I resolve to pay more attention to my cross country flying than to catching up on my reading.
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 30th year in the airshow business.
It was very early in our careers when we thought that packaging an airshow act during the day and and a headliner singing act at night would enhance our cash flow….NOT. Pictured left to right: Skip Aldous, Elvis, Bill Cherwin, John Rippinger and Lou Drendel. Not sure who is standing behind the King.
The first is “how does this dress make by butt look?” and the second is “making a choice between your airplane and your wife“.
It was sixteen years ago next week that the tragedy we now refer to simply as 9-11 occurred. This picture was taken several years before during an airshow that we were performing in Suffolk County NY. Just remember that freedom is not free.
On July 17 we lost one of our dear friends and mentors, Vlado Lenoch. He and his passenger died at an airshow in Kansas during a VIP ride. No cause for the accident has been determined. Vlado mentored the Lima Lima Flight Team for over twenty years and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
ONE MORE ROLL
We toast our faithful comrades
Now fallen from the sky
And gently caught by God’s own hand
To be with Him on high.
To dwell among the soaring clouds
They knew so well before
From dawn patrol and victory roll
At heaven’s very door.
And as we fly among them there
Were sure to hear their plea–
“Take care, my friend; watch your six,
And do one more roll…Just for me.”
This picture shows the Lima Lima Flight team with the Aeroshell flight team over Stone Mountain near Atlanta Georgia last month at the Good Neighbor Airshow. In my humble opinion, these are the two best four-ship teams in the world. Both have been in the airshow business for over thirty years. Thanks to John Willhoff for the great air to air shot.