There is magic outside of the parks of Central Florida, and Experience Kissimmee helps visitors find the fun and excitement that makes a vacation memorable. Experience Kissimmee’s motto is “We Make Vacations.” Let them help you plan your vacation.
Strong Parachutes Enterprises
Strong Parachute is the largest full line manufacturer of parachute equipment in the United States with abilities to make round or ram-air parachutes, harnesses and containers. Strong produces Pilot Emergency Systems, Tandem Systems, Sports Systems, Military Personnel Systems and Cargo Systems. Stallion 51 is a dealer of Strong Parachutes and uses Strong equipment in all of Stallion 51’s aircrafts.
Aviation Photography & Memorabilia
Air to Air Photography with Paul Bowen
Paul Bowen is a commercial photographer based in Wichita, Kansas, has been shooting aerial photography since 1972. He is credited with over 1000 magazine covers and countless advertising campaigns with his distinctive photos of vortices aerials. He has four coffee table books as well as his annual calendar.
Moose Peterson is recognized internationally as the “Nikon Ambassador” and shares his knowledge through his writing; being published in over 143 magazines worldwide and author of 28 books as well as Photo Workshops. His workshops share his creative and innovative techniques both behind the camera and post computer editing skills.
3G Aviation Media
Doug Glover and Tony Granata provide instructional air-to-air and static display workshops using WWII Aircraft to teach aviation photography, video, and editing.
Aviation Autographs was founded in 1999 when Ed and Connie Bowlin along with Lt. Col Dave McFarland (ret) decided to make this vast collection of Aviation Books and prints available online through AviationAutographs.com. This premier collection of items autographed by some of Aviation’s legendary aviators includes personal memoirs, definitive histories and compelling stories along with limited edition prints and the famed Gathering of Eagles Collection. Aviation Autographs is the only source in the world for the 19 prints in the Eagle’s unique print series.
The Gathering Foundation
The Gathering Foundation Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, was formed in 2007 to support The Gathering of Mustangs & Legends air show, held September 27 – 30, 2007 at Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio. The show attracted more than 150,000 visitors from around the world and featured a tribute to the P-51 Mustang, along with other vintage aircraft such as the T-6 Texan, P-47, P-38 and more.
“The car that changed the way we drive, and the aircraft that changed the course of a war.” Website includes list of surviving Mustangs, Mustang variants, photos, Mustang Aces and discussion forums. This is a great resource for detailed historical information on the Mustang.
361st Fighter Group
This site is dedicated to the men and machines of the 361st Fighter Group who flew from bases in England, Belgium and France between 1943 and 1945 as part of the 8th Air Force, USAAF. 361fg.com aims to provide an in-depth historical resource for the 361st Fighter Group both in pictures and text.
352nd Fighter Group
“Blue Nose Bastards of Bodney.” This site is dedicated to all those who served with the 352nd Fighter Group during WWII. The 352nd FG was one of the most highly decorated United States Army Air Forces Fighter Groups in World War II, producing many leading aces of the war. The group was headquartered in RAF Bodney, England before being deployed to Belgium.
Fantasy of Flight
Fantasy of Flight is an aviation-related attraction in Polk City, Florida, United States that takes visitors back to the pioneering days of early flight, World War I, World War II and beyond. The attraction houses Kermit Week’s private aircraft collection, considered the world’s largest. Scaled down museum operates seasonally from 11AM to 3PM Friday-Sunday.
EAA Warbirds of America
EAA Warbirds of America’s goal is to promote and encourage the preservation and safe operation of ex-military aircraft, better known as Warbirds. These wonderful aircraft are an important part of our aviation heritage. “Keep ‘Em Flying!”
EAA Young Eagles
Founded in 1992, the Young Eagles program has dedicated 25 years to giving youth ages 8–17 their first free ride in an airplane. It’s the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is a non-profit political organization that advocates for general aviation. AOPA protects the individual’s freedom to fly by supporting activities that ensure the long-term health of general aviation; educating pilots, non-pilots, and policy makers alike.
Angel Flight Southeast
Angel Flight Southeast’s mission is to arrange free flights so children and adults can have access to the far-from-home doctors that can save their lives.” Angel Flight™ Southeast, Inc. is a non-profit volunteer pilot organization involved in “public benefit flying.” Angel Flight SE provides a variety of services to the community, but mostly arranges free air transportation by private aircraft to distant medical facilities when commercial service is not available, impractical or simply not affordable.
Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo
Sun ‘N Fun’s yearly airshow each Spring in Lakeland, Florida is one of the largest air shows in the world and a highlight of the Air Show season. SUN ’n FUN’s mission is to preserve and enhance the future of flight through world-class events, inspiring and educating people of all ages.
American Fighter Aces
The American Fighter Aces association is an organization of select individuals who have distinguished themselves by their achievements in aerial combat during the time of war.
International Council of Air Shows
The International Council of Air Shows is dedicated to building and sustaining a vibrant air show industry to support its membership. To achieve this goal, ICAS will demand its members operate their business at only the highest levels of safety, professionalism, and integrity.
National Warbird Operators Conference
The annual NWOC event brings together warbird owners, operators, and museum directors to address particular events facing warbird owners and to discuss common goals related to the ever-changing economics, operations and regulations pertaining to flying ex-military aircraft.
USAF Air Combat Command (ACC)
ACC Aerial Events is responsible for scheduling the aerial and public display of ACC aircraft, most notably the F-22 Raptor, F-16 Viper and A-10 Thunderbolt demonstration teams. ACC Aerial Events also manages the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight program. They coordinate static display and flyover support of ACC aircraft to airshows or expos and other events in the U.S. and abroad.
