Tue, Dec 04, 2007
Sponsor 'Retires' Airshow Team
Say it ain't so! After
28 years of outstanding formation aerobatic air show performances,
The Schwan Food Company has announced the retirement of the Red
Baron Pizza Squadron.
"The Red Baron Squadron has been an incredible asset to our
company and we are very proud of its long successful history," said
Bill McCormack, executive vice president. "The retail grocery
industry has experienced considerable change over the past few
years. And, as a result, we have decided to refocus our Red Baron
marketing program and to discontinue the Red Baron Squadron."
"We are very proud to have been a part of such a legendary
program," said Jayson Wilson, director of flight operations and
left wing pilot - speaking on behalf of the Red Baron Squadron
pilots, technicians and administrative staff.
"We can all say we were a part of something really special. The
air show community and our fans have been great. We'll miss all of
Facts about the Red Baron Squadron:
- More than 2,000 formation aerobatic air show performances
- Flown more than 80,000 passengers
- Traveled more than six million miles
- Red Baron pilots fly in formation less than a wingspan apart
while performing aerobatic maneuvers such as loops, clover leafs,
hammerheads and barrel rolls.
- The Red Baron Squadron aircraft are fully-restored historic
Boeing Stearman biplanes built between 1941 and 1943.
- The Boeing Stearman was the primary training aircraft in the
United States, Canada and Europe during World War II. More pilots
have trained in a Stearman than any other plane.
- 42 pilots have been members of the Red Baron Pizza Squadrons 28
- The Red Baron Pizza Squadron won the Art Scholl Award in 1995
and the Bill Barber Award in 1993
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