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THUNDER REPLAY: The Bill Leff Night Show

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Bill Leff Night Show

Serving as an aerial drum roll of sorts, civilian performer, Bill Left takes to the air for an evening show just minutes before "Blast Off" of the Thunder Fireworks.

Bill Leff developed the Night Show act in 1989. His T-6 aircraft is equipped with a digital remote control system. This system controls the special lighting effects and the fireworks from the ground, which allows the pilot to concentrate on flying.

The T-6 “Texan” was the most widely used advanced trainer in the world during WW II and the Korean Conflict. This T-6 was restored to its original Korean Conflict military configuration with the help of the Air Force Orientation Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Bill has made improvements to the aircraft to accommodate its new job as an air show plane. These include modern radio and navigational systems for long cross-country flights, a smoke system, and, of course, the special equipment for the Starfire Night SKYSHOW.

Bill Leff is from Dayton, Ohio—recognized as the birthplace of aviation. He says he had a passion for flying ever since he was a kid, perhaps because he grew up just down the street from the Wright Brothers’ home. Bill’s aviation career includes more than 30 years of flying. He has flown more than 170 different types of aircraft.

Wingspan: 42 feet
Length: 29 feet 6 inches
Height: 10 feet 10 inches
Weight: 5,300 pounds
Maximum Speed: 210 mph
Cruise Speed: 170 mph

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