Events

April 12, 2012

Tombstone Riders Wingwalking

The world’s only current all-female wing-walking team will take to the Arizona skies this weekend, infusing a Western narrative with awe-dropping aerobatics and stunts.

The Tombstone Riders act is a tale of Wild West desperadoes, complete with costumes and voice-overs starring Carol Pilon and Melissa Pemberton creating the only all-women wingwalking act in the world. You’ll be amazed as Pilon hops out of her seat and scrambles onto the aircraft’s wing as Pemberton performs an aerobatic routine. Their performance is themed around a crew of Wild West desperadoes.

A native of Canada, Pilon owns the North American team Third Strike Wingwalking, while Pemberton of Pittsburgh owns Pemberton Aerosports (formerly Melissa Aerosports).

In her mid-20s, Pilon had quit school and was unsure what to do with her life. She came home from work and saw a wing-walking act on television and had a sudden revelation.

For Pemberton, aviation was a family affair from a young age. Her grandmother gave Pemberton her first aerobatics lesson in elementary school, in her Cessna 150 Aerobat. When she was a teenager, her grandfather, a test pilot, let her take the pilot’s seat and taught her the basics of flying.

By age 22, Pemberton was the youngest woman on the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatics Team, and now, at age 27, she’s still among the youngest performers, many of whom are in their 40s or 50s. Pemberton said she’s used to hearing comments about her youth, but she doesn’t mind.

Though women comprise only about 6 percent of the aviation industry, Pilon said she’s seen the number of female pilots increasing recently and hopes to encourage more girls to get involved.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Local Briefs July 2, 2015

Sunset Horseback Ride August 8, 4 – 8 p.m. – Outdoor Rec Saddle up and enjoy a 2-hour sunset horseback ride through the Saguaro National Park. Single Airmen can sign-up beginning July 6. All others may sign-up beginning July 13. Final deadline is July 31. Minimum age: 18. Cost of $25/person. Call 228-3736 for more...
 
 

D-M’s Fourth of July Celebration

For July 4, D-M is scheduled to hold a few evening events to celebrate the holiday. Shuttles for the fireworks are scheduled to start running at 5:30 p.m. from Heritage Park, the Sonoran Science Academy and Borman Elementary School. Pre-firework events are slated to begin at 6 p.m. at Bama Park featuring live music by...
 
 

Local Briefs June 26, 2015

Summer Swing Weekly Bowling  Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. – D-M Lanes From June 1 – Aug. 31, the D-M Lanes will host a weekly tournament from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Mondays. Cost is $20/bowler. Three game minimum. Each player receives participation points and additional points for position each week. For more info, call 228-3461. Sunset Horseback...
 

 
FP_pict

AZ’s Meteorite crater rescue event concluded Angel Thunder 2015

WINSLOW, Ariz. — Arizona’s Meteorite Crater served as the final training site for this year’s Angel Thunder exercise, where four simulated-patients were hoisted 570 feet out of the crater into an Army Air National G...
 
 

Local Briefs June 19, 2015

Deadlift Competition June 19, 3 p.m. – Haeffner A deadlift competition will be held at the Haeffner on Friday, June 19 from 3 – 4:30 p.m.. Register at the Benko by June 18 at 11 p.m. Salt River Kayaking July 25 Escape the Tucson heat and enjoy the cool water of Salt River while kayaking...
 
 

US, partner nations’ rescue personnel participate in MASCAS

A U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron flies over Southern California during Angel Thunder 2015, June 11. Angel Thunder is the largest personnel recovery exercise in the world combining joint, coalition and interagency personnel that will train through the full spectrum of personnel recovery capabilities with numerous types of aircraft....
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>