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You love your Cirrus. Its very cool , fast and
exciting. It still turns heads wherever you
land. Just looking at it raises your heart
rate. But lately, you have noticed
that it is starting to look a little tired.
The base paint is still good, it's the decal
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Oh, man, what a great month for Fury demonstrations.
The weather is perfect, the people are fantastic and
the Fury, ah the Fury, every pilot’s wish, dream and
It all started off in New Iberia, LA. Yep,
it was the make-up show for the one rained out in
May, the old Navy base and one of the best sites
I’ve ever seen for an air show. Chuck Vincent,
Robert & Debbie Viator, Doc and his wife, Becky,
were the core group I worked with – Bam-Bam-Bam what
a team. The show line up was great; F-16 demo, Pitts
and Extras Aeroshell team and the Fury. There were
lots of static displays, from the military’s current
fighters to helicopters and various vehicles. Chuck
always arranges a formation flight of the performers
around the New Iberia and Lafayette areas to drum up
support for the show. I really enjoyed this flight,
for Debbie went along with me. As it turned out, one
of the Aeroshell team members couldn’t make it until
the next day so the Fury and I flew the slot
position to complete the diamond.
Sitting in the slot brought back memories of my
war bird days. The wake from the T6’s just kind of
held me in position as we flew around and when they
turned the smoke on the view was fantastic. These
guys really take care of you. I mean there is
nothing to want for, smoke oil, fuel, start times
etc. all handled by experienced ground crews. Doc
had a tent set up for the performers to relax in and
had a constant stream of food available from burgers
and chicken to home-made desserts. However, I have
to tell you about a special treat they had for the
performers and their crews on Saturday night.
South Louisiana is well known for its hospitality
and food. Well they lived up to that reputation and
it has to be mentioned for we had the most
outstanding dinner party I can remember. There is a
bed/breakfast/restaurant in old downtown New Iberia,
it’s owned and run by three brothers who are chefs
second to none in the world. The three brothers are
also aviation enthusiasts and wanted to do something
special for the performers. Ohhhhhh, they out did
themselves and any other restaurant I have ever
eaten at. Their restaurant is in an old building
which looks like it belongs in the French Quarter,
filled with atmosphere and historic class. It was a
movie setting. The five course meal left everyone
with well fed and very satisfied. A shrimp/crab/okra
gumbo started it off, followed by a smoked duck
salad, crawfish etouffee, smoked beef tenderloin
medallions which only needed a fork to cut and
topped off with pecan tarts with a scoop of
home-made ice cream drizzled with their home-made
caramel sauce. This meal was so outstanding, I had
to mention it. One of the USAF F-16 ground crew
stood up to congratulate the chefs and ended by
asking if he could live there.
A small note: once in New York for a 007
preproduction meeting I was taken to dinner by Cubby
Broccoli, the producer. The restaurant had a world
reputation as one of the finest with reservations
needed months in advance. The chef was a friend of
Cubby’s and sat at the table with us. He told me
that the mark of a truly great chef and restaurant
was that there were no salt and pepper shakers on
the table as the chef wanted his creation to be
enjoyed as he prepared it. There were no salt and
pepper shakers at the New Iberia meal.
Oh, yes, the show was a success and once again I
answered a zillion questions about the Fury and when
they could get one. The next week I was off to
Daytona Beach, FL, for the big beach show. Rick
Grissom runs this show. I have flown many shows for
Rick over the years, a true pro and friend. This
show was also sponsored by Embry Riddle Aviation
University. Embry Riddle hosted a performers party
at the University for the Board of Directors,
State/local officials and Alumni. There were some
very interesting people there. One from New York was
on the Board and had flown both of his Mustangs, one
P-51 and one Cessna Mustang down for the show.
During the four days of the show I enjoyed talking
with the many Embry Riddle students who came by to
look at the Fury. They want to build one at the
school. The show is off the Beach and wow, what a
crowd. They were treated to as fine a show as
anywhere with a list of performers from WWI
airplanes to the SnowBirds.
There was one performance that blew me away, the
F-22 flown by MAJ. “Zeke” Skalicky. I have seen the
F-22 show a number of times but few sites allow the
F-22 to fly its full show. I have seen enough shows
in my life time to recognize when the pilot flying
it has the touch, style and class. “Zeke” is such a
pilot. WOW is all I could say. I watched the F-22 do
the power loop, which is tighter that I could do
with the Fury and also watched his High Alpha pass
with a ground speed slower than I can fly the Fury.
It’s truly an impressive show. I have to tell you a
funny story about meeting “Zeke.” It happened at a
performer get together the first night. “Zeke” was
talking to a friend when I stepped up to say hi. As
I approached his table, “Zeke” saw me and started to
stand, then sit, then stand as to salute, then sit
then finally standing and saying “Sir, I know you
from somewhere.” I asked if he had been to Nellis
AFB lately. He said he was there ten days ago. I
told him he probably met my brother there GEN.
