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Kent Pietsch and his Jelly Belly sponsored Interstate Cadet
Interview with Kent Pietsch - 37:47
It's not every day you talk with a guy who often lands an airplane on top of a moving motorhome or pickup truck! But that's exactly what Kent Pietsch (sounds like 'peach') does on a regular basis, as the video below shows. He's been performing at airshows since 1974 and he does some really cool flying with his 1940's era Interstate Cadet... like landing on that tiny moving platform; or doing a crazy comedy act that has him bouncing all over the place, dragging wingtips and even losing an aileron; or his 'deadstick' routine where he does aerobatics with the engine shut down from 6,000 feet, and then stopping the airplane exactly where he wants it back on the ground. It's great airshow performing by an excellent pilot and a really nice guy.
Kent is one of many fabulous airshow pilots that will be making the 2010 Indy Air Show such a great event to take the family to if you're anywhere near the Indianapolis area Friday thru Sunday June 11th - 13th. It'll be my first year at the event and I'm really looking forward to it.
In addition to Kent, other performers that I've talked to recently for podcasts that will also be at Indy are Red Bull Air Racer Michael Goulian (podcast #10) as well as Kyle Franklin and Matt Younkin (podcast #8). These interviews really help to give you some insight into what it's like for these unique people to be flying at the highest levels. Turns out they're all really nice people too!
If you're an A-10 Warthog Fan like I am, you'll love seeing the Air Combat Command put on a special A-10 demonstration at Indy. This video from 'A-10 Warthog Week' gives you a great idea of what to expect! Check out IndyAirShow.com for all the details, schedule, and ticket info... it's gonna be more aviation than you can shake a stick at(!) and I hope to see you there : )
I'm looking forward to some great aviation at the 2010 Indy Air Show!
Learn more about Kent Pietsch at PietschAircraft.com