The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! Well, not quite, but they're BACK. Team Aerostar will be returning to Battle Creek for the first time since 2009. The Aerostars are an Illinois based aerobatic team flying three Russian Built Yak-52TW warbirds. The Yak-52TW (TW stands for tailwheel) was designed as the standard trainer for Eastern Bloc countries. Here in the US however, they are flown for demonstration and recreational purposes and they are the aircraft of choice for the Aerostars. With a deep roar, the team shows off the Yak-52TWs amazing capabilities in formation maneuvers, breakaway maneuvers, solo maneuvers & opposing maneuvers. It is truly a graceful and breath-taking show.
Meet the Pilots-
Aerostars Lead is Harvey Meek, a very experienced former military pilot. Meek has flown a wide variety of aircraft, from light sport aircraft, to the F/A-18 Hornet, to the mammoth 747. Presently, he flies for a major international airline.
Aerostars Left Wing is Paul Hornick. Paul Hornick has flown aircraft from the Piper Cub to Airbus A300 (in which he is type rated in). Paul is also type rated in the Gulfstream G200. Presently Paul flies for the airlines in addition to serving as a flight instructor.
Aerostars Right Wing is David Monroe, a Minneapolis native that grew up in an airline family. Dave is presently a B-767 Captain for a major airline, is also a Certified Flight Instructor as well as being very experienced in the world of aerobatics (Certified Aerobatic Judge & Advanced Aerobatic Competition Pilot).