After sequestration squelched Blue Angels appearance, officials grabbed other acts

Rebounding from the unexpected cancellation of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels stunt team due to federal budget cuts, Oregon Air Show officials are more than compensating with a number of classic and newer military aircraft that are scheduled to appear.

They include the headlining Patriots Jet Team and two vintage Soviet jets, a MiG-17F and a MiG-21UM.

The six-member Patriot Jet Team includes former Blue Angel, U.S. Air Force Thunderbird and Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbird pilots. They fly the Czech-built Aero L-39 Albatross, a high-performance jet trainer.

The MiG-17F, a Korean War-era fighter aircraft produced in 1952 and operated by numerous air forces in many variations, will be piloted at the show by Roger Kelsay, owner of Premier Jets/Lifeguard Air Ambulance.

A supersonic jet fighter, the MiG-21UM, still serves many nations a half-century after its maiden flight. It will be flown by retired Maj. Gen. Frank Scoggins, former commander of the Washington National Guard.

Also added to the lineup is Air National Guard Lt. Colonel John Klatt, who flies an MXS stunt plane and is reputed to be one of the world’s greatest aerobatic performers. He has also flown numerous military aircraft, including an F-16 Fighting Falcon for three deployment missions to Iraq and a C-130 Hercules for relief missions to Somalia and Kenya.

The Oregon International Air Show will take place July 26-28 at Hillsboro Airport. For more information on the show, visit

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