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It was seventeen years ago today 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.
2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the Lima Lima Flight Team. This is quite a feat in our business. There is only one other team and just a hand full of individual performers who have survived for thirty years. We will be having a reunion this month at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL from the 17th to the 19th. Click here for details http://ow.ly/dWK130ld6Qo
The painting was done by our resident artist and pilot Lou Drendel. It shows the thirty pilots and announcers that we have had since our inception in 1987.
This shot of the B-2 and two of our T-34’s was taken at Whiteman AFB in Missouri several years ago. I don’t think there will ever be another shot of a civilian aircraft with the B-2. The commanding officer asked me “is there anything else that I can do for you guys?” and I called him on it. The photo shoot started at 0500 in the dark with the crew pulling the B-2 out of its air conditioned hanger and then carefully watching us pull our aircraft under the B-2’s wing. The t-34’s look like model airplanes.
I know a lot of you are into motorcycles and collect challenge coins. I found a way to professionally mount the coins with the use of a coin holder mount available from Motordog69.com
The picture shows it mounted on the gas tank of my Honda VTX-1800.
It’s available on the website as well as most large motorcycle shows.
Meet my neighbor and golfing buddy Denny Wisely who is a retired admiral, former lead of the Blue Angels (the A4 Skyhawk), Captain of the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier and credited with two kills in Vietnam during his 350+ missions. When he got his wings at Pensacola, rather than go into jets, he spent one year and over 800 hours instructing in the T-34. He had not flown the mentor since then and muscle memory kicked in for his flight around Scottsdale.
Read Denny’s just published book on Kindle “Green Ink: Memoirs of a Fighter Pilot.”
The paper copy just came out on May 6th and is available on Amazon.
” Here is the intro to the book:
The biography of a navy fighter pilot who started out from immature, shaky beginnings. He found himself in the navy while growing up during Vietnam. He was the first to shoot down two enemy airplanes and flew 350 combat missions during three deployments aboard USS Kitty Hawk. The ledger he kept will bring you right there with him as he recounts many of those more than exciting missions including being shot down near Hanoi. He flew F4 Phantom to 85,000 feet during operational test flights at the McDonnell-Douglas factor in St Louis. Later at VX-4 in Pt Mugu, California he tested the F 14 Tomcat and flew the MiG 21 from Area 51. He went on to command a Fighter Squadron from USS Midway home-ported in Japan and then went on to be Flight Leader and Commanding Officer of the Blue Angels. He went on to Command the aircraft carrier John F Kennedy.
The title says it all. This is just one of the many landmarks in the United States that we have been privileged to fly over in our thirty year history. Stayed tuned for more.
This is an original piece of artwork done by our former #5 pilot, artist and author, Lou Drendel. It shows what our six ship wedge loop looked like from a totally different perspective at the Chicago Air & Water Show back in 1998. By the way, Lou is still doing commission work if you need a special aviation related piece of artwork http://www.aviation-art.net
This picture shows Harrison Ford accepting a Lima Lima Flight Team coin from John Rippinger at the annual “Living Legends of Aviation” dinner in Beverly Hills on January 19. Harrison also wants to do some formation flying in the T-34. I think we can accommodate that request!
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.