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Paul Stender's
World's Fastest Jet Powered School Bus


Students have no excuse turning up late in this school bus! It breathes fire and rockets along at speeds up to 367 mph!

And the miles just fly by after it was fitted with a 42,000 HP GE J-79 jet engine lifted from a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom fighter jet. Dubbed “School Time” the bus also belches out 80 foot flames, sending huge clouds of smoke billowing from the tail pipe.

The bus evolved into a high-speed dragster at the hands of motor-head Paul Stender who custom built the hot rod ride. “The entire vehicle was custom built by myself. There’s no way the original bus could have withstood the speeds that I take it to. “Actually a lot of it is hand-crafted and the types of metals used would be more at home on an aircraft.”

Despite its engine size, this school bus still seats three passengers. Media, VIP guests, and sponsors all get in line for a fast trip down the runway! But sadly, it won’t be taking any kids to school in record time: it’s for shows only.

“I built the bus for two reasons.The first is to entertain people because, come on, it’s a jet bus.”

“The second is to inspire kids to keep away from drugs. Let me explain: We do a lot of displays at schools and we are trying to show kids there’s more to life than sitting in front of computers. It’s important for them to have active hobbies and creative interests to keep busy and keep away from bad influences and drugs. That’s why we wrote our motto on the side of the bus, “Jets are hot, drugs are not.”

“I guess this is my revenge for all those days riding on the slow journey to school, now it goes at my kind of pace.”

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Skip Stewart's
Prometheus Pitts



SKIP STEWART IS ONE OF THE MOST ENTERTAINING AIRSHOW PILOTS IN THE WORLD TODAY. HE HAS OVER EIGHT THOUSAND HOURS OF FLYING EXPERIENCE, IS AN AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT, CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR, HAS OWNED AND OPERATED AN AEROBATIC FLIGHT SCHOOL, EARNED GOLD MEDALS IN REGIONAL AEROBATIC COMPETITIONS, SERVED AS A CHIEF PILOT FOR A FORTUNE 100 COMPANY AND HAS SPENT MORE THAN TEN YEARS ENTERTAINING AIRSHOW FANS AROUND THE WORLD.

PROMETHEUS THE FLYING MACHINE IS PART PITTS SPECIAL AND THE REST SKIP AND CHRISTINA STEWART. STARTING LIFE AS A PITTS S-2S, PROMETHEUS WAS MODIFIED TO GIVE SKIP THE AIRSHOW MACHINE HE WANTED. THIS FLYING MACHINE LOOKS LIKE A GOOD OLD AMERICAN HOT ROD. THE HORSE POWER WAS INCREASED TO (400), THE BIG THREE BLADED PROP REMINDS YOU OF OVERSIZED RACING SLICKS, THE REAR CANTED LANDING GEAR MAKES IT LOOK FAST SITTING ON THE GROUND AND THE PAINT JOB YELLS “STREET ROD.”

WITH A CLIMB RATE OF 4000FPM, MAX SPEED OF 197 MPH, STALL SPEED OF 58 MPH, EMPTY WEIGHT OF (1146) LBS. AND RANGE OF 405 MILES – THIS IS AN ALL MUSCLE BI-PLANE.

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Matt Younkin's
Twin Beech 18


Matt Younkin is a third generation pilot. He is the son of Bobby Younkin who is considered to be one of the greatest airshow pilots of all time.

Matt is also the grandson of Jim Younkin who is well-known for designing Century and Trutrak autopilots as well as building replicas of the 1930’s Howard “Mr. Mulligan” and Travel Air “Mystery Ship” race planes.

Matt learned to fly at the age of 14 in a Piper J-3 Cub. At age 15, the same instructor who taught Bobby how to fly, refined Matt’s piloting skills. On his sixteenth birthday, Matt soloed his grandfather’s 1928 Travel Air 4000 biplane.

Matt to date has flown over 75 different types of airplanes ranging from the Piper Cub to the Boeing B-17. He is also a fully rated flight instructor, has over 3000 hours of total flying time, and currently resides in Siloam Springs, AR.

Matt spent his first couple of years in the industry performing at airshows in the Super Decathlon and in the world’s only flying example of the Travel Air “Mystery Ship.” At Sun n Fun 2007, Matt debut his version of the aerobatic act made famous by his father in the Beech 18. This act continues to be described by producers and fans alike as one of the most beautiful and graceful displays the industry has to offer.

At Airventure 2012, Matt will become the first second-generation recipient of the coveted Bill Barber Award for Showmanship. Considered young in the airshow industry by some and a veteran by others, Matt continues to amaze airshow goers with his unique ability to capture the crowd in the moment, much the same way his father Bobby and sister Amanda did for so many years.

www.younkinair.com

Kyle Franklin's
Comedy Super Cub



This one-of-a kind wild and crazy comedy act puts Kyle Franklin as Ben Whabnaski, the annoying drunk who wants his airplane ride that was promised to him. Much different from your typical flying farmer routine, this routine will get everyone on their feet and roaring with laughter. The effort and skill Kyle displays is amazing to say the least. Most pilots only put a wingtip on the ground during ground loops. Kyle Franklin does it for fun so often, that his cub needs skid plates taped on the wingtips! This is truly a show stealing act.

www.franklinairshow.com

 

Paul Stender's
Jet Powered Outhouse



The world’s only’s jet powered outhouse, christened the Port-O-Jet, was created by attaching a portable toilet to a go-kart chassis. A Boeing turbine engine, which came from a navy minesweeper, was then stuck under the bowl. Add a 55-liter fuel tank and a pair of small tires, and all that was needed was a vision hole in the door for the driver.

