Jul 2010 Jane Wicker (Virginia)
Jane Wicker is based at Warrenton, Virginia and flies her newly restored, prized Stearman, “Aurora”.
I have been flying since 1989. Â I’m a commercial pilot with my multi-engine and instrument ratings, but my true love has been aerobatics and my tail draggers. Â I used to fly competitions in a clipped wing Tayler Craft and a CAP-21. Â Then I transitioned to the Stearman. Â I am also a professional wing walker (since 1990). Â I recently bought a freshly restored 450 HP Stearman that I’ve named Aurora. Â I am the only female in North America that owns the airplane, walks the wings and flies it as well.
My “new baby” just arrived last Friday. Â This monster show Stearman is unlike any other on the airshow circuit.Â Aside from her one of a kind paint design, it is her modifications that set her apart from any other airshow Stearman.
Aurora is built with all new Douglas Fir spars and Stika Spruce wood.Â She has a complete inverted fuel and oil system, an extra flying wire, all new bird cages, all new sheet metal, a stainless steel firewall, all new stainless steel cables, and all control bearings, pulleys, cables and hardware are new.Â The wings have 4 equal span ailerons with servo tabs on the bottom.Â The crowning jewel is the 450 Radial engine with steel cylinders instead of chrome, and it is equipped with an AirFlow Performance fuel injector and customized duel stack exhausts. Â Aurora was restored by Jim Carlson and Ryan Dulas.
You can visit Jane’s website at www.wingwalk.org.