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A 2-day celebration of adventurous aviation!
A 2-day celebration of adventurous aviation!

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Ashley Key is The READING AIR Fest "Performer of the Day". Ashley will be walking the wing of Greg Shelton's Super Stearman.
Ashley Key was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her passion for aviation started at an early age building and flying model airplanes with her father. After high school she pursued an art history degree and worked at an art museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma for 7 years. Looking for a bit more adventure, she decided to enlist in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller. When a medical issue prevented her from graduating basic military training at Lackland AFB, she went on to complete her Associate’s Degree in Air Traffic Control back home in Tulsa.
Still wanting to pursue an opportunity to serve her community, Ashley took a position as a police officer at Tulsa International Airport, graduating from the Oklahoma Police Academy in 2013. She has been working at the airport since 2013 as an Airfield Operations Officer and has recently been promoted to Airfield Operations Supervisor. Tulsa International Airport has provided her the best of both worlds: public service and airplanes.
A student pilot, Ashley completed her first solo in a Cessna 172 and is currently learning how to fly in a 180 HP clipped-wing Taylorcraft. Ashley is currently working on completing her bachelor’s degree in aviation management at Oklahoma State University.
Thank you Ashley and Mike Zortman Photography for supplying the images.
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Greg Shelton is The READING AIR Fest "Performer of the Day". Greg is performing for us in his 450 HP Super Stearman for a solo routine and with his wingwalker.
Greg Shelton lives in Collinsville, Oklahoma. His interest in aviation began at an early age watching Borate Bombers in Northern California and listening to his father’s adventures of flying fighters in the U.S. Navy. In 1982, Greg started flying lessons in a J-3 Cub, but before he finished his pilot’s license, he traded it for a Starduster II so he could pursue aerobatics. Greg’s next aircraft was an AT-6 project, which lacked an engine and propeller. Using parts from the RCAF, US Navy, Indian AF, USAF, Spanish AF, and the Norwegian AF, Greg spent over four years restoring this historic airplane. What originally started as a 1952 Canadian Harvard MK IV that served in the RCAF from 1952 through 1965 has become one of the most beautiful Warbirds on the aerobatic air show circuit. Greg has also performed in the Yak-52 and from 1994 to 2003 in the Yak-55M.
In 2003, Greg Shelton decided to add a wing-walking act to his growing list of air show performances. He purchased a beautiful 450 Stearman painted in the patriotic colors of red, white, and blue.
Greg's 1943 Super Stearman first served with the US Navy as an N2S-3 trainer and was later converted after it's military service was over to a 450 HP crop duster in the early 1950’s. In 1984, it was transformed into the colorful and entertaining show plane that you see today. The 450 HP Pratt & Whitney engine is quite an upgrade from the stock 220 HP radial. 
Thank you Ashley Key and Mike Zortman Photography for the photos.
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The READING AIR Fest "Performer of the Day" is Justin Lewis. Justin will be flying his FLS Microjet.
Justin “Shmed” Lewis, was born in Texas and raised in Virginia, and started flying at age 14, receiving his pilot’s license at 17. In 1999, he graduated from the University of North Dakota with a B.S. in Aeronautical Studies, a Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot Certificate, and a Flight Instructor Certificate.
He built experience as a flight instructor for several years until he left for Navy Officer Candidate School. After receiving his commission, Justin married his high school sweetheart, Sarah Clark Lewis, to whom he attributes all his success to. Upon completion of Navy flight school, Justin was recognized as the top graduating tactical jet aviator in 2001 and was assigned the F-14D Tomcat and in 2004 and later transitioned to the E-6B Mercury . In 2007, he was assigned to train the next generation of Navy fighter and aircraft carrier pilots in the T-45 Goshawk.
After nearly 11 years of years of Active Duty, Justin continued to teach in the T-45 as a Naval Reservist until joining the Arkansas Air National Guard in 2011. Today, Justin is a certified Airline Transport Pilot and currently flying the A-10C as a “Traditional Guardsman.”
The BD-5 was dubbed “The World’s Smallest Jet” and quickly earned a reputation as James Bond’s jet when it was featured in the movie “Octopussy.” Through the years, a few airshow teams have captivated fans all over the world with this jet but today, very few flying BD-5’s still exist.
Lewis & Clark Performance, LLC owns and flys the BD-Micro Technologies Flight Line Series Microjet or FLS Microjet. The homebuilt kit design is based on the famous BD-5J of the 1970's but by incorporating today's technology and other airframe improvements, the FLS Microjet has leaped well ahead of it's BD-5J predecessor to once again become the jet of the future.
Thank you to Mach Point One Aviation Photography for the photos.
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A very special "Performer of the Day" is actually "Performer's", the US Army Golden Knights Parachute Demonstration Team. The Golden Knights will be performing their "Night" demonstration on Friday September 11th and daytime jumps on Saturday September 12th.