“Skins” Fornof. “Zeke” smiled and said “yes that’s
where I’ve seen your face.” My brother and I could
be twins. The show was a great success with the
Mayor and Embry Riddle announcing that it would done
again in 2012.
Now I’m headed to Tallulah/Vicksburg air show.
This is a fun show with many war birds in
attendance. There is also a Formation clinic for
those getting or renewing their FAA formation cards.
I will be giving a talk on formation to the clinic
on Thursday night. I was told they wanted me to talk
on formation since I have flown formation on
motorcycles, cars, trucks, planes, helicopters,
trains, boats and horses. Yep, even horses; watch
the “Phantom.” I’m looking forward to this show.
Besides the Aeroshell evening show, two of its
members will display, for the first time, their duel
P-51 Mustang show.
After the Tallulah/Vicksburg show, it’s on to
Sebastian, FL, and one of our LoPresti First
Saturdays. This one will be a little different.
Besides my talk about my flying career, I will also
fly the Fury demonstration for our attendance. David
LoPresti has an interview set up and I have two Fury
rides to give to people who won them. On the Friday
night before First Saturday, LoPresti is hosting a
“Movie Night” in our hangar. Open to the general
public, they will be treated to one of my films,
Disney’s “The Rescue.” Before the film I’ll give
some behind the scenes stories and things to watch
Then it’s on to the AOPA Summit in Long Beach,
CA. I’m scheduled as one of the people to dine with
at the AOPA Dine with the Legends. On Friday I’m the
main speaker at the AOPA Luncheon, “Aviation in the
Movies.” I’ll also be walking around and at times in
the Scheme Designers booth. If you’re attending,
come up, say hi and let’s talk flying.
Taxiing in I had but one thought:
"When can I fly it again?"
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There was no question. At full throttle,
2,700 rpm and 8,500 feet, my Mooney scored between one
and two knots better
pilots are convinced that a good wax job can have a
dramatic effect on an airplane's cruise speed, often
bragging of as much as a five-knot increase with a good
wax and polish. The perception is that keeping the
wetted area as slick as possible decease's drag and
improves lift. Sadly, that's most often not the case. The reality
is that a high-gloss wax job makes the airplane look so
much better, you THINK it's flying several knots faster.
Usually, that's wishful thinking. I say "usually" because there's at least one
product I know of on the market that can have an effect.
LoPresti Engineering in Sebastian, Fla, sells two
surface preparations specifically intended to clean up
an airplane esthetically and aerodynamically. The first, SpeedCoat, goes on like a standard
paste wax, but the second, KnotWax, is a more complex
product that demands stripping all existing wax from the
surface before application. When Dave LoPresti sent me a
test kit of SpeedCoat, I was a little dubious. Wrong! I flew the airplane for the before, noted
the speed, landed and applied the LoPresti SpeedCoat,
refueled and went back up the following morning to check
the speed. There was no question. At full throttle,
2,700 rpm and 8,500 feet, my Mooney scored between one
and two knots better groundspeed on three average,
two-way GPS runs with SpeedCoat in place. (Winds were
calm, and temperatures were nearly identical for the
before and after tests.) Several years ago, Gretchen Jahn, then president
of Mooney and now president of Remos, tested KnotWax on
a new Ovation and said she saw roughly the same two-knot
What our customers say about SpeedCoat
SH - Cirrus Owner
"Speedcoat...I tried it since I was already at
Lopresti and I beat them up for some (actually they
were very kind in providing some to me but it sounds
better the other way!). Anyway, I tried it, goes on
easy no muss no fuss. I saw a speed increase of
about a knot maybe 1+ .5 (TAS) however the
conditions were not the same as my previous flight
either. What I discovered today was how easily the
bugs came off. In an off hand discussion David
Lopresti (the guy in the previous video) had told me
how easily Corkey Fornof gets the bugs off the Fury
after an airshow performance. They say seeing is
believing (whoever 'they' are) and this morning when
I returned to my hangar to "debug" I found out. I
sprayed water on the bugs of the starboard wing then
walked to the port wing and sprayed it. I walked
back to the starboard wing and wiped the bugs off
easily including one big yellow sucker that I just
knew would be a bear. They came off easily! That is
my unscientific PIREP. I'll be curious to see what
the longevity is, so far I am impressed."
GF - Cirrus owner
"Tried it about a year ago and it looked like it got
me about 2 knots, but I figured it might have been
just different conditions. I tried it again a few
weeks ago and had pre- and post-flights in similar
conditions at similar weights, and I again saw about
2 knots. I was pleasantly surprised. I am always
wary of speed claims for a topical treatment, but
SpeedCoat seems to actually deliver. Goes on really
DH - Cirrus owner
"I have been base lining my 2005 SR20, in
anticipation of my new speedskates. So now would be
a good time to test out your snake oil :) Joking
of course, I have used teflon coatings to win sail
I will order some and try it. As of right now
with a clean plane, I consistently get 160 kts, at
2000, full rich in the summer. As I have compared
this over 5-6 outings, I would feel pretty good
about any results.
