VINTAGE THUNDERBIRD
Pilot Bio

 


Pilot Fowler "BIG DOG" Cary, Jr.,  Batesburg-Leesville, SC
First Flight CAP J-3 Cub age 11  (1959)
 

RATINGSCommercial, Multi, Instrument, LOOA T-33A, Level I (SURFACE/Unlimited) Aerobatic Waiver (+5000 PIC hrs & over 500 flight demostrations in the US & Canada during the past 13 airshow seasons).  

  AIRCRAFT FLOWN:  F-16D Falcon, Su-27 Flanker, Lockheed T-33A, DH-115 Vampire, Jet Provost, Piper Turbo Lance, Cessna 421, C-47, Beech Baron, Cessna 310, Piper Aztec, Beech King Air, Cessna 337, Beech Queen Air, Cessna 182, Piper Tri-Pacer, Cessna 172, Piper Arrow, Beech D-18, Cessna 177, Maule M-7, Hughes 500, Grumman Tiger, Citabria, Beech Bonanza, Cessna 404, Rockwell 685, Cessna 150, & J-3 Cub
  HISTORY WITH T-33:  This particular T-33 was one of the last manufactured and was in service with the USAF from 1958-76.  In 1976 it was MAPed to the Yugoslavian Air Force where it served until 1986 when it was sold into private hands back into the US.  In 1990, Fowler's former partner, the late Randall Hames, purchased the T-33 while it was still disassembled.  After an extensive 2 1/2 year restoration, the airframe and engine were totally overhauled, and the distinctive USAF Thunderbirds paint scheme added.  Fowler & Randall began campaigning the airshow circuit in 1993 as Vintage Thunderbird in their Lockheed T-33A.
Why Airshows  "There is nothing better than spending a weekend with kids of all ages that love aviation.  The first time I saw the world upside down at 100' AGL & 500 mph, I knew I had to be a player!"
Airshow Routine: 
(20 minutes @ 500 mph w/Surface Unlimited Waiver )

1. High Speed Pass w/2 climbing aileron rolls

2. Cuban 8 w/ roll on the 45 degree down line

3. 4 point roll

4. Inverted pass

5. Roll reversal

6. 3 linked aileron rolls

7. Knife-edge pass

8. Loop

9. Arcing photo pass exposing canopy to crowd line

 

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