Why Team Tuskegee?
Visually stunning, always inspiring, and eminently economical!
Thinking about bringing Team Tuskegee to your airshow, but need to build a case for your committee? We understand your needs. In fact, several Team Tuskegee members are involved in putting on airshows themselves. We hear you! And we've put together some concise, easy-to-convey reasons to bring in the team. Check out the bullet points below or download a nice color PDF version here.
- The team’s TG-7As are beautiful yellow long-winged birds that don’t look or perform like anything else in the air. They’ll be unlike anything else at your show.
- Hiring Team Tuskegee helps the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum maintain these trainers for use giving hundreds of Young Eagles rides to inner-city kids from Detroit each year, as well as intensive training of several scholarship kids toward pilot certificates.
- The TG-7As are economical. They burn five gallons of 100LL per hour in cruise. The team can fly its demos and all of the media and VIPs you care to send up and still finish a show weekend with a lower fuel bill than many single-ship warbird performers.
- Support is no more difficult than for any single-engine airplane. The TG-7As burn 100LL avgas and they run with regular aviation engine oil. No fussy care and feeding to worry about.
- The aircraft can take up as much of as little ramps space as you like. Each aircraft has a wingspan of 59.5 feet. They fill up an under-used ramp if you want them to. Or one, two, or all three can be tied down conveniently in the grass out of the way. The team brings its own Claw tiedowns, so you don't have to worry about it.
- Team Tuskegee’s TG-7A team is the only airshow team in North America flying motorgliders (or any other kind of gliders) in formation.
- Only five FAST formation cards have ever been issued in the glider category and all five are held by Team Tuskegee pilots.
- Team Tuskegee is the widest (three aircraft, each with a 59.5-foot wingspan) regularly-performing formation team in North America (and possibly the world).
- The team’s TG-7As fly at very slow speeds (jokes about bird strikes from behind are frequently made), which keeps the display in front of the crowd longer.
- Performance elements include maneuvers not possible or advisable with other aircraft, such as dramatic-looking low-level 180 aborts (which are actually a PTS standard maneuver for gliders) and a stacked landing (in which the aircraft land in numbered order from fingertip, leapfrog style).
- The TG-7As are very rare. Only six remain flying, so your show can boast half of the flyable fleet.
- The TG-7As flew at the US Air Force Academy from the mid 1980s until 2003. They’re genuine warbirds that helped to train some of the best military pilots in the world.
- Each TG-7A has two seats. Perfect for formation media and VIP flights. And Team Tuskegee is one of the most prolific flyers of media and VIPs of any team. The team often flies media/VIPs early in the morning, flies its demo, and then flies media/VIPs after the box closes. Team Tuskegee comes to fly.
- The team’s formation flights in the skies around the local area get people talking and can help entice more people to come to your show.
- Team Tuskegee loves to show off the aircraft up close and let kids climb in and out of them. Even if the show aircraft stage away from the crowd, the team likes to place at least one aircraft in the crowd-accessible static area for hands-on show-and-tell. It’s all up to you.
- The team hosts hands-on ground sessions for Civil Air Patrol units, Explorers, and other youth and adult organizations interested in aviation. Hosting these sessions brings parents, siblings, and others to your airshow.
- The team’s pilots include US military veterans and Civil Air Patrol mission pilots.