Silver Wings of Idaho

Gunfighter Skies 2018 Airshow featuring the USAF Thunderbirds is scheduled for
June 2nd & 3rd 2018 at Mountain Home Air Force Base ...
Make sure to check for additional updates as we get closer to take off…

"The United States Air Force Thunderbirds"

Civilian Performers ...

Randy Harris  Bearfeat  Skybolt 300


The act is a unique demonstration routine of the colorful, custom-built Skybolt 300. Since 1995, we perform civilian and military shows under the company name Bearfeat Aerobatics. With the generous help of our sponsors, we are able to appear anywhere in the continental U.S. and Canada.

Performing in air shows involves far more work than readily apparent to someone in the audience. Practice flights, maintenance, logistics, and media involvement are just a few of the hundreds of small tasks that must be accomplished before getting airborne. The volunteer Bearfeat Aerobatics Team ensures the safety audience, the Skybolt, and myself is never compromised. Every show is video recorded with an onboard camera system and reviewed for potential improvements.

Since this wasn’t enough to completely fill my summer weekends, in 2004 the Bearfeat Team became part of Team Chaos. I proudly serve as a founding member and the token biplane in this new multi-vehicle, high-energy, entertainment act.

Brad Wursten  MXS R  and Edge 300

Brad has shown interest in aviation since the time he could walk. At an early age, Brad was an avid RC Model Aircraft enthusiast and still is to this day. In his late teens Brad received his pilots’ license and quickly grew his hours and skills set by accompanying his father around the country for business in the family twin engine aircraft. Shortly afterward, Brad bought his first aerobatic plane and the rest is history.

Now flying Aerobatics for 10 years, Brad is a relative new comer to the airshow scene. But, the high-energy and high speed aerobatics he performs is nothing short of aggressive and spectacular.

Flying the MXS-R aerobatic aircraft by MX Aircraft, Brad brings power and performance in to each airshow. Watch as he pushes the envelope of one of the most advanced aerobatic aircraft in the world today. Brad will delight and amaze the audience while remaining well within his tight margin of safety. 

The MXS was designed to set a new standard in unlimited performance aircraft in a somewhat aging aerobatic market place. It is a single seat, carbon fiber aircraft utilizing advanced, state-of-the-art composite materials, sophisticated development tools, novel processes and world class engineering skills blended to create a unique combination of structural performance, quality and durability. With immediate presence both dynamically and statically, the MXS clearly demonstrates its purpose and intent. This presence and aggression is communicated through technology on show.

Steve Oliver and Susan Ashbury-Oliver Chipmunk

Oregon Aero, Inc. proudly presents the Oregon Aero® SkyDancer, the sponsorship of airshow performers Steve Oliver and Suzanne Asbury-Oliver. Steve and Suzanne are recognized worldwide as the only husband-and-wife professional aerobatic and skywriting team. Legends of flight in their own time, they thrill audiences with their classic aerobatic show, night-time pyrobatics performance, and Suzanne’s feats as the nation’s only active female professional skywriter. 

It’s large, it’s loud, it pumps out lots of smoke and it’s powerfully beautiful. SkyDancing is a tightly choreographed 12-minute aerobatic routine, performed at speeds from less than zero mph to 220 mph.  In contrast to the super-hyper routines of some of today.s extreme airshow performances, Oregon Aero® SkyDancer presents a graceful ballet in the sky comprised of classic loops, rolls, avalanches, humptybumps, octagon eights, point and hesitation rolls, low inverted passes and much more. The routine is choreographed to rock-in-roll favorites and is performed in a smaller area in front of the crowd for ideal viewing and photographing.

Larger than many performance aircraft, the SkyDancer is a 1956 de Havilland Chipmunk specially modified for aerobatics. The plane, originally designed as a trainer for the Royal Canadian Air Force, now boasts a cruising speed of 160 mph and a range of more than 500 miles. Modifications to the aircraft required more than 3,000 man-hours, and include a single aluminum skin replacing the original fabric on the wings. The aircraft is powered by a 380-hp Lycoming engine custom-built by Western Skyways and is equipped with a three-blade MT Propeller.

Cammie Patch Autogyro Calidus

New generation gyroplanes are a whole new breed. Sleek, modern, and powerful, they demand new consideration. European manufacturers are producing high-end machines. In fact, last year alone about 420 new gyroplanes were certificated. These aircraft are offered in the US as kit-built models, some of which meet the 51% rule even though they only take a week or two to assemble.

To understand these aircraft, one must understand the journey they have made in regards to design and certification. Invented by the Spanish engineer Juan de la Cierva, his goal was to create an aircraft that would be safer than an airplane by eliminating the stall. The gyroplane was first flown in January 1923, 15 years before the helicopter was invented. Ironically, the inventor of gyroplanes died in a commercial airplane accident in 1936.  

Because it cannot stall, a gyroplane can fly slower than an airplane. They fly faster than many helicopters but cannot truly hover while holding altitude. The rotor blades on a gyroplane are in constant autorotation. There is no power source turning the rotor, only the air flowing through the blades turns them as the propeller pushes or pulls the aircraft through the air. Since the rotor is not powered, the need for a tail rotor to counter the torque is eliminated. If the engine fails, the autorotation continues and the landing procedure is the same as for a normal landing. Helicopters are less stable because they pull the air down through engine-powered rotor blades making it possible to hover, but also making the aircraft more complicated and much more expensive to fly. Due to this inherent simplicity, gyroplanes are easier to fly, more stable, and much more economical to maintain.