|By Carmelo Turdo|
As mentioned above, the Blue Demon has undergone some aesthetic and performance improvements, necessitating some time off from the airshow season last year. Now the updated Pitts S1-GT has emerged as a potent aerobatic machine that demands an even more energetic show sequence. Both plane and pilot have delivered on these high expectations, bringing a new look and new excitement to each event. The Aero Experience has covered this transformation process in previous feature stories, such as this recent test flight:
Patrick McAlee was a featured participant in exhibits at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 for GT Propellers and Republic Airline, where he serves as captain of an Embraer E175 regional jet.
Wednesday's activities began with a flight from St. Louis Downtown Airport to Washington Regional Airport, Patrick McAlee's St. Louis-area base, in Big River Aviation's Cessna 172 sans right side door. There was still some light cloud cover and haze remaining from the previous weather system, but we were hopeful that we would get clear flying weather for the midmorning photo flight (it stayed hazy). Following arrival and mission briefing for the local flight, we went to the apron for some photos before launch:
Our Cessna 172 photo plane and Patrick McAlee took off in quick succession, and the Blue Demon easily joined us as we climbed out for a local flight around this Missouri River town. Since the sky remained hazy, we opted for a scenic approach contrasting the blue Pitts S1-GT with the rural landscape. Through excellent crew coordination, we were able to conduct a safe, productive photo flight that highlighted the new look of the Blue Demon to promote upcoming events and update the Patrick McAlee Airshows website. Some of the photos from the flight are featured below:
The airshow season continues for Patrick McAlee Airshows with his next appearance at the Union City, TN Great American Airshow. McAlee brings more than just high-energy aerobatic entertainment to each event. He also takes time to connect with the local community and airshow audience between flights, showing appreciation for their interest and encouraging the development of next generation of young aviators. Contact Patrick McAlee Airshows to secure your 2018 and 2019 Midwest Aviation event appearance dates.