Airshow PerformersAerobatics, fly-bys, demos and more!
Mike Goulian – Aerobatics – in Extra 330SC
Millions of air show spectators around the globe have witnessed the ferocity of a Mike Goulian air show performance. Every roll, pull, and tumble of his flight is a deliberate execution of precision. With his aggressive approach to the air show arena, Mike Goulian has mastered the ability to convey his message of passion through flight.
Mike’s crisp, athletic style of flying is the evolution of his landmark career as an aerobatic competitor. Mike reached the pinnacle of the sport when he won the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Championship at only 27 years of age. He was honored to represent the United States at the World Aerobatic Championship on three separate occasions.
Mike returned to the competitive world with his participation in the famed Red Bull Air Race Championship series. He was chosen once again to represent the United States on a global stage.
Mike is a resident of Plymouth and his air show and air race headquarters are based here at the Plymouth Airport.
This New England native comes home to show off his Ultimate Biplane, which has earned him well-deserved recognition in the air show circuit.
Dan Marcotte’s determination, drive, and vision have successfully propelled him into some of the top motor sport and aviation related arenas. At age 16 he began building and racing stock cars. He raced the short tracks of the Northeast including Thunder Road, Airborne International Speedway and Riverside Speedway from 1990-2000. In 1998 he started designing and building a car that would fulfill a childhood dream of going 200 MPH. In 2001 he took his open-wheeled Lakester 3,000 miles across the country to the world-famous Bonneville Salt Flats. On the third day of racing he achieved his goal topping 202.987MPH.
Never satisfied with the status quo, it was about this time that Dan began pursuing flying. He found himself surrounded by many wonderful mentors working at a local state airport. With no formal experience under his belt he was introduced to ultralights by a group of retirees who spent afternoons hanging out at the local hangars. Dan never looked back. In 2003, with just 80 hours on a private pilot’s license, he set off for Reno, completed Pylon Racing School and raced the International Air Races to a fourth place finish in the Bronze class that very year. By age 30 Dan had successfully made his mark in two of the world’s most prestigious air and motor sport races. On the way back from Reno in 2003 Dan competed in his first IAC competition in his Cassutt IIIM and took 2nd place. Since then Dan has made five more trips to the Bonneville Salt Flats with a streamliner he designed and built, achieved a personal goal of 300 MPH in 2010 at the World Finals, and has earned a commercial pilot’s license and surface-level aerobatic waiver.
Dan is a resident of Bakersfield, Vermont – we are excited to have him return to the Plymouth Airshow again!
David Martin – Aerobatic Bonanza
David grew up in an aviation family in Texas, where both his father and grandfather were airline pilots so it was only natural that his interest in flying began at a very early age. David started flying with this father in the family’s 1959 K model Bonanza at age 12. His first aerobatics were in his grandfather’s 1941 Fleet biplane. His grandfather had been a barnstormer in the 1930s and insisted that David learned aerobatics as a part of his basic training. David continued with his flying throughout high school, often flying the 25 miles to attend school. As a high school graduation present, his parents gave David an aerobatic course. This was when he set his goal to become World Aerobatic Champion. After graduating from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a degree in aviation, David flew corporate jets for several years until he joined the Texas Air National Guard. Continuing with his quest for excellence, David graduated from Air Force Pilot Training, F-4 training and F-16 training at the top of his classes.
David started to seriously pursue competition aerobatics in 1994 upon purchasing an Extra 300S. Since earning a place on the United States Aerobatic Team in 1997, David has attended 5 World Aerobatic Championships winning an individual gold medal and 3 team bronze medals. In 2001, David won the United States National Aerobatic Championships.
David will wow the crowds this year in this light single-engine aerobatic Bonanza, a unique way of performing aerobatic maneuvers.
David is a resident of Graham, Texas and we are honored to have him perform at the Plymouth Airshow for the first time.
Image courtesy David Stubbington.
Mitch Buckley – RC Aerobatics – RC Jet
Mitch has been flying RC model aircraft for the past 27 years. He is the third generation in his family flying r/c aircraft and for the past 20 years has been competing both locally and across the US in many international competitions which include aerobatics as well as scale aircraft and most recently, jet aircraft. Mitch is a resident of Plymouth and grew up in Marlboro. He is the Director of Aircraft Maintenance at Alpha One Flight School at the Plymouth Airport where he has worked for the past 11 years. He has his private pilot’s license with over 300 hours in multiple aircraft. Mitch has inspired fans in two previous Plymouth air shows with is ability to fly aerobatics with his RC Jet.
You’ll see some loud & fast flying by the F-15’s of Westfield’s own 104th Fighter Wing, based at Barnes Air National Guard Base.
Photo courtesy Ken Middleton.
C-130J Super Hercules Fly-By
The C-130 Hercules primarily performs the tactical portion of an airlift mission. The aircraft is capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for air dropping troops and equipment into hostile areas. The C-130 operates throughout the U.S. Air Force, serving with Air Mobility Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Pacific Air Forces, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command, fulfilling a wide range of operational missions in both peace and war situations.
This year’s fly-by is courtesy of the Rhode Island Air National Guard.
National Anthem: The Southeast Light Quartet
The Southeast Light quartet had been together entertaining throughout New England since 2007. Fred, Tony and Jerry are long time members of the men’s International Barbershop Harmony Society and Carol has sung and performed in many local theatre productions and has sung with both Harmony Incorporated and Sweet Adelines women’s barbershop singing societies. The quartet has recently retired from the demanding performing circuit to attend to other busy personal schedules but occasionally jumps at the chance to prove they still have what it takes to entertain an audience and their performance at the air show is one of those perfect opportunities. They have also performed at a couple of previous Plymouth Aero Club events. We’re sure you will enjoy their 4-part a capella version of the National Anthem.
Schedule, performers and fly-bys are subject to change.