Take some time today to reflect what has transpired in this country since 9-11-2001. That single event brought our country together in patriotic unison. Unfortunately we have very short memories. Let’s bring America together again!
This year was a special year for both the T-34 and the Lima Lima Flight Team at Oshkosh. It was the 70th anniversary of our airplane and the 32nd anniversary of the team. The T-34 Association practiced for three days prior to arriving at Oshkosh with 30 T-34’s in formation. Four of us from Lima Lima were in the rear diamond and after flying over the field, we broke off and did a mini show for about 30 minutes.
During that time the announcer gave the entire history of the team.
Our good friend Bart Starr passed away on May 29, 2019. Bart was first a gentleman and then a great football player who brought three championships to the Green Bay Packers. This picture was taken in 2013 in his private suite after our flyover. Back row: Mark Miller Skip Aldous and Bart Starr. Front row: John Rippinger and Gary Donovan
This picture was taken while we were coming home from the Acapulco Airshow in 2005. The name of the volcano is Popocatepetl and the picture was taken by John Rippinger. The team had brought one extra T-34 just in case we had a mechanical.
Although officially retired from the Lima Lima Flight Team, both Ripper (John Rippinger) and N53BR are flying full time in beautiful Arizona.
This picture was taken over Lake Pleasant just Northwest of Scottsdale.
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 32nd year in the airshow business. Thanks again and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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|Founded in 1988, The Lima Lima Flight Team became the first civilian 6-ship aerobatic team through a series of serendipitous meetings and the dedication of the early leaders to excellence in formation flying. The T-34 Mentor may not have been the best airplane for this, since it is woefully under powered for the maneuvers that were created, but it was the best combination of comfort and reliability for the long cross-country trips we took traversing the country from border-to-border and coast-to-coast…….and beyond. The story is told in this enhanced and enlarged print version of the team history, which contains the story of those early struggles and the many trips we took, all illustrated with over 100 color photos in 150 pages. This version is twice a long as the original, published in 2003 (mostly black and white) and includes team history through 2018. It is available on Amazon.com. Click here to go direct to the order page at Amazon.|