Riverside Airshow
6951 Flight Road, Riverside CA 92504
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23rd Annual Airshow - March 28, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Riverside Airport - 6951 Flight Road - Riverside, CA 92504

Chuck Coleman

Chuck Coleman will perform his airshow airobatic routine in his Extra 300L! Graduating from the University of Michigan in 1985 as a Cume Laude Graduate, Chuck has engineered, assembled, installed, and tested many different aircraft productions.

Chuck Coleman has performed in hundreds of airshows and also has 6,200 hours logged of flight times. With over 1,000 of those hours in aircrafts he contructed himself, and his vast knowledge has seen him fly over 140 different aircraft types. Chuck's experience and expertise will be a huge addition to this year's Airshow!

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.

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."


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.

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