Week One- The Barksdale Air Show at the Air Force Base near Shreveport, Louisiana, was a well organized event as they hosted thousands at the AFB. On Sunday, Kirby lost oil pressure at the beginning of his performance, after his famous “Cobra” maneuver and immediately landed. It turned out that a gasket had been damaged.
Miles Flown-916 Nautical Miles
State of Mind: Cautiously Optimistic
Week Two- The Ft. Lauderdale Air Show was the first in five years and was a massive undertaking. The citizens of Ft. Lauderdale were thrilled to have the air show back in town. This marks the first air show that Kirby did not fly, due to a mechanical problem.
Miles Flown-805.6 Nautical Miles
Unplanned Engine Change-1
State of Mind: Bummed
Week Three- The Flying Crown Ranch, home sweet home!
Miles Flown-1683.1 Nautical Miles
Unplanned Engine Purchase- 1
State of Mind: Resolved
Week Four- X-Fighters and Filming! Kirby was super excited to perform at the X-Fighters for the first time! Kirby was also looking forward to filming with the Discovery Channel, two firsts in the same day!
Miles Flown-598 Nautical Miles
Events in one day-2
State of Mind: Euphoric
Week Five- Andrew’s Air Force Base Air Show in Maryland! On the way to Maryland the Team had to stop in Florida to switch engines before heading north. It took two days to do what should have been accomplished in one day. Kirby and the Team were thrilled to finally finish the difficult task and head toward Andrew’s!
Miles Flown-2438.7 Nautical Miles
One Engine off and another on…
State of Mind: Inspired
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, Wow! What a Ride!
~Hunter S. Thompson