Range Air Show Sees Pilots And Wing Walkers

By KBJR News 1

July 22, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 10:43 AM CDT

HIBBING, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---You can expect to see a number of amazing aviation performances at the Range Regional Air Show this weekend, from commemorative air force pilots, to U.S army parachute teams.

The Northland's NewsCenter was given the chance to ride with a well–respected air show pilot, Gene Soucy.

Soucy began his professional air show career 43 years ago and since has appeared in every major air show in North America.

This weekend he is joined by his air show partner Wing Walker, Tersa Stokes.

During the show Teresa starts on the bottom wing of the plane and hangs on to the wires while Susey does a barrel role in the air.

She will then climb to the top wing and secure her waist with a belt and brace herself for the planes loops, barrel rolls and hammerheads.

"Later, I'll take the belt off and hang by my knee and stand on my head as we go back and forth in front of the crowd so you've got to be right here to see all that because we are low right over the run way," Stokes said. "And you'll hear the announcer tell about all the details of whats involved."

Teresa says she will be wearing tennis shoes, rather than heels, during the performances this weekend.

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