The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!
Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil, Fred Harl and Leo Cachat - The Aero Experience Team
Thunder Over Louisville featured world-class aerobatic performers, including John Klatt in his first show of the season in the MXS sponsored by the Air National Guard. Klatt, a Lt. Colonel in the Minnesota Air National Guard, actively promotes the benefits of military service at events around the country. He has performed at numerous airshows at Fair St. Louis and Scott AFB, flying the Extra EA300L, Staudacher S-300D, and MXS, as well as at other major Midwest airshows over the years. He is now promoting his Screamin' Sasquatch jet Waco due to make its debut this year. The MXS always looks great as it tumbles through the air, and these images from Thunder Over Louisville capture the effect well:
The Aero Experience coverage of Thunder Over Louisville continues with the Friday practice performance of Billy Werth from Grayout Aerosports in his Eagle 540. Werth is an accomplished aerobatic performer and regional jet pilot from the Danville, Indiana area, and has performed in Fair St. Louis airshows previously in his Aviat Pitts S-2C with Dan McClung of the Red Eagles Team. Grayout Aerosports also provides aerobatic flight experiences for the general public and aerobatic training for pilots along with airshow performances. We salute another Midwest Aviation success story with some views of Billy Werth at Thunder Over Louisville:
Thunder Over Louisville featured several other jet aircraft performers following the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron. One of those, the Ace Maker T-33 flown by Gregory Colyer, flew graceful barrel rolls and smoke-on approaches that provided a dramatic presentation of the post-war era jet trainer. The aircraft tours regularly as part of the T-33 Heritage Foundation's efforts to preserve the type. Colyer also flies the L-29 and L-39 series of jet trainers and holds multiple commercial and CFI ratings. He also provides training for those transitioning to these jets. The Aero Experience presents a sample of the airshow routine flown during the Friday practice session at the Louisville riverfront:
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight demonstration Squadron continued to roar through the spring schedule with a performance last weekend at Thunder Over Louisville. The airshow box over the Ohio River is unique in that it crosses the river at an angle, not just Contained parallel to the river banks. This unique arrangement allows for a more dynamic presentation of the Blue Angels' maneuvers as the F/A-18C Hornet fighters enter and exit over the city in an echoing blast of jet power. The Aero Experience was in town for the Friday practice session, and had a front row seat for all the action. A front was entering the area when the Blue Angels entered the airspace around 3:30pm, and the team performed their flat show routine for the gathering crowd of VIPS and early bird fans.
By Leo Cachat
The following sequence presents the performance in roughly the order the maneuvers were flown. Notice that No.7 two-seat aircraft, normally flown by Narrator Lt. Ryan Chamberlain and Events Coordinator Lt.Cmdr. Michael Cheng, is being flown in the No.5 Opposing Solo role during this Friday performance.