Air Show Stars Do The Flying In Bond's Spectre

November 12th, 2015

Two award winning ICAS pilots flew the thrilling flying sequences in the new James Bond film "Spectre" - Craig Hosking and Chuck Aaron.

By Ric Peterson (Courtesy of

(click here to watch the trailer and see a few seconds of their work)

Hosking has worked on more than 150 Features and over 200 Commercials. He is known for designing and shooting complex aerial sequences that involve dozens of aircraft at a time. His film credits include "American Sniper," “Executive Decision,” “Clear and Present Danger, “The Hulk,” “The Aviator” and “Miami Vice” to name a few. You've probably seen him on screen as well, in “Speed 2” he tries to push Sandra Bullock out of a float plane, appeared in a Stearman with Tommy Lee Jones in “Space Cowboys.” and was the helicopter pilot in Jurassic Park.

Film Makers in France wanted to make that country’s most exciting aerial picture ever! With the support of the French Air Force, "Sky Fighter’s" hired Craig to coordinate the Aerials and to fly the VectorVision equipped Lear Jet for the series.

Air show fans may remember his "Double Take" act in which he landed his Pitts Special inverted; and for which he earned the Art Scholl Award for Showmanship, given by the International Council of Air Shows in 1988. Hosking is the son of another award winning helicopter pilot, Robert “Bob” Hosking, and his wife Annette. His father flew helicopters as a photographer in the U.S. Army, shooting film from the air and later flew Otto The Helicopter on the airshow circuit. Craig learned to fly from his father at age 12 and at 16 became the youngest ever legally licensed helicopter pilot.

Chuck Aaron, also an ICAS Art Scholl Showmanship Award Winner, flies his Messerschmitt-Bölkow Blohm BO-105, modified to withstand the rigors of aerobatic flight, in the thrilling opening to the new Bond film (minus the Red Bull paint scheme).

He announced his retirement this year and performed his last show at the Red Bull Air Race in Las Vegas on October 17 and 18. Aaron told me before the Los Angeles County Air Show a couple of years ago that he was inspired to fly from a childhood dream in which he rode on a magic carpet. In his 10-year tenure with Red Bull, Aaron performed about 250 air shows.



The Veterans Who Push Presidents Out of Airplanes

November 9th, 2015

Beckley, West Virginia (CNN) - When Barbara Bush met the man who would take her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, on a tandem skydive in 2007, she issued a stern ... See More

ICAS Board Election Procedures Detailed

October 30th, 2015

In accordance with Section 9, Paragraph B4 of the ICAS Bylaws, this constitutes official notice on the procedures that will be used to conduct the 2015 ICAS Board of Directors election.

... See More

CAF Red Tails Announce New Squadron Leader

October 13th, 2015

Minneapolis, Minn. – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, today announced that Bill Shepard has been promoted to Squadron ... See More

The Pinnacle Awards Are Back: Recognizing Air Show Excellence and Professionalism

October 6th, 2015

On Tuesday, December 8, at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, during a special awards luncheon, ICAS will recognize the Platinum and Gold award recipients in the second annual ICAS Pinnacle Awards.

... See More

ICAS Confirms 2015 Convention Keynote Speaker

September 28th, 2015

The keynote address for the 2015 ICAS Convention will be delivered by Yvonne Camus, a Canadian adventurer who participated in and finished the Eco-Challenge expedition race on the South Pacific ... See More

ICAS Members Earn World Aerobatic Championship Medals

September 27th, 2015

United States National Aerobatic Champion and Team USA pilot Rob Holland won the Gold in the "Final Freestyle" at the 28th World Aerobatic Championships. This was Holland's third consecutive ... See More

Nominating Committee Announces Slate Of Board Nominees

September 10th, 2015

In accordance with Section 9, Paragraph B3a, the 2015 ICAS Nominating Committee comprised of Chairman Kevin Walsh of the Yankee Air Force, Jim Peitz of Jim Peitz Aerosports, Marcus Jannitto from ... See More

Two Individuals, One Aerobatic Team Selected for Induction into ICAS Foundation Air Show Hall of Fame

August 27th, 2015

LEESBURG, Va.: Aerobatic pilot John Mohr, air show announcer M.A. “Sonny” Everett, and the formation and aerobatic flying Red Baron Pizza Squadron recently earned ... See More

CNN spends a day in the life of aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker

July 31st, 2015

Until you get to know Sean D. Tucker, it's hard to understand why he chooses to make a living by risking his life.But take a ... See More

Road Trip: Stunt pilot edition

July 19th, 2015

Fox News's Anna Kooiman goes up, up and away with Lt. Col. John Klatt.

By Anna Kooiman

You better buckle up! The next 'Road Trip' installation takes us on a wild ride. Producers ... See More

Blue Angels Announce 2016 Team Members

July 12th, 2015

PENSACOLA, FL - The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced the officers selected for the 2016 team.

The squadron selected two F/A-18 ... See More