It is with great pleasure and humility that I have accepted one of two Bill Adams Memorial Foundation Legacy Prizes. I was contacted last night by Mr. Adams and informed that as first runner up, I was being awarded one of the unclaimed prizes.
It is an honour for me to help commemorate such an astounding Airshow pilot. Bill Adams truly was a cornerstone to both Barnstorming and to the art of Wingwalking. The videos of his flying have left me awestruck and while I intend to use his namesake prize to help relocate my talent to the back cockpit of my own Stearman, I highly doubt that I will ever replicate his signature Stearman triple snap roll…..at least for now.
Taking this prize over the top for me is the fact that it has awarded me an opportunity to fly with a living legend of air shows and aerobatics. I have admired Patty Wagstaff for a very long time. She is nothing short of a hero to me and in a great twist of fate, I am also privileged to call her my friend. I have no doubt that it will be the funnest training session in history. My most sincere gratitude to the Adams family.