The Red Steel Jet Team’s 3 L-39’s & Newly Acquired L-29 Will Be Flying In Separate Performances This Weekend At The Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Airshow In Gun Barrel City, Texas

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The Red Steel Jet Team will be flying its 4th performance of its inaugural season in its own home state of Texas this weekend with the addition of its newly acquired L-29 in a completely separate performance during the show. The Red Steel Jet Team pilots and crew will also be joining the Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation for its VIP parties before and during the event.


“We look forward to meeting everyone at the pilots party this Friday night and we can’t wait to get up and over the water of Cedar Creek on Saturday. Hope to see you there.” – Gareth Long, Red Steel Jet Team.

The Red Steel Jet Team will be performing at the Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake air show in Gun Barrel City, Texas this Saturday. The Red Steel Jet Team’s L-39’s will be performing at the show along with Randy Ball’s Mig-17, Otto, The Helicopter, Tora-Tora-Tora, and a C-130 Hercules just to name a few. The Red Steel Jet Team is also proud to announce its newly acquired L-29 will perform separately in the show as well. Last year’s show drew over 40,000 people, and with even more aircraft and performers at this year’s airshow, organizers expect to have more in attendance this year. Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake is the only airshow held over water in the Southwest. It will be followed by a firework display and have live commentary of the entire show on KCKL, 95.9FM. The Red Steel Jet Team will also be teaming up with The Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation and two of its events, one before and one during the show. On Friday July 6, 2012 at the Pavilion at the Pinnacle Golf and Boat Club, Mabank, Texas is your opportunity to come and meet The Red Steel Jet Team and the other pilots that will be flying the planes on Saturday. This is an outdoor family event including food, dancing, pilot autographs, pictures, and a cash bar is available. The Red Steel Jet Team booth will also be part of the VIP seating located on the private shores of Pinnacle Golf & Boat Club for the actual show. A portion of Red Steel Jet Team Merchandise sold at the booth will also be given to the Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation. The Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Air Show is a free show but to join the pilots party and or the VIP seating area, tickets can be purchased at “We look forward to meeting everyone at the pilots party this Friday night and we can’t wait to get up and over the water of Cedar Creek on Saturday. There is a great buzz around this show and the entire team is really excited to show the fans what we can do. Hope to see you there.” – Gareth Long, Red Steel Jet Team.

Red Steel Jet Team Interviews Available: Nationally Famed Pilots Orestes Lorenzo & Mike Mangold


All pilots have war stories and tales of fighting the odds, but none more than Red Steel Jet Team pilot Orestes Lorenzo. Once a Major in the Cuban Air Force, Orestes Lorenzo took his skill and training to find himself a better life by defecting to the United States in his MiG-23BN. And while becoming a U.S. citizen seems like the best outcome, Orestes was not done. Borrowing a twin engine Cessna, Orestes flew under the radar to land on a Cuban bridge along the coastal highway near Havana to rescue his wife and two sons. After his successful trip back to U.S. soil with his family, Orestes has worked throughout the years to create a life, a business and a solid jet pilot history all in line with his version of the American Dream. “I’m extremely lucky to have a second chance in life to do what I love to do. The Red Steel Jet Team made this dream possible and I’m amazingly grateful for sharing the skies with the best pilots I have ever met.” – Orestes Lorenzo RSJT Pilot


Mike concurrently pursued light aircraft flying from his aviation beginnings. First learning to fly in a Piper-Cub, then on to jump planes, light twins, and turbines. He became obsessed with sport aerobatics, becoming a 4-time member of the US Aerobatic Team, National Champion, and airplane air show performer. Mike mastered all types of aerial maneuvers including spins, tumbles, tailslides, and rolling turns. As a master instructor, he has spent many hours helping other pilots achieve their dreams. His aerobatic and military skills, along with innovative aircraft modifier friends helped him win 3 World Championships in his 6 year run with the Red Bull Air Race. Now air racing and jet warbirds are his current passion.

Red Steel Jet Team Remaining Schedule:

July 7 Cedar Creek Air Show, Cedar Creek, TX

August 3-5 Westover ARB, Chicopee, MA

August 25-26 Offutt AFB, Omaha, NE                     

September 1-2 Fort Wayne, IN

September 8-9 Liberal, KS

November 2-3 Pensacola, FL

November 10-11 Stuart, FL


The Red Steel Jet Team is looking to partner with local and national business as the Red Steel Jet Team’s popularity builds. “The future visibility of the Red Steel Jet Team in front of thousands can be a generous marketing opportunity and our team still has an impressive schedule ahead of us. The excitement of the performances and great personalities we have on the team can all equal out to be great exposure for your company. This unique marketing choice will gain you exposure in front of thousands of current and future consumers. If you’re around the Gun Barrel City/Cedar Creek Lake, Texas area July 7th take a drive, come see us fly and see how we work with the air show visitors. We hope to see you soon.” – Andy Gil, RSJT Marketing & PR.


The Red Steel Jet Team is a combination of 3 sleek aerodynamic L-39 civilian-owned jet aircraft. The Red Steel Jet Team has as its primary mission to professionally execute complex aerial events safely. With a combined experience of over 35,000 hours, The Red Steel Jet Team features the best civilian and military pilots in the air today. With such varied background as the former top secret 4477th Test Squadron, financial services, construction, technology, aviation law, US Naval helicopter operations and even real estate. This team appeals to people of all walks of life.

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