2016 Performers (2017 coming soon)

McKenna P-51Andrew J. McKenna is the CEO of McKenna & Associates based in Arlington, Virginia.  McKenna & Associates invests the firm’s own capital into technology, commodities and high-growth companies. McKenna & Associates also provides  advisory, consulting and fundraising for private companies, non-for profits and individuals. Mr. McKenna maintains his Commercial Instrument and experimental rating’s for the P-51 Mustang and has accumulated over 1500 hours total time and 700 hours in WWII Aircraft.  Andrew currently holds his and his level II Aerobatics Competency for solo and formation aerobatics. Andrew has been performing at airshows up and down the east coast for the past four years.  Andrew serves as a volunteer pilot for the Warrior Flight team a 501c3 non-for profit focused on job training and employment for returning veterans, the Board of Trustees to his alma mater Lynchburg College, as well as the Board of Trustees to the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. Andrew resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Kathleen, son AJ, and black-lab Jack. McKenna’s Leesburg Airshow performance is sponsored by Saab Sensis Corporation.


Dan MarcotteDan Marcotte’s
determination, drive, and visions have successfully propelled him into some of the top motor sport and aviation related arenas. By age 30, Dan had successfully made his mark in tow of the world’s most prestigious air and motor sport races. Dan achieved a personal goal of 300 MPH in 2010 at the World Finals, and earned a commercial pilot’s license and surface-level aerobatic waiver. In 2010 the Ultimate Biplane joined the fleet and has been Dan’s primary air show pane ever since. In 2015 Dan proudly introduced his Jet Car! Powered by a GE J85 Jet Engine from an F5 Fighter, the jet car is an entirely custom design, built from the ground up in his shop. When he’s not entertaining, Dan is an A&P Mechanic, Master Welder, Welding Instructor, and Fabricator. In addition to pursuing his aviation and motor sport dreams, he owns and operates MindWorks Creative Metal Fabrication. The shop specialized in custom design, repair, and fabrication services for racing and aviation enthusiasts. Marcotte’s Leesburg Airshow performance is sponsored by Bechtel.

Paul D

Paul Dougherty is a 737 Captain for a major airline with over 21,000 flight hours. He has been flying vintage aircraft and aerobatics since the mid-1980s. For over 18 years, he has flown local air shows in his 1930 Great Lakes. Paul is the co-founder and president of the Golden Age Air Museum in Bethel, PA. He will be flying in a 1990 Christen Eagle II that he recently restored. IT is a 230 horsepower spinning a large composite propeller. His act consists of advanced aerobatic maneuvers put to tapping music. Dougherty’s Leesburg Airshow performance is sponsored by The Saba Group, Inc. in Honor of Lift Me Up.

 

fly_circus_wing_walk_mcwhorter (1)The Flying Circus airshow is a demonstration of the “Golden Years of Flight”, which is characterized by the barnstorming era that came about in the years between the two World Wars. The Flying Circus has grown not only in its membership, but also in the variety and number of aircraft in inventory. The aerial demonstrations, thrilling acts, and the ride hopping operations, which were central to the barnstorming era, are still an essential part of their program at The Flying Circus Aerodrome in Bealeton, VA. This year The Flying Circus returns to the Leesburg Airshow to impress the crowd with their skydiving skills.

National Capital SquadronCAF National Capital Squadron: Formed in 1957, the Commemorative Air Force is dedicated to preserving the history of American military aviation. The National Capital Squadron is based at the Culpeper Regional Airport in a hangar/museum building equipped for the maintenance and display of a fleet of aircraft known as the Ghost Squadron. The NCS now has a total of thirteen aircraft assigned or associated with the unit.

Scott FrancisScott Francis, originally from Wichita, KS and now residing in South Riding, VA, has been a licensed pilot for 29 years. The son of an experimental test pilot and the grandson of an airline pilot, Scott grew up around aviation and has been flying in airplanes as long as he can remember.  His early graduation present in high school was training for and obtaining his private pilot’s license under the tutelage of a very strict instructor – his father.  In 2003, after flying more or less straight and level for 18 years, Scott got the itch to do something different.  He took a few aerobatic flying lessons and the hook was set. Less than a year later he purchased a Pitts Special and began competing at the Sportsman Level in International Aerobatic Club sanctioned aerobatic contests.  Scott sold his beloved Pitts in 2007 and purchased a Giles 202 carbon fiber monoplane and moved up to Advanced Level competition.  After winning a number of contests at the Advanced level, Scott moved up to Unlimited Level competition in 2012.  In April of 2013 he acquired the airplane he currently flies – a 330 hp, all carbon fiber MXS aerobatic aircraft, and continues to fly a number of airshows and aerobatic competitions in it each year. In his “real life”, Scott is an electrical engineer for a defense firm in Alexandria, VA.  He is also President of the Washington DC Area Chapter of the International Aerobatic Club. Francis’ Leesburg Airshow performance is sponsored by Toth Financial Advisory Corporation.

We are thrilled to welcome back announcer Hugh Oldham who has a long history in the entertainment business and has been narrating air shows for over 32 years. He attended first air show in 1952; performed in his first air show 1968, and his first house announcer gig was in 1976. Oldham’s narration style draws on a varied background in aviation. A former military and civilian aviator with over 3,000 hours; a RVN veteran; he has been a military air traffic controller, a parachute jumper, a crash helmet tester, a radio disk jockey, news and play-by-play radio broadcaster. He has looped and rolled across the sky in many different types of aircraft and even rode atop the wing of Ron Shelly’s 450 Stearman. Oldham has appeared in several nationally syndicated PM Magazine segments, on the A&E Network’s Dare Devils series and as the 2007 and 2008 on-air commentator for Fox 41’s TV live TV coverage of Thunder Over Louisville. He can narrate in the “first person” ‘cause he has been there, done that, earned the scars and has the tee-shirt!

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