This picture shows John Rippinger presenting Rob O’Neill a Lima Lima Flight Team coin in honor of his service to our country as a Navy Seal. Rob’s two most notable missions (He participated in over 400) were the rescue of Captain Roberts and the elimination of Osama bin Laden. May 1 is the sixth anniversary of the bin Laden raid. I highly recommend picking up a copy of his book “The Operator” to get the real story of how the raid went down. Rob is a true patriot and a great American.
This is how artist P. Van Stigt envisioned how the Lima Lima Flight Team would look flying over the Sonoran desert in Arizona. It’s a great depiction of Lou Drendel flying solo in “00”.
This picture shows John Rippinger presenting Larry Wendt (owner of the Buffalo Chip Bar) a picture of the Lima Lima Flight Team flying over Lambeau Field for the Packers-Lions game in 2014. Larry’s bar, located in Cave Creek AZ, burned to the ground on Thanksgiving day last year. He lost all of his Green Bay Packer memorabilia so the team thought we could start him off with a picture of his beloved Lambeau Field at his newly reopened “Chip.”
We ran into Anthony “Goose” Edwards from the movie Top Gun last year at the Syracuse NY Airshow. A very personable guy. Pictured left to right: Skip Aldous, Roger Fritzler, Anthony Edwards, Steve Smith and Mark Miller.
Happy New Year to all of our friends, fans and sponsors. We are looking forward to a great 2017 and hope you are too. This picture was taken several years ago at the Rockford AirFest and shows Rich Gibson (Rich’s Incredible Pyro), and both Susan and John Rippinger. Of course Susan got to push the Wylie Coyote plunger on Rich’s command and the results were spectacular. It’ s appropriately named “The Wall of Fire” and it does get hot.
This is the time of year when the pilots and families of the Lima Lima Flight Team traditionally extend our warmest holiday greetings to all of our friends, fans, Sponsors and airshow promoters. Without your continued support we would not be going into our 29th year in the airshow business.
Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year.