Experience a Yak-52 Formation Flight

If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a pilot flying with a formation team at the biggest airshow in the world, here is your chance to give it a try. If you plan to attend AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, next week you can get behind the controls of a Yak-52, to fly with the Aerostars aerobatic team.

All you need to do is get over to Redbird Flight Simulations’ booth. Like last year, when Redbird offered flights in its Piper Cub simulator in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Cub, the Austin, Texas-based company has created a one-off simulator to entertain AirVenture attendees. This year, Redbird has created a simulated Yak-52 formation scenario based on an Aerostars aerobatic team flight. Do a good job in the simulator and you could get to fly the real thing.

Redbird modified an MX2 simulator to replicate the flight characteristics of the 450 hp military trainer. You can choose to either try out the Yak-52 or fly the Aerostars flight challenge. The scenario puts you in the front seat of the cockpit with Aerostars pilot Dave Monroe, who flies the right wing position, in the rear seat giving you hints on how to maintain the position on the wing of lead pilot Harvey Meek.

Pilots who are able to maintain the position throughout the entire scenario, which begins and ends on the runway at the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, are entered into a drawing for a flight in the actual airplane. The drawing will be held at the Redbird tent on Saturday, August 3 at 2 p.m.

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Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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