June 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm


Biggest Little Air Show

Saturday, June 2, 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Flight demonstrations from 10:30 am – noon!

Big things come in small packages in an amazing aerial display at the Hiller Aviation Museum!

Promo video from last year’s event

Beautifully detailed radio control model aircraft will be on display at the Museum from 10 AM to 1 PM, with air show flight demonstrations from 10:30 AM to 12 PM.

Event is included with Museum admission—no charge to Museum Members! Capacity is limited. Tickets available at the door.

Tickets available at the door.

Celebrate the Hiller Aviation Museum’s 20th Anniversary at the Biggest Little Air Show. This year’s show will match a thrilling aerobatic performance by airshow pilot Rich Perkins in the Yak-54 Russian Thunder along with demonstrations of exceptional radio controlled models.

It’s OK to bring a small, portable folding chair for your viewing comfort!

San Carlos Airport will close to regular traffic from 10:30 am to noon to allow realistic jet- and propeller-powered model aircraft to roll down the runway and into the sky to take their part in a unique aerial extravaganza including aerobatic helicopters, drones, quadrotors and more!!

Performers are scheduled to include:

  • Rick Perkins in the Yak-54 Russian Thunder
  • The Bay Bombers Formation Flying Team
  • The RC Flyers model aircraft demonstrations
    • Aerobatic gyroscopic routines
    • 3D aerobatic helicopters
    • DRONES
    • Quads
    • Jets and other RC aircraft

Flight Demonstration Schedule*

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Opening ceremony
WWII Warbirds
Future Fight – Star Wars
Dueling Bi-Planes
Drone Race & Freestyle Demo
IMAC 3D Aerobatics
Parachute Jump by Alan Eustace
EDF Jets
Combat Planes
Turbine Jet
Red Stars Formation Flying Team – full size planes
Yak 54 Russian Thunder flown by Rich Perkins

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Drone Demos in the Drone Plex
Nano and Mini Drones in the Nano Cage in the Atrium Room

*Schedule subject to change without notice

Rich Perkins and the Yak-54 Russian Thunder

Rich is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and CEO of Attitude Aviation.  He is a former U-2 pilot, an internationally known air show performer, and an award winning instructor pilot.

Rich holds the highest aviation ratings in both the military and civilian worlds: US Air Force Command Pilot wings and the Airline Transport Pilot license for both land-based and seaplanes.  He has over 10,000 hours of flying time in over 120 different aircraft, and he is equally at home soaring serenely somewhere in the stratosphere or upside down fifty feet off the ground at five hundred miles per hour.



There is only one Yak 54 in the western hemisphere, and this Big Bad Yak is ready to roll the thunder again. Familiar to airshow fans throughout the U.S., Russian Thunder was campaigned by the late Eric Beard in the early 2000’s.  Now, after a complete rebuild, a new engine and paint, Russian Thunder is back, with veteran airshow performer Rich Perkins at the controls.  Rich flies the Yak 54 to its limits in a high energy fully aerobatic performance, with lots of smoke and, yes, Thunder.

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