Feed your wild side at WACO

TROY — Feed your wild sideby coming to the Jeff Bourboon meet and greet at 7 p.m. June 18 at the WACO Air Museum.

Jeff Bourboon, a featured 2015 Dayton Airshow aerobatic pilot of the jet powered WACO, Screamin’ Sasquatch, will be at WACO Air Museum to sign autographs and give a brief presentation.

The one of a kind Jack Link’s Jet Waco affectionately known as Screamin’ Sasquatch features the Barnstormers-era 1929 Taperwing Waco body, modified in a way that would have shocked its original pilots. In addition to the Taperwing’s large Pratt & Whitney 985 radial engine, the Screamin’ Sasquatch carries a CJ610 jet engine, which triples the amount of available power. With total thrust exceeding the weight of the airplane, it is uniquely capable of intensely powerful aerobatic flight like no other plane, such as extreme vertical climbs, flat-spins, snap rolls, torque rolls and even a “hover,” which the Screamin’ Sasquatch can then power itself out of to regain forward flight.

Boerboon’s aerobatic competition background is evident in his air show flying, where he combines raw natural talent with showmanship and precision — aggressively performing highly dynamic and challenging aerobatic maneuvers. Jeff’s passion for aviation and aerobatics began at a very early age. He knew he wanted to be an aerobatic pilot after watching the air show in Oshkosh. He started building and flying model airplanes when he was 5 years old, dreaming of the day he would take to the sky. That dream took off in the Aviation Program at the University of North Dakota. While earning a degree in airway science he learned all the basic flying skills including an introduction into the world of aerobatics.

Jeff is a two-time advanced national champion and member of the US Advanced Aerobatic Team from 2003-08 and in the summer of 2008 he qualified for the US Unlimited Aerobatic Team. In his rookie year Jeff placed 8th overall and was the top American pilot at the 2009 World Aerobatic Championship in Silverstone, UK. He won the U.S. national unlimited title in 2010 and is a current team member of the unlimited aerobatic team.

Jeff has performed in air shows in the US and around the world. Jeff has been a team member of John Klatt Airshows Inc. since 2012, flying both formation and solo performances.

The public is invited to gather in the Willis Wing for a brief presentation by Jeff at 7 p.m., followed an autographing session. Each participant will receive an autographed copy of a poster of the 1929 jet-powered WACO bi-plane. The event is free of charge. Donations to WACO Historical Society are gladly accepted. This is made possible in part by Dayton Power & Lights.

WACO Air Museum is located at 1865 S. County Road 25-A, Troy.

For more information, visit www.wacoairmuseum.org or call 335-9226.