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 and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team
Monday, July 22, 2013
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 Reprise: Gene Soucy and the Showcat
The airshows at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 attracted the top talent in the industry, including Gene Soucy. Soucy is a legend in aerobatics, having joined the U.S. Aerobatic Team at age 22, assisting the team in winning its first World Title. He became three-time U.S. and Canadian National Champion, and began his airshow career in 1968. Soucy flew Pitts S-1S, BD-4, Bellanca Decathlon, Piper Cub and Cessna 150 before the current Showcat (modified Grumman Ag-Cat) and Extra 300S. He has flown with the Red Devil and Eagle Aerobatic Teams and has flown in many movie scenes as well. Since 1988, most of his performances have included Teresa Stokes, rated pilot and aviation artist whose wing-walking act has become the standard in the industry ever since. Here are some views of Gene Soucy as he flew in the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 airshows: