Matt Younkin’s Beech 18 performance is likely the most unusual act on the airshow circuit today. The Beech 18 was never designed for aerobatic flight; however that doesn’t make it incapable of doing just that.
The performance is almost a mirror image of the one his father Bobby pioneered and flew for over 15 years. It begins with a roll on takeoff followed by a series of Cuban eights, point-rolls, and even a loop.
The conclusion is a dirty pass dubbed the “Elephant Waltz” in which Matt rocks the huge transport’s wings more than 90 degrees with the landing gear and flaps extended!
The performance begins and ends to light-hearted music which capitalizes on an overly obese airplane executing maneuvers that its designers and airshow audience members alike never conceived possible for a large transport plane. As a contrast, the majority of the performance flows with beauty and grace to equally beautiful music and a special tribute to Bobby Younkin.
This is truly a show-stopping act and has been a major highlight in every airshow it has participated in for years.
Imagine the airshow circuit’s largest, noisiest, and smokiest airplane lit up like a Christmas tree and performing aerobatics at night! Imagination has become reality! Keeping with Younkin Airshows tradition of pioneering the unusual, this new variation of an existing amazement will surely be the highlight of any night airshow.
Twin Beech after dark consists of the industries only ground started night spectacular. With the lights and smoke, the airplane appears to climb vertically like the spaceshuttle Discovery. The Beech Ellie Smallreturns shortly for a spectacular display of strobes, spotlights, and illuminated smoke. The bottom of the airplane contains a series of red and white strobes and military position lights that combine to create an effect that will thrill even UFO enthusiasts.
In contrast, the top of the airplane contains spotlights which illuminate the wing, tail, and at times even the fuselage based on spectator position and smoke enhancement. With powerful music that only the Twin Beech could perform to, and an obscene amount of lights top and bottom, this act is the envy of many night show performers who spend thousands on pyrotechnics.
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Matt Younkin’s Super Decathlon routine is unique in every way. The action is nonstop from the opening double-avalanche to the closing photo pass. Matt flies the nimble aerobatic trainer to its limits keeping the crowd on their feet the entire time. Most of His aerobatic sequence is negative-g with outside loops, pulls, pushes, and tumbles.
His signature maneuver is the negative avalanche (outside loop with an outside snap-roll on top.) No one else in the airshow industry is performing this maneuver, at least not in a Decathlon. Matt also prides himself on his ability to perform an energy management sequence that flows from start to finish with no stage-left or stage-right exits.
Every time the airplane changes direction, it’s done with a precision maneuver unlike any previously performed. From the flashy and original red and black paint scheme to the sharp sound of the 3-bladed composite prop this airplane adds a unique flair to any airshow!
The Travel Air “Mystery Ship” was designed and built in 1928 by the Travel Air Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, KS. Designated the model “R” the aircraft was designed and built for the upcoming 1929 National Air Races. Design and assembly of the aircraft was performed behind a curtain in a sealed off portion of the aircraft plant.
It was only dubbed the “Mystery Ship” by the press after attempts to acquire information on the top secret project failed. On September 2, 1929, the date of the Cleveland National Air Races, the model “R” was finally revealed to the press and the rest of the world and easily took 1st place, beating every entry put forth by the military.
This was the first year that a military aircraft had not won the National Air Races. The civilian design proved far superior and served as a wake-up call to the U.S. Military to increase funding for pursuit aircraft design and production.
The “Mystery Ship” that Matt is performing in today was re-created using original factory plans by Jim Younkin in 1979. Although the Younkin airplane is a replica, it is the only example worldwide of a Travel Air “Mystery Ship” flying today.
Matt demonstrates the superior handling qualities of the aircraft by performing a graceful, yet exciting airshow routine. This is continuing the Younkin Tradition of performing one-of-a-kind airshow acts that are exciting, non-stop, and kept in tight in front of the crowd.