Country star Aaron
Tippin (right) hikes a ride to AirVenture with air show pilot
Aaron Tippin was always planning to come
to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. He just didn't expect to fly in with an
air show performer.
The country music star was on the road
this week to Cheyenne, Wyoming, for a performance when his tour bus had
engine trouble in Kansas. He was able to make the show by renting a
pickup truck for the gear and a car for the band. But without the bus he
didn't have any way to get to Oshkosh.
So like any good pilot, he decided to
"I called Steve Brown with the
Confederate Air Force and said, 'Is there any way you can get me to
Oshkosh?'" Tippen said.
Doug Rosenthal, a senior pilot with the
CAF, knew Matt Younkin was doing a show in Idaho and would be flying
right over Cheyenne on his way to Oshkosh where he will be performing
this week. So Doug called Matt and said, "You've got to pick Aaron
Aaron, an experienced pilot and owner of
several planes, including a J-3 Cub, Stearman, Helio Courier, and a
Cessna 182, got to jump a ride with Matt in his black and red Twin Beech
18. They landed Monday night at 6:30.
"When you roll up on the ramp in
that thing people turn their heads," Aaron said. "Matt's the
hero; I was just a passenger."
Tippin's next full show is Saturday in
Bluffton, Iowa, but he'll also perform his song, "Where the Stars
and Stripes and the Eagle Fly," at the Women in Aviation
International breakfast Friday morning.