Aircraft: Extra 330LX
To Patty Wagstaff the sky represents adventure, freedom, and challenge. She grew up surrounded by aviation, first taking the controls of an airplane — a DC-6 her father was flying — at age 10. After moving to Alaska in 1979 her new job required her to charter a bush plane for travel. After the first airplane she chartered crashed, Patty decided she would learn to fly herself. Five years after earning her pilot certificate she landed a spot on the U.S. Aerobatic Team. A six-time member of the team, Patty has won the gold, silver, and bronze medals in Olympic-level international aerobatic competition and was the first woman to win the title of U.S. National Aerobatic champion. She is also a six-time recipient of the “First Lady of Aerobatics” Betty Skelton Award and in 2004 was inducted to the national Aviation Hall of Fame.