Flying with the USAF

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Serving with the USAF

My airshow pilot career started when I learned how to control fear at the least levels.   This was due to my experience flying on an MC-130E Combat Talon aircraft just after completing high school.  But, that inspiration came from a very good source….my dad.

My father, Lee Melby, served in the early 1950’s as a Boom Operator on a KC-97 refueling plane.  His job was to inflight refuel aircraft from a four engine propeller cargo type airplane.  At ...

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Amateurs have no fear

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Do you deal with fear…ever?  If you said “no”, then you are either not human or you are dead.  Fear is a really good thing to have, because it will help keep you alive physically and mentally.  I know, because I face it all the time.

In my role as an AirShow pilot, initially it was full of fear.  The whole concept of tumbling in the air with an airplane strapped to your seat is phycotic at best.  Through the years, ...

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Stuck landing gear

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Almost every Saturday, I take the opportunity to get an aerobatic practice in.  My practices are usually about 15 minutes long with about 5 of those minutes flying to and from my practice area.   A couple of Saturdays ago, I decided to go to the airport, but before I left, I thought it was a good time to change the Air Conditioning filters in our house.   Well, good thing I did!  That 10-15 minute delay allowed me to put my ...

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March ARB Airshow

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JonPitts300x200On April 16-17, 2016, the March Air Reserve Base is hosting another great airshow.  This year features many excellent performers including USAF Thunderbirds, John Coliver, Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car, Mike Wiskus, and me…Jon Melby!

This is a huge event in southern California and the best part….it’s FREE to the public!   We will be having ...

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Riverside Airshow 2016

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RiverSideKnifeOnce again, Riverside California is hosting the Riverside Airshow 2016.   This wonderful event will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016.   I’ve performed here several times in the past and I have to tell you, this show is a blast!   The show producers, volunteers, performers, and staff are amazing.   Typically, ...

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