You’re going to do WHAT with a Beech 18? . . . No way!
Date: 10/20/16 1:01 PM CT
Matt Younkin’s Beech 18 performance is likely one of the most unusual acts on the airshow circuit today. The Beech 18 (It’s a transport/cargo hauler!) was never designed for aerobatic flight; however that doesn’t make it incapable of doing just that. The performance is almost a mirror image of the one his father Bobby pioneered and flew for more than 15 years.
Check out the great video below for an Insider look at Matt Younkin and his unbelievable Beech 18 demonstration . . .
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More About Matt Younkin . . .
Matt Younkin is a third generation pilot. He is the son of legendary airshow pilot Bobby Younkin, who is famous for his amazing aerobatic displays in the AT-6, Beech 18, Learjet 23, Samson, and most recently, the Super Decathlon. Bobby is considered to be one of the greatest airshow pilots of all time.
Matt is also the grandson of Jim Younkin who is well-known for designing the Century and Trutrak autopilots. Jim is also famous for his antique aircraft restorations, as well as building beautiful replicas of the 1930’s air racers such as the Howard “Mr. Mulligan” and the Travel Air “Mystery Ship.”
Matt learned to fly at the age of 14 from family friend Ken Collier in a Piper J-3 Cub. At age 15, Chuck Irvin, the same instructor who taught Bobby how to fly, refined Matt’s piloting skills. On his sixteenth birthday, Matt soloed his grandfather’s 1928 Travel Air 4000 biplane.
Matt is now proficient in over 80 types of airplanes ranging from the Piper Cub to the B-29. He is also a fully rated flight instructor and now has almost 4000 hours of total flying time and currently resides in Siloam Springs, AR.
Matt is also an accomplished radio-controlled model airplane pilot. Like his father before him, Matt learned most of his aerobatic skills by flying R/C models and later refined them in the Super Decathlon.
Bobby gave Matt two hours of aerobatic instruction which focused mainly on slow rolls. Bobby said, “Almost every aerobatic maneuver is based on a slow roll. If you can master the slow roll, you can master anything.”
When Matt took the Decathlon out to perfect his slow rolls, he soon discovered that he could perform every maneuver that Bobby performed in the airplane, plus a few new ones of his own.
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This Wednesday is our BIG ground display aircraft update. You’ll get an Insider first-look at all the vintage and modern military aircraft that you will be able to see up close, this weekend. It’s one of the largest displays of aircraft in North America! It’s also an amazing opportunity to meet the men and women who flying and maintain these extraordinary machines.
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Please note: Performers have flight profiles for many weather conditions. Aircraft and performances are subject to change without notice.