Max Shauck to Perform in Local Air Show

June 18, 1997

WACO, Texas - Dr. Max Shauck, professor and chair of aviation sciences at Baylor University, will perform aerobatic maneuvers in his ethanol powered aircraft June 21-22 during the FINA Texas Air Fiesta "Wings Over The Brazos." His flight demonstration will be from 12:30-4 p.m. at the TSTC Airport.

Shauck will fly the department's green and gold Pitts Special and will perform maneuvers such as a torque roll, tail slide and hammerhead. Shauck began test-flying experimental airplanes using ethanol fuel in 1980. In 1989, he and his wife, Grazia, flew a 6,000-mile trip from Waco to Paris, the first transatlantic flight in an aircraft powered by alternative fuel. In 1991, Shauck was awarded the Harmon Trophy, aviation's highest award, for his historic flight.

Additionally, the aviation sciences department will exhibit other aircraft powered by alternative fuel. These aircraft include a Cessna 152 and the Velocity, which was the aircraft used in the first transatlantic flight on ethanol fuel.

A King Air twin turbo-prop aircraft also will be on display. All of the seats and instruments on one side of the aircraft have been removed to make room for state-of-the-art instrumentation equipment which monitors air pollution. The aviation science program received a $1 million research grant from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, the State Energy Conservative Office and the General Services Commission to study pollution levels and renewable fuel.

Admission to the air show is $8 for adults and $6 for children age 12 and under. For more information, call (254) 756-5456.

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