It can be tough finding a female presence in the world of high performance aerobatic flying. Patty Wagstaff is more than just a presence; she’s a bonafide star. Patty will have everyone on the edge of their seats with her vertical snap rolls, torque rolls and tailslides all flawlessly executed very, very close to the ground.
This year, Patty was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame. She is a six-time recipient of the “First Lady of Aerobatics” Betty Skelton Award. She was the first woman to win the title of US Aerobatic Champion. Her airplane, the Goodrich Extra 260, is on display in the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC
Greg Poe has been flying since he was a teenager, and as a top competitor in aerobatic flying since 1988. He has been a finalist in the World Freestyle Sport Flying Championships and has logged more than 6,000 hours of flight as a pilot, performer and instructor.
Greg’s custom made Crucial Edge 540 is considered the top aerobatic airplane in the world today.
& Russian Thunder
Don’t be fooled. Size does matter. Eric Beard’s Yak 54 is twice the size of the quick little monoplanes. “Russian Thunder” is big and powerful, with a supercharged 360 HP, nine cylinder radial engine and an eight foot long propeller.
This combination produces a sound so different, you will “Feel the Thunder.” Russian Thunder is one of only seven Yak 54’s flying in the world.
This very rare aircraft was manufactured in Sarotov, Russia in 1996 by Yakevlev Design Bureau, whose mission was to build a two seat aircraft capable of unlimited aerobatics at the world class level. High G turns, multiple rolls and gyroscopic tumbles are just a few of the maneuvers you will see and hear from Russian Thunder.
Hank Bruckner was always captivated by aircraft and flying. As a kid growing up in Mexico City, he built model airplanes. After graduating from Tulane University, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served throughout the Pacific, including Vietnam. While in the Air Force, he took flying lessons and first soloed in 1972. He became a flight instructor shortly before retiring from the Air Force in 1990, and began instructing, eventually starting his own flight school—Kaimana Aviation—where he currently teaches aerobatics, unusual attitude recoveries, spins and tailwheel transition training.
Hank first began flying aerobatics in 1993 and with his wife Linda, acquired his CAP-10B in 1996. Since then, he has upgraded the airplane with a new wing that features greater strength, larger ailerons, and a significantly greater roll rate. With the new wing, it is now a CAP-10C.
Clint’s flying career began 40 years ago when he first took flight lessons while attending college at the University of Arizona. Shortly after receiving his private pilot certificate, Clint was selected by the Tucson Air National Guard for a USAF pilot training slot.
Clint moved to Hawaii in 1969 and began both his civilian and Air National Guard careers. Retiring in 1996 with almost 2,900 hours of jet time, Clint flew the F-15, F-4, and F-102. Clint’s career included serving as the Commander, 199 th Fighter Squadon (F-15) and Commander, Hawaii Air National Guard.
“Sensing the need to keep pulling some Gs,” as Clint puts it, he founded Acroflight, Inc. and acquired an Extra 300L which he named “Onipa`a” (strong, steadfast). Clint has provided aerobatic rides to more than 300 customers and performed 15 airshows at various locations in Hawaii.
Navy-Marine Corps Capabilities Demonstration
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