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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

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Coles County Airport Airshow 2018: Bob Richards, Pitts S-1SS and Air Tractor

By Carmelo Turdo
The Aero Experience continues our coverage with a look at an aerobatic performance by Pitts S-1SS pilot Bob Richards and several spray passes by an Air Tractor agricultural aircraft. Chicago-based Bob Richards performs at Midwest airshows in his distinctive yellow single-seat Pitts S-1SS, a newer aircraft than the red and white Pitts he flew in our previous airshow coverage. Another yellow aircraft, this one being the turboprop-powered Air Tractor agricultural aircraft, flew several low passes illustrating the crop spraying maneuvers used by skilled pilots throughout the growing season across America. We thank Bob Richards and Coles County Memorial Airport for their hospitality.   

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