Legendary stunt pilot set to perform at Wings Over North Georgia Air Show
ROME, Georgia (WDEF) — The annual Wings Over North Georgia Air Show is this weekend in Rome and while main attraction is Air Force Thunderbirds, a lot of eyes will be on legendary pilot Patty Wagstaff.
The 65-year old stunt pilot is a three time US National Aerobatic champion, who was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame. She’s been around aviation since she was a little girl.
“It was just natural. Aviation was always a comfortable place to be and I still love it,” Wagstaff said.
She is one of the world’s top air show pilots in a line of work that is dominated men.
“It is mostly men, but there are more and more women getting involved all the time. As a women I never felt that I was any different or that the airplane ever knew the difference,” she said.
This weekend won’t be the first time Wagstaff has generated oohs and ahs in the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show.
“This is a great show. It’s one of those medium size shows. It’s not one of those huge military shows and it’s not a really small country show. It’s something in between and think performers always like this kind of show,” she said.
Wagstaff, like so many other aerial performers uses her celebrity status to inspire a younger generation of future pilots.
“Anybody that has been in the air show business for more than just a few years gets letters and emails from people who said I saw you fly in an air show and now I’m in the military and I’m learning to fly or I’m an airline pilot,” she said.
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