I’ve dreamed about flying ever since I was a kid… Watching all of those old World War II movies like “Flying Tigers”, “Flying Leathernecks”, and “Battle of Britain”. I imagined myself in the cockpit of those Spitfires and Mustangs winning the war single handed.
I know now that there is nothing romantic about war, however we owe our very way of life to those who fought it. Every time I fly, I try to honor those brave men and women who trained in planes like mine.
In 2001 after many years as a commercial airlines pilot, I had a chance to purchase my very own “War-bird”. A North American Aviation T-6 Trainer. These planes were THE state-of-the art trainer in their day. It is believed that almost 80% of allied pilots learned how to fly in the T-6, including the famous “Tuskegee Airmen”. They were used by the Army Air Corps, Marines, and the Navy. The one I currently own was produced in 1943 and is affectionately known as “Precious”. After some research we decided on using a paint scheme that was popular with T6’s stationed at the Navy flight center in Pensacola Florida.
A few years back some fellow pilots and I decided that we’d like do something to honor the veterans who flew these machines. We wanted to give current generations the opportunity to see and touch a piece of history, so the “Scream’n Rebels” were born.
For many years we traveled throughout the Midwest doing demonstrations and attending patriotic events. When we fly we keep two goals in mind.. To entertain the crowds while sharing our piece of history, and… To be a living tribute to all those veterans who gave their all so we could be free. As of July 2016, Our Precious babe has been retired from flying. Her last airshow was in Howell Michigan, Livingston County June 24 and 25th, 2016.
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John Feldvary – Pilot, and Formation Leader Team Member