Greg Koontz Lands Super Legend on Pickup Truck
SULPHUR SPRINGS, TEXAS, MARCH 1, 2016 – American Legend Aircraft Company announced today the successful completion and testing of a new Super Legend HP aircraft to be used in Greg Koontz Airshows’ World’s Smallest Airport flying routine. Pilot and performer Greg Koontz concluded the tests of the Super Legend by successfully landing the aircraft on top of a moving pickup truck.
The newly manufactured Super Legend will be the featured aircraft in Greg Koontz’ “Alabama Boys / World’s Smallest Airport” airshow act. The Super Legend HP is a stock aircraft that incorporates options specific to the airshow. These include a Smoking Airplanes 3.5 gallon smoke system. A larger step allows easier access to the cabin. The Super Legend HP features a 180 HP Titan engine.
When Koontz’ team first saw the new Super Legend they were eager to demonstrate that the aircraft met their requirements for performance. Don Wade of C&D Aviation provided assistance with the fabrication. Wade summarized Koontz’ initial reactions, “Greg is extremely pleased with how easy it was to transition to the Super Legend. The airplane flies so similar to the original [J-3], which has made it possible. Greg is one the most precise airshow pilots in world. You have no idea how difficult landing on the truck is. You have just six inches either side of the wheels.” Wade concurs with Koontz on the new aircraft’s capabilities, “I love the Super Legend. It performs great, and this really shows when Greg flies it.”
Steve Gustafson, member of the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, took the newly manufactured Super Legend through its initial flight trials. Impressed with its takeoff performance, Gustafson commented, “You don’t need an airstrip or a runway, you just need a pad. I lifted off at about 30 feet and I wasn’t even trying that hard.” He added, “Responsive. Plenty of power. Really easy to fly.”
Videos of Greg Koontz’ and Steve Gustafson’s first flight reactions are available on the Legend Cub YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJvaNMqe9sU3GO3p1LpcsQw
Greg Koontz has been performing in airshows since 1974, then a member of Colonel Moser’s Flying Circus. Koontz credits having learned his maneuvers from retired Air Force Colonel Ernie Moser, “the best in the business,” he qualifies. Koontz has held his Level 1 SAC card since 1976. Visit www.gkairshows.com for a complete 2016 show schedule, with 16 stops including Sun ‘n Fun and Oshkosh.
American Legend Aircraft Company continues to be one of the most successful manufacturers in the sport pilot category and is noted for its exceptional product support. American Legend is also renown for building a true Cub, one that is sensibly modern, competitively priced, and built to last. See the Legend Cub and Super Legend at Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Florida, April 5–10, 2016.
For further information on the Legend Cub, contact American Legend Aircraft Company at 1810 Piper Lane, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482; call 903-885-7000, or log on to www.legend.aero. Follow us on facebook.com/LegendAircraft and instagram.com/legendcub.
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