AeroShell Aerobatic Team
The AeroShell Aerobatic Team is the only civilian precision flying team that utilizes the powerful and challenging T-6 Texan for close-formation aerobatics. The team flies four T-6 Texans during their airshow performances.
The "Texan" was used as the primary basic trainer for the U.S. Army Air Corps and was dubbed "The Pilot Maker". Aeroshell team member Steve Gustafson says "If you could fly this plane well and particularly fly it very well, then you could go forward into the bigger fighters and not have any problem." Most pilots in WWII started off in the Texan before moving on to more advance aircraft like the P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair and P-40 Warhawk.
Team Aeroshell has been a mainstay of the Chicago Air & Water Show and return again this year.