By Mary Grady, Contributing editor
While we'll be busy all next week at EAA AirVenture capturing all the news across the grounds, every afternoon the world's best airshow performers will fill the sky with their most spectacular efforts. Chuck Aaron, of Red Bull, will be flying the world's only aerobatic helicopter routine, and Greg Poe will perform in an ethanol-powered MX2. Kirby Chambliss takes a break from competing in the Red Bull Air Races to fly a solo show in an Edge. Debby Rihn-Harvey, an aerobatics champion who's an airline captain in her day job, flies a French-built Cap 232. Art Nalls will return with his Harrier, the only one in the world that's privately owned. Longtime favorites including Sean D. Tucker, Kyle Franklin, John Mohr in his Stearman, Mike Goulian in the Extra 330, and Matt Younkin in a Twin Beech also are among the lineup.
Besides the aerial performances, the skies will be filled every day with flight demonstrations and fly-bys that showcase the wide variety in the world of aviation. Everything from a two-seat open-air Breezy to the Airbus A380 has flown at Wittman Field, and this year's show promises to deliver more of the same.
Sean Tucker will be flying a brand-new Challenger III airplane. We spoke with him about it briefly a few weeks ago (click here for that podcast), but recently we caught up with his crew at an airshow and took a more detailed look at the airplane's unique features. Click here for that podcast.