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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

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Flying With The Aero Experience: Air-to Air With the Blue Demon

By Carmelo Turdo
The Aero Experience recently met with our airshow partner, Patrick McAlee, for a photo session around the St. Louis area. We are proud to provide media for Patrick McAlee Airshows ExtremeFlight again for the 2020 season. Patrick McAlee is an extraordinary aerobatic pilot, commercial airline pilot and Midwest Aviation advocate. The Aero Experience shares ExtremeFlight's mission of bringing the passion for aviation to more communities, large and small, than ever before.

Patrick McAlee's airshow performance incorporates precision tumbling maneuvers, high-speed smoke passes and vertical climbs that show off the incredible performance of his Pitts S-1GT, the Blue Demon. But the airshow performance is just part of the attraction. Patrick McAlee makes a special effort to interact with the audience at each event, adding to his outreach and promotional value wherever he performs. He will again be joined by everyone's favorite superhero, Wonder Woman, at the Freedom in the Sky Airshow coming up in Scott City, KS this weekend.

This edition of Flying With The Aero Experience features the recent air-to-air photo mission with Patrick McAlee flying around the city of St. Louis. We met mid-morning with our sponsor and pilot, Paul Voorhees, owner of Big River Aviation, at St. Louis Downtown Airport to prepare for the flight. The air-to-air photo and video shoot took place over various St. Louis landmarks, including the Gateway Arch, and that media are now being used in the current marketing materials for Patrick McAlee Airshows. The following photo essay, and the YouTube video below, put you in the cabin of Big River Aviation's Cessna 172 photo plane to experience the photographer's eye view of the mission.      

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