Nice piece of flying. This is a variation on the old "Farmer Brown" gag that's been used at air shows since Orville was a pup. At the ones I've been to the announcer says something like, "Well folks before this place was an airfield it was a farm, and in fact there's still a farm right over the fence there. Well, we've just found out that farmer Brown, who owns the place, has never been in an airplane, so we've invited him to go for a ride today with our great stunt pilot, Bill Smith."
Out hobbles the old farmer, with a beard, usually a crutch for effect, shakes hands with Bill the pilot. Then as Bill is talking with a ramp guy or something, Farmer Brown hobbles over and gets in the plane. Nobody pays much attention until suddenly the plane heads out for the runway--without Bill--and off we go into a routine much like the one in the video.
Sometimes newbies are suckered into it for a time, but they catch on pretty quickly. it's always lots of fun.
Wouldn't it be fun if that "drunken pilot" airshow video could be run on the inflight entertainment system of the Delta trips flown by said pilot? It would be great. They could font the video with "This is what our captain does on his days off."
Man, the passengers would be strappin' on their parachutes bigtime.
I sent the link to a friend at Flabob. This is her reply.
He is Jim Franklin's son, one of the really great air show pilots, I first saw him perform at Merced and he really wow'ed the crowd and scared some and was banned from a few places he flew so low. I met Jim when I worked at Santa Maria on the Rocketter movie taking care of the Standard and other planes on set with Chris Freeman. Jim was a really nice guy and a gentleman unlike some of the airshow pilots with big egos. He taught his son well. Jim was killed in a crash a few years ago. Thanks for sending this. jan