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American Aerobatics

Julie Clark officially began her air show company then named, Julie Clark's American Aerobatics, in 1980. Julie and the entire SMOKIN' MENTOR T-34 aerobatic team look forward to an exciting air show season and the opportunity to meet new fans across North America. With 32 years of solo aerobatic air show flying and 31,000 accident-free hours in the air, Julie and the SMOKIN' MENTOR T-34 are ready for a great 2012 season. Julie proudly flies her magnificent SMOKIN' MENTOR T-34 throughout North America wowing fans of all ages with her touchingly patriotic performance.

With her sparkling personality and the graceful aerobatics that have endeared her to her legions of faithful fans, Julie Clark's air show routine takes the MENTOR, her restored 1-34, "Free Spirit," to the limits of its operating capability. Julie's MENTOR T-34 demands exceptional skill to perform aerobatics and Julie's experience has honed her co-ordination and responsiveness in delicate balance. Julie's aerobatic routine is remarkable in its beauty and splendor and even more remarkable in that she exhibits elegance in an airplane with flying manners best be described as rugged. Her unique and patriotic presentation, "Serenade in Red, White and Blue," is breathtakingly choreographed to Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" or "God Bless You Canada." To enhance her routine, multi-colored wing-tip smoke trails her every maneuver and she concludes her performance with crowd-pleasing pyrotechnics, dazzling fireworks.

A pilot for more than 40 years and a retired Northwest Airlines Captain, Julie Clark has logged more than 31,000 accident-free hours in the air and is rated in more than 66 types of aircraft. Marking her 31th year as a solo aerobatic air show pilot, Julie has earned the admiration of fans everywhere and garnered many awards and honors. In March of 2002, Julie received perhaps her highest honor with induction into the Women in Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame of Women in Aviation, International. The Hall of Fame recognizes the significant contributions women have made to the aviation industry as record setters, pioneers or innovators. "Being inducted into this outstanding Hall of Fame is a great thrill for me," said Clark. "Being honored at this level for doing something that I truly love makes this induction even more special."

Julie is one of the few air show greats to be featured in a biography; her amazing story is told in NOTHING STOOD IN HER WAY, Julie Clark, which was the first such biography published by Women in Aviation, International and tells of the amazing strengths and perseverance of this remarkable air show star. From one coast to another, from Canada to Bermuda, Julie's elegant performance stirs the hearts and minds of young and old alike. Painting smoke-trailing loops, rolls and hammerheads in patriotic red, white and blue, her aerial ballet thrills those fortunate enough to be enjoying the performance from the ground

The T-34 Mentor - "Free Spirit"

Restoration fans will appreciate that Julie bought her Beechcraft T-34 in 1977, "sight unseen" at a government surplus auction, in Anchorage, Alaska, for $18,000. She flew the airplane, dubbed Free Spirit, 2,900 miles to her home in California. Julie personally and painstakingly restored her aluminum airplane, hand polishing inside and out. "Over the next four years, I spent many long hours bringing the airplane back to mint condition" said Clark, "and it requires daily maintenance to keep it that way." Beginning with her creative version of the "Air Force One" paint scheme, the aircraft constantly requires upgrading and modification. The MENTOR T-34 is powered by an Eagle Engine's, Stratos Plus Series Engine, producing approximately 300 hp, coupled to a HartzellTM three-bladed Designer*PropTM by American Propeller. Eagle Engine and American Propeller are of Redding, California

The T-34 Mentor was special to Julie as she had logged many hours as a civilian T-34 instructor for the U.S. Navy at Lemoore Naval Air Station in 1974- 75. She was Navy trained in tactical maneuvers, formation flying and aerobatics. Although T-34 aircraft saw countless hours in the 1950s as trainers for U.S. Air Force and for Navy, the airplane demands tremendous skill to fly aerobatics. Julie explained, "The T-34 requires concentration and anticipation during aerial maneuvers as the aircraft does not have an inverted oil or fuel system and inverted flight must be carefully calculated. Also, due to its larger size than most air show aerobatic aircraft today and its low power-to-weight ratio, the airplane's flight controls become very heavy during the aerobatic routine."