Into The Wild Blue Yonder With A Stunt Pilot
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Stunt pilot Tim Weber grew up next to an airport, and has been in love with airplanes for a very long time. He's been doing air shows coast to coast full time for 17 years now.
Weber says, "My airplane is the Geico Extra 300, you can't miss it, it says Geico all over the wings. It's got one purpose in life. It's built in Germany by Walter Extra, and it's made for hardcore aerobatics. It doesn't go cross country very well, it doesn't hold very much gas, it's not comfortable to sit in, it doesn't hold any baggage. But when you get out there in the airshow arena, it's fantastic."
Fantastic enough that you may not believe your eyes. Weber says you need to expect the unexpected, because he'll turn his plane sideways, tumble it end over end, hover it like a helicopter and slide it tail first toward the ground, everything an airplane's not supposed to do. And don't miss his drag race with an Air Force Reserve jet car on the ground.
Weber says, "I think he goes 350 or 400 miles an hour. He'll sit at the end of the runway, I'll come in, and a little bit before I get to him, he'll take off and we try to race to the finish line. It's very exciting, it's very fun. It's unpredictable, sometimes he'll win, sometimes I'll win, it's good fun to do."
Weber says he's the only air show performer who writes and records the music that he bases his performances on.
His eight song CD is called "How Many Ways," and he makes it a point to talk about the one thing that literally gets his feet off the ground.
Weber sings, "I always feel so good up in the sky / I gotta fly..."
Weber will appear at this year's Magic Valley Air Show at the Twin Falls Airport, along with all the other acts including the Blue Angels and the Golden Knights, Saturday and Sunday July 28th and 29th from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
July 24, 2012.