Greetings from The Aero Experience Team

Greetings!

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!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil, Fred Harl and Leo Cachat - The Aero Experience Team





Friday, April 24, 2015

Fly Now! The Movie Crew at Sun'n Fun: Fly Jive Fly with "Jive" and "Lunar"

By Carmelo Turdo
http://flynowmovie.com/The Fly Now! The Movie crew continued their odyssey at the Sun'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, FL today with a visit to the performer's hangar.  Our special guest interview today was with the team from Fly Jive Fly, Jerry "Jive" Kerby (USAF LtCol. Ret.) and L.M. "Lunar" Sawyer, accompanied by "Wild Blue," the RV-8A that has become an airshow phenomenon across the country in recent years.  The crew was warmly received by "Jive" and "Lunar" and we gathered around "Wild Blue" to record the interview and get some great candid photos of the visit.  The Aero Experience was proud to assist in arranging the interview and recommending the Fly Jive Fly team for inclusion in Fly Now! The Movie.  



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Jerry "Jive" Kerby, a retired USAF fighter pilot from Lancaster, MO, has been flying since he was a teenager.  He joined the USAF after accumulating thousands of hours and numerous ratings, giving him the advantage to move through military flight training and into the F-15 Eagle fighter.  His last command included bringing the F-4 Phantom II fighter into the USAF Heritage Flight program, letting another generation of Americans experience the mighty Phantom before the recent retirement of the type from Heritage Flights.  He currently still flies high-performance aircraft as VP for Operations at Draken International and of course flies the RV-8A "Wild Blue" at airshows across the country.

L.M. "Lunar" Sawyer, from Swannanoa, NC, is an Public Relations and advertising professional managing the Fly Jive Fly activities (and also married to "Jive"!).  She has over 17 years of experience in the airshow industry and is one of the few women airshow narrators.  "Lunar" has worked to make Fly Jive Fly a must-see entertainment feature of any airshow event.  She accompanies "Jive" to airshows flying in "Wild Blue," and makes appearances like the one in the upcoming Fly Now! The Movie possible.     

(Bill Aanstad photo)



(Bill Aanstad photo)













We have a portion of the interview available here, where "Jive" tells us about the RV-8A "Wild Blue" and gives his advice to our next generation.  This video clip is made available courtesy of Fly Now! The Movie Director Jeff Wilson.

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The Fly Now! The Movie crew and The Aero Experience wish to thank "Jive" and "Lunar" for participating in the interview and for showing their good nature and candor during our visit.  Look for their appearance at airshows around the country and in Fly Now! The Movie coming later this year.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fly Now! The Movie Crew at Sun'n Fun: Warbirds, The 4ce and USAF Thunderbirds

By Carmelo Turdo
http://flynowmovie.com/The Fly Now! The Movie crew continued their work at Sun'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo today, interviewing attendees, exhibitors and pilots to find the great aviation stories of our time.  While our Director, Jeff Wilson, and Executive Producer Brian Kissinger, were gathering movie footage, The Aero Experience was taking photographs of the ramp and airshow.  We have a sampling from the airshow featuring the Texas Flying Legends, The 4ce, and the USAF Thunderbirds.












Fly Now! The Movie Crew at Sun'n Fun: Interviews and Airshows

By Carmelo Turdo
http://flynowmovie.com/The Fly Now! The Movie crew spent their second day at the Sun'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo meeting more people, doing more interviews and enjoying another airshow on Wednesday.  We have already captured many great stories and we will gather more movie material over the next few days. 

Here are photos from yesterday:





















   


















Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Fly Now! The Movie Crew at Sun'n Fun: The Sun and the Fun Return to Florida Aviation

By Carmelo Turdo
http://flynowmovie.com/The Fly Now! The Movie crew arrived at the Sun'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, FL Tuesday, bringing with them the sun and the fun missing along the trip from St. Louis.  The weather was excellent for allowing the crew to fan out among the crowd and the airshow performers to capture some images and video during this opening event for the movie project.  Director Jeff Wilson and Executive Producer Brian Kissinger conducted video interviews while the rest of us photographed the static displays and airshow performances.  It was a great opportunity to reunite with our friends in the aviation and airshow communities and make plans for the rest of the week's activities.  Here are some images from today at Sun'n Fun: