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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — The free Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival just keeps getting bigger and better.
Most recently signed on to soar through Truckee’s sky on July 12 are high-flying aerobatic performers Bill Cornick, Tim Just and Craig “Brute” Teft.
Cornick is not only one of the finest, but he’s the oldest pilot on the AirShow circuit, performing inverted flat spins in his modified “Super” Pitts S-2C along with executing rolls, lomcevak tumbles, the “pin-wheel,” a double hammerhead and other intense aerobatic maneuvers.
Cornick started flying in the United States Air Force in 1953. After serving for 10 years, he returned to civilian flying as a charter pilot, corporate pilot and a flight instructor with United Airlines. He’s logged more than 26,000 hours in the air. Now he devotes his time to performing at air shows and teaching aerobatics. In 1980, he started performing and has since continued to repeatedly thrill crowds.
Just flies a maximum performance handling Extra 300S. Flying out of Victorville, Calif., he has been a test pilot in the aerospace industry for 27 years and has flown as a competition aerobatic pilot since 1986. He began competition flying in a Pitts S2-S, which was replaced by an Extra 300 while competing at the advanced level. He’s competed in four U.S. Nationals. In 2010 he became a member of the 2010-11 United States Unlimited Aerobatic Team, which represented the U.S. in Italy.
“Tim Just is currently training for the 2015 World Championships to be held in France, so we feel very fortunate to have him take the time to fly our air show; his performances include many maneuvers that are included in international competitions,” said AirShow Chairman Tim LoDolce. “He and Bill Cornick are going to really complement our AirShow.”
Craig “Brute” Teft joined the Air Force in 1986 and has been active in competitive aerobatics in his military trainer CJ6, as duty allows, since 1988. In 1995 he was selected to attend the USAF Fighter Weapons School (aka Top Gun, winning the academic and outstanding graduate awards. In 2000 he won a bronze medal at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships. His performance, “Disciplined Precision,” incorporates skills learned from more than 20 years as an Air Force Fighter Pilot and precision flying.
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Kent Pietsch, “Jelly Belly” sponsored pilot, flies an Interstate Cadet Airplane and executes three different acts leaving spectators mesmerized.
Dan Buchanan, who six months after an accident that left him unable to walk, began flying his NorthWing designed hang glider.
RedStar Formation Team, a show pleaser for the past two years, is a Precision Warbird Mass Formation Display Team highlighting precision flying capabilities.
The AirShow’s 2014 “Women in Aviation” themed-event will welcome women from both near and far.
The line-up includes world-renowned, three-time national Aerobatic Champion and National Aviation Hall of Fame member Patty Wagstaff to speak at the AirShow’s pre-event honorary dinner on July 11; Truckee local and Retired Flying Tiger/Fed Ex captain Sandy Wiederkehr as the AirShow’s Grand Marshal; Truckee local and Persian Gulf veteran pilot Kimberlei Northrop; Jeanne Slone author of “She Flew Bombers” signing at the Bookshelf in Truckee; Julia Hamlin, pilot from Cessna’s Discover Flying Challenge, and several female pilots and jumpers from the U.S. Air Force Parachute Team “Wings of Blue.”
“Opening ceremony is set for 11:15 a.m. The AirShow plans to make event goers’ hairs rise from the sights of planes swirling and thundering in the sky with numerous aerobatic performances,” added LoDolce.
Saturday, July 12 event offerings include free admission, free parking, aerobatics, parachute demonstrations, static aircraft displays, Vendor Village, Kids’ Fun Zone, food court, beer garden, helicopter rides for a cost, radio activated planes, free speaker forums and free flights for ages 8-17 on Sunday, July 13. Sign-ups for free flights take place Saturday at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Building.
The pre-event Friday, July 11 Honorary Dinner at the Airport will feature keynote speaker Wagstaff, with a presentation on women in aviation and short video. Dinner cost is $50 per person. Tickets are on sale at the Truckee Tahoe Airport or online at www.truckeetahoeairshow.com.
The Truckee Tahoe Airport District is the “Golden Wings” sponsor. All event proceeds go to Truckee North Tahoe youth through scholarships, youth program funding and various donations. Three nonprofit organizations — Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1073, KidZone Museum and Truckee Optimist Club — plan, organize and run the event. The 2012 and 2013 events combined raised over $97,000. For more information click here.