We have an exciting air show planned for the 2017 Aviation Expo! Here is a look at some of the performers who will dazzle us with their aerobatics and formation flying!
To Patty Wagstaff the sky represents adventure, freedom and challenge. A six-time member of the US Aerobatic Team, Patty has won the gold, silver and bronze medals in Olympic-level international aerobatic competition and is the first woman to win the title of US National Aerobatic champion and one of the few people to win it three times.
Patty, one of the world’s top airshow pilots, flies thrilling, low-level aerobatic demonstrations before millions of people each year. Her breathtaking performances give airshow spectators a front-row seat view of the precision and complexity of modern, unlimited hard-core aerobatics. Her smooth aggressive style sets the standard for performers the world over.
Scott Francis has been flying in airplanes for as long as he can remember. Born and raised in Wichita, KS, he flew often with his father who was an experimental test pilot. Scott received his private license in high school, and has gone on to earn his commercial, instrument, multi-engine, and Airline Transport Pilot certifications. He currently has over 2,800 logged hours in more than 40 types of aircraft.
When most people turn 50, they figure it’s time to relax and settle into neutral while coasting toward retirement. Not Jacquie B! When Jacquie turned 50, she launched her solo aerobatic career with her one-of-a-kind Pitts Special biplane. During the centennial celebration of powered flight in 2003, Jacquie finally quit the humdrum of a white collar profession and realized her dream as an air show performer, becoming the first female pilot to enter this business at the age of 50.
Jacquie is now flying an Extra 300 monoplane. She has made the switch from a biplane of many years to something new. Her beautiful red Extra is faster, more capable of gyroscopic maneuvers and has two seats! She can now give rides and share her love and passion of flying with others across the country. She holds a Commercial Certificate in land-based aircraft as well as a seaplane rating and holds a Level 1 ACE card which allows her to perform down to the surface.
Red Thunder teal airplanes feature the Russian Yak-52 and the Chinese Nanchang CJ-6. Tim Williams of Dadeville, Alabama is the Team Leader and offered this: “Our team offers people an opportunity to see these stunning Red Star airplanes up close and personal. A chance to see airplanes that only a few years ago would have been impossible here in the United States.” Today, there are around 500 Yaks and Chinese airplanes in the United States.
Jimmy began his aviation career after graduating from Georgia Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and entering the United States Air Force. After completing pilot training in T-37 and T-38 aircraft, he was assigned to Combat Crew Training in the supersonic, single seat, F-100. Jimmy then flew 325 combat missions in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967 as a fighter pilot in the F-100 and as a forward air controller in the O-1 Bird Dog. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, fifteen Air Medals, and the Purple Heart. After a six year tour of duty, Jimmy left active service in the USAF and joined Eastern Air Lines. While at Eastern, he continued his military flying in the Air National Guard amassing over 2000 hours in the F-100. During his career with Eastern, Jimmy flew Boeing 727 and 757, Lockheed Electra, and Douglas DC-8 and DC-9 aircraft, and retired in 1991 as a B757 captain. Jimmy retired from the United States Air Force Reserve with the rank of Major. Now retired from his third career as a forensic engineer, Jimmy flies a Russian Yak-52 and enjoys formation and airshow flying.