“It’s fair to say that Port-O-Jet doesn’t handle that well. In fact, it drives a bit like an outhouse,” says Paul Stender, who created the machine. But what the machine lacks in aerodynamics it makes up for in power. The Port-O-Jet boasts 1,000 hp! Thirty-foot flames shoot from the tailpipe and fire shoots from the roof vent! Contrary to popular belief, the outhouse is not driven by remote control, driver Paul Stender is steering from inside the outhouse! When its time to refuel, Paul simply dumps some jet fuel into the urinal, which doubles as a funnel for his fuel tank.

“With a good tailwind it can reach up to 70 MPH, which isn’t bad for a toilet.”

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Kyle Franklin's
"Dracula" Demon-1

Some people follow in the footsteps of their parents, some blaze a new trail – Kyle Franklin has done both. For nearly 50 years, the Franklin family name has been synonymous with creative, theme-based airshows that pack the grand stands and bring the crowds to their feet.

Kyle's "Dracula", the immortal monster of dreams and nightmares takes the form of a new biplane and a thrilling airshow act. Kyle Franklin has created a one of a kind airplane with a classic theme, an appealing story, and a commitment to his fans that is rooted in creativity and passion. He has emerged from a storied, sometimes tragic, past as a man who is a product of his unique upbringing, but who has also brought forth his own talents and ideas. Building on the success of his predecessors, Kyle has grown into a leading role in his profession. As Dracula grows as an act, Kyle will continue to create new ideas and new acts that will appeal to an ever-widening fan base. Always at the forefront of creativity, always rooted in classic themes, Kyle Franklin has brought to life a monster that will take the world by storm – Dracula has grown from apparition to reality. Prepare your souls for an

www.franklinairshow.com

Joe “Rifle” Shetterly's
RV-8



Joe “Rifle” Shetterly flat out LOVES TO FLY! His dad logged Joe’s first flight when he was 6 months old. Rifle has continued that same tradition by logging similar entries in both of his own son’s logbooks. Joe flew U-control airplanes since before he can remember and began competing with radio-controlled airplanes at 8 years old. When his parents bought a Citabria, learning to fly full-scale airplanes was a natural transition. His first solo flight was on his 16th birthday and at 17, he earned his Private Pilot’s License in the family’s Citabria. Rifle flew his first aerobatic competition as a teenager about a year later. Joe became a Flight Instructor in 2002 and has logged nearly 1400 hours as a civilian flight instructor. He currently holds a Commercial Pilot’s License for single and multi-engine aircraft as well as a Commercial Glider License.


Rifle was the 2010-2011 A-10 West Demonstration Pilot flying nearly 250 aerobatic performances in the A-10C at more than 60 different events around the world. He has logged 1300+ hours in the A-10 (including 140 in combat) and is currently an active instructor in the mighty Thunderbolt II (The Warthog). Rifle’s total flying time is 4000+ hours. He has flown as Pilot-In-Command of more than 115 different makes and models of airplanes and has test-flown (flown the very first flights) on 6 different experimental aircraft.

Rifle hopes his aerobatic performance, flown in today’s most prolific homebuilt aircraft, will spark an interest in learning to fly or even owning your own airplane. ”It’s never too late to learn.”

www.rifleairshows.com

Kevin Colman's
Extra 300SHP



Kevin Coleman is only 22 years old and he has already made a name for himself in the air show business. Kevin, who is one of the youngest air show stars in the world, is a second generation pilot and second generation air show performer. As a kid growing up in the air show business he loved watching his father perform. And a few years later, he was watching his older brother perform. As soon as Kevin was able to walk he was helping out around the hangar with the airplanes. When you watch Kevin performing in the sky, it is clear that flying aerobatics is a part of his DNA.

At the young age of 10 years old Kevin started taking aerobatic lessons in the family decathlon from air show legend Marion Cole*. Kevin quickly became fascinated with aerobatic flight and he started taking lessons as often as he could. Marion became Kevin’s friend and flight instructor. As Marion’s student, Kevin flew his first solo on his 16th birthday, and he earned his private pilot license on his 17th birthday.

Kevin Coleman flys the one of a kind Extra 300SHP, one of the highest performance airplanes in the world. The 300SHP was the first high performance, unlimted aerobatic airplane that Walter Extra designed and built in almost 15 years. The 300SHP quickly changed the world of unlimited aerobatics and essentially showed the world that Extra Aircraft was still one of the worlds greatest aerobatic airplane manufacturers


www.kevincolemanaerosports.com

United States Air Force's
A-10 Thunderbolt II



The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. The A-10 was designed for a United States Air Force (USAF) requirement to provide close air support (CAS) for ground forces by attacking tanks and other armored vehicles, and other ground targets with a limited air defense capability. It was the first USAF aircraft designed solely for CAS.

The A-10 was designed around the GAU-8 Avenger, a heavy rotary cannon that forms the aircraft's primary armament. (It is, to date, the heaviest rotary cannon ever mounted on an aircraft.) The aircraft's hull incorporates over 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of armor and was designed with survivability as a priority, with protective measures in place which enable the aircraft to continue flying even after taking significant damage.

The A-10's official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air support. The A-10 is more commonly known by its nickname "Warthog" or simply "Hog". As a secondary mission, it provides airborne forward air control, guiding other aircraft against ground targets. A-10s used primarily in this role are designated OA-10. The A-10 is not expected to be replaced until 2028 or later.