Top Gun flight instructor performing at the Apple Valley Airshow Oct. 8

Published on


APPLE VALLEY – Pulling 10 G’s, performing tumbles, loops and rolls are some of the aerobatics, pilot Chuck Coleman, will be maneuvering at the Apple Valley Airshow, October 8. The Top Gun Maverick flight instructor invites everyone out to the show “to see what we do.”

“The Apple Valley Airport is a community airport. There’s so much history,” said Coleman. “It’s great to come out to the airport and see World War II planes, jets, my aerobatic plane. I’ll be doing crazy aerobatics. It’s entertainment for everybody.”

Coleman says he grew up wanting to learn how to fly. Originally from Michigan, he went into aerospace. After earning his Engineering degree, Coleman got hired at McDonnell Aircraft where he worked on F-18 combat jets. He eventually moved to the High Desert. He now provides flight instruction and aerobatic ride-a-long flights to the public.

These flights recently attracted the attention of Top Gun Maverick producers. Coleman was hired to take eight of the actors on aerobatic flights to capture realistic facial expressions for the film. He prepared them to fly in the F-18’s in his Extra 300L plane.

The Extra 300L, a composite airplane, has two seats – someone can sit in the front seat and the pilot flies solo in the back. 

“We can pull those 10 Gs,” said Coleman. “It’s just incredible. Come out and see it. Just amazing stuff — with smoke going out. We’ll be flying backwards — tumbling. A lot of great stuff.”

Other highlights for this year’s show are the TA-4 Skyhawk military jet, the Dawn Patrol RV Formation Team, Air Racer and aerobatics pilot Vicky Benzing, Rich Piccirilli with Just In Time Skydivers and Paratroopers jumping from the C-53 Skytrooper D-Day Doll.

On the ground there will be experimental and vintage airplane displays, military vehicles, and the NAPA® Auto Parts Car Show “Show and Shine.” Inglis Classics “Hot Rod Hotties” models will make an appearance and the Modd Rodds will be performing live music.

For more information about the Apple Valley Airshow visit


Latest articles

Mojave Water Agency offering up to $91,979 for Water Resources Specialist and other jobs

APPLE VALLEY – The Mojave Water Agency (MWA), a regional water provider, is offering...

CA lawmakers approve eviction protection to regulate landlords who circumvent rent increase laws

CALIFORNIA – The California Legislature approved SB 567 – Homelessness Prevention Act, Thursday, that...

Small Business grants up to $10,000 with applications coming due

NATIONWIDE – Small business grants help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. This in...

500,000 California fast food workers to get $20 minimum wage in 2024

CALIFORNIA – A deal, announced Monday, between labor unions and the restaurant industry, would...
Powered by

More like this

CA passes Joshua Tree Protection Law — includes up to $1,000 per tree removal fee

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY – California lawmakers passed the Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act, Tuesday,...

Allstate confirms no new CA home insurance following State Farm’s announcement last week

STATEWIDE – Allstate, the third largest home insurance provider, revealed on Friday, they stopped...

Victorville hosting Doing Business with the City Workshop on June 14

VICTORVILLE – Victorville is inviting contractors and service providers interested in learning more about...