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Seasons Greetings

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.

Florence Henderson Has Gone West

Florence Henderson passed away this week at age 82. She had been a TV icon for decades. (Click here for more details. The Lima Lima Flight Team had the opportunity to take her flying at the Chicago Air & Water Show back in 2008. She was a very adventurous lady back then at age 74. The pictures below show Bill Cherwin giving Florence her May West briefing and then her parachute briefing. Then a big “thumbs up” shot with Bill and Vlado Lenoch before her big flight.


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60 Year Old Design

Pretty good looking aircraft for having been designed over 60 years ago. Of course, the plane on the left is the Navy Blue Angel’s C-130 transport. The plane on the right is the venerable T-34 Mentor which was used by the Navy for over 25 years as their primary trainer. The picture was taken at The Chicago-Gary Airport in around 2010.60-year-old-design

Four is In!

This is what it looks like from the slot or #4 position in our diamond formation. The radio call “Four is in” lets the leader know that he has a diamond formation and can start maneuvering. Roger “Fritz” Fritzler is flying #4 and our friend Chris Dilley took the picture from his back seat. Keep in mind that Chris was using a fish eye lense so that the aircraft appear to be much further apart than they really are.Fritz in the slot

T-34 Pilot

There are a lot of warbirds that we could be flying but many of us have chosen the T-34 Mentor as our favorite aircraft. That sentiment is also shared by our wives and significant others. The text on the picture reads, “If you’re sleeping with a T-34 pilot, raise your glass! If you’re not, raise your standards!” Susan and John Rippinger approve of this ad!T34 Pilot.jpg

Three New Acts for Syracuse Air Show Following Blue Angels Cancelation

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Three new teams have been added to the lineup for this weekend’s Syracuse International Airshow.

This following the news that the Blue Angels will not be on hand due to a crash that cost a Navy pilot his life.

Capt. Jeff Kuss was killed last week when his plane went down during a practice flight near Nashville, Tennessee.

His team was scheduled to perform at Syracuse Hancock Airport this Saturday and Sunday in front of some 40,000 people.

In the past week, organizers say they have heard from teams across the country, and agreed to bring in three teams to perform.

They include the F/A-18F Super Hornet Tactical Demonstration Team, the Sea Harrier FA-2 and L-39 and the Lima Lima Flight Team.

Gates open to the show at 9 a.m. and the event runs until 5 p.m.

Adults tickets in advance are $15, for children, it is $10.

Tickets will also be available to purchase at the gate

Dick Tracy

Here is a cartoon from our friend Dick Locher at the Chicago Tribune that was published about 15 years ago. It shows Dick Tracy requesting help from Lima Lima. We are not only ready to lend a hand to Dick Tracy but to any airshow promoter in the country. Give us a call to see if we are available for your airshow.tracy

Head-On Pass


The head-on pass is the teams second maneuver of the show. The formation breaks up into two elements and then tracks inbound to show center with minimal clearances. Just before they “appear” to collide, the number three ship abruptly pulls up to “save” himself. It’s always a crowd favorite. This picture was taken at Thunder Over Louisville by Holly Fraizer.Lima-Lima-Flight-Team-0010

Another Magazine Cover

The team has had dozens of magazine covers over our last 30 years in the airshow business. The fact is, we are always honored when our own T-34 association recognizes us. This picture is of our new four ship routine. Thanks Terry Brennan.Mentor Monitor Cover -March 2016.jpg

Pilot Sign Language

This picture was taken during the 2014 International Council or Air Shows convention in Las Vegas, NV. What would you expect four pilots at an airshow convention to be talking about other than formation flying! Left to right: Dan Wotring, Skip Aldous, John Rippinger and Mike Kennedy.LimaLima-CAF_2014Conv