Riverside Airshow
6951 Flight Road, Riverside CA 92504
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24th Annual Airshow - April 2, 2016 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Riverside Airport - 6951 Flight Road - Riverside, CA 92504

Spencer Suderman

Spencer Suderman became the Inverted Flat Spin Guinness World Record holder on March 13, 2014 after completing 81 full rotations from a starting altitude of 23,000' with a clean recovery to straight and level flight at 950' above the California desert! Spencer will demonstrate the Inverted Flat Spin on March 8th at the 23rd Annual Riverside Airshow at the Riverside Airport.

Spencer began his flying career while in college in the late 1980's and quickly advanced from private pilot to commercial pilot with an instrument rating. In 2002 he became a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and now holds an FAA unrestricted Statement of Aerobatic Competency (SAC) card allowing him to perform solo and formation aerobatics down to surface level.

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.

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

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

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