AUGUST 31, 2024

Clarinda Municipal Airport
Schenck Field KICL

Fly Iowa – Clarinda


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Announcer – Brittany Nielsen

Brittany Nielsen began working as an Airshow Announcer with Grant Nielsen Airshows in 2015.  Her high energy and enthusiasm have audiences on the edge of their seats as she takes them into the cockpit and shares detailed information about the aircraft and the pilots.  Brittany loves to educate the audiences and inspire them to appreciate the show and learn more about the spirit of flight and the exhilaration of aerobatics. After the 2015 Airshow Season, Brittany began receiving requests to announce for airshows along with announcing for Grant Nielsen and “Bubbles”.  Brittany was excited to expand her Airshow announcing opportunities and continues to book more shows!

Brittany is currently working to complete her private pilot’s license and continue her aviation aspirations.  She is truly an avid aviation enthusiast and loves being able to share her passion with others.  When she is not surrounded by airplanes and airshows, Brittany works as the Campus Director at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County.  She is also in the final stages of completing her Doctorate in Education.  Brittany is the proud wife of Grant and loves being able to share the passion of aviation and airshows.

B-25J “Miss Mitchell”

The B-25J “Miss Mitchell” served in the 310th Bomb Group, 57th Bomb Wing of the 12th Air Force in North Africa and Italy completing over 130 missions. Its legacy of no crew fatalities during all of its missions was a rare accomplishment. Prior to taking command of the 8th Air Force in Europe in 1944, the 12th Air Force was under the command of then Brigadier General Jimmy Doolittle. After a 12 year restoration by the Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, Miss Mitchell took her first flight on April 18, 1992 ~ exactly 50 years to the day of the daring Doolittle raid.

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P-51 Gunfighter

Gunfighter is one of the world’s most famous P-51 Mustangs, having appeared on the airshow circuit and providing rides for over 35 years. The aircraft is a P-51 “D” model, serial number 44-73264. Of the approximately 15,000 P-51s produced in WWII, over 8,000 were “D” models. Today, only about 150 airworthy examples of Mustangs exist world-wide in museums, flying or under restoration.

Gunfighter was built in the Inglewood, California North American plant and accepted into the USAAF in March, 1945. That month, it was shipped to England, where it was assigned to the famous ‘Mighty Eighth’ Air Force. In July of 1945, after the War ended in Europe, it was returned to the U.S. and assigned to Olmstead Field in Pennsylvania. In 1947 it was transferred to the Air National Guard and it thereafter served with units in Wyoming, New Mexico, Illinois and Kentucky. In 1956 it was declared surplus and sold on the civilian market.

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P-51 Tuskegee Airman

The CAF Red Tail Squadron’s P-51C Mustang, named Tuskegee Airmen, is an authentic and fully restored operational fighter from the WWII era. This awe-inspiring aircraft sparks conversations to educate young and old alike about the often-overlooked history of the Tuskegee Airmen that flew this same model as their signature aircraft in WWII. It is quite simply a museum without walls… and an awe inspiring one at that!

Our P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen, tail number N61429, saw service stateside as a trainer in 1945, then declared surplus after the war ended. It was displayed at Montana State College (now Montana State University) for 40 years before being donated for restoration. The CAF took possession of the aircraft in the late 1980s, and was initially restored to flying condition in 2001.

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Mini Jet – SubSonex Jet

The “star” of MINI JET AIRSHOWS is a modified SubSonex Jet, otherwise known as JSX003.  The SubSonex is an Experimental Jet that comes as a kit from the Sonex factory in Oshkosh, WI.  It weighs 500 lbs, goes up to 300 mph, and it is fully aerobatic.  This particular aircraft was the first kit ever sold and flown, and it has been flying for approximately 4 years.  The jet is powered by the PBS TJ-100 engine from the Czech Republic, and at full throttle it is capable of producing 258 lbs of thrust while burning 45 gallons/hr of jet fuel. As beautiful as the jet is, there is no paint on it. It is completely wrapped in a vinyl covering, similar to a show car.  The smoke system is totally custom and it puts out a tremendous smoke trail from start to finish, burning about 7 gallons of smoke oil per show.

If you’ve never seen a jet doing a full aerobatic routine in a small confined space, you’re in for a real treat!  Make sure to catch a show in your area, or feel free to email us for a current schedule of shows.

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Brian Correll Airshows – 1979 Pitts S2S 

Inspired by Kansas aviation pioneers such as Harold Krier and Tex Johnston, Brian began flying airshows in 2008 and upgraded to his current aircraft in 2010. Brian and his wife Rachel live near Wichita, Kansas in a community airpark with their two sons. He is a Production Test Pilot for Textron Aviation and an Instructor Pilot in the Air Force Reserves. Brian hopes to bring his passion for aviation to Entertain, Educate and Inspire all generations.

The airshow aircraft piloted by Brian is a highly modified Pitts S2S, much different than the original aircraft that left the factory in 1979. Brian is a FAA Certified A&P Mechanic and has used those skills to modify and maintain his aircraft. The red and blue Pitts Biplane has been strengthened and modified making it capable of the extreme aerobatic routine that Brian puts his aircraft through. The use of lightweight materials throughout, enlarged control surfaces and increased power all add up to give the aircraft insane performance with nostalgic biplane style.

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