Mon, Nov 01, 2004
Now The Oldest Civilian Team In Air Show Aviation
The Red Baron Pizza Squadron
celebrates its 25th year in 2004, making it the oldest civilian air
show team in aviation. Speaking for his teammates, Jim Keller,
Travis Aukes and Erick Nodland, Jeff Randall told a newspaper in
Clayton County (GA) over the weekend, "Every day is fun on this
Flying carefully-restored Stearmans built in the 1930s and
1940s, Randall and his team have run into some people who are even
more familiar with the history of the aircraft than they are.
"At a show a man came up to me and said, 'I trained in that
airplane.' I said, 'Yeah, that's great, you know, I hear that all
the time,'" Randall said. "But then he said no, I trained in that
airplane with that tail number!"
Randall, 44, of Phoenix (AZ), began
flying with the Red Barons almost 20 years ago. In fact, he says
one of the original Red Baron members taught him to fly.
The team performed over the Atlanta Motor Speedway in advance of
the big NASCAR race there this weekend. To honor the squadron's
anniversary, Schwan Food Company -- makers of Red Baron Pizza --
repainted the number 41 car it sponsors on the NASCAR circuit. The
car Ken Schrader drives is now red and black -- just like the
Stearmans the Red Barons fly.
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