Keith Leedom Aerobatic Pilot/Skydiver
That film is very good. The flying in there is nice, but if you have ever seen Keith Leedom fly, he flies much harder in training and air shows. I saw him do unbelievable things in the Sukhoi 37. He loved the Russian planes and could tumble them tail-over-nose at about 1,000 feet. Pretty ballsy and even scary to watch-but beautiful, too.
We talked to him at Van Nuys airport once. He had just flown 3 sequences at about +10 and -8 G's, yet he took almost 30 minutes to take pictures with my 13 year old son and to answer questions about that amazing plane and the maneuvers he was working on. He was very hot and tired, but spent the time with us.
As good a pilot as Keith is, and he is incredible, he is an even nicer and very generous person. My son still talks about seeing Keith fly, but he talks more about the time Keith spent with him answering all those questions when it was over 100 degrees! All this from a total stranger.
So many pilots who do what Keith does have died. We are lucky to have those who remain. They are all amazing. I saw that picture of him hanging off of the wing of the Pitts. That picture is simply amazing. It takes your breath away to see him hanging from an inverted plane and so close to the propeller. To be a skydiver and a competition pilot like that takes tremendous dedication adn courage and talent! Whenver I am in CA and at van nuys airport- I look for Keith- he is very well known there by everyone. He calls the van nuys airport "his church".