Charles Wickware Jr. is just another RV pilot. Except… his other plane is an F/A-18E. Here’s a great report by Megan Rupe of KSEE-TV aka Your Central Valley.com.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t figure out how to embed it, so you’re going to have to go over there. But it’s a really nice report — longer on the web than they were able to run on the news, we think — and the talent and crew of KSEE deserve your eyeballs on this one. We’ll still be here when you come back.
Not sure whether the more entertaining bit is Wickware’s infectious enthusiasm for flight — he’s making a documentary of his squadron’s last Arabian Gulf cruise (we just call it that to offend the Iranians) — or reporter Rupe’s happy, refreshing enthusiam for flight and Wickware.
We enjoyed his shots of carrier takeoffs and landings. Something about his GoPro approach seems to do a better job of conveying the shot-from-a-cannon aspect of a cat shot and the slammed-to-a-standstill aspect of an arrested landing than previous films and videos. We hope to snag a copy of the documentary, when it’s done.
Because somebody will ask, his private airplane is an RV-8, and the one that flew formation with him and Rupe is an RV-6 or -7. The RV-12 we’re building is lighter, less powerful, and not aerobatic. (Not to mention, easier to build).