2006 NAS/JRB Willow Grove Air Fest

NAS/JRB Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

June 17-18, 2006

Airshow report uploaded on June 20, 2006.

Performer Brief:  Jurgis Kairys


One of the many "new" performers at the 2006 NAS/JRB Willow Grove Air Fest was Jurgis Kairys, performing in one of a handful of airshows in the United States.  When he performs in the United States, he is flying a Sukhoi Su-31 that is painted up in a silvery-bare metal paint job with his first name prominently shown by the canopy on each side of the fuselage.  He also owns several more airplanes, which are somewhat conveniently based in various locations around the world, including an Su-26, an Su-29, an Su-31, a Yak-50, Yak-52, and his custom built plane called the Juka.  Jurgis is regarded worldwide as one of the best and most talented competition aerobatic pilots and when you see him performing in the United States, you can definitely agree to that statement.

When you watch Jurgis fly, you can tell right away that he hails from a country where the rules defining aerobatic performances are not quite as strict as they are in North America.  Jurgis performs a lot of his show close to the ground and is one of the few performers in the world who perform the cobra maneuver almost immediately after taking off.  The high point in his performance is when he "signs" his name in the sky with a big J, finishing off the letter with approximately thirty to forty aileron rolls on the down line.  He flies an incredibly low photo pass, almost dragging the wingtip on the ground (in fact I believe at one point or another during the Friday practice show he did touch the ground).

Jurgis also teams up with Jim LeRoy to fly a brand new act called the Tinstix of Dynamite, which is a very exciting and action-packed performance that features both pilots flying many opposing passes that are culminated by pyrotechnics from Rich's Incredible Pyro and both pilots performing an opposing inverted ribbon cut during a strafing run and the entire act culminating in a wall of fire to end things.  Tinstix of Dynamite is one of those acts that is well worth going out of your way to see.

As a side note, this could very well be the last year for Willow Grove's airshows.  The base will remain open until approximately 2010 and the fate of the 111th Fighter Wing will be decided upon at that time.


Static Displays at the 2006 NAS/JRB Willow Grove Air Fest (excluding DVHAA aircraft)

Aircraft Squadron/Unit Home Base Registration Notes
A-10 Thunderbolt II 103rd FS, 111th FW NAS/JRB Willow Grove, PA 76-0516  
B-17F Flying Fortress   Anaheim, CA 41-24485, N3703G Memphis Belle
B-24J Liberator Commemorative Air Force Midland, TX 44-02366, N24927 Diamond 'Lil
B-25J Mitchell Rag Wings and Radials Georgetown, DE 44-30734, N9079Z Panchito
C-9B Skytrain VR-52 NAS/JRB Willow Grove, PA 160049 No unit markings
C-130H Hercules 403rd WG Keesler AFB, MS 64-14861 Operating for the 913th AW, actually a WC-130H
Cessna 206 Civil Air Patrol Trenton, NJ N206CP Flown in by a friend of mine
Cessna Citation II     N560G  
CH-53E Super Stallion HMH-772 NAS/JRB Willow Grove, PA 165651  
CH-53E Super Stallion HMH-772 NAS/JRB Willow Grove, PA 165504  
Columbia 400     N2536T With Sean Tucker
E-2C Hawkeye VAW-120 NAVSTA Norfolk, VA 165303 Hawkeye 2000 Conversion
EA-6B Prowler VMAQ-1 MCAS Cherry Point, NC 161242 CAG Bird
EC-130J Command Solo 193rd SOW Harrisburg, PA 98-1932  
FG-1D Corsair American Air Power Museum Farmingdale, NY   Skyboss
Global Swift     N3802K  
Grob G102 Philadelphia Glider Association   N5448G  
N2S Stearman     N60812  
O-1 Bird Dog     N715DT  
PT-17 Stearman     N58700  
P-40E Warhawk   Farmingdale, NY 41-1456, NL9837A  
P-51D Mustang   Farmingdale, NY 44-13903, NL751RB Glamorous Gal
Piper Cherokee   Philadelphia, PA N3576M  
SNJ-5 Texan   Farmingdale, NY N276RB  
SNJ-5 Texan   Washington, DC N3687F  
T-1A Jayhawk 71st FTW Vance AFB, OK 90-0410  
T-6G Texan     N85593  
T-6A Texan II TAW-6 NAS Pensacola, FL 165965  
T-6A Texan II TAW-6 NAS Pensacola, FL 165995  
T-34B Mentor   NAS/JRB Willow Grove, PA N4028G  
T-34C Mentor TAW-5 NAS Whiting Field, FL 162649  
T-37 Tweet 80th FTW Sheppard AFB, TX 58-1898  
T-38 Talon 47th FTW Laughlin AFB, TX 68-8192  
TBM Avenger   New Jersey N9586Z  

Military Demonstration Teams

  • USAF Thunderbirds
  • US Navy Leap Frogs

Tentative Military Demonstrations

  • 111th Fighter Wing
  • B-2 Spirit Flyby (Sunday only)
  • F-15 Eagle East Coast Demo Team
  • F/A-18F Super Hornet Demonstration

Civillian Demonstrations

  • Sean Tucker
  • Jim LeRoy
  • Jurgis Kairys
  • Tinstix of Dynamite
  • Allen Smith
  • Ed Shipley
  • Red Eagle Air Sports
  • The Skytypers
  • Chuck Lischer
  • Herb Baker & Ditto
  • Manfred Radius
  • Frank Ryder
  • USAF Heritage Flight

Participating Organizations

  • Rich's Incredible Pyro
  • Commemorative Air Force (B-24, B-29)
  • Rag Wings & Radials

Announcer: Gordon Bowman-Jones

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