Gene Soucy for the misspelling of his name in the last post. You'll find his aerobatic skills aloft at AirVenture and other Air Shows throughout the country. I've discovered that one of his past aerobatic Team members happened to be Tom Poberezny , they once formed the Red Devils Aerobatic Team along with Charlie Hillard.
When I wasn't snapping happy pictures in front of me I was checking out the Jumbo Tron behind me to see what was in the staging area for next up on the field.
One of the female pilots named Jessy Panzer taking the air Monday afternoon in her little Pitts Special reminded me of the free spirited pioneer women aviators Pancho Barnes or Amelia Earhart . I've found a video to let you see the skills Jessy shared with us on the ground. She is a graduate of the famous Emery-Riddle Aeronautical University starting her flying career at 18 years old.
As a woman it would be my opinion the purple,black and white paint job of the Pitts to be appealing. A little hot rod bi- plane.
As you can see in the collage I wanted to bring your attention to CriCri once again, the little planes ability to find itself up among the clouds. It's petite size didn't stop it from heading into perfect air to keep everyone captivated below. Were you there?
One more little plane that brought up the end of the afternoon show for us was Navy Pilot Justin Lewis in the high performance FLS Microjet ; designed in the 1970's by Jim Bede of Bede Aircraft. Eventually the building rights ended up in the ownership of Ed (“Skeeter”) and Richard Karnes when they started BD Micro Technologies, Inc. (BMT) in 1992 and they began distributing the Flight Line Series of kits for the homebuilder.
Imagine for a moment with me if you will a drag race between the Dracula Demon Bi-plane flown by Kurt Franklin and the Ford XROK driven by Vaughn Gittin's Jr..
Pictured on the Jumbo Tron above is the start of the Race on the runway, of which I wasn't able to see sitting from my location on the ground.
In the short burst of speed we all know who led and headed on his way to meet every other aviator who was sharing AirVenture Airspace.
You may or may not know who I'm talking about! The Dracula Demon Bi-plane flown by Aerobatic expert Kurt Franklin of course.
If you should ever get the chance to see an Airshow go have some fun already !
Until next time have a Great Day!