Thank you Paul de Villiers and Albert Hemsted and Goodyear Eagles for sponsorship and participation at the Baywest Port Elizabeth Airshow.
The Goodyear Eagles Aerobatics Team has been in the forefront of bringing aerobatics excitement to the public for the past 29 years. Over this period the team has had several major sponsors. Goodyear Aviation became the official team sponsor at the beginning of the 2009 season and the team are both proud and honoured to be associated with this great company that have been in the forefront of Aviation Tyre technology since the very beginning of manned flight.
The team’s choice of aircraft is the legendary Aviat built Pitts Special S2B. They now fly four of the legendary biplane aerobatic aircraft designed by Curtis Pitts. The ‘pocket rocket’ biplane designed by Curtis Pitts and powered by a 260hp Lycoming with its vintage WWI looks is not only a crowd favourite but also a dream to fly with excellent control harmony and high manoeuvrable it is the perfect aircraft for the teams ‘in your face’ fast and furious non-stop series of formation and solo manoeuvres.
Since inception the team has been a regular, sought after performer on the South African airshow circuit, as well as having the honour of being the first ever South African team to perform across our borders, being invited to perform in Kenya in Central Africa in 1993 and are privileged to have been invited back to Kenya on another nine occasions. The Goodyear Eagles are true aviation ambassadors having showcased their exciting brand of aerobatics at airshows in Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and in
2008 were privileged to be invited to perform at the Al Ain International Aerobatic Show in the United Arab Emirate where they performed as “The Wizards.”
The Al Ain show is the Arabian Gulf’s premier aerobatic event. Participants are invited from around the world to for three consecutive days enthral dignitaries and families alike. What made their display unique was the fact that it included two Extra ES300′s and also incorporated two skydivers who departed the Pitts Specials whilst the aircraft are performing a loop. The crowd was literally left breathless and it is little wonder that the Goodyear Eagles were again invited to perform in Al Ain for the next three years.
In 2010 they went one better, this time performing the world’s first triple inverted parachute drop broadcast on CNN and seen by millions across world.
To cap it all in 2013 they set a new world record for the first female inverted dual parachute drop at a public airshow, that female being Amy Shaw, and the drop being made from the venerable Pitts Special proudly sporting its Goodyear branding.
The Goodyear Eagles Aerobatic Team continually strive to enrich and improve their displays, not only to entertain but also to educate the airshow public of the full capabilities and manoeuvrability of the wonderful aircraft they fly, namely the Pitts Special S2B and they strive to keep the Skies full of thrills for the entire duration of their display.