Aeroshell Aerobatic Team

Aeroshell are a popular civilian aerobatic team from the United States flying four AT-6 Texans. They are one of the most prolific teams on the North American airshow circuit, performing most weekends from March to November. Most of Aeroshell’s performances are in the western United States, with the team performing at a mix of large airshows and smaller events, where they are often the show’s headliner.

The team is composed of Mark Henley (lead), Steve Gustafson (left wing), Bryan Regan (right wing) and Jimmy Fordham (slot).

History

Aeroshell was founded in 1984 as the North American Aerobatic Team by Alan Henley and Steve Gustafson. Ben Cunningham also flew with the team. The North American Aerobatic Team added a fourth aircraft in 1996, flown by Gene McNeely, and the following head, Cunningham was replaced by Alan Henley’s twin brother, Mark.

The team gained Aeroshell sponsorship in 2001, with a gradual turnover of pilots continuing over the following years. In 2008, Alan Henley was forced to retire after a non-aviation accident and was replaced by Bryan Regan. Jimmy Fordham joined in 2010 as the spare pilot, replacing Gene McNeeley for the 2018 season.

Display

Aeroshell’s display consists of classic aerobatics in close formation. Particularly during the second half of the routine, the team break into trail formation for manoeuvres reminiscent of a tailchase. Aeroshell perform their routine during the day and at night, with lights illuminating the propeller and smoke system.

Schedule (2019)

Dates Event
Mar 15 Sebring, FL, USA
Mar 15-17 Space Coast Warbird Airshow, Titusville, FL USA
Apr 2-7 Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, Lakeland, FL, USA
Apr 13 Cheraw Municipal Airport Open House, Chesterfield, SC, USA
May 4-5 Thunder Over the Sound, Keesler AFB & Biloxi, MS, USA
May 18-19 Defenders of Liberty Airshow, Barksdale AFB, Shreveport, LA, USA
May 31-Jun 2 Greenwood Lake Airshow, West Milford, NJ, USA
Jun 14-16 Wings Over Whiteman, Whiteman AFB, Knob Noster, MO, USA
Jun 29-30 Quad City Airshow, Davenport, IA, USA
Jul 4 Fair Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA
Jul 6-7 KC Aviation Expo, Kansas City, MO, USA
Jul 12-13 Tarkio’s Greatest Little Airshow, Tarkio, MO, USA
Jul 22-28 EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, WI, USA
Aug 9-11 Abbotsford International Airshow, Abbotsford, BC, Canada
Aug 17-18 Chicago Air & Water Show, Chicago, IL, USA
Aug 24-25 Fly Ottumwa, Ottumwa, IA, USA
Aug 31-Sep 1 Wings Over North Georgia, Rome, GA, USA
Sep 7-8 Spirit of St. Louis Airshow, Chesterfield, MO, USA
Sep 14-15 Owensboro Airshow, Owensboro, KY, USA
Oct 5-6 Pineville, LA, USA
Oct 26-27 Jacksonville Sea & Sky Spectacular, Jacksonville Beach, FL, USA
Nov 1-3 Stuart Airshow, Stuart, FL, USA
Nov 9-10 SkyFest, New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA
Dec 6-7 Ocean Reef Airshow, Key Largo, FL, USA