Capt. Craig "Rocket" Baker, VDT (Viper Demo Team) pilot, is back turning, burning and scorching the skies in his General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon. Here he performs the 'Sharks Tooth' maneuver at the 2015 Melbourne Air Show.
On September 28, 2006, zooming in from the East at 450 mph with its dual General Electric F110-GE-400 Turbofan Engines screaming and its variable sweep wings retracted at 1,000 feet, the last U.S. Navy F-14D Tomcat, serial number 164342, side number 100 from Fighter Squadron VF-31 “The Tomcatters” arrived from N.A.S Oceana at Miami Tamiami Airport.
Eventually, upon “De-Militarization” at the Miami Coast Guard Air Station maintenance hangars, Tomcat #164342 was trucked and re-assembled for its new life at its final resting place here in Kendall, South Miami, as a prized exhibit at the Wings Over Miami Aviation Museum at Miami Executive Airport.
I recently had a chance to shoot some ‘Hanger Vid’ of this historical plane in ‘Static Mode’. The plane was flown by Captain Dale “Snort” Snodgrass (U.S. Navy, ret.), former Top Gun instructor and legendary F-14 Tomcat pilot. Enjoy, guys – with authentic 'Tomcat Thunder' audio in the background, this is the worlds last flown F-14!
Out of the Delta Formation the Thunderbirds slowly morph into an oncoming cross configuration called the Stinger Formation from which they perform their signature Low Bomb Burst pass at the 2014 Melbourne Air Show.
Jim Tobul in his Chance Vought F4U Corsair 'Korean War Hero' (2,100 horsepower) built in1945 and Scooter Yoak in his P-51D Mustang 'Quicksilver' (1,400 horsepower), both painstakingly restored to exacting specifications fly in various formations at Melbourne.
Air Force Captain James M. Steel is honored as a fallen hero with a Diamond to Delta pass at the 2014, Melbourne Air Show.
Captain Steel, from the 77th Fighter Squadron was killed in action on April 3, 2013 when his F-16 crashed in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom returning to base from a close air support mission.
Here's some wacko fun at the Melbourne Air Show, guys!
Kent Pietsch is up to his old tricks (and a few new ones) in his Jelly Belly Stunt Plane, a 1942 Interstate Cadet, as ex-con 'Chuck Dramamene' who built the plane in prison and smuggled it out one piece at a time.
The 'Resurrected Veteran' Quick Silver was the dream of Father and son team Bill and Scott 'Scooter' Yoak.
Quick Silver was built from over 200 Mustang parts and projects. It stands now as a tribute to our veterans.
Bill Yoak, an individual with a love and passion for this type aircraft did all of the metal work. The remanufactured parts are handmade. Unlike the hurried war effort parts, these are made with the skill and care of a master craftsman, and obtain the utmost attention to detail necessary to restore this Mustang to a condition better than factory new in 1945.
Here's some cool action with a couple of classic American Warbirds!
The P-51D Mustang 'Quicksilver' piloted by Scooter Yoak and the 'Korean War Hero' Chance Vought F4U Corsair, Built in1945, piloted by Jim Tobul, are put away for the night after Saturday's flights at the 2014 Melbourne Air Show.
Oops! A little too far south as a Norwegian Air pilot makes a course correction after overflying his port 90 line-up for runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale International Airport. He makes up for it though with a spectacular sunset landing.