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I guarantee you that you will not see a seven ship formation landing very often. (Probably never again due to increased safety standards). This shot was taken from Skip Aldous’s number seven aircraft while landing at Oshkosh just before the actual airshow started. We had just completed a photo shoot with renowned air-t-air photographer Paul Bowen. The way this landing works is that the the number seven (last) aircraft touches down on the “numbers” and lets the lead know that he is down and under control. Then the the slot aircraft lands with numbers five and six on his wing. He announces to lead that they are down and under control at which time the lead lands with numbers two and three on his wing. This of course requires a long runway, a very thorough briefing and rock solid formation pilots. I strongly recommend that you do not try this at home!
Michael Marco has been flying with the team for over two years. He was recently married to Allison (Leeward) who knows just a little bit about the aviation community. The wedding picture from left to right :
Roger Fritzler, Michael Marco, Skip Aldous, Allison Marco and Jimmy Burke. Welcome to the team Allison!
This picture was taken in December of 2019 at the International Council of Air Shows convention in Las Vegas in front of the Lima Lima booth. From left to right: John Rippinger (former team member), Jimmy Burke (our newest team member), Skip Aldous (team leader) and Roger Fritzler (a five year team member
|Frank “Nordo” Fastner Has Gone West Frank “Nordo” Fastner flew West on October 2, 2019. He is survived by his wife Thelma of Wildwood TN. The best description of Frank was by Lou Drendel in his book “The Lima Lima Flight Team.”|
Frank is a retired electrical engineerand ex USAF weatherman, who analyzed thunderstorms by penetrating them in a P-61 Black Widow. He is an avid out-doorsman who takes an annual solo hike into the Rockies for a week of contemplation. He has been flying for over fifty years,accumulating over 4000 hours in a variety of aircraft. Frank has flown the T-34 for over 20 years and is a charter member of the team and Mentor Flyers.Frank has so many flying stories from his over 4000 hours of adventures, that he has numbered them. Despite his impressive intellectual credentials, Frank never seemed to be able to master the audio panel, hence his call sign; “NORDO” (No Radio)
Blue skies and tailwinds my friend.