I should have tried it on my Landspeed car, dang,
I ran 227 up against the 230.5 record. Could have
made the difference :-( Well there's always next
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LoPresti's First Saturday Event
on Saturday December 4th
will host Jerry Yellin and will benefit Roseland Food Pantry
First Saturday Charity Breakfast in December will host
local aviator, speaker, author Jerry Yellin. Jerry's
book have received several military awards and rave
reviews. He will be talking about his latest, "The
Resilient Warrior, Healing the Hidden Wounds of War".
this breakfast is the Roseland Ecumenical Council Food
Pantry. Please bring lots of canned/packaged foods for
their Family Christmas baskets.
9 am. $8 donation. Speaker 10:00-11:15. Prizes and raffles.
Healing the Hidden Wounds of War
by Jerry Yellin
Air Corps Captain Jerry Yellin was just 21-years-old
when he flew missions over Japan from airfields on Iwo
Jima during World War II. Courtesy photoI
was one of the 16 million people who served our country
in World War II.
Just 18 when I enlisted, I was 19 when I graduated
from flight school at Luke Field in Phoenix, Arizona,
and three weeks into my 21st year when I landed on Iwo
I quickly became familiar with death.
On March 7, 1945, our squadron landed on a dirt
runway at the foot of Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi. I
looked out at the landscape as I taxied my P-51 Mustang
to our parking area and saw huge piles of dead Japanese
soldiers being pushed into mass graves, the sight and
smell indelibly imprinted on my mind. It was a shocking
sight for such a young man to see.
Our squadron area was next to a Marine mortuary where
hundreds of dead Marines were being readied for burial.
The fighting was fierce on the eight-square-mile
island situated 650 miles off Japan’s southern coast.
Nearly 7,000 Marines and 21,000 Japanese soldiers lost
their lives there.
I flew 19 long-range missions over Japan from Iwo
Jima with 11 young pilots; all of them friends, who did
not return home. Over the course of the war, I flew with
16 pilots who did not come back.
On one mission, Al Sherren, my classmate from flying
school called in, “I’m hit and can’t see,” and he was
gone. Robert “Pudgy” Carr also disappeared that day. He
was my tent-mate.
Three of those killed were my wingmen. Danny Mathis
was lost in a mid-air collision along with 26 other
fighters the day my wisdom teeth were pulled and I was
grounded. Dick Schroeppel died following me on a
strafing run over Chichi Jima, and Phil Schlamberg
disappeared from my wing in the clouds on August 14,
1945 – the day the war ended.
All of us knew who we were fighting and why.
Then it was over. One day a fighter pilot, the next a
No buddies, no airplane, nothing to hold on to, and
no one to talk to. Life, as it was for me from 1945 to
1975 was empty.
The highs I had experienced in combat became the lows
of daily living. I had absolutely no connection to my
parents, my sister, my relatives, or my friends. I
listened to some of the guys I knew talk about their
experiences in combat and I knew they had never been in
a battle let alone a war zone. No one that I knew who
had seen their friends die could talk about it. The Army
Air Corps had trained me and prepared me to fly combat
missions, but there was no training on how to fit into
society when the war was over and I stopped flying.
I was not able to find any contentment, any reason to
succeed, any connection to anyone that had meaning or
value. I was depressed, unhappy, and lonely even though
I was surrounded by a loving wife and four sons. That
feeling of disconnect, lack of emotions, restlessness,
empty feeling of hopelessness lasted until 1975.
The 78th Fighter Squadron, Army
Air Corps Captain Jerry Yellin’s squadron, sits on the
No. 1 airfield a near Iwo Jima’s Mt. Surabcahi in 1945.
In 1975, I learned a technique called Transcendental
Meditation (TM). In just a few months life became
meaningful to me and now, at 86 years of living, I can
say that this meditation has brought me peace and
War is always difficult for those on the front lines,
but today’s wars are being fought in the countries of
our enemies, on their territory, their homeland, and
their cities, with no distinguishing uniform. There are
no established front lines or objectives to capture.
Every citizen can be looked at as “the enemy,” every
road is dangerous to travel and every pile of garbage
might explode from a hidden IED.
As I write this today, in October 2010, there have
been 5,745 of our servicemen and women killed and 86,175
evacuated because of wounds or illness. That’s 21.7
percent of the approximately two million who have seen
It has been estimated by some private organizations
that up to 25% of those who have served since 2001 may
seek treatment for post traumatic stress.
I am a recovered PTSD veteran. Meditation made a
difference in my life. Maybe it can work for others as
This is an excerpt from Jerry Yellin's book The
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Talk starts at 10:00am
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