Starjammer Finally Arrives In Oshkosh
Unique aircraft to highlight night air show…in 2011
The Starjammer flies over Oshkosh recently with lights, sirens, and smoke on!
August 13, 2010 —Aerobatic performer and accomplished musician-composer Elgin Wells, EAA 373602, planned to bring his one-of-a-kind monoplane Starjammer to AirVenture 2010, but mechanical problems caused him to miss the convention. He finally made it to Oshkosh late last week though, where we got our first look at the aircraft’s custom, on-board sound and light system. Wells claims the system can play sounds as loud as 200db, which would likely make it one of the loudest airplanes in history - louder than Concorde, and louder even than the Space Shuttle!
While in Oshkosh, Elgin demonstrated the aircraft for EAA photo and publications departments, including an air-to-air photography flight, for an upcoming feature in Sport Aviation. He just missed this year’s convention but he plans to participate in AirVenture 2011, particularly the very well-received night air show.
Wells is from Atlanta, Georgia, and the Starjammer began life as a one design project, very heavily modified over time with a lengthened fuselage and completely redesigned wing. Most unusually, the Starjammer also incorporates a large speaker and amplification system, including modified police car sirens, which play music he composes to accompany his aerobatic performances. Wells says his system pushes 1,000 watts of power through the onboard speakers.
The Starjammer also has 225 super-bright LED lights installed in the wings and fuselage, and a smoke system with five streams - one in the center, one on each wingtip, and two on the horizontal stabilizer - to create a super-sensory airplane for both day and night air show performances. The LED lights are MIDI-controlled to synchronize with the music.