Truckee Tahoe AirShow adds three high-flying aerobatic performers

Craig “Brute” Teft upside down in his bi-plane (Photo Credit: Absolute Aerobatics Brute Force Air Shows)
Craig “Brute” Teft upside down in his bi-plane (Photo Credit: Absolute Aerobatics Brute Force Air Shows)
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Updated: 7/01/2014 7:11 am
TRUCKEE, Calif. ( & KRNV) -- The free Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival just keeps getting bigger and better. Most recently signed on to soar through Truckee’s Sky on July 12 will be high-flying aerobatic performers Bill Cornick, Tim Just and Craig “Brute” Teft, according to AirShow spokesperson Margaret Skillicorn.

Cornick is not only one of the finest, but he’s the oldest pilot on the AirShow circuit. See him at the AirShow performing inverted flat spins in his custom modified “Super” Pitts S-2C along with executing rolls, lomcevak tumbles, the “pin-wheel”, a double hammerhead and other intense aerobatic maneuvers.

Cornick started flying in the United States Air Force in 1953. After serving for ten years, he returned to civilian flying as a charter pilot, corporate pilot and a flight instructor with United Airlines. He’s logged over 26,000 hours in the air. Now he devotes his time to performing at air shows and teaching aerobatics. In 1980, he started performing and has since continued to repeatedly thrill crowds.

Certain to put the Truckee Tahoe audience in awe, Just flies a maximum performance handling Extra 300S. Flying out of Victorville, Calif., he has been a test pilot in the aerospace industry for the past 27 years and has flown as a competition aerobatic pilot since 1986. He began his competition flying in a Pitts S2-S which was replaced by an Extra 300 in which he competed at the Advanced level. He’s competed in four U.S. Nationals, and in 2010 he became a member of the 2010-11 United States Unlimited Aerobatic Team which represented the U.S. in Italy.

“Tim Just is currently training for the 2015 World Championships to be held in France, so we feel very fortunate to have him take the time to fly our air show; his performances include many maneuvers that are included in international competitions,” said AirShow Chairman, Tim LoDolce. “He and Bill Cornick are going to really complement our AirShow.”

Craig “Brute” Teft joined the Air Force in 1986 and has been active in competitive aerobatics in his bi-plane, as duty allows, since 1988. In 1995 he was selected to attend the USAF Fighter Weapons School (aka Top Gun) and completed this demanding five and a half month school by winning the academic and outstanding graduate awards. In 2000 he won a bronze medal at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships. His performance is called, “Disciplined Precision”, in which he incorporates his skills learned from over 20 years as an Air Force Fighter Pilot and precision flying from being involved in competitive aerobatics.

Other AirShow featured performers include Kent Pietsch, “Jelly Belly” sponsored pilot, flies an Interstate Cadet Airplane and executes three different acts leaving spectators mesmerized. Dan Buchanan, who six months after an accident that left him unable to walk ever again, began flying his NorthWing designed hang glider.

The RedStar Formation Team, a show pleaser for the past two years, is a Precision Warbird Mass Formation Display Team highlighting precision flying capabilities.

The AirShow’s 2014 “Women in Aviation” themed-event will welcome numerous women on July 11 through 12 at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

The featured women in aviation line-up include world-renowned, three-time national Aerobatic Champion and National Aviation Hall of Fame member, Patty Wagstaff to speak at the AirShow’s pre-event honorary dinner on July 11. Truckee local Retired Flying Tiger and Fed Ex captain Sandy Wiederkehr will be featured as the AirShow’s Grand Marshal along with Truckee local and a Persian Gulf veteran pilot, Kimberlei Northrop. Jeanne Slone, author of “She Flew Bombers”, Julia Hamlin, pilot from Cessna’s Discover Flying Challenge, and several female pilots and jumpers from the U.S. Air Force Parachute Team “Wings of Blue”.

“Opening ceremony is set for 11:15 a.m. The AirShow plans to make event goers’ hairs rise from the sights of planes swirling and thundering in the sky with numerous aerobatic performances,” added LoDolce. “This event might just be the most family-friendly event in the Truckee North Tahoe region.”

The event on Saturday, July 12 event offers free admission, free parking, world-class aerobatics, parachute demonstrations, static aircraft displays, Vendor Village, Kids’ Fun Zone, food court, beer garden, helicopter rides for a cost, radio activated planes, free speaker forums, pre-event dinner on Friday, July 11 and free flights for kids ages 8-17 on Sunday, July 13. Sign-ups for free flights take place Saturday at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Building at the Airport.

The pre-event Friday, July 11 is an Honorary Dinner under the stars at the Airport and will include (just for ticket holders,) a “teaser” air show, a catered dinner by Mountain Magic Catering, a silent auction by the Nevada County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, a no-host bar, and live music. Dinner cost is $50 per person. Tickets are on sale at the Truckee Tahoe Airport or online at All proceeds, including sponsorships, go to local youth.

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