It was a spectacular sight on May
5-6, 1973 at Naval Air Station, Albany…formerly Turner Air Force
Base…when the Navy’s Blue Angels headlined the last air show in Albany.
Sharing the spotlight with the Blue A’s were famous stunt pilots Bob
Hoover and Corky Fornof, the Flying Pierces wing walkers, and our own
Jack Ivey (’56) with his Pitts Special Aerobatics and Dan Stevens (’53)
with his model airplanes.
Shown below are clippings from the
air show program and local newspapers of each of their events.
Dan continued to work with the Model Airplane Club and build and fly
models until his death in 2008. He served as a crew member for the
Thunderbirds during his Air Force years, and was known for his expertise
in building complicated planes. His ashes were scattered on the club’s
flying field in a memorial service fly in on October 11, 2008.
Jack continued to build and fly stunt planes in various air shows all
over the US from Las Vegas to Indiana to Wisconsin. He restored this
vintage WWII fighter plane to reflect original combat colors and
markings, named it Booby Trap in typical “flyboy” style, and flew
it in shows around the country. He spent 8 years flying in air shows and
logged approximately 6,000 hours flying time as well as operating a very
successful sign business in Albany.
1985, as an active experimental aircraft pilot, Jack flew with Ayres
Corp. pilot, Bill Brodbeck, as National Aeronautical Assn. designated
timekeeper when they achieved 3 world records in time to climb in
the Ayres built Turbo Thrush shown in this clipping. This high powered
crop duster is used in mountainous areas where climbing quickly with a
heavy load is necessary.
The records are listed in Aviation and Space Records and still
stood at the time of Brodbeck’s death earlier this year.
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