching Leo Loudenslager he bought himself a demo ride in a Pitts S2A, thus beginning his journey on aerobatics. He immediately began building a Pitts S1S, which he test flew in July,1987. Since then he has gone on to competition at the world level in the unlimited category as well as building a DR107. In 2005, Doug began his career in Airshows.

Jon Melby

Jon Melby is an Airshow pilot with over 35 years of flying experience. At age12, Jon had the opportunity to meet the legendary Airshow pilot, Bob Hoover at a local Airshow. Bob’s sincerity and great personality gave Jon the inspiration to pursue his dream of flying. The aircraft Jon flies is the awesome looking Black/Yellow factory built Pitts “Muscle Bi-Plane”.

With the wide variety of performers and aircraft on the airshow circuit today, Jon has chosen to concentrate on flying freestyle maneuvers in a modern bi-plane. The bi-plane has a classic look, but Jon keeps the audiences attention with his aggressive performance style.

Melissa and Rex Pemberton

Welcome to the newest act on the Airshow Circuit. Sure we’ve all seen aerobatic routines and skydiving displays but how about a wingsuit skydiver in formation with an Edge 540?

Rex Pemberton straps on his Vampire wingsuit, which can glide 3 feet forward for every 1 foot down allowing him to literally fly across the sky! Melissa circles him in her high performance Edge 540 aircraft as he descends from 10,000 feet above the ground until he opens his parachute at 2,000 feet! Both Melissa and Rex have smoke trailing behind them in order to make them more visible from the ground. Both of them carry air to ground radio communications so that the crowd can hear their conversation!

Melissa is an experienced airshow competition aerobatic pilot. In 2006, she became the youngest female to ever make the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team. Rex was the youngest Australian to climb Mt. Everest at the age of 21 and by the time he was 23, he had climbed the highest mountain on each continent.

Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Car

Out on the taxiway you can hear the deafening roar of an engine and see billowing clouds of smoke. You can feel the reverberations of mini sonic booms. You look up and realize it's not an aircraft. In front of you is the Air Force Reserve Jet Car preparing to accelerate.

Before beginning the show, Bill Braack, driver, slowly drives past the crowd. He engages the afterburner which shoots 20-foot flames, produces billowing smoke and mini sonic booms.

Dr. Frank Donnelly

Based at Cable Airport in Upland, California, Dr. Frank Donnelly (Dr. D) and his 1946 T-Cart are bringing back old-time aerobatics to the airshow circuit.  With eight successful shows in 2005, and 13 in 2006, Dr. D is a proven airshow performer.

A retired psychology professor from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California, Donnelly started flying aerobatics in a WW II-era PT-26 Fairchild trainer.  Later on, he graduated to a 1952 British Royal Air Force Chipmunk. "I really enjoy flying the old aerobatic airplanes. They are part of the history of aerobatics, and they're a pleasure to watch."

C-53D "SKYTROOPER"

On July 6, 1943 a new camouflage painted C-53D "SKYTROOPER" came off the Douglas Santa Monica Assembly line.

This aircraft trained with the 101st Airborne (Screamin' Eagles) and the 82nd Airborne (All American) to participate in the D-Day invasion of Europe.  She flew three missions over June 6th and 7th, 1944 and went on to fly three more missions over Europe.

Donated to the Commemorative Air Force and assigned to the Inland Empire Wing at Riverside Airport, she was affectionately restored to full military configuration and flight statue. Restored as close as possible to look exactly as she did on D-Day.  She now flies from the Riverside Airport as "D-DAY DOLL".

CJ6A NanchangCJ-6A Formation

Formation flying is the disciplined flight of two or more aircraft under the command of a flight leader. In civil aviation, formation flying is performed at air shows. Classic WWII aircraft in precision formation flight.

T6-FOrmationT-6 Formation

Formation flying is the disciplined flight of two or more aircraft under the command of a flight leader. In civil aviation, formation flying is performed at air shows. Classic WWII aircraft in precision formation flight.

John Collver & His T-6 Texan John Collver and his T-6 Texan

After serving on the Board of Directors for the International Aerobatic Club he went on to airshow flying. He really wanted to break in show flying with something different. So, instead of a small aerobatic type aircraft, Collver bought a big Warbird -- the North American AT-6/SNJ Texan. That was nearly 20 years ago. Now, after a decade, there are more than a million people that see the thrilling yet informative demonstrations put on by Collver and his big AT-6 Texan annually!

Just in Time SkyDivers T6 Formation CJ-6A Formation
John Collver's Warbird T6 Formation CJ6A Nanchang

Classic Chevy's Car ShowClassic Car Show

Always a favorite with the crowds, Classic Chevy's brings its best to share with you.

A portion of the proceeds from the Car Show will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis foundation.

This Year's Performers

  • MELISSA AND REX PEMBERTON AEROBATICS
  • JON MELBY - PITTS MUSCLE BI-PLANE
  • SMOKE-N-THUNDER JET CAR
  • FRANK DONNELLY - DR. D'S OLD-TIME AEROBATICS
  • JUST IN TIME SKYDIVERS
  • JOHN COLLVER'S T-6 "WARDOG
  • DOUG JARDINE SBACH 342 AEROBATICS
  • RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT HELICOPTER CHASE SCENE
  • RIVERSIDE POLIVE DEPARTMENT K-9 DEMO
  • T-6 FORMATION FLY-BYS
  • CJ-6A NANCHANG FORMATION FLY-BYS
  • CORONA R.C. MODEL DEMOS
  • ANTIQUES - CLASSICS - WARBIRDS
  • CLASSIC CHEVY CLUB CAR SHOW
  • MILITARY VEHICLE SHOW
  • COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE DISPLAY