…Without Younkin, Franklin, X-Team Flies On


The Masters of Disaster are gone forever but the show must go on. The X-team, of which Younkin and Franklin were members, offered a replacement show called Tribute to the Masters to its bookings for the balance of last summer. It’s now getting geared up for a return to the spectacular performance that had been thrilling air show audiences. According to the X-team Web site, the Masters of Disasters name has been retired out of respect for Franklin and Younkin and the new routine will be called Masters of the Xtreme. It will also feature three aircraft, a jet truck and pyrotechnics. Jim LeRoy is staying with the group and will be joined by Gene Soucy, Rich Gibson and an alternate pilot who hasn’t yet been announced. Scott and Kent Shockley will handle the jet truck.