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What Airplane Is This?

More importantly, who is this?

What airplane is this?

As I was scrounging around the Internet, I happened upon this little gem of a photo. What struck me was that this pilot was a high-profile individual in both the competition aerobatic arena as well as the air show circuit. The person has since moved on to other endeavors, but the legacy lives on. What’s your best guess as to who this is? What type of airplane are you looking at? I’d love to hear from you directly, so feel free to contact me at reggie.paulk@gmail.com.

Last month, we had a poll asking how many hours of aerobatic experience our readers have had. A couple of readers took me to task by asking why we went directly from 10 hours to air show performer. Why not IAC competitor, they asked? Even though air show performer was tongue-in-cheek, it’s quite understandable that some would be put off a bit. The poll did reveal some interesting facts about our readers, though:

Poll

As you can see, the majority of our 349 respondents (nearly 70 percent) have 10 hours or less flying aerobatics. A little over a quarter consider themselves to be an air show performer. If you’re a pilot who competes at IAC competitions and you happen to talk to an enthusiast, know that you’re among a minority and you have the ability to convert an enthusiast into a competitor with your encouragement. For those of you in the majority, keep your dreams alive; competition could be just around the corner.

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