The United States Army Parachute Team consists of only 89 Soldiers and civilians divided into several sections, Black & Gold Demonstration Teams, Tandem Team, Competition Team, Aviation Detachment and Headquarters Detachment. The team was officially created in 1959, and named the Strategic Army Command Parachute Team, or STRAC. The intent of the team was to compete in the Soviet dominated sport of skydiving. Following the institution of the team, the Department of Defense announced that That year, the all U.S. Army team began representing the STRAC team would become the United States Army Parachute Team.
By 1962, the team earned the nickname the “Golden Knights” on the competition field of battle. Golden, signifying the gold medals the team had won; Knights, proving that they were world champions and alluding to the fact that the Team had “conquered the skies.” The Team’s mission today is to support the U.S. Army’s recruiting and public relations efforts. To accomplish this, the Golden Knights conduct parachute demonstrations, tandems and compete nationally and internationally in order to create a greater propensity to serve in the Army by helping connect America’s people with America’s Army.
Over the last 53 years, the United States Army Parachute Team has created hundreds of millions of positive impressions for the Army by conducting over 16,000 shows in 50 states and 48 countries, reaching an average of 60,000 people per show, averaging over 30 million impressions annually. The Team conducts over 850 tandems each year and has jumped with distinguished centers of influence from Former President George H.W. Bush to Bill Murray and Chuck Norris. The Team domination of national and international competitions has already earned the U.S. Army an impressive 2,148 Gold; 1,117 Silver; and 693 Bronze Medals, as well as, having broken 348 world records.
Thank you to the US Army Parachute Demonstration Team and Mike Zortman Photography for the photos.
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The "Performer of the Day" fans, is Jerry Wells. Jerry will be performing in a 1937 Bücker Jungmeister.
Jerry, like Dan Marcotte, started out racing cars. Finding that racing just wasn't enough, Jerry turned to the skies. It took Jerry 6 months to go from just a private pilot certificate to a Certified Flight Instructor. Now Jerry is a licensed Airline Transport Pilot who spends his time flying charter, corporate aircraft, and teaching people how to fly, along with aerobatics. In his spare time, Jerry runs his aircraft restoration shop, where he specializes in rebuilding Bücker aircraft.
The Bücker Jungmeister was used by the German Air Force as an advanced trainer during WWII. When flight students could handle the Bücker Jungman, a similar looking two seat trainer, it was off to the Jungmeister for aerobatics and combat tactics practice. The Jungmeister also competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and remained a staple of competition aerobatic aircraft through the 1960's. As you will see, Jerry's particular Jungmeister, in Swiss Air Force markings, has been modified with a 300hp engine, giving this little yellow biplane the ability to go uphill very easily.
Thank you again to Mike Zortman Photography for supplying these images.
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Today's READING AIR Fest "Performer of the Day" is Dan Marcotte AirShows. Dan’s show features the Ultimate 10-200 Biplane and his Custom Jet Car.
Dan started racing stock cars at the age of 16, and in 2001, made his first trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats. Not stopping there, Dan decided to become a pilot. With only a private pilot's license and 80 hours of flying time, he set out to race at the Reno Air Races. That year, he finished 4th in the bronze class and on his way home, entered and took 2nd place in an IAC aerobatic contest. Since then, Dan has made five more trips to Bonneville and reached speeds upwards of 300mph in his very own custom built Streamliner.
Designed by Gordon Price, the Ultimate is a unique biplane. It’s four, full span ailerons provide a 400 degree per second roll rate. It also utilizes an aileron/elevator interconnect system that produces unique low speed flight characteristics. Dan enters his maneuvers at speeds of up to 250 MPH. Stressed for +/- 10 Gs, Dan operates the airplane at G loads of up to plus 7 and minus 6 G’s.
Dan is a licensed Commercial Pilot, A&P Mechanic, Master Welder, Welding Instructor, and fabricator. Dan will be demonstrating his aircraft, down low and up front for your viewing pleasure!
Thank you to Mike Zortman Photography and Dan Marcotte Airshows for the photos.
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Less than two weeks away from the show, READING AIR Fest will be starting it's "Performer of the day" post. Today's performer is Scott Francis. Scott will be joining us this year, displaying his incredible talent in his very own MX Aircraft MXS.
Scott Francis has been flying in airplanes for as long as he can remember. Born and raised in Wichita, KS, he flew often with his father who was an experimental test pilot. Scott received his private license in high school, and has gone on to earn his commercial, instrument, multi-engine, and Airline Transport Pilot certifications. He currently has over 2,500 logged hours in more than 40 types of aircraft.
Scott began flying aerobatics and competing in aerobatic competitions in 2003. He rapidly moved up from Sportsman level, to Intermediate, Advanced, and finally the top level -- Unlimited. Scott has been performing in airshows since 2006, starting with a Pitts S-1T, then moving on to a Giles 202, and currently flying the ultra-high performance MXS aircraft. Today Scott flies in more than 30 airshows each year, and particularly enjoys interacting with spectators before and after each show. When he isn't flying an "away show", he can be seen performing in the "Super Acro" slot at the Flying Circus in Bealeton, VA every Sunday from May through October.
Thank you Mike Zortman Photography for providing the photos.
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