NBC 10 hits the sky with RI Air Show pilot
NBC 10 News reporter Ashley Cullinane had the ride of her life with Retired Lt. Col. John Klatt, a pilot in the Rhode Island National Guard Air Show on Thursday.
The two flew in the Jack Links Extra 300-L over the coast of Rhode Island.
"It's a certified aerobatic airplane. It was built in Germany," Klatt said. "It's really the best airplane for aerobatics in the civilian world that I think money can buy."
The pair did flips and spun 3,000 feet in the air as NBC 10 photographer George Ramos recorded the fun in a chaser plane.
Klatt said his love for adventuring in the sky started young when he visited an air show as a child.
"An airshow inspired me to become a pilot, have a 27-year military career, have a commercial airline job, be able to fly full time air shows for a very long time," he said.
During his military career, Klatt worked hard to become a professional aerobatic performer. He has performed in more than 300 airshows in the last 15 years.
Klatt will be flying the Jack Links Screamin' Sasquatch jet Waco at the Air Show.
"It feels great to come out and see all the spectators and be able to fly this special place in front of so many people," the veteran pilot said.
Watch the video above to see the pair glide over Newport.