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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 and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Monday, November 30, 2015

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015: Airshow Performers - Jerry "Jive" Kerby and Wild Blue: Fly Jive Fly!
Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo
The Aero Experience was glad to see our friend Jerry "Jive" Kerby flying the RV-8A Wild Blue in the day and evening airshows at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015.  Jive put the modified homebuilt through its paces in fighter pilot style, flying precision classic aerobatic maneuvers.    

Jive has flown a variety of aircraft in airshows, including the first Heritage Flight QF-4E season in 2005 as Commander of the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron at Tyndall AFB, FL following extensive experience flying F-15s in active service.  Since retiring from active duty in 2006, he has been involved with several high-profile aerobatic acts:  Collings Foundation F-4D Phantom II, Black Diamond Jet Team Lead L-39, Trojan Horsemen Wing and Solo T-28, Team MS760 Morane-Saulnier MS760, and solo performances in many other types.  It is no surprise that Jive calls his aerobatic RV-8A "Wild Blue," and when the crowds see it zip by they yell,  "Fly, Jive, Fly!"



Jerry "Jive" Kerby and LM "Lunar" Sawyer are also featured in the newly released Fly Now! The Movie and Fly Now! Book:

The premiere of the Reality Aviation Documentary Fly Now! The Movie took place at the St. Louis Hi-Pointe Theater on October 17.  The film chronicles the adventures of aviators from around the country as the movie crew and their trusty homebuilt Pietenpol aircraft travel from St. Louis to Lakeland, Florida, Oshkosh, WI and many places in between.  After much hard work, the self-funded, independent film got its wings in front of a home-town audience.  A limited amount of Fly Now! gear - T-shirts and caps, are now available at the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum.   

Brian Kissinger and Rick Rehg with the new Fly Now! gear

The Fly Now! The Movie team and The Aero Experience are now proud to announce the publishing of the accompanying Fly Now! Book, written by Brian Kissinger and illustrated by The Aero Experience.  The book chronicles the Fly Now! spirit with inspirational words from Brian Kissinger and photos from the year of Midwest Aviation activities.  The first 50 autographed, hard-bound books with DVD movie are now available for pre-order at only $50!  To place your order, contact Carmelo Turdo via Facebook or order directly here.  Orders will be available December 12 at the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum rollout event or by mail.
The Aero Experience: Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil, Fred Harl, Leo Cachat

Some of the people featured in the book and movie include:
Brian K. Kissinger
Jerry "Jive" Kerby and LM "Lunar" Sawyer

Director Jeff Wilson with Pitts Special Patrick McAlee

Greg Colyer flies "Ace Maker" T-33

Bob Richards performs his signature tail wheel drag

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