An aerobatics pilot spins (and rolls, and loops) a career from a crash
Patty Wagstaff performs incredible maneuvers in her small aerobatic airplane: rolls, loops and spins. She'll fly straight up, put the engine in idle, free-fall down, fire the engine back up and roar past crowds at air shows across the country. But that's not the scariest part of her routine. "Every air show pilot will tell you the most dangerous part of their job is getting to and from the show," Wagstaff says. Aerobatic stunt planes aren't equipped with the instruments that allow pilots to navigate through clouds. When it gets soupy up there, Wagstaff says, she gets nervous.
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