WBCA™ Stars and Stripes Air Show Spectacular Sponsored by Miller Lite
February 12 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
LAREDO, TX – The Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA) has formally announced Brigadier General Sean A. Ryan as the air show marshal for the 2017 WBCA Stars and Stripes Air Show Spectacular Sponsored by Miller Lite. Along with Brigadier General Ryan the WBCA is pleased to announce the entertainment lineup for the 19th annual WBCA Stars and Stripes Air Show Spectacular.
The WBCA Stars and Stripes Air Show Spectacular Sponsored by Miller Lite will take place during the 120th Washington’s Birthday Celebration on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Laredo International Airport (Maher Entrance). Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Preferred seating and viewing locations will be available for purchase inside the air show grounds: Flight Line Chalet $25; Sky Box $10; Bleachers $5. Additional sponsors include Falcon International Bank. In-Kind Sponsor: Rudy’s BAR-B-Q.
“We are honored to be a part of the Washington’s Birthday Celebration and its efforts to bring all of Laredo together to participate and enjoy themselves,” said Kiko Treviño, Vice President of Southern Distributing Company, distributors of Miller Coors products. “The Stars and Stripes Air Show has always been an opportunity for South Texas to celebrate with family and friends and to honor the accomplishments of our nation’s military.”
Brigadier General Sean A. Ryan currently serves as the Assistant Adjutant General – Army, Texas National Guard, and also serves as Commander of 71st Troop Command of the Joint Force Headquarters in Austin, Texas. BG Ryan attended the University of Miami Reserve Office Training Corp program and was commissioned (Distinguished Military Graduate) as a Second Lieutenant in August 1985, Regular Army. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Florida Atlantic University and Master of Arts in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University as well as a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
His key staff assignments include Brigade Commander, Standing Joint Inter-Agency Task Force in Austin, Texas, Brigade Commander, 36th Sustainment Brigade, Operation Iraqui Freedom, in Iraq and J5, Joint Force Headquarters, Texas Army National Guard in Austin, Texas.
Ryan’s awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Government of Kuwait).
I am truly looking forward to participating in this year’s Washington Birthday Celebration Stars and Stripes Airshow. It is a spectacular event that brings together the community, amazing aircraft, local vendors, first responders, and military from all branches of service to share a day of fun and community outreach,” said Brigadier General Ryan.
With the naming of General Ryan, he now becomes an official Ambassador for the 120th Washington’s Birthday Celebration.
“It is a great honor to announce that Brigadier General Sean A. Ryan has accepted our invitation to serve as the Air Show Marshal for the 2017 WBCA Stars and Stripes Air Show Spectacular,” said Matt Gibson, Air Show Director. “We all look forward to working with General Ryan in 2017 and to having another successful year.”
One of the biggest and most celebrated acts in North America, the AeroShell Aerobatic Team will be making its second trip to Laredo. First formed in 1985, the AeroShell Aerobatic Team is the longest running civilian aerobatic team in North America. Flying their iconic white, red and black North American AT-6 Texans, the team is renowned for their professional airmanship, billowing smoke systems and can-do attitudes. During three decades of performing, the team’s four-ship formation has included several different skilled pilots: Steve Gustafson, Alan Henley, Mark Henley, Ben Cunningham, Gene McNeely, Bryan Regan, Jimmy Fordham, and Morris Ray. The team’s talent and popularity as air show entertainers has been recognized with the air show community’s two most prestigious performer awards: the Art Scholl Showmanship Award and the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship.
The AeroShell Aerobatic Team performs tight, awe-inspiring formation aerial maneuvers in front of millions of airshow fans all over North America.
Adding to the excitement is Adam “Shakenbake” Baker and his pride and joy the Extra 330 airplane. Adam loves to share his story with the younger generations as he is one of the very few in the industry that did not come from an air show or aviation family. He has dedicated his entire professional career to progression of flying. Holding almost every rating possible from Jets to helicopters to the most nimble of aerobatic aircraft he loves to fly it all. Beginning his career with only a few dollars in his pocket, he likes to share his experience and excite and inspire the next generation of pilots and individuals looking to progress and be successful in whatever endeavor it may be. Adam has a unique style of aerobatic flying, combining hard competition style precision with out of this world freestyle gyroscopic maneuvers that set him apart from all other airshow pilots.
Next, we have the Greg Shelton and Wing Walker Ashley Key in the patriotic 450 Super Stearman. Greg Shelton is the pilot and has been performing in air shows since 1990. His interest in aviation began at an early age watching fire bombers in northern California and his father’s adventures of flying fighter aircraft in the U.S. Navy. Greg has owned and performed in air shows in various aircrafts but it was until 2003 when he decided to add a wing walking act to his growing list of air show performances. Ashley Key was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and her passion for aviation started at an early age while building and flying model airplanes with her father. Aside from performing in Air shows with Greg, Key is also an Airfield Operations Supervisor, Police Sergeant at the Tulsa International Airport and is currently working on completing her bachelor’s degree in aviation management at Oklahoma State University. Ashley completed her first solo in a Cessna 172 and is currently learning to fly in a fully aerobatic 180HP clipped-wing Taylorcraft. Greg and Ashley have wowed audiences all over the United States and abroad with this aerobatic wing walking routing.
We are also proud to have Greg “Ace Maker” Colyer with his T-33, which was named Ace Maker after acquiring it in 2008. After his T-33 acquisition, he founded a nonprofit, T-33 Heritage Foundation to help in the preservation of the type. Colyer holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with instrument, single and multi engine ratings as well as being a Certified Flight Instructor. Greg stays in shape for flying high performance aircraft by cycling with the Cliff Bar team and an occasional Ironman Triathlon.
Other highlights of the show include: Freestyle Motocross, Spanky Gallaway, Jeremy Holt, Lewis Air Legends, CAF Centex, USAF, static displays provided by the Texas Military Forces, FedEx and much, much more!
The Air Show Sponsored by Miller Lite, will remain one of the most affordable air shows in the country – just $10 for adults, and children 12 and under will get in FREE. You can buy your tickets online at www.wbcaairshow.com.
Preferred seating will also be available inside the grounds and includes the Flight Line Chalet for $25, Sky Box $10, and a bleacher section for only $5. The Flight Line Chalet area includes: non-alcoholic beverages, pizza and shade. Flight Line Chalet pre-sale tickets will include general admission ticket ($10 value) – while supplies last or until Saturday, February 11, 2017. Limited family four packs will also be available online for $60 and will include two general admission tickets, 4 Sky Box Bracelets, 1 large pizza, and 4 non-alcoholic beverages. General Admission, Flight Line Chalet, Afterburner, and 2017 Celebration event tickets will also be available at the WBCA Ticket Kiosk inside Mall del Norte beginning early February – while supplies last!
The 120th Washington’s Birthday Celebration™ will take place January 19 – February 20, 2017. Join us for the “Celebration with Something for Everyone!”
Throughout the years, the Celebration has grown to be over a month long and consists of parades, dazzling pageants, fireworks, a carnival, an air show, a sizzling jalapeño festival and much more. Combined, WBCA events attract nearly 500,000 residents and visitors, and contribute an estimated $14 million every year to the local economy.