The 2015 Yuma Airshow held at MCAS Yuma, Arizona on February 28th, 2015 had some great civilian flying displays. These performances included aerobatics and some good old-fashioned barnstorming, making it a great little airshow!
Throughout the day Gene Soucy Airshows flew his Grumman Showcat in aerobatic displays with a lot of smoke (seriously, a lot of smoke!). Loops, rolls, low flying and more were part of his impressive routine. The Showcat is a modified and souped-up Grumman Ag Cat agricultural crop duster which was first designed in 1958 and is the first Grumman bi-plane to be used in airshows since the 1930’s. It is bright and colourful and Gene puts on quite the show!
Gene wasn’t finished with just aerobatics and came back later in the day for some barnstorming and in this display he included an old school wing walking act combined with some serious aerobatics (it turns out there is a second cockpit hidden away in front of the pilot’s seat which is perfect for the wingwalker to sit when not clambering about outside the cockpit). Entertainment like the 1930’s is always a welcome addition to any show and this was no exception.
Great fun and a great airshow. Yuma I shall return!