Road Trip: New York Air Show, August 27-28
By Jeff Sovelove
I had the chance to go behind the scenes of The New York Air Show media day Thursday. We saw the Thunderbirds and their support crew fly and had the chance to interview some of the pilots.
Captain Aimee “Rebel” Fiedler flies the specially painted F-16C of the US Air Force Viper Demonstration Team. She will show off her aircraft’s performance and incredible handling, alongside a WWII P-51 Mustang in the Air Force’s Heritage Flight.
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She was already an instructor pilot before joining the Air Force, not taking the traditional route of attending the Air Force Academy. After flying a Cessna for nearly a decade, she enrolled in the officer cadet program.
Her goal in joining the military was to become an astronaut, a goal she did not give up. She is excited to fly for the Viper Demo team.
Captain Daniel Katz flies Thunderbird number 6 and is one of the soloists in the show’s new routine. This is his first season; he has participated in 52 air shows so far.
Its F-16C is capable of maneuvers up to 9G, has a service ceiling of 50.00 feet and a top speed of 1,500 MPH.
He’s wanted to fly for as long as he can remember. His family has an aeronautical tradition; his uncle is a commercial pilot.
“The COVID break was our opportunity to introduce a whole new show routine,” Katz said.
The New York Air Show takes place at Orange County Airport, August 27-28, 2022. Ticket information and directions are here.