Aerobatic Performer Kent Pietsch to Perform at New York Air Show

By Yvonne Marcotte, Epoch Times
July 20, 2016 Last Updated: July 20, 2016

Kent Pietsch and his “Jelly Belly” aircraft will be performing at the New York Air Show on Labor Day Weekend, officials announced on July 18.  

Pietsch will be performing three different acts during the show. He will attempt to land his 800-pound Jelly Belly Interstate Cadet aircraft on top of a moving RV. His comedy routine keeps the audience in suspense as he scrapes the wingtip down the runway, and then loses part of the aircraft mid-flight.

New York Air Show President Bryan Lilley said, “His skill at flying that aircraft and doing the maneuvers that he does is absolutely mesmerizing, and his personality shines through each time. We can’t wait to introduce him to the crowd in New York.”

Pietsch fell in love with flying at the age of four, and his passion continues five decades later. He grew up in Minot, North Dakota, where every day after school he’d find a way to get to the airport and do whatever it took to get into an airplane.

Kent loves to fly, but the audience is always his number-one priority, he said. “If you can’t entertain, you have no business being out there.”  

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the air show, and the GEICO Skytypers, the U.S. Navy F-18 Hornet demo, the B-25 Bomber “Panchito,” an L-39 Cold War era jet, and the West Point Parachute Jump Team will also be performing.

The New York Air Show will take place at Stewart International Airport Sept. 3–4. Flight Line Club VIP and General Admission tickets are on sale now. Attendees can save up to 35 percent off the day-of-event price when they purchase by Aug. 1 at midnight. 

Sponsorships and corporate chalets are still available. Volunteers are still needed to join the air show team. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit AirShowNY.com or call 877-766-8158.

To contact this reporter, email yvonne.marcotte@epochtimes.com