PIQUA – Redline Air Shows team members Ken Rieder and Jon Thocker are no strangers to air shows, large or small.
They are no strangers to Piqua Airport / Hartzell Field, having been among the featured air acts at the 2015 Friends of Hartzell Air Show.
On Saturday the team was hard at work in the aerobatic box at Piqua, preparing for one of the most anticipated shows of their careers, their debut performance at the 2016 Vectren Dayton Air Show.
Flight lead Ken Rieder said that the excitement of coming to a “hometown show” is worth the wait. Rieder grew up near Cincinnati and “has been coming to the (Dayton) show since I was a kid.”
Wingman Jon Thocker said, “We have a lot of friends here, and maybe my son and daughter will have a chance to see the show.”
“Really, it’s an honor,” said Rieder, “especially growing up near Dayton.” Rieder has had a lot of Dayton Air Show influence in his life, having grown up around and flown with the late Harold Johnson, the Flying Mayor of Moraine, and Darryl Montgomery, among others.
Redline team takes to the skies in Van’s RV-8, two-seat aircraft. The airplanes have 200 hp engines and are equipped with Hartzell Advanced Structural Composite propellers, designed and built in Piqua, working together to give the ships a top speed of 230 mph.
Rieder and Thocker utilize the performance capability of the RV-8 to bring air show fans a riveting performance, including tight formation flying as well as spectacular crossovers, mirror passes, and trail formations.
The pair have been flying together as Redline for the past five seasons and have extensive experience with other air show teams over the years, as well.
Officials at the Vectren Dayton Air Show are excited to add the Redline Air Shows team to the roster of performers at this year’s air show.