Wings Over Wayne Airshow

2017

Wings Over Wayne Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Airshow

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22 J acquie Warda's career in aerobat- ics began quite by accident. She started flying at 32 years old, enrolling in ground school after spending many years with flight only as a dream. She earned a pilot's license in 1987, and it wasn't long after that she took the skies in her first dip, flip and spin flight. She was the pilot of a Cessna when a friend of hers invited her on an aer- obatics ride in his Pitts Special aircraft. She said, in the nearly 15-year career and thousands of logged flight hours, that first aerobatics flight was one of the most exciting. "I went flying with him, and I was instantly hooked," she said. "It was one of the most exciting flights I have had in my entire life." Warda said that flight solidified her destiny — to become an aerobatic pilot. It would take her a decade to achieve her dream. She went to flight school in California and incrementally earned hours and practice. Aerobatic flying costs a hefty amount of money compared to regular piloting instruc- JACQUIE B AIRSHOWS: Flips, dips and adrenaline Jacquie Warda became an aerobatic pilot by circumstance, but since she realized what it had to offer she has been flipping ever since. Jacquie Warda Jacquie Warda's aircraft, the Extra 300 monoplane See JACQUIE, Page 30 Story by Melinda Harrell

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