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Sun N Fun 2014
Sun N Fun 2014
Lewis Air Legends continued the 2014 airshow season in style by attending the 40th annual Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida. The P-38 Lightning, ‘Glacier Girl’, two F7F Tigercats, ‘La Patrona’ and ‘Here Kitty, Kitty!’ and the B-25, ‘Russian Ta Get Ya’ all participated in the "Spring Break for Airplanes."
Lewis Air Legends teamed up with James Slattery and his beautiful Tigercat for an awesome three-ship formation, including Rod Lewis, Stewart Dawson and Steve Hinton. The fans in attendance witnessed the return of the Heritage Flight to Lakeland skies with ‘Glacier Girl’ piloted by Steve Hinton, the P-51 Mustang, ‘Crazy Horse’ with Lee Lauderback at the controls and the F-22 Raptor flown by Capt. John ‘Taboo’ Cummings. To top off a great weekend, the Lewis Air Legends B-25 won Best Bomber.
Check out the video highlight of the sights and sounds from Sun ‘n Fun featuring Lewis Air Legends aircraft.
As if the Lewis Air Legends Cobra gunship didn't already strike an intimidating pose, it had to go and get a facelift! After all, the LAL collection is known for the awesome nose art. Airbrush artist, Mike Dusold brought his raw talent to the LAL hangar's to create a design for our Vietnam War attack chopper that would terrify even the toughest person thinking about going back to the beach…or the airport! ShhShhShh..SHARK!!!
232, What Really Happened
232, What Really Happened
2013 was a bittersweet year for the Lewis Air Legends team at the 50th Annual Reno Air Races. After achieving the fastest qualifying time ever recorded in a Sea Fury, our very own 232, pilot "Hoot" Gibson experienced a structural failure during Saturday's Unlimited Gold Race, eliminating him from the competition. Through skillful camera placement, video forensics, and just dumb luck, our Lewis Air Legends media team was able to piece together the chain of events that grounded 232. Handling the emergency in "cool" astronaut style, "Hoot" safely landed 232, and in his own words...stated, we'll be back "Next Year". Take a moment to see exactly what happened and hear a break down from our crew and pilot.
Rare Bear Texas Edition
RARE BEAR TEXAS STYLE
After a little 'touch up' in Breckenridge, Texas the Bear is headed back to Reno for the 50th Anniversary of the Air Races. Piloted by Stew Dawson, Rare Bear will join the other Lewis Air Racing teams, 232, flown by 'Hoot' Gibson and La Patrona, flown by Rod Lewis. Take a moment to watch the newest Lewis Air Legends video of Rare Bear's journey back to the Unlimited Gold!
'Russian Ta Get Ya' Flyover
Lewis Air Legends is always making the community a priority. During this time of federal budget cuts and sequestration, Lewis Air Legends is still sharing the collection with fans. Most recently, the beloved B-25J Bomber, ‘Russian Ta Get Ya,’ made an appearance over Uni-Trade stadium for the season opener of the Laredo Lemurs baseball team. Take a look at our most recent video of this breathtaking event.
Cobra Test Drive
Lewis Air Legends’ pilots recently took the newest addition of the collection, the AH-1G Cobra helicopter out for a test drive over Medina Lake. Check out our most recent video of the beautiful scenery shot from both the strut and rocket launcher mount of this fully restored Vietnam War attack chopper.
Rare Bear on the Move
Lets set the record straight shall we! Rare Bear departed Stead Field on March 28, 2013, trekked through Arizona and New Mexico, and landed in Breckenridge, Texas on April 5, 2013. Lewis Air Legends was privileged to have Les Chapman Transport, one of the most prestigious aircraft haulers in the world, lead the Bear to Texas, where she will be enhanced by the Ezell Aviation team in hopes of taking home the big win at the 50th Annual Reno Air Race Championships this year! Please take a look at newest video to the left for a more in depth look on Rare Bear’s journey to the South.
F-5 Cloud Dancing
Make sure and take a moment to watch our newest video posted to the Lewis Air Legends website featuring our cloud dancing CF-5D Freedom Fighter. Constructed by Canadair in Montreal, Canada on 9 December 1968, CF116-805 began its impressive service history as a tactical fighter. The F-5 is known as an all-purpose day and night fighter built for ruggedness, unimproved fields, and high sortie utilization rates. Many F-5s still remain in active service around the world today and the Lewis Air Legends Freedom Fighter is still delivering that fighter legacy and rich aviation history. So be sure to keep your head on a swivel and a solid visual look-out…you never know when our F-5 may enter the fight unobserved for another heater or 20mm gun shot… Check Six!
L-39 Cloud Dancing
Make sure and take a moment to watch our newest video from the ‘Cloud Dancer’ series, featuring the Lewis Air Legends L-39C Albatros. Developed in the former Czechoslovakia during the 60s, the L-39 did not see full-scale production until late 1972. So soundly designed, the Albatros is still the most widely used jet trainer in the world, with more than 2,800 still in service with 30+ air forces worldwide. The Lewis Albatross was built in 1978 and ironically wears the paint scheme of the United States Navy Blue Angels.
Reno Highlights 2012
Lewis Air Legends had a fun and safe weekend at the 49th Annual National Championship Air Races. Our crews, pilots and planes did an outstanding job and we are very proud of their accomplishments. The Lewis Air Legends Grumman F7F-3P Tigercat, Here Kitty, Kitty!, placed 4th in the Silver Unlimited Class and our Hawker MK-11 Sea Fury, 232, placed 2nd in the Gold Unlimited Class. Alas, our famous F8F-2 Bearcat, Rare Bear had some minor problems in the last lap of the race and had to pull up, but she'll be back next year with a vengeance. We look forward to many more races to come!
Glacier Girl Anniversary
Glacier Girl Returns
‘Glacier Girl,’ the crown jewel of the Lewis Air Legends Collection, will be making a trip back to the place where she was originally restored. On November 15, the Middlesboro/Bell County Airport in Kentucky will be celebrating its 100th anniversary and ‘Glacier Girl’ will be there to help in the commemoration. Taken to this airport after her extraction from the ice, 'Glacier Girl' was restored and took her first post-restoration flight from their runway. Please stop by and visit this extraordinary piece of history!
The Road to Reno 2012
Lewis Air Legends is gearing up for 49th Annual National Championship Air Races next week. With safety always our main concern, pilot Robert ‘Hoot’ Gibson has been taking our Hawker MK-11 Sea Fury ‘232’ through all the necessary steps and test flights before her big day in Reno. The Lewis Air Legends Sea Fury recently underwent some renovations at Fighter Rebuilders, LLC in Chino, California. Check out her page to see some air-to-air shots of the beautiful warbird in action.