THE WEATHER IS LOOKING GREAT FOR AN EARLIER THAN NORMAL
SKYFEST AT FAIRCHILD AIRFORCE BASE.
THIS AIRSHOW THIS WEEKEND FEATURES THE U-S AIR FORCE
THUNDERBIRDS AND RIGHT BEFORE THAT A PERFORMANCE FROM
A GROUP OF STEARMAN BI-PLANES BASED AT FELTS FIELD.
KXLY FOUR'S JEFF HUMPHREY KICKS OFF OUR SKYFEST COVERAGE
WITH A RIDE-ALONG ON THESE HISTORIC AIRCRAFT.
30;34 IT'S THE WAY THE LORD INTENDED FOR US TO FLY.
OPEN AIR COCKPIT.
BUGS IN YOUR TEETH BECAUSE YOU'RE ALWAYS SMILING.
AND THESE STEARMAN ARE VERY IMPORTANT PART OF OUR
NATS PROP TURN
IF A FARM BOY COULD LEARN TO HANDLE A BI-PLANE HIS
NEXT ROUND OF TRAINING MIGHT BE IN A BOMBER OR FIGHTER.
CAPT LARRY TOBIN/ STEARMAN GROUP 21;48 and as they
got through this step they went on to other airplanes
that got more difficult.
so they had to make sure they were good as this stage
before they moved them on to more expensive, big airplanes.
TODAY THE STEARMAN ARE A REMINDER OF JUST HOW FAR
FLYING HAS EVOLVED IN LESS THAN A CENTURY.
LARRY TOBIN AND HIS WINGMAN JAMES LOVE COMPETE IN
FORMATION FLYING ACROSS THE COUNTRY BECAUSE FORMATION
FLYING IS WHAT KEPT PILOTS ALIVE DURING THE WAR.
LARRY TOBIN 24;27 the bombers, for their protection,
didn't want to be out there alone.
they needed groups of them and they sent out 600 to
a thousand on most missions and 30 percent of them
didn't come home 24;36
TOBIN AND LOVE TAKE THE OLD SCHOOL APPROACH TO COORDINATING
THEIR PERFORMANCE AS WELL.
WHEN YOU'RE LESS THAT 50 FEET APART HAND SIGNALS AND
HEAD NODS WORK BETTER THAN TWO WAY RADIOS.
LARRY TOBIN 23;06 and that's what those young pilots
they didn't have radios in those days so they communicated
with hand signals as we just did on the flight 23;14
31;00 THE STEARMAN GROUP PLANNING A MISSING MAN FORMATION
IN HONOR OF THE TANKER CREW KILLED OVER KYRGYZSTAN.
LOOK FOR LARRY TOBIN AND HIS FELLOW PILOTS PERFORMANCE
JUST BEFORE THE THUNDERBIRDS TAKE TO THE SKY BOTH
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT FAIRCHILD.
REPORTING AT FELTS FIELD, JEFF HUMPHREY, KXLY FOUR.30;19