USFA Heritage Flight Foundation
The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was formed on December 6, 2010 with the primary charitable mission of providing Heritage Flights to the public. These performances feature modern fighter and attack aircraft flying alongside World War II, Korea and Vietnam-era planes in a dramatic display of our nation’s air power history. Our formations serve as a living memorial to the men and women who have served—or are currently serving—in the U.S. Air Force and we proudly fly in support of Air Force recruiting and retention efforts.
North American Trainer Association
NATA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the preservation, restoration and safe operation of North American Aviation trainers (T-6, SNJ, T-28, TF-51, TB-25) through the education of its members and the public.
Air Corp Aviation
Located in Bemidji, MN, AirCorps Aviation specializes in the restoration, maintenance and rebuilding of vintage, award winning WWII aircraft.
Fagen Fighter WWII Museum
Fagen Fighters WWII Museum is home to a pristine collection of fully operational, active aircraft and vehicles from World War II. Also featured are fine art, bronze sculptures, interactive multimedia displays, and an ever-growing library. The facility is designed as a self-guided experience and gives a rare look into the lives and legacy of the Greatest Generation.
Aircraft repair and restoration. Founded in 1999 by Dave Teeters, ASI was built with true passion and 44 years of hands-on aircraft experience. ASI developed a strong reputation offering their clients an exemplary level of service and aeronautic expertise. They are all about helping people visualize and realize the aircraft of their dreams.
For over 30 years, Vintage V-12’s has delivered quality and dependable vintage aircraft piston engine restorations and support services to customers world-wide. Vintage V-12 has established a reputation as one of the world’s leading vintage engine restoration companies.
Air and Space Magazine
Air & Space/Smithsonian. Since April, this bi-monthly magazine has emphasized the human stories behind the hardware and has established a track record of getting its readers into those places of the aerospace industry marked “authorized personnel only.”
AOPA Pilot Magazine
AOPA’s monthly magazine offers aviation articles on technique, aircraft, avionics, advocacy efforts and more for veteran pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike.
Aviation Classics Magazine
Aviation Classics Magazine is a series of 132 pages of high-quality glossy publications centered on the world’s greatest aircraft and the events in which they played crucial roles and those who flew, maintained and supported them.
Mustangs International Magazine
Mustangs International, Warbirds International and Air Classics are all Challenge Web publications devoted to airworthy vintage and veteran military aircraft; presenting great photography of rare aircraft and giving complete coverage on their restoration and operation.
EAA Warbirds Magazine
EAA Warbirds goal is to promote and encourage the preservation and safe operation of ex-military aircraft, better known as Warbirds. Warbirds is the official magazine of the EAA Warbirds of America, an EAA division consisting of members who have a rich passion for preserving aviation history.
Flight Journal covers the world of flight from its simple beginnings to its high-tech, no-holds –barred future. Each issue brings the stories of flight – past, present and future – to life.
FlyPast is Britain’s largest selling aviation magazine, “At the heart of Aviation Heritage.”
Another keys Publishing publication along with FlyPast, “History in the Air since 1911.”
World Airshow Magazine
World Airshow Magazine covers airshows and airshow people: Interviews with performers, excellent photography with over 60 contributing photographers annually, in-depth features on the military’s involvement in airshows, jets, warbirds, air racing.
Classic Wings is a bi-monthly publication for pilots, restorers and lovers of old aircraft worldwide, and is the official magazine of both the New Zealand & Australian Warbirds Associations. With dramatic air to air photography on quality gloss paper, in-depth articles covering all aspects of vintage & warbird aviation and extensive news coverage from all corners of the globe.
General Aviation News
General Aviation News shares information about the world of general by providing up-to-the-minute, factual details about all aspects of general aviation and do it in a manner that is enjoyable to read.
Air Show Performers
John Black- J&J Aero, LLC
Solo aerobatics in an American Champion Super Decathlon; flown by John Black retired USAF F 15 Pilot and Stallion 51 Mustang and L-39 Instructor pilot.
The Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team or CHAT is a Professional Aerobatic team which strives to show teamwork, keep history alive, and inspire others through the beauty of flight. Stallion 51’s P-51, T-6 & L-39 Instructor Pilot Marco Rusconi is a member of the team.
Patty Wagstaff was the first woman to win the title of US National Aerobatic champion and one of the few people to win it three times. She is also one of the world’s top airshow performers.
Sean D. Tucker
Sean has been flying airshows worldwide since the mid-70’s and has won numerous aerobatic competitions. In that time, he has flown more than 1,275 performances at more than 525 airshows, in front of more than 135 million fans.
Patriots Jet Team
Patriots Jet Team, the largest civilian-owned aerobatic jet team in the western hemisphere; its mission is to create a six-jet precision demonstration team that could entertain, inspire, and educate. Left Wing #3 pilot John “Bordz” Posson, is also an instructor/pilot in the L-39 and Mustang for Stallion 51.
Michael Goulian Airshows
Michael Goulian is a multi-disciplined aerial demonstration pilot. Goulian is one of the youngest pilots to ever win the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Championship, winning at the age of 27. His signature air show performance demonstrates the demands of precision competition aerobatics. Michael also competes in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations of the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet.
“America’s Ambassadors in Blue.” The Thunderbirds Squadron tours the United States and much of the world, performing aerobatic formation and solo flying in specially marked F-16C Fighting Falcon.
The Snowbirds are Canada’s military aerobatics or air show flight demonstration team whose purpose is to “demonstrate the skill, professionalism, and teamwork of Canadian Forces personnel.” The show team flies 11 CT-114 Tutors—nine for aerobatic performances, including two solo aircraft. Stallion 51’s, P-51, T-6 and L39 instructor pilot, Marco Rusconi, flew the Snowbird’s Team’s number 4 and 7 jet for the 2008-2011 seasons.
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