U.S. Third in World Aerobatic Championships
September 3, 2009 — The 25th World Aerobatic Championships concluded August 29th in Silverstone, UK. Though the event was marred by the tragic loss of Vicki Cruse, a United States Unlimited Team pilot and International Aerobatic Club (IAC) president, the event continued on in her memory in tribute to her as a pilot and friend of many in the competitive aerobatic world. Sixty pilots from 18 countries entered the event which was held at the home of British Motorsports.
Jeff Boerboon placed eighth overall and was the top American competitor. The U.S. Team also included Michael Racy, in 12th; David Martin, 16th; Hubie Tolson, 22nd; Debby Rihn-Harvey, 33rd; Goody Thomas, 36th; and Robert Armstrong, 54th. Armstrong withdrew from competition following the first program, due to the Cruse accident. IAC Board member Michael Heuer says there is no doubt that the U.S. team performance suffered because of the loss of their teammate.
The US fared well in the team competition, winning the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) Bronze medal behind France (gold) and Russia (silver). For complete results, visit the WAC website.