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Keoki Gray, 2807 Ocean Mist Drive, Amelia Island, FL 32034
The LOOTM (pronounced LOOT-em or LOOT-um) is the Lust Object Of The Month. It is simply our current aircraft infatuation. Since it's an "Object," it has to be inanimate (though one could argue that aircraft come alive for us), and has to be special in some way. It is only our opinion, and is completely subjective, so any argument, while perhaps amusing, will not really sway the decision. Thanks, and enjoy.
This year I had a chance to observe two very similar display aircraft flying at St. Augustine's aerobatic box. I have to say that this one caught my attention . . . .
The Shorts "Tucano" is a license-built version of the Embraer trainer that is being manufactured in the UK. I recall watching a demo of nine of these aircraft flown remarkably well at Dayton, Ohio, many (MANY) years ago by the Esquadira da Fumaca. But the new Shorts version has a more powerful engine, which is always a good thing (as long as you're not buying the fuel!).
Patty Wagstaff demonstrated a privately-owned Tucano at Oshkosh this year. Her display shows the airplane can boogey, with a turn radius that surprised me.
The December LOOTM
Shorts S-312 Tucano T-1
|With a name like "ESQUADRIA DA FUMAÇA" (the Brazilian "Smoke Squadron"), well, you have to live up to the hype. |
Photo from here:
A really nice cutaway from a site, with more here (but brush up on your Russian!):
In honor of the Battle of Britain, a couple of Tucanos were painted in WWII schemes. Here they fly alongside a Spitfire marked as one from 92 Squadron, 1940.
The front office--where the magic happens.
More here: The Tucano Office
The inimitable Patty Wagstaff taxiing in the S-312 Tucano T-1.
Watch a video of her OSH 2013 performance